The appeal of a vintage truck is never underestimated, but then your rational side kicks in and you realize you don’t have anywhere to put the kids or secure your cargo. That’s when you remember that you could also get the truck with a large cover in a configuration known as the Suburban. It combined all off the rugged hauling junk aspects of a truck with the ability to carry additional people without worrying that they will fly out if you hit a speed bump at speed…and with an LS1 V8 under the hood, you’ll be able to hit some significant speeds with this next thing. Find this 1964 Chevrolet C-10 Suburban bidding for $13,100 in Morganville, NJ via ebay with 3 days to go.
This next car comes as a tip from Matt C who writes; For everyone’s inner 8 year old; This one wasn’t posted in the regular Marketplace on Facebook, but for only $12,000 for a Cummins powered mega mud truck, I’m passing it on anyway. Ohh…yes…there isn’t an 8 year old on earth that wouldn’t be in heaven with this truck and a book full of fart jokes. Find this 2000ish Dodge Ram 1500 offered for $12,000 in Texarkana, TX via thefaceblight.
The world is filled with yawn inducing boring stuff. Just look at your nearest Toyondaordmotorstallanis dealer. The stuff you see in the showrooms is an insult to the 7 year old version of yourself who dared to dream about driving someday. It is boring, safe, comfortable, and gives you this false sense of security about arriving at your destination without stopping to diagnose a strange noise or soldering a coil pack harness on Christmas eve (true story from this past Xmas). These safe and sensible cars are fine for the zombified masses who wear name brands like RFID ear tags and read the fine print before signing mortgage docs — but readers of this rag know better. We know the feeling of success and relief when reaching your destination. And we understand that swapping a modern 1.8T Audi/VW engine into a vintage Caddy is a thing of beauty. Find this 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup Sportruck offered for $7000 in Machester, VT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
A brand new Nissan Frontier pickup will set you back $30k before taxes and fees (more if you start piling on options)…and it is a nice car, but you can’t get it with a 6-speed manual gearbox because the only transmission that Nissan offers is some 9-speed super flappy birds paddle thing…sounds like a recipe for just putting in auto and following traffic on your daily commute. But if you want to save a few bones and you don’t mind the horrible death-by-plastic interior of early 2000s Nissan…then take the dirt road around traffic and get something like this 2006 Nissan Frontier SE Crew Cab offered for $7900 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist.
Owning and driving an old truck tends to be a more emotional and less rational decision…but who wants to spend their entire life in a hazy state of rational miasma, driving rational economy cars and fuel sipping hybrids. Not me. I want the thrill of not knowing if my truck is going to start in the morning and or stop in the afternoon. It what separates us from the robots that are currently taking over the internet. Don’t be a bot. Drive an old truck. Find this 1966 Ford F100 Pickup offered for $4,250 in Cedar Hill, MO via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
Nissan sold a pickup under the Datsun brand in the USA in 1964 – technically called the 320 Pickup, but many folks call them the 1200 or D1200 because that had a 1200cc engine and 1200 badges on the side. If you look closely you will also find a 60hp badge as well…which was never something to brag about, unless you were trying to drag race toddler on a tricycle, but the 60s were a strange time. Find this 1964 Datsun 1200 Pickup offered for $6,500 in Yucca Valley, CA via craigslist.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone; We’re gonna feature one simple post today, an old pickup. And say that we are thankful for all of the stuff that is right in our live(s), like our families, friends, internet-buds, et cetera…but we are especially thankful that we can still buy and drive old beat up trucks for a small amount of money. Stay tuned, tomorrow is Bracq Friday. Find this 1969 Dodge W100 Sweptline offered for $12,500 in Hollister, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Whenever I’m in a public place and somebody says, “hey, nice hardbody” instantly crane my neck looking for that sweet boxy Nissan pickup…but most of the time it is just some dudes on steroids or ladies who spend too much time at a CrossFit gym (sidebar; why do Crossfit gyms always have names that sound like something you wouldn’t want to get as a prognosis from your doctor: I’m sorry Bill, you’ve got change your eating habits, you’ve got a bad case of beach box. Ohh…is it fatal? No, but if it gets worse, it could become squats and shots). Anyway, back to the Hardbody– it is the name given to the D21 generation Nissan truck sold from 1985 through 1997 and what this next one lacks in bed space is sure makes up in original clean condition. Whooo oooh. Find this 1986 Nissan Hardbody offered for $4,500 in Ft Lauderdale, FL via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip from Art C who writes; 4×4, 3/4 ton, 350, 4 speed, AZ truck with zero rust…$5k cash gets it for ya. Great unique dd work/cruise truck, or resto-mod it on the cheap with a cleaned up engine bay, bolt ons, cam, wheels and a drop… and get $15k for it…Probably bring $7k in new england/ny as is. Yes, this is indeed a sweet old truck and could probably be restored and flipped, but I think I’d just keep it as is and drive it. Find this 1979 Chevrolet K20 3/4 Ton offered for $5,900 in Tucson, AZ via craigslist.
Sometimes you find a car that must be a good deal because it is offered at a fraction of the cost of the parts to build it, nevermind the builder/seller’s time involved. This next truck is one of the millions of the third generation C/K trucks built by Chevy over a 19 year production lifespan (1972-1991)…but it has a diesel title and a built 402 ci big block under the hood — not a bad combo for California if I say so myself. Find this 1982 Chevrolet C20 Scottsdale offered for $8999 in West Hills of the SF Valley, CA via craigslist.