Pickup trucks have been on my radar a
lot this past week. At home, I’ve finally decided that my 1995
three-quarter ton, 4X4, diesel needs a facelift. It’s going to have
to stay around for a while, so it might as well look nice—or at
A little less than two years ago I paid
a visit to one of the local dealerships and tied to buy a shiny new
truck. At the time, that particular manufacturer was offering a
$3,000 bonus for anything that could be pushed, pulled or dragged
into town to trade on a new model. After the sales manager gave my
truck a once over, he offered me $3,800, essentially giving me only
an $800 trade-in value. I walked away from that deal. If that is all
I can milk out my truck, I think I’ll drive it until it dies.
Mechanically, its in great shape; and
it’s been working well for a long time. But it’s clearly ready for
some minor cosmetic work. In order to spruce it up a little, I’ve
been making some minor rust repairs; and I added a new paint-on box
liner. There’s a new sound system waiting to go in this weekend, too.
All these projects—and a few others yet to come—give me a chance
to evaluate a few products designed for the do-it-yourself market. So
look for a series of articles covering the entire pickup truck
project in the pages of Grainews later this year.
Lining the box with Dupli-Color’s
paint-on bed liner made a big difference.
The other major pickup project this
week involved getting video footage ready for e-Quip TV, which you
can find under the videos link on the home page at Grainews.ca.
Grainews editor Lyndsey Smith and I had a chance to put a 2011 Chevy
Silverado 2500HD through its paces at last month’s Western Canada
Farm Progress Show in Regina.
The folks at GM walked us through its
features and let us evaluate in on camera, so look for that to show
up on the website later this week.
There’s no doubt the venerable pickup
truck has seen significant improvements in driver comfort since my
’95 rolled off the assembly line. Driving that new Silverado and
comparing it to my pickup really highlighted those differences. There
is nice one advantage to driving an old truck, though. Even when it
finally has a new and improved appearance as a result of all those
weekend projects, I still won’t mind throwing a leaky hydraulic hose
in the back. You’d hate to get oil all over a brand new truck,
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