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Affordable Collectibles: Trucks of the ’70s

Posted February 17, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl
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Hard to believe for some, but pickup trucks built in the ’70s are becoming collectible. One of the coolest – yet most overlooked – categories of the era, light-duty trucks, are some of the most affordable classics around. And remember: we’re talking about the Seventies, so when you start really looking, get ready to stumble across some of the weirdest special editions and greatest model names not seen before or after those years.

Chances are, you’ll probably find the trucks still in regular use and not only are most replacement parts readily available, but a few of the repop houses are making new body parts that were once only sourced in junkyards. Speaking of junkyards, the genius of collecting some of the full-size Big Three models is that the body styles ran unchanged for nearly the whole decade, which makes parts interchangeable up and down the years. So here are our favorite Gen X trucks, based on affordability, accessibility and workability. Find your favorite, and drive that monster every day.

Yep. Bring on the workhorses of the funkiest decade.

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02/17/2017 12:08 PM

Second pickup I owned was a 1974 Ford F100 Camper Special XLT something or other.

It came with the 390 FE engine and made it less than 100 miles before the C6 transmission went out. From there I refitted a 460 engine and C6 transmission from a 1977 Lincoln in it and shortly after that it became my first dual fuel propane burner too!

Dark brown and in fair shape other than the tailgate hinges were rusted out so if I ever had a load on it and the gate closed then hit a bump just right the gate would pop out and hang about 1 - 2 inches off the ground behind me so that with every next bump it would hit the ground.

At night on pavement it would shoot a few sparks when it hit and on gravel it would send a spray of rocks up.

Unfortunately I wore it out and it went to the scrap yard minus the bigger engine which one got rebuilt to put out ~400 HP @ 500 Ft/Lb of torque on propane with a overbuilt E4OD transmission behind it and that went into my next pickup which was a 1985 Ford F150 extended cab 4x4.

Now that was a fun pickup to drive!

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02/17/2017 2:13 PM

It's not the price that gets you, it's the storage space....

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02/18/2017 11:18 AM

I had a Travelall 1010 with a 396 v8 and four barrel carb. I called it Sherman the Tank.

It had two tanks, both 20gal I believe, and a switch/valve on the dash to move from one to the other. That damn thing was big and powerful. I raced a thunder chicken up Ralston Ave in Belmont and beat it to the top! It is about a mile of steep and straight with no stops.

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02/18/2017 8:10 PM

Chevy and GMC made the same basic model form 1967-72 and I swear they're all still on the road. I see tow or three of them everyday.

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02/20/2017 10:55 AM

I still have my 73 Ford High-boy Heavy 3/4 ton lifted from the factory. 390 engine and the transfer case is separated from the transmission so it has 3 drive shafts. Nothing tougher!

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