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What's the pros & cons of living with a pre 60's American pickup? Although it wouldn't be a daily mpg is still a concern, what's the best setup? What's the spares availability like a wheel bearing for example? Or do you change things to make getting spares cheaper & easier? If so how would that effect the points? Thanks
 

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Spares arent a problem, most part shared across many years.

downside
only 2 or 3 seats
dependey upon spec, assume stock not a great top speed

up side

cool as fook
free tax and mot ( if pre 60)
looks awesome
sticks 2 fingers up at your neighbours
 

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Get used to folks asking you to help them move their household items and people chucking rubbish in the back!!!

Personally I'd go with a truck like Streetfighter here has and roll another chassis underneath one. Best of both worlds and you have a seriously cool truck that's not relying on 50/60 years old mechanics.

Either way pick-ups are awesome fun to own.
 

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Always wanted one, owned 1955 f100 for nearly two years now but i done total strip down as thought might aswell do it all in one hit :shake:did'nt epect to take this long as it was ment to be ready for my wedding (year ago next week) but more got into it the more i changed still keeping original chassis just things like Jag ifs, camero rear (many options on ifs front & irs rear) mustang fuel tank. And mostly cosmetic making it my own personal take on how I want it to look.
Burnham autos done most of major work, they have just built a patina 48 f100 with turbo deisel transit engine as workshop truck check their facebook or web page was at swap meet in it sunday and the attention it gets is unbelievable, can not wait to drive mine.
 

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Get used to folks asking you to help them move their household items and people chucking rubbish in the back!!!

Personally I'd go with a truck like Streetfighter here has and roll another chassis underneath one. Best of both worlds and you have a seriously cool truck that's not relying on 50/60 years old mechanics.

Either way pick-ups are awesome fun to own.
Thank you very much.
use it nearly every day, just come home from work in it. done nearly 5000 miles since I got it on the road late last year. still love driving around in it as much as I did on the first day. does around 35 mpg, but if I did it again, i would use a more powerfull turbo diesel.

 

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Got a 56 F100 and can't wait to get it on the road. Been a year in the making and just at the paint prep stage. Got to get a crack on as it's got to be done for the Hotrod Hayride. Need it done before that so I can sort any niggles that need sorting.
 

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Old trucks are great fun to own, but will deliver a totally different driving experience as against any modern vehicle if it's anything like stock underneath. I've had my '50 Chevy truck for 9 years now. It's still on straight axles and cart springs, but I have installed power steering and disc brakes during that time. To me, the charm is that it still drives like a truck; that doesn't suit everybody though, which is why lots of old trucks are only old until you look underneath.
 

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had several, 2 70's c10's,2 econolines, mk1 escort,mk2 cortina, 2 hyundai's, mk2 granada. all great fun...and reccomend having at least one in your life! It can be annoying sometimes as mentioned here already but they give pleasure, one of my most recent ones was a 75' short bed c10.....I miss it a lot!

there will be another in my life at some point!
 
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