I’ve made a list of vintage semi trucks for sale, antique vintage semi trucks for sale and restored vintage semi trucks for sale. Note that these trucks aren’t perfect, but based off the ads I scrolled through I kept in mind that you could get in this truck and drive it away with little to no issue. They’re not beautiful or even have sleepers, but it’s a start, and we all have to start somewhere.
Truck drivers are an unappreciated breed of professional driver. Not found on a racetrack (usually), drivers put in more mileage than anyone else on the road. There are trucks all over the world and the people who drive them vary in personality like anything else, but they all share a demanding job. Whether they drive for Wal-Mart or deliver on private contracts, they commandeer the road in an array of trucks; Cabovers, Day Cabs, Double Sleepers, and so on.
Lets go straight to our list!
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INTERNATIONAL TRANSTAR II CABOVER
One of the best big rigs ever to hit the road, was one of my favourite trucks was a very common truck in the ’70’s era, the International Cabover Transtar II.
The truck I drove was powered by a 318 Detroit engine.
It was a 13 speed. I think that truck used as much oil as it did diesel fuel! It was pretty loud in the cab, but wow did that truck do a great job!
This cabover was a good solid truck with a short wheelbase and could take a nice, tight turn.
It had a lot of windshield too!
As far as cabovers go, it was fairly easy to work on.
It did it’s job and did it well!
These cabovers were a very popular truck. International sold thousands of them.
They were a good alternative for those truckers who didn’t want to pay the big bucks for the fancier trucks like the Kenworth or Peterbilt long nose trucks.
R MODEL MACK TRUCK
I drove an R Model Mack for awhile years ago.
It was a good hard working truck.
Most truck fans liked the B-Model Mack. Yes, they were a good truck, but I personally thought the B-Models had a pretty rough ride!
That’s one of the big reasons I like the R-Model. Not only did it have a nice ride, but it was a tighter truck than the B-Model. The technology had progressed and Mack created a better riding truck in the R-Model.
The Mack I drove had a 5 and a 3 with a 300 _____engine and a Maxi Dyne, which was Mack’s version of the Jake Brake.
But that old truck was super reliable! It could be -35C and that thing would just fire right up in the mornings!
It was a very reliable truck, easy to work. I never had any mechanical issues with it and of course being a Mack, it got the job done
At the time I was pulling B trains in the Rocky Mountains. She was a little slow going up those big hills, but it never ever let me down.
One of my personal all-time favourite trucks was the W900A Model Kenworth. I’d always wanted to own one.
Love this model with that long hood out front! Such a beautiful truck. It had exceptional styling for a conventional truck in it’s day. Loved the double bunk, the flat top look
I drove a W900A at one of my first truck driving jobs in 1979. It was a nice quiet truck, with a nice interior.
There was one thing I didn’t like about it. It had a terrible turning radius! I needed a football thing to turn that thing around!
All things considered, I thought the KW W900A was one of the best looking trucks ever made.
KENWORTH CABOVER K100
Believe it or not, one of my favourite trucks in another cabover model, the KW K100 Cabover truck.
I loved that double bunk! They were an amazing truck inside and out. They were the size of a small condominium inside, they rode well and had a great turning radius.
Great upholstery too.It wasn’t too much of a challenge to access the motor in them.
They were a sight to behold when rolling down the highway. A real classic truck.
My all time favourite truck is the 379 Pete. I did like the 359 Peterbilt model, but prefer the 379 model. I felt the 359’s had a quality control issue and they weren’t all created equal.
The truck I have now is a 2004 model, which I bought from new, custom ordered.
It’s been a great working truck.
At the time that I ordered this truck, I had also considered a Kenworth W900 but when I compared pricing at the time, the Pete came in at a better price, so I went with the Pete. One thing I didn’t care for the Kenworth model at the time is the drop nose feature.
This model is a good looking truck and still wildly popular today. There are tens of thousands of them still working and on the road!
The 379 Peterbilt rides great, there’s good access to the engine, good quality control and it’s easy to find parts with the dealer network system. I especially love the clean lines of this model of Pete.
My truck has 1.2 million miles on it. I’ve had minor repairs done on it, swapped injector cups and that’s about it.
It’s been a trouble-free truck and it’s still in great shape today.
I really enjoy driving it and it still looks good. It’s made me a lot of money too.
So overall, I couldn’t have asked for more from a truck.
