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Shrunken trucks
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Pilgrim (formerly Dennis In Ma)    Posted 08-15-2002 at 19:16:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Back in 88 I bought a new Dodge pikumup with all the options. I really loved that truck, first (and only) new vehicle I ever had - and I was 43 when I got it !

Anyhow, I bought a slide in camper for it and we all lived happily ever after. After about 160k miles, it is still running fine although it's not quite as peppy as it was. I recently inherited an 89 GMC with 57K on it and all of that in Az. So the Dodge goes to my nephew and I drive the GMC.

Putting the camper in was a surprise ! It just barely fit 1/4 in clearance on each side !

I measured the Dodge and found the tail gate is 4" wider than the GMC. Also found out the later GMC's are about another one and one half inches narrower than the 89 ! The Dorfs appear to be even narrower !

Tell me oh, great country people, why full size trucks are getting narrower ? Is it the $2 ea the manufacturer saves on the metal? Is it that they think it will increase MPG ?? Do they ever think many people NEED the bigger older sizes ?

Any know ?? Any one else disturbed about the trend ?

As Bartle And James once said, "Thanks for your support."

Spence    Posted 08-16-2002 at 09:07:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not to mention the extra heavy xtendmycab
jobbies you see that only carry extra people once every 3 years. The box on these can barely carry a fridge and a few cardboard boxes. Don't know why these people just don't get an SUV with a trailer.

I never pick a truck with a short box for that reason. It tells me the guy who bought it did it for looks and nothing else. Right now I've decided not to fight the plution gestapo and go in reverse. I'm going 1972 and older for my pickups. Miss the days when you can adjust the points with a dime, standing beside the motor to boot. Should have never sold my 69 GM straight six, and just put it in mothballs instead of scrap.

Pilgrim    Posted 08-16-2002 at 10:10:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Around here (NE) nothing lasts long enough to keep - rusts out PDQ - although mfgrs have gotten better about building more rust resistant vehicles (read more plastic!)

Les...Hey Pilgrim    Posted 08-16-2002 at 02:09:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
That used to by my CB handle back in about '76.
Best answer to your question: buildin 'em cheaper, they are. People sittin around whose job it is to find ways to make 'em cheaper still.
BTW, went for a ride with my big bro in his '40 Pontiac tother day. It seemed kinda narrow to me. Sure is a neat ole car.

Pilgrim    Posted 08-16-2002 at 10:14:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If you're having problems with a 1940 model, it probably means it was washed too many times and shrunk or many you're getting .......

If you have problems with that one, you'd probably have problems with my old girl pictured here. Two BARELY fit in the front. This was taken in Maine a cuppla weeks ago.

BTW, Les, did you get the pics of my seksy Mom?

Les    Posted 08-16-2002 at 13:47:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah, I did. Wasn't quite sure why ya sent um to me though.

Pilgrim    Posted 08-16-2002 at 15:25:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
When I stated my momma nnever looked like that you said how'd I know. So I thot I'd show ya.

DeadCarp    Posted 08-15-2002 at 19:58:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cars have been shrinking for years Pilgrim. When we tried to put 2 cream cans in the trunk of a 59 Chevy, the lid wouldn't shut so we bought a 58. After all, if you can get by with 3/4 scale, a thing will take 42% the planned material. That's true for anything......

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