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I was just wandering.
#1374043 Wed Aug 19 2020 04:34 PM
Joined: Feb 2001
Posts: 6,855
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Master Gabster
Yes, I let my mind wander back to the good ol days. They have what they designate as work trucks with less content which makes a lot of sense for someone who wants just the basics. Why can they not extend that to cars? No entertainment except a basic radio, stick shift, no electric door locks or windows maybe vinyl seats, rubber floor mats. You get the idea. A lot of what is in my new car I had to take because what I wanted was in a package and I am sure the manufacturers have researched adnauseam to add to the markup. ohwell I copied this. for illustration.
Remote Keyless Entry
Remote locking tailgate
Theft-deterrent unauthorized entry system
Convenience Package
EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate
Rear window defogger
Price Change: $630
To get the keyless entry this what I had to add. My memory is short but it deleted some other things that were standard. dang This was on a basic GMC Caanyon. Total was $29710. Just think of the classic trucks you could have for that kind of money even up to the low 1970's.


Ron, The Computer Greek
I love therefore I am.

1960 MGA Roadster Sold 7/18/2017
1954 3100 Chevy truck in the Gallery
2017 Buick Encore
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Re: I was just wandering.
WE b OLD #1374050 Wed Aug 19 2020 05:59 PM
Joined: Oct 2005
Posts: 2,994
"Hey! I sound like Darth Vader!!
When the fleet vehicles are done, the remarketing department found that power windows, door locks, AC, etc made them more money in sales than the vehicles that didn't have that stuff. So the acquisition department buys vehicles with all that stuff, even though it is a fleet.

Some of the complaints I get at the shop for the light duty fleet, is that a key fob won't work. Typically a battery. I tell them, they can still insert the key in to the lock cylinder. Their come back is usually dark parking lot, scary burglar types, gotta get in the vehicle quick, stuff. I just shake my head, wonder who raised these people, then send one of my guys over there with a battery. I mean, I've actually had, once or twice, "The key fob doesn't work! We can't get in the vehicle!!" Followed by me saying, did you try the key? "Oh yeah." dang

Re: I was just wandering.
WE b OLD #1374146 Thu Aug 20 2020 01:49 PM
Joined: Nov 1995
Posts: 4,646
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Unrepentant VW Lover
Ron, Back in the day, wasn't the car equivalent to the "work truck" called a salesman's coupe or a business coupe or something like that? A two-door with no back seat to have space for sales inventory or example cases, etc.

I wish they had that today. My '14 E-350 van was ordered as part of a fleet deal. Rubber floor throughout. Plain plastic interior. No whistles or bells other than the cruisecontrol and the electric windows. The radio is the 21st Century version of the ole AM radio -- just am/fm and cd player with an aux input (not USB, though ... frown ) It's great. To clean it, I just open all the doors and windows and run the leaf blower through it from one end to the other.


John
"There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes..."


'49 Chevrolet 3804

Re: I was just wandering.
WE b OLD #1374149 Thu Aug 20 2020 02:11 PM
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 2,612
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Shop Shark
I'm with you John. My old Ranger has 400k miles with ZERO problems. On about it's third battery, 4th timing belt, and SECOND set of brake shoes. First tune up came at 300k miles. I move the seat with my butt, crank on handle to raise/lower windows, push down clutch and move lever to shift gears, and hum an old tune if I want sound. No wiring troubles with almost no wiring, relays, solenoids, etc. If I absolutely had to get to Alaska in a set time I'd take the old Ranger. My daughter's 2020 Honda has a 10 speed automatic trans and NO shift lever; just a pad with P,R,N,D that you tap with your finger tip. I'm sure it will give 400k trouble free miles.


Evan
Re: I was just wandering.
WE b OLD #1374151 Thu Aug 20 2020 02:35 PM
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Posts: 9,025
Grease Monkey, Moderator General Truck Talk & Greasy Spoon
Look at post # 1361120 for a video of my 1939 Dodge Business Coupe. They were truly the Salesman’s showroom back in the day. chug


Martin
'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)
‘65 Chevy Biscayne 4dr 230 I-6 one owner (I’m #2)
‘39 Dodge Businessmans Coupe
USAF 1965-69 Weather Observation Tech (got paid to look at the clouds)


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Re: I was just wandering.
WE b OLD #1374175 Thu Aug 20 2020 07:05 PM
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Shop Shark
Oh yes, My brother Fred bought a 1957 Chevrolet 2 door 150 body with two four barrels, posi. rear end O97 Duntove cam and Corvette intake and valve covers. It had no radio, no back seat (just cardboard), three speed close ratio and that was about it. We both had a blast in that THING. My wife paid cash to get a new Jeep 4 door sport, she did not want power door locks or electric windows. Our local Jeep dealer had a hard time finding one. After two months they found one out of state. It had the large Bridgstone 16's running boards brush guards, two tops and skid guards on the bottom. They could not find another one so all of that was no cost. Plus she paid cash at the end of the month when dealers are trying to get their floor plan for the next month cheaper. I learned that from an old cracker millionaire, he told me he always bought his new Chevy's on the last day of the month. He said you may wait until 11:30 pm but you will always get a good deal. He can afford it but he never gets all of the glitz and glamour which does not bother him a bit, usually he get power windows and locks with no charge. Doc.


Currently making 1954 3100 better than new
Re: I was just wandering.
WE b OLD #1374179 Thu Aug 20 2020 07:24 PM
Joined: Jan 2020
Posts: 497
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Shop Shark
Oh by the way We b OLD, security cameras good dogs and a 45 can stop most burglars on your property. A little more difficult in public. Don't leave anything you want to keep in your vehicle, insurance can take care of anything else. Nothing is more valuable than your life and loved ones. I do install alarm systems on my cars though but, I live in Central Florida where nothing is safe. Soon to be out. Doc.


Currently making 1954 3100 better than new
Re: I was just wandering.
WE b OLD #1374182 Thu Aug 20 2020 08:19 PM
Joined: Feb 2001
Posts: 6,855
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Master Gabster
The one thing that amuses me is the warning on the screen that says something like this. Distracted driving is dangerous. Then I have to find which button turns that off while I am driving. Yes, John M. when I lived in Maryland on the dairy farm my cousins were neighbors and next door to me was John McGreevy's junkyard. My cousins would buy and old 2 door and take the trunk lid off and build a wooden platform in it and haul the milk cans to the end of the driveway to the milk platform for the pick up then drive on to school. The older was not allowed to drive, circa the 1950s. It is very curvy in northern Maryland once the tire came off and passed the car and they chased it down and put it back on and went on to school.


Ron, The Computer Greek
I love therefore I am.

1960 MGA Roadster Sold 7/18/2017
1954 3100 Chevy truck in the Gallery
2017 Buick Encore
Pix on Photobucket
Re: I was just wandering.
WE b OLD #1374245 Fri Aug 21 2020 04:55 AM
Joined: Oct 2006
Posts: 11,766
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Extreme Gabster
I'm like John, my 2014 was the last new truck I will buy. This one's gonna last me another 22 years,
after which I'll be needing a long black hearse.
I hate dealing with car dealers so Sweetie face went down and bought this one for me. Gave her
a list of what I wanted and here's what they was able to find. They had to do an out of state (we're in
Illinois) dealer trade to find it. 1/2 ton, had to be Red, small V8, wanted stick, no where to be found
had to take automatic, had basic radio am/fm, had to take the electric windows, no chrome, rubber
mats, had over sized tires, had to have a towing package. That was it!
Even with that sparse of a work truck, we still had to take out a mortgage on it, which we just paid off.
Actually, I put about as much mileage on Old Blue each year, my '50 as I do on the Silverado now a days.
Ain't retirement great!
Denny G
Sandwich, IL

Re: I was just wandering.
WE b OLD #1374246 Fri Aug 21 2020 05:14 AM
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 1,737
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Fox Online
A teacher, but always an apprentice.
I hope to purchase a new truck next week. A 2004 GMC Duramax. It has 154,000km. I hope to drive it for at least 15 years. My Tundra lasted 12years for me. It is a 2006 and I don’t want all the glitz that new vehicles come with either. I don’t need my truck to tell me that it is raining!

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