How to Buy the Pickup Truck That Best Fits Your Lifestyle and Your Budget
We examine the pickup pricing pyramid, how to figure out configuration combinations, understanding tow and payload ratings, and clarifying powertrain options.
Pickup trucks are like people. They come in a variety of sizes and offer a diverse range of abilities. Obviously, the biggest difference is that you have a lot more control over the truck in your life than the people you encounter on a daily basis. Jokes aside, the demand for these versatile vehicles has been steadily increasing for the better part of a decade, and pickup-truck sales just surpassed passenger cars for the first month ever.
While the current economic uncertainty and new incentives are at least partly responsible for this, trends prior to the COVID-19 pandemic suggest that truck sales won’t be slowing down any time soon. So, for those looking to take the leap and invest in buying a brand-new pickup, we’ve compiled this guide that aims to help shoppers navigate what can be an intimidating decision due to the sheer variety of choices. (If you want to jump straight to Car and Driver’s favorites, check out our Best Pickup Trucks of 2019–2020.) For the sake of mainstream consumers and our own sanity, we’re not going to discuss commercial trucks (a.k.a. chassis cabs) or go deep into the weeds on technical specifications.
Haulin’ on a Budget
The first thing anyone shopping for a new pickup truck will notice is that, in most cases, they’re considerably more expensive than the average passenger car or SUV. Take the cheapest full-size GMC Sierra 1500, which currently starts at $31,195. That kind of base price is for just the stripped-down, rear-wheel-drive base model that has the simplest of features. This is a primer for the pickup pricing pyramid. The cheapest version of most trucks—except those such as the Ford F-150 Raptor—are bare-bones models that are mainly geared toward tradespeople or commercial fleets. Conversely, a fully loaded Ford Super Duty F-450 Limited can approach $100,000. That’s quite the range.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOWhttps://daf6afcf341a403e0455fc07f62dd616.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.htmlHOTTEST, QUICKEST, MOST DESIRABLEHere Are the Hottest New Truck Deals for MayQuickest Pickup Trucks We’ve Ever TestedHow We’d Spec It: The Trucks C/D Editors Would Buy
While that doesn’t mean base models aren’t perfect for people on a modest budget, it’s important that shoppers understand how broad the pickup-truck price spectrum can be before starting their search. Simply selecting popular options such as all-wheel drive and a crew-cab body style can substantially inflate a truck’s sticker price. For example, even the least expensive Sierra that comes with those two options costs $40,795—that’s an increase of almost 31 percent compared with the base model. The difference in prices isn’t always that drastic, but you still have to be prepared to pay more for a truck than a car or SUV.
What Size Is Right for You?
Everyone can identify a pickup truck, right? The open cargo bed attached to their rear ends is usually a dead giveaway. However, identifying the two size categories (mid-size and full-size) and the two separate classifications (light-duty and heavy-duty) can be more difficult to the uninitiated. These different variations also come with their own set of compromises, many of which are not immediately obvious unless you’re already familiar with their unique attributes.
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Mid-size trucks are the smallest version of this American species, with most people probably recognizing nameplates such as the Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma. While mid-sizers have smaller cabs and cargo beds and can’t tow as much as full-size pickups, their lower asking prices and smaller proportions make them more accessible and easier to maneuver in tight spaces, such as parking lots and various off-road situations. They’re also easier to get in and out of than their larger counterparts and they’re usually more fuel efficient.
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Full-size trucks are more diverse than mid-size ones, mainly because most of them are offered in light-duty and heavy-duty variants. While they’re classified separately and have vastly different capabilities, automakers will share some parts and design cues between both duties. For example, the light-duty Chevy Silverado 1500 has virtually the same interior as the heavy-duty Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD. The heavier the classification the better the truck is at towing and hauling, but as those ratings rise the truck’s driving behavior and ride quality typically declines. That makes light-duty pickups the more practical choice for most folks, and their impressive capabilities ensure they’re one of the most versatile type of vehicle you can buy.
The Long and Short about Cab Sizes and Bed Lengths
There are three main cab sizes when it comes to pickup trucks. The most basic is the regular cab (a.k.a. the single cab). This configuration only has two doors and usually can fit up to three passengers. The next size up is the extended cab, which includes a back seat and smaller rear doors. The biggest and most popular size cab is the crew cab. With four doors and the most spacious back seat available, this configuration helps optimize a truck’s practicality. While full-size crew-cab models have limousine-like back seats, mid-size versions have varying degrees of passenger space in the rear. For example, the Chevy Colorado’s crew cab has a back seat that feels like a small sedan’s whereas the Honda Ridgeline’s rear quarters are more comparable with a mid-size crossover’s.
