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    Mr socal Tom, if I may ask, are/were you in the public service field?
    Not trying to be rude, it seems as though you have a need to educate people about regulations in CA on a thread that is about reliable old vehicles.
    Not everyone on this thread is from Cali.

    Your last sentence is correct.

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    straight 6 Ford pickup, as someone mentioned. Nissan Hardbody 4 cylinder pickup is called the poor man's Toyota, but I've always preferred mine to the '92 Toyota pickup I had for several years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Comanche Scott View Post
    Model A Tudor. Incredibly reliable and simple. It's a 4 door with a very comfortable back seat.
    The Tudors had 2 doors. The Fordors had 4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blind Cleric View Post
    straight 6 Ford pickup, as someone mentioned. Nissan Hardbody 4 cylinder pickup is called the poor man's Toyota, but I've always preferred mine to the '92 Toyota pickup I had for several years.
    No doubt that straight 6 will last but parts are more of an issue for Ford. Ford changed thing more often than Chevy and parts aren't as available, at least out my way.

    If you are wanting to go old school and keep something running it is hard to beat a Chevy 350 small block. You don't have to go far to find parts for them.

    Too many Ford trucks have that goofy-*** front twin I-beam suspension crab also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rruff View Post
    The Tudors had 2 doors. The Fordors had 4.
    Thanks for catching this.

    I know better. I just finished rebuilding the carburetor, updating the battery and tuning up my Brother's '29 Blindback.
    Maybe it's just wishful thinking, as I'd like to have a Tudor.

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    Lots of good points made so far for sure. You can make any older iron new again if you replace every part. This is easy and affordable with small block powered GM products and Dodge products, I don’t have much experience with that era Ford. The important part is finding a solid frame and rust free body to start with, which is difficult as far as older Toyota’s go. This may also be why if you find one they tend to command a premium. But in my experience that price difference isn’t really ever lost because you tend recoup if you sell it. With gas prices these days though, four cylinder mileage vs. V8 could be a deciding factor too.


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    Default What are some of the most reliable old vehicles?

    6.2 CUCV would get you a full size square bodied GM pickup with a (gutless) fuel efficient “ish” diesel... then again if you’re not going far, need to haul anything, or stand taller than 5’10”, then a Samurai is a fun, affordable, fuel efficient little beast worth considering.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Simons View Post
    Lots of good points made so far for sure. You can make any older iron new again if you replace every part. This is easy and affordable with small block powered GM products and Dodge products, I don’t have much experience with that era Ford. The important part is finding a solid frame and rust free body to start with, which is difficult as far as older Toyota’s go. This may also be why if you find one they tend to command a premium. But in my experience that price difference isn’t really ever lost because you tend recoup if you sell it. With gas prices these days though, four cylinder mileage vs. V8 could be a deciding factor too.


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    Default Steyr 12M18 - USA legal

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