February 15, 2011
Gun-Dog Pimp My Tired Old Ride
By Chad Love
This is my truck. It's an old, tired, dirty truck with many, many miles on it. The engine and tranny are still basically sound, but a bit tired. The transfer case could do with a rebuild, as could the front end and suspension. It needs new springs and a lot of the normal little stuff any 16-year-old truck needs. It just seemed like a big hassle and I recently decided to replace it with a new truck. So I took a drive to one of my local dealerships. After recovering from the heart attack brought on by seeing new truck prices, I decided maybe my tired, old truck isn't so bad after all.
Now I have to decide exactly what to do with it and how I should fix it up. That's where you come in. I want you to pimp my truck (hypothetically speaking, of course) into the ultimate budget bird-hunting and gundog-transport rig. I already have some ideas, but I want to see what you can come up with.
Here are the rules: One, no silly stuff. I'm looking for practical, affordable upgrades to maximize off and on-road performance and mileage while staying with a semi-stock look.
Two, all you Ford-Dodge-Toyota-GMC loyalists can't just say "replace it with a Ford-Dodge-Toyota-GMC." I can't afford to and that's why I'm doing this in the first place.
Here's what I need it to do: carry at least four dogs, a small boat, canoe or kayak and all the gear two to three people would need for an extended hunt and/or off-season training. Sounds easy, but remember, it's got to be able to transport at least four dogs, