5 Vans From The 70s That Will Last A Lifetime (5 That Constantly Break Down)
No one buys a pickup truck without reliability being an important factor. Whether it’s for work, towing, sanding off-road, or just a personal preference, no one ever wants to drive home a pickup truck that they always have to bring back to the service center. After all, not everyone has experience with the mechanical side of cars, and anyone buying a new truck wants to avoid running into problems.
In that vein, if you’re looking for some classic trucks to take home and do their duty as pickup trucks, here are some 70s trucks that have done their job perfectly over the years, becoming renowned for their reliability. Conversely, take a look at some trucks from the same decade that you should avoid if you don’t want to keep fixing constant breakdowns.
1977 Ford F-350 Super Camper Special
With respect to conventional trucks, the Ford F-350 Super Camper Special is still a fantastic truck. Plus, the icing on the cake is that even half a century later it’s still one of the most reliable pickups you can get on the used car market.
No amount of weight seems to affect the truck when the bed has been loaded. Additionally, a 212-hp 460ci V8 offered relatively solid performance and towing capability. For the rather cheap price of $10,000 today, this is a remarkable truck that should last you a lot longer.
The Ford F-100 is part of one of the most iconic series of pickup trucks the world has ever seen. During the 70s, the Ford F-100 came with four different engine options, spoiling the choice for customers. Additionally, they had several other packages to choose from, which made the Ford F-100 one of the most versatile trucks on the market at the time.
For somewhere between $10,000 and $20,000, you can get your hands on a 70s Ford F-100 that is still doing well despite having over 100,000 miles on the odometer. Second, spare parts for the truck remain cheap and accessible, which means it’s not a truck that’s going to give you too many headaches.
1972 Dodge D200
The 1972 Dodge D200 was part of the last D-Series manufactured by the company which ran until 1993. Externally, few changes from the outgoing 1971 models except that the new trucks were stronger and stronger.
The D200 may not be the most renowned truck, but it is certainly one of the most reliable. It’s certainly very hard to turn down if you manage to get your hands on one of these trucks today, and for the price of around $10,000, it’s definitely a bargain.
1972 International Pickup
International hit the pickup market with trucks focused on their work and towing capabilities. Their trucks became known for their ruggedness, strong, bulky bodies, and ability to get through the day’s work without complaining much, if at all.
These trucks barely broke down, which meant they were very convenient to have and use. On the equation that something broke, replacement parts were readily available and fairly cheap to acquire, and for less than $10,000 today these trucks continue to be fairly reliable and do what we ask them without too much hassle.
1970 Jeep Wagoner
What many consider the foundation of the modern SUV, the Jeep Wagoneer is one of the most iconic trucks of all time. With a powerful V8 under the hood, the vehicle was ideal for off-road as well as city driving.
Naturally, for a truck that’s half a century old, some repairs are going to happen, but spare parts for the Jeep Wagoneer are extremely easy to find. The Wagoneer has been running long and hard and if you can get your hands on one even today, it’s most definitely a no-brainer.
Avoid: 1979 Dodge D50
In the battle for the small truck market, Dodge enlisted the aid of trucks manufactured by Mitsubishi and launched the D50 for the local market. Marketed as a work truck, the D50 came with either a 2.0-liter engine or an optional 2.6-liter engine.
Unfortunately, customers quickly realized that the D50 was neither a very powerful nor a very reliable truck. In reality, owners say the truck is only good if you want to have something to keep working on and a period of repair.
Avoid: 1972 Ford Courier
Possibly one of the worst trucks the Ford Motor Company has ever released, the Ford Courier was a weak truck from the start. To make matters worse, its quality has only diminished over time.
Anyone who has purchased this truck and driven it home has reported that it appears to be falling apart inside and out. Severely underbuilt, Ford had simply rebadged the Mazda B-series trucks to revive the Courier in the 1970s, which shows how little effort the company put into this truck.
Avoid: 1978 Chevrolet C/K Diesel
For the most part, many of the pickup trucks that rolled off the Chevrolet assembly line were quite reliable. However, the 1978 Chevrolet diesel cannot be considered one of them. Its 5.7-liter V8 diesel engine was the source of the problem, while being severely underpowered.
Moreover, it was also not reliable at all, as drivers constantly encountered head gasket problems and emissions problems. All of these shortcomings eventually combined to bury this truck under a mountain of bad reviews, causing Chevrolet to cease production.
Avoid: 1977 Dodge D100
Dodge kept the D-series truck design similar for nearly a decade, saying it was in their best interest to focus on reliability rather than style. Unfortunately, the trucks themselves showed just how ironic the statement was.
Not only did the Dodge D100 have terrible fuel efficiency, but it also had electrical issues that were nearly impossible to fix. Additionally, it was also plagued with ignition issues that took some time to research and resolve.
Avoid: 1978 Mitsubishi Mighty Max
It was one of Mitsubishi’s only pickup trucks, and it was clear the company didn’t particularly know what it was doing. Marketed as Mighty Max in the US marketthe “Triton” was a rather unremarkable and unimpressive truck, the problems of which did not help its sales.
In fact, many owners complained that the truck started picking up rust before the first year was even over. Aptly nicknamed “The Rusty”, the L200 just wasn’t as reliable as a Mitsubishi pickup should have been. We would avoid this truck and keep it away from our garage.
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