QOTD: Can You Build an Ideal Crapwagon Garage? (Part III: Trucks)

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
qotd can you build an ideal crapwagon garage part iii trucks

It’s time for the third installment of our Crapwagon Garage QOTD series. The first part was all about the hatchbacks, while the second entry focused solely on sedans.

In today’s section of the garage, vehicles with open beds fill our peripheral vision. They are, of course, pickup trucks.

Browsing through the comments section of last week’s sedan inquiry, I had some Why Didn’t I Remember That feels for this:

It’s a circa 1990 Mazda 929S, as suggested by Gtem. This sedan was on my mind a couple weeks earlier when the foundation on this QOTD series was settling. It’s so forgotten that it slips from the mind very easily. Bonus for two-tone paint and lace alloys on three-box formal sedan.

On to the trucks!

Here are the Crapwagon Garage rules by which we must all abide.

  1. A crapwagon must be a vehicle which is relatively easy to find and purchase using an internet.
  2. All vehicles in the crapwagon garage must have been sold as new, in the North American market.
  3. Said vehicles must be obtainable to the casual crapwagon collector (CCC). This means in clean, running condition each one asks $7,000 or less on a normal day.
  4. Your suggestions must fit into the vehicle category of the week. If you don’t like the category, that’s tough. We’ll get to a category you like eventually.
  5. There are five rules to this garage game, and that’s the maximum number of vehicles you may submit for each section. Solamente cinco.

It’s pretty obvious what “truck” means, but I’ll remind everyone that this is not the place to list truck-based SUVs or other items of that nature. Your truck must have an open bed at the rear, with a tailgate. On to my choices.

I’d love to have a later GMT400-era GMC Sierra. They had nice five-spoke wheels, lots of two-tone, and many cab configurations. I’d probably find a black-over-pewter 4×4 example that had been well-kept by an elderly owner. They’re widely available in no-salt areas; you just have to search around for the one I want.

The second garage slot goes to a Toyota T100 today. I always liked the serious, no-frills styling. The T100 was also available in many colors and configurations, and is instantly recognizable as “late ’90s Toyota truck.” There’s something both comforting and competent about it. Desirable! They run forever, so they’re still around (again, in salt-free areas).

What are your Crapwagon Garage truck picks?

[Images: Toyota, Mazda]

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  • JohnTaurus JohnTaurus on Jun 06, 2018

    Can't believe I didn't see this earlier. Anyway, on to my picks. I'm excluding my 1969 F-100 (which I finally was able to get to my house this week). I would take a T-100 as a work truck, but it isn't my first choice. Toyota Stout yes I've seen these under $7k in drivable condition 1966 or older Ford F-100 with Inline 6 and 4spd 1992-6 Ford F-150 4x4 manual 300 (4.9L) I-6, like this one: https://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/cto/d/1992-ford-150-4x4/6584694063.html (yes I know it needs a clutch and other TLC, but even completely restoring its mechanical condition would keep me way under $7k)

  • Richthofen Richthofen on Jun 22, 2018

    Way late to the game as usual. Anyway: -1979 Chevy El Camino Royal Knight -1995 Ford F-150 Lightning -late GMT400 Sierra, agree with the article on this one -Jeep Gladiator/J10/J20 in whatever configuration gets it within budget -late 90's Ram 2500/3500, extended cab/Cummins/DRW. Might as well have a tow rig for all these other crapwagons...

  • Nrd515 I bought an '88 S10 Blazer with the 4.3. We had it 4 years and put just about 48K on it with a bunch of trips to Nebraska and S. Dakota to see relatives. It had a couple of minor issues when new, a piece of trim fell off the first day, and it had a seriously big oil leak soon after we got it. The amazinly tiny starter failed at about 40K, it was fixed under some sort of secret warranty and we got a new Silverado as a loaner. Other than that, and a couple of tires that blew when I ran over some junk on the road, it was a rock. I hated the dash instrumentation, and being built like a gorilla, it was about an inch and a half too narrow for my giant shoulders, but it drove fine, and was my second most trouble free vehicle ever, only beaten by my '82 K5 Blazer, which had zero issues for nearly 50K miles. We sold the S10 to a friend, who had it over 20 years and over 400,000 miles on the original short block! It had a couple of transmissions, a couple of valve jobs, a rear end rebuild at 300K, was stolen and vandalized twice, cut open like a tin can when a diabetic truck driver passed out(We were all impressed at the lack of rust inside the rear quarters at almost 10 years old, and it just went on and on. Ziebart did a good job on that Blazer. All three of his sons learned to drive in it, and it was only sent to the boneyard when the area above the windshield had rusted to the point it was like taking a shower when it rained. He now has a Jeep that he's put a ton of money into. He says he misses the S10's reliablity a lot these days, the Jeep is in the shop a lot.
  • Jeff S Most densely populated areas have emission testing and removing catalytic converters and altering pollution devices will cause your vehicle to fail emission testing which could effect renewing license plates. In less populated areas where emission testing is not done there would probably not be any legal consequences and the converter could either be removed or gutted both without having to buy specific parts for bypassing emissions. Tampering with emission systems would make it harder to resell a vehicle but if you plan on keeping the vehicle and literally running it till the wheels fall off there is not much that can be done if there is no emission testing. I did have a cat removed on a car long before mandatory emission testing and it did get better mpgs and it ran better. Also had a cat gutted on my S-10 which was close to 20 years old which increased performance and efficiency but that was in a state that did not require emission testing just that reformulated gas be sold during the Summer months. I would probably not do it again because after market converters are not that expensive on older S-10s compared to many of the newer vehicles. On newer vehicles it can effect other systems that are related to the operating and the running of the vehicle. A little harder to defeat pollution devices on newer vehicles with all the systems run by microprocessors but if someone wants to do it they can. This law could be addressing the modified diesels that are made into coal rollers just as much as the gasoline powered vehicles with cats. You probably will still be able to buy equipment that would modify the performance of a vehicles as long as the emission equipment is not altered.
  • ToolGuy I wonder if Vin Diesel requires DEF.(Does he have issues with Sulfur in concentrations above 15ppm?)
  • ToolGuy Presented for discussion: https://xroads.virginia.edu/~Hyper2/thoreau/civil.html
  • Kevin Ford can do what it's always done. Offer buyouts to retirement age employees, and transfers to operating facilities to those who aren't retirement age. Plus, the transition to electric isn't going to be a finger snap one time event. It's going to occur over a few model years. What's a more interesting question is: Where will today's youth find jobs in the auto industry given the lower employment levels?