View Full Version : what do you miss in trucks?

07-13-2006, 08:21 PM
Trucks seem to be getting less and less durable as time goes on as a lot of people are looking for a nice car like luxury ride in a truck. I know that some of us wish that trucks were built like they used to be. What i am asking is, what specifically do you miss in trucks. Just like things in particular you had in an older truck that isn't in the newer one besides the whole durability thing. Yes, the new trucks can still last a good long time if taken care of, but they can't take the abuse the older ones did IMO. So what do you think?

lawnboy dan
07-13-2006, 08:48 PM
buy a toyota tundra if you like a well built truck. i bought the striped down long bed -there is nothing carlike or whimpy about it. its all truck

07-13-2006, 09:01 PM
rubber floor, no headliner, roll down windows(stuck 1/2 the time), vinyl seats(with a few rips), a big honking stick coming out of the tranny hump, Noisy, Am FM radio that only gets static. But that el-camino could get me off the beaten path...but the stick did get "in the way" if you follow my meaning....

I'd proably give up both cars I have now for one old Dodge Power wagon....FWIW

07-13-2006, 09:30 PM
I like the newer trucks better than the old ones...newer the better. I think the build quality has not decreased in the Fords or GMC's. The 3/4 and 1 tons are built better than the 1/2 tons but that is expected.

07-13-2006, 09:31 PM
Not a thing.

07-13-2006, 09:43 PM
this, if it had the big chrome GMC grill and different or no rearviews, im still on the fence about the flames.

Jason Rose
07-13-2006, 10:02 PM
This may seem wierd, but I miss the wing windows! Since A/C is standard now the wing window is gone... Even though my '88 ford F-250 had a/c (though it was broke) it still had the wing windows. Those can substitue for having a/c pretty darn well! Driving in a truck with no a/c and just the side winders down is one miserable experience! Give me a wing at least!

I think todays trucks are getting better and better, yes there is too many gadgets, electronics, and plushness to the interior, but hey, if you are buying a truck solely for a work truck then get a stripped down truck! My Dodge has vinal everything inside, cleaning it out is a breeze! I did get fancy seatcovers for the vinal seats though, HATE sizziling hot vinal in the summer sun on my buns!

07-13-2006, 10:06 PM
I don't miss too much about the old stuff.

Maybe some thicker/stronger sheet metal.

07-13-2006, 10:13 PM
Solid front axles in all but HD trucks, this is why you can;t plow qith anything short of a one ton.

07-13-2006, 10:22 PM
I still have a old 1979. The A/C is 3/55 or 3/70 but the gas mileage went down hill. The 4 speed.

The new, well 1996 new, extended cab, A/C, automatic. The 79 is my favorite still. The 79 even got 15MPG on a trip to deliver a grave stone this may, gotta love that.

07-13-2006, 11:56 PM
I miss true manually shifted t-cases, metal manual locking hubs, diesels that got good mileage, Dana front axles with bearings don't cost $400 a side to replace. Like Jason Rose said, the fold out wing windows.

07-14-2006, 12:28 AM
My first vehicle.
1961 ford f-100 shortbox uni-body
223ci straight six (114hp @2300rpm) and granny low four speed.
The floor shifter is so long it sticks above the dash in first.
Big steering wheel and a non-hydraulic clutch that you can "feel" grab.
I can walk faster than first gear but it will pull anything it's hooked to.
I bought it in 1983 and my dad still drives it some. How many of the "new trucks of today will still be on the road 45 years later?

07-14-2006, 01:46 AM
I really like the 70's gmc trucks.
took my first driving test in my dads 1978 chevy c10 4x4

here's my work truck (at least my favorite)
1977 gmc c15 trailering special
new 350ci auto ps,pb,pw,pl,AC all work.
rides over our washboard gravel road better than my 96 f-150 or the wifes minivan.
good reliable power. and still fun to drive.

07-14-2006, 11:02 AM
I miss the thicker sheet metal. The fact that you have to slam the doors to get them to shut. I miss how everything was muche asier for the backyard mechanic to work on. I miss CBs too, but I have one in my Ram!

07-14-2006, 12:12 PM
the only thing i miss is more room under the hood. otherwise i like the new ones fine.

07-14-2006, 01:04 PM
I love my 06 F-150 Supercab 4wd but I wish you could get the XLT package with a rubberfloor instead of carpet.