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HONDA RIDGELINE MARC URBANO
While the Ridgeline is an exception because it only comes with one cab size and bed length, almost every other pickup truck has multiple cargo bed options (the Jeep Gladiator is also not one of them). Trucks with more than one bed size will always have a short bed and a long bed. Sometimes there’s a third size in between those two. The shorter one is often called a standard bed and typically measures between 5 and 6.5 feet. Long beds also come in a variety of sizes and can measure up to 8 feet. However, as with short beds, it’s important to know that not all cab and bed sizes are compatible and that the available configurations will vary among specific truck models and trim levels.
Picking the Right Pickup Powertrain Platter
Not only is it fun to say “pickup powertrain platter,” it’s also accurate, because nearly every truck currently on sale has two or more engine options. While some purists believe that real pickup trucks only have a V-8 and four-wheel drive, the truth is that technology has come a long way in recent years and even smaller four-cylinder engines can make substantial power. There’s also the fact that not one single mid-size truck is available with eight testosterone-pumping cylinders. So, we guess that makes them all fake trucks, right? Moving on. The fact is that all these different engine sizes and their accompanying transmissions (together they’re part of what’s called the powertrain) can make the pickup-truck buying process even more complicated.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOWhttps://daf6afcf341a403e0455fc07f62dd616.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html
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Full-size trucks have the most diverse choices. While the Toyota Tundra and Nissan Titan make things simple by offering a single V-8 powertrain, other light-duty pickups—such as the GMC Sierra 1500 and the Ford F-150—have five (!) different powertrain options. The hierarchy can get convoluted here, because the engine size and pricing don’t follow the same logic across brands. For example, the base engine on the Sierra is a turbocharged 2.7-liter inline-four-cylinder, and the base engine on the F-150 is a 3.3-liter V-6. Conversely, the top engine on the Sierra is a 6.2-liter V-8 and the top engine on the F-150 is a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6. See? It can get confusing. So, we suggest prioritizing what you primarily want to use the truck for before buying one.
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Generally, the smaller the engine, the better the fuel economy. However, don’t forget that these engines typically have to work harder than larger options to move the additional weight, which may affect fuel economy. Those who plan on towing a lot will want to look into the more potent engines as well as the diesel options that are offered on many models, even mid-size trucks such as the GMC Canyon. Diesel powertrains are one of the more expensive options, but they tend to be more fuel efficient and have substantial amounts of torque that make towing easier. The diesel-versus-gas debate is particularly noteworthy when it comes to heavy-duty trucks, which have fewer powertrain choices than their light-duty counterparts. Of course, the cost of diesel fuel and other maintenance costs unique to these oil-burning engines have to be factored in, too.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOWhttps://daf6afcf341a403e0455fc07f62dd616.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html
Know Your Limits, as in Towing and Payload
We saved the most advanced truck topic for last. Although we don’t want to get too complex, there are certain things that must be discussed when talking about a pickup truck’s payload and towing capacity. Both ratings are influenced by the size and classification of the truck in question, which means bigger and heavier trucks can pull more weight behind them and haul more pounds in their cargo bed. Obscure variables such as the available axle ratios, gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), and gross combined weight rating (GCWR) also impact the final figures. Higher axle ratios equal higher tow ratings. The GVWR is the maximum allowable weight of the vehicle and its passengers and cargo. Combine that amount with the maximum weight of a trailer and its cargo, and you have the truck’s GCWR. Confused yet? We hope not.
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Automakers love to advertise the maximum capacities of their pickups, especially heavy-duty ones, but these ratings almost always specifically apply to unpopular configurations and unconventional towing methods. For example, the Ram 3500 can tow up to a staggering 35,100 pounds, but only if the trailer is connected via a bed-mounted fifth-wheel hitch and the truck is the single-cab, dual-rear-wheel, rear-wheel-drive version. The same logic applies to payload capacities. That’s one of the reasons why people who plan to regularly tow or haul need to consider the body-style configuration and mechanical specifications before making a final decision. It’s also a good idea to overestimate the necessary capacities to avoid potentially unsafe conditions.