Mid Week Match-Up: Winter Ride
It is Wednesday, which means time for DT’s favorite hump day game — also known as Mid Week Match-Up. As the leaves fall from trees (not out here in California, we don’t really have seasons…but I visited the great state of PA the other day and autumn was gorgeous!) we need to prepare for WINTER…so, it is time to pick your favorite winter vehicles. GO!
I just want something truckish and 4WDish…like this 1992 Ford F-250 XLT offered here on eBay bidding for $500 reserve-not-met with $6,500 buy-it-now located in Las Vegas, NV.
What do you suggest? Comments below.
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Drat, still haven't figured this out.
Let me help you out a bit. You need to go to the actual picture on FleaBay, right click it and get the image address and carefully paste it into the tag, making sure you don't lose a " or something. It's super tedious, but that is the Blogger platform for ya…
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Found a decent little Toyota minitruck that should do nicely.
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I'll put a plug in for a 2005 Jeep Liberty CRD diesel that I need to sell on. Has the NP242 transfer case with both fulltime AWD and part-time locked 50/50 split 4WD. All ready for winter, just saying…
That sounds like an ideal winter transport. Pickups, even four-wheel-drive ones, aren't very good choices for snowy freeways: nice and long, with wide tracks, but poor weight balance that makes them frightening at speed when the road surface is greasy. (Ask me how I know…)
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The diesel can be a little hard-starting when cold, but that what core heaters are for. While recognizing that the little Jeep gets studded snows and the F250 crewcab/longbed does not, it is an easy choice on which to take on snowy and slippery days.
As a life-long resident of the rust belt, pretty much every vehicle I've ever owned has melted away before its time. Sure, I've let a few go due to mechanical issues, but most succumbed to the tin worm.
4WD and truckish is a reasonable strategy (though Fueltruck is right about pickups on snow-covered highways, plus, an open bed fills with snow which becomes glacial after a few freeze/thaw cycles) but it would be bordering on criminal to subject a nice, clean older truck to a salty death.
What you need is what we call a 'winter beater'. Reasonably common, reasonably reliable, pre-rusted and cheap. Make sure it has good tires, a good battery, and a good heater. Run it for a few winters and then find another one.
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