When it comes to classic vehicles, there are tons that come to mind, like the ever-popular muscle cars. Some have vintage or retro style elements, while others have unique mechanics powering them up. Classic trucks, however, have little that defines them for the classical market.
Years ago, these trucks were created for one purpose, and that was to work. Obviously these trucks never meant for the word ‘fun’ to be part of the description.
Trucks haul items back and forth to job sites, so style was unnecessary to have when designing. Plus, the mechanics really weren’t anything special, it just had what it needed, to do its job. So, what exactly do you look for if you want to invest in a ‘classic’ pickup?
What to expect when looking
If you buy a truck, that’s 40-60 years old, be prepared for how it runs. A truck built in the 1960s, for example, won’t have the capability of running like our modern trucks do. You would have to make adjustments in order to get them up to speed. The drive reports that older trucks are likely to have one or more of the following issues:
Most old trucks will have some sort of rust. The longer a truck is around, the more it’s exposed to the elements of weather. Rust is inevitable after several years have passed unless the truck remained in storage for most of its existence.
Older trucks will contain older parts, and that means it’ll break down at some point. That happens with any vehicle, but the issue here is that it may be more difficult to find one to replace it. Newer pieces don’t always work with older structures. You may have to build whole new systems instead. Be prepared for costly replacements.
Be prepared for smaller cabs. Nowadays, trucks are built with ample space for a family to ride comfortably. But, that wasn’t so years ago. Trucks often had one bench seat that could fit a total of three people. If you’re looking for one to haul your family around in, you must find a newer one to accommodate them.
What you should look for in a classic truck
Trucks that aren’t quite that old, are usually your best bet, especially if you plan to spruce it up. Pickups from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s are good examples. You can get them for a low price, and parts are cheaper as well. Also, it’s easier to work on them, than it is to fix the newer ones or the much older trucks.
You should also go for the more popular brand name. Dodge, Ford, and Chevy are the bigwigs in the automotive industry and always have been. Finding parts for these types of trucks is a whole lot easier to do than the less common ones. You can also find the parts you need in most salvage yards for an even cheaper price.
If you’re looking for an older pickup, say from the ’50s or ’60s, find a truck that you can make small adjustments to. Let’s say, you find a ’60s pickup in good shape and it has a decent price. Snatch it up and then invest in adding disc brakes to the front tires. If you can add power steering to it, even better.
Finding a classic pickup truck isn’t that hard as long as you take your time looking and consider some of the things mentioned in this article. Know what to expect for the year and model of truck you will buy and be prepared for the performance it will bring. Don’t be afraid to make some small changes, if possible, to enhance your old truck and make it a classic in your garage.