07-14-2006, 01:26 PM
I love my 06 F-150 Supercab 4wd but I wish you could get the XLT package with a rubberfloor instead of carpet.

You can have the carpet deleted and ordered with the rubber floor mat when ordering direct from the factory

Brendan Smith
07-14-2006, 01:29 PM
i miss being able to work on stuff i could see instead of having to rely on computer diagnostics. i can work on new stuff but on saturday when our shop is closed, it would be nice to be able to diagnose something in the driveway instead of having to limp to the shop, open it up, turn on the air compressors, and hook up the tech II only to find that something stupid like the gas cap being loose has turned on the service engine light.

Brendan Smith
07-14-2006, 02:42 PM
anyone remember points? i miss them too.

07-14-2006, 08:39 PM
my dad had an 86' chevy deluxe pick up, that had the fold out windows and those vents in the lower fender panel in the cab that when you pulled a rod it opened them up! that was neat, i still see that truck on the road sometimes and would love to buy it back sometime soon! It had the three speed on the column manual tranny too!!!

07-14-2006, 09:01 PM
i am still lovin my 86 f150....xlt-lariat package ...pw,pl,ac,tow package.....everything works great...efi 302....perfect truck..i love it...i just bought it like a month ago...my 85 300-6 blew:nono: ..so i bought this one....i plan on keepin it for a LONG LONG time :clapping:

mikes landscaping
07-14-2006, 09:25 PM
even though i dont drive, i love the old gmc and chevy trucks. I do like the new super duty fords though. I miss the old wing windows on my dads 86 f-150.

07-14-2006, 09:31 PM
anyone remember points? i miss them too.

Yeah, thank God for electronic ignition.

07-14-2006, 10:31 PM
well the truck still have metal bumpers, but i defiantly miss the metal bumpers on cars, someone gets rear ended 10 yeahs ago 100 dollars worth of damage, someone gets rear ended today the cars almost totaled

07-15-2006, 07:49 AM
my dad had an 86' chevy deluxe pick up, that had the fold out windows and those vents in the lower fender panel in the cab that when you pulled a rod it opened them up! that was neat, It had the three speed on the column manual tranny too!!!

My '76 Chevy had 3-on-the-tree also. Kick panel vents were knob operated on non A/C and vacuum operated on the A/C trucks.

07-15-2006, 10:39 PM
the ability to work on them your self without having to have some expensive diagnostic tool to tell you what is wrong

07-15-2006, 11:18 PM
well i have had junk and nice trucks. Thank god they dont make them the way they used to. I used to do auto body before i got in to the landscaping business. I made a good living rebuilding and painting chevy trucks in the early and mid 80's. Let see also":new truck got 70,000 miles out of brake pads and ball joints, never really have to wax paint, fuel mil. better, dont have to crank and pump to start espec. the dodges, dont buy mufflers every 2 years, and yes they dont leak oil the way the used too. im for the new ones , yep they dont make them the way they used too.

07-16-2006, 07:24 AM
Window wings and kick panel vents. I don't use the ac when I'm working, especially next week. Temps are going to be high 90's.

07-16-2006, 08:29 AM
Temps are going to be high 90's.


It was 117 in Pierre SD yesterday.

07-16-2006, 09:17 PM
I don't use the ac when I'm working, especially next week.

Why? Do you enjoy suffering in the heat?:confused:

South Florida Lawns
08-21-2006, 06:52 PM
My dad Had a 1983 F-350 4x4 crewcab back in the early 90's when I was real young, the thing was a beast. I remember how I could stand under the thing and it was stock height.

I remember going driving with my mom and dad, we hit these rail road tracks and her coffee jumped outta her cup and she caught it after the bump.

I also remember taking it to Michigan camping. It rained hard the night before we had to leave, and the road was a swamp the next day, it was so cool using the 4x4 and all the mud flying around. Then we found a nice clean puddle on the pavement and hit it so fast cleaning a lot of the truck.

Man that thing was cool, then our family got bigger and we got a 1996 suburban.

08-21-2006, 10:19 PM
The fact that you could diagnose and fix most stuff that costs 3-400$ and a trip to the shop. I miss the granny first gear for plowing or towing twice the recommended weight, lol! I love the mid 90's ford 350's dually dumps. Especially the diesels. I'm confident im going to pick one up next spring. I know some one that bought a 91 350 dump. he could pull a new 350 around by its tail and you couldn't do a thing about it.