You know how the guys at the Barrett-Jackson auction suggest that you need a high-dollar show quality vintage tow vehicle for your high-dollar show quality classic muscle car ? Well this is not that. However, it is the story of how a quest for a low-dollar roadworthy tow vehicle turned into another classic in the stable.
So there I was, browsing craigslist for a pickup with less than 150K miles and not beaten to within an inch of its life. I was looking at Fords, Chevys, and GMCs (given past good fortune with a Yukon). Everything in the price range was either ultra high mileage, or in ultra scary condition, or both. People get pickup trucks for a reason. After looking at a couple and walking away, I put the word out among the crew and waited. And waited. And waited.
Then one bright sunny day when out running an errand, I see a Chevy van at the end of a driveway with a For Sale sign on it. Long story short, I inquire, I research, I negotiate, I purchase. This is one 1978 (or 79) Chevy G10 with a 5 Liter V8. Now I know what you are thinking, "That is not a pickup!". And you are correct. However, it is a 1/2 ton Chevy with 35K documented original miles where I am the second owner. It has been garaged its entire life, and has heavy duty bumpers and towing kit. Other than its age, it is better than anything that I was looking at by a mile. And it has weatherproof lockable storage in the back.
Of course once I thought about it, the logic was obvious. A neighbor not far away uses his early 90s Ford van to pull his show cars around the country and they weigh 5000lbs. Done. But you know it never stops with the acquisition, and this van has some uuhhmm interesting features. Stay tuned....