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    What Truck to Buy?

    I'm looking at buying a truck. Something between 1938 and 1955.

    Anyone have any pros and cons of which models are best? Worst?

    I want to keep it all original so no big blown V8's or anything like that.

    Who has experience with what?

    I'll be using this truck as a truck to haul and daily drive.

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    is the the wrong thread for this?

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    I guess if it were me, I'd go with a 48-53 Chevrolet. They had an excellent inline 6 in them, the motor is good, reliable, and has a ton of torque. The only issue you may run into is with any vintage truck the rear end may need to be changed. They don't have highway gears. If you're only going to be going 45 or less for the most part, you'll be alright. I do know of people who have blown them up at highway speeds, though.



    My dad has a 1952 Ford F-2. It's an excellent truck, with the legendary flathead V8. You will run into the same rear end problem, though.

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    Also, you will have to change the valve system in most motors as they were designed for leaded gasoline. As a driver, I would stick with post war Ford Chevy or GMC as the parts will be MUCH easier to find as opposed to IHC or Jeep for example.

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    thanks,
    I'm leaning towards the GM's 48 on as they look better to my eye then the fords, but the fords looks better pre-war than the GMs...

    I love the 39 Fords, but doubt I'll find one.

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    You can also still get lead additive in the meantime.

    Quote Originally Posted by DeaconKC View Post
    Also, you will have to change the valve system in most motors as they were designed for leaded gasoline. As a driver, I would stick with post war Ford Chevy or GMC as the parts will be MUCH easier to find as opposed to IHC or Jeep for example.
    -Tom N.

    I tell it like it used to be.

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    For sentimental reasons and because it's right in the middle of the range you're considering, I'll suggest a 1952 Chevrolet. My dad had one and it was a great truck. (I wish I had it today.)
    Joel

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    Studebaker.
    1937

    1946

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    Or a 1946 Dodge

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aristaeus View Post
    Studebaker.
    1937
    I've been looking for a '37 Studebaker like this for five years...

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