2012 Ford F-150 EcoBoost goes a long way
The 2012 Ford F-150 EcoBoost 4X4 now comes standard with a 36 gallon tank, combined with 21mpg on the highway, you'll be going a mighty long way before you need to look for gas, almost the entire length of California, for instance. No need for one of those aftermarket fuel tanks in the bed, this truck will get you there and back, up to 756 miles.
Ford says the EcoBoost V6 has become a best seller:
The F-150’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, which debuted earlier this year, has quickly become the industry’s top-selling V6 engine in full-sized pickups. The F-150 EcoBoost outsells all competitive V6 full-sized trucks – Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Toyota Tundra and Dodge Ram – combined.
Yes, the fill up is a big one, but once done, you're good to go. No worrying about gas while you're on the job, plan your fuel stops to fit your schedule. Nice touch.
Legacy Classic Trucks Dodge Power Wagon
When did the line between trucks and cars get blurry? Some years back, trucks not only worked hard, they had a look all their own. Those big rounded fenders and spartan interiors just made you want to roll up your sleeves and get the job done. Today, a lot of those hard working vintage trucks are finding new homes in the garages of guys who want something that looks like a truck and is a whole lot simpler than what you can find in your local Ford or Chevy showroom, but the years have taken their toll and those trucks often need work, sometimes, a lot of work, before they're ready for daily or even weekly duty. If you've found your truck but it needs more than your available time or skills can carry out, Legacy Classic Trucks might be able to help. Whether classic pickup or old Dodge Power Wagon, you should see what they've been doing.
Legacy Classic Trucks Chevy Pickup
Legacy Classic Trucks provides three levels of restorations:
- Stage 1 is pretty much everything you need to make your truck a reliable daily driver and work truck. It will start, stop and run like it's supposed to and it will pass safety inspections required by your local motor vehicle department.
- Stage 2 is a full body on frame restoration. Engines and mechanical systems are rebuilt or replaced, electrical upgrades to handle a few more accessories and maybe some modern conveniences to make your truck more up to date and a touch less spartan.
- Stage 3 is a body off restoration and rotisserie paint job. Everything is an option, full interior makeovers, just about anything you want and can afford. What you get is show truck quality and appearance while still having a truck you can drive proudly anywhere.
If you can appreciate these classic trucks but really need some experienced hands to do the work, this is a shop that might be worth a look. The full restorations aren't cheap, the Power Wagons are in six figures, but what you get for that investment would look good parked next to your hunting lodge and it would get you there and back no matter how bad the weather.
Not for everyone, but maybe for you? Check 'em out.
Link: Legacy Classic Trucks
Callaway C19 SportTruck
Roush and Saleen have been building high performance pickups for some time now, both adding their attention and considerable talent to Ford's extremely popular F150. Now Callaway joins the fray with the Callaway SportTruck, a supercharged version of Chevrolet's line of light and medium duty pickups based on Silverado 1500, Silverado 2500 HD, Avalanche, Suburban 1/2 Ton and 3/4 Ton, and Tahoe chassis. They can be either 2WD or 4WD and with any equipment group, cab style or bed length.
The SportTruck comes in SC450, SC490 and SC540 versions:
SC450 – Supercharged 5.3 liter V8, 450 bhp/450 lb-ft torque Avalanche, Silverado 1500, Suburban, Tahoe
SC490 – Supercharged 6.0 liter V8, 490 bhp/481 lb-ft torque Silverado 2500HD
SC540 – Supercharged 6.2 liter V8, 540 bhp/522 lb-ft torque Silverado 1500
The best part is you get the same fuel mileage as the original, excellent drivability and 50 state legal emission compliance. Not bad. I guess all of that work on Corvettes and Camaros works on pickups, too.
Link: Callaway SportTruck