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what makes a truck a truck?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by ryan22re, Jan 26, 2006.

  1. ryan22re

    ryan22re 1/2 ton status

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    i've got a problem. my two year old son is starting to talk. he knows the difference between cars and trucks (momies car, dadies truck). now he is starting to point at vehicles and say either car or truck. i try to keep him straight on what is a car and what is a truck, but with all the "crossovers" it gets him pretty :confused: .

    so what constitutes a "truck" for you?

    what is a "car"?

    im thinking the federal government has several things that defines a truck, like flat cargo area, ground clearance, there are several more, but cant seem to think of them.
     
  2. mikey_d05

    mikey_d05 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    A part time t-case :D
     
  3. gmcman7202

    gmcman7202 1/2 ton status

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    any of the new suvs are not trucks.... the new gm sucks, and ford, come on, and dodge.... ya..... i am not buying any of the new stuff, even in 10 yrs, after someone is done with it.... i guess i will be doing body work for a while if i want a truck..... which i consider somethgin that can take a beating, without crying, ie: the chevy pickups before ifs.... its amazing how much an ifs will sag with a plow, compaired to a sfa
     
  4. ryan22re

    ryan22re 1/2 ton status

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    according to mikey, some of them are...and i would have to agree. i may not like them, but at least the engine sits in there the "right" way.

    unlike FWD cars converted to AWD and then have boxy body put on it. but is classified as a truck, because of the cargo floor/awd/passenger capacity. still not a truck, but is called one. (honda ridgeline).
     
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    The way I see it is if its not a pickup or an old 2wd Blazer , it better have more than 5 lug nuts to be truck :D
     
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    mikey_d05 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Haha, ok honestly, to me a truck is body on frame construction, a part time t-case or at least one that locks (thinking of the 203), and is constructed with at least some work or towing in mind. From my point of view, the new crossover utes aren't really trucks. They're more like lifted Subaru's if you ask me.

    Just take your boy home and show him your K5 and make sure he knows that it's a real truck, if he gets that much, he'll do fine. :D
     
  7. k20

    k20 3/4 ton status

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    To be a truck it has to be able to carry a 4'x8' sheet of plywood flat in the bed. (sorry nerraw117, just had to antagonize you some more).

    Actually, it has to be body on frame, no questions asked, have a useable cargo area, and ride like a tank. Any (dont kill me) SUV made after 91 isnt a truck, b/c the SFAs went away, and lost pretty much any utility use, atleast IMO.
     
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    redneckdude 1/2 ton status

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    thats pretty much a truck in my mind. Its got a real frame, real axles, can have 2wd counterparts, but needs to have a 4x4 with a parttime t-case AND low range. Some work use was in mind while building it (although most can't withstand long term hard use before the bedsides fall off, but atleast itll carry a 4 wheeler and can tow a boat..at the same time).
     
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    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    three criteria, for me anyway:

    1) body-on-frame design
    2) a real t-case.
    3) a cargo area that dirty crap can be put in

    last one sounds silly... but lots of weird station wagons might sneak by otherwise. **** that. If you can't throw an oily old engine block in the back without the wife crapping her drawers, it ain't a truck.

    j
     
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    Get him to suv aswell :D
     
  11. big83chevy4x4

    big83chevy4x4 3/4 ton status

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    body on frame
    open cargo area
    carry a 4x8 sheet of plywood with the tailgate shut
    2 doors (no extended cab)
    can't haul more than 3 people and not get hassled by the cops
    V8
    a transfercase or SFA does not make a truck a truck, there are plenty of 2wd trucks that are trucks.

    this makes a truck a real truck to me, everything else is just a wannabe
     
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    a truck has a bed, a semi flat place in the rear to carry or attach somthing
    Deff. from britanica:
    any motor vehicle designed to carry freight or goods or to perform special services such as fire fighting.
     
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    ya i know they are classified as trucks, but come on, if ya go out and buy a new tahoe or burb, are ya even gona think about getting the sucker durty? i wouldnt like the idea of getting durty something that costs that much, that is if u dont buy a striped down work model, if they even allow that in suv form anymore
     
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    Ya mean like the "advancements " you were defending the other day ??????????????
     
  15. shewheeler

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    Definition from google:
    A truck is a motor vehicle for transporting goods. Unlike automobiles, which usually have a unibody construction, most trucks (with the exception of the car-like minivan) are built around a strong frame called a chassis. They come in all sizes, from the automobile-sized pickup truck to towering off-road mining trucks or heavy highway semi-trailers.
     
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    I agree a truck has to be able to haul a 4x8 sheet of plywood with the tailgate up.
     
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    A blazer or a 6' bed truck can do that, just have to cut it:D
     
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    Haha, yes 2 more people sayin 4x8 sheet of plywood, haha, I cant wait for nerraw117 to see this. Just FYI he has a stepside shortbed ranger (Get him! He drives a f*rd!), that I harass him about being a car.
     
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    I think of my Grand Cherokee as a truck...

    A truck is all in how you use it
     
  20. Thunder

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    How about a dead Elk? My truck has to be able to haul big dead things.
    Try stuffing one of these in a POS Liberty:haha:
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