Best Trucks Ever in Grapevine
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1978-1980 Ford Bronco
In the 1970s, the Chevy Blazer and Dodge Ramcharger SUVs were based on full-sized pickups, but the Ford Bronco retained its small stature until 1978. That year, it switched to the F-150 chassis and offered the option of a brawny 460 cid V-8 engine. In 1981, Ford decided to alter the design again, removing the Dana 44 solid front axle, making it less capable off-road. As a result, these first three years of the big Bronco represent the cream of the crop.
1999-2007 Ford Super Duty
The Super Duty's introduction in 1999 changed the heavy-duty truck market forever. Before then, folks had to modify their light-duty trucks for heavy work. No more. The Super Duty represented a full line of heavy lifters for the work crowd and recreational towers that left the regular F-150 for milder work. Its engines were Super Duty indeed, coming in three choices: a 6.8-liter gasoline V-10, a 5.4-liter V-8, or a 7.3-liter turbodiesel with an impressive 500 lb-ft of torque. Its side mirrors were manually telescoping, allowing for extra visibility when towing. The Super Duty allowed Ford to capture the heavy-duty market, which it still dominates today.
1984-1985 Toyota 4Runner
Representing the most rugged and durable of 4WD vehicles, the only thing that would destroy a 4Runner was rust. They were over-engineered for durability. A solid axle and leaf spring suspension allowed for respectable off-roading and the fuel-injected 22RE four-cylinder engine is nearly indestructible. Unlike today's 4Runner models, which are integrated SUVs, the original 4Runner was much more similar to a pick-up with a cap.
1972-1979 Datsun 620
Representing the fourth generation of the 620 in the US market, the long experience of Datsun finally paid off. The truck looked beautiful, with winglets along the bedsides, but it also introduced a number of innovations. It was the first compact truck with a long bed and offered the King Cab in 1977. These King Cabs became the staple of the surfer in 1970s Southern California and blossomed the sport compact scene.
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1989-1993 Dodge Power Ram W-250/350 Cummins Turbo Diesel
Chevy and Ford dominated the heavy-duty pickup market until this Dodge Power Ram with a Cummins turbo diesel came along. At the time, Cummins had stronger name recognition than the Dodge Ram for durability and longevity. Now Dodge had entered the ring. The Power Ram Cummins six-cylinder made more torque at 400 lb-ft. than its competitors, and started the torque war between Ford and GM that continues today.
1981-1985 Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler
Wanting to compete in the compact pick-up market, Jeep briefly entered with the CJ-8 Scrambler. To this day, Jeep's online forums are a-buzz with pining for a return of the Jeep pick-up. Jeep took its CJ-7, stretched the wheelbase by 10 inches and lengthened the body to be more pick-up-like. Their longer wheelbase made for a smoother ride than the regular CJs. Because less than 30,000 were ever built, their rarity is causing a surge in their popularity.
1990-1993 Chevy 454 SS
Building upon the sports truck craze of the late '80s and '90s, Chevy spurred it on with its 454 Super Sport. Redesigning their new full-size pickup lines, GM decided that the new bodies would be perfect for a high-performance pickup. The black on black 454 SS took a big pickups 454 cid big-block V-8 and added a Turbo 400 three-speed automatic and 9.5-inch rear axle. The next year, the three-speed was swapped out for a four-speed, resulting in 255 hp, 405 lb-ft of torque, and 0 to 60 in 7 seconds. Here was a hark back to the muscle car days, taking a big engine and tweaking it for fun.
2007 Ford F-150 Harley Davidson Supercharged
Although Ford and Harley Davidson had collaborated on pickup trucks since 1999, it was in 2007 that they took it to a new level. It looked the same as its predecessors, with Harley badges, big chrome wheels, and special paint, but the optional supercharger kit set this bad boy apart. The supercharged option boasted a 5.4-liter V-8 that produced 450 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque, serious business then and still today.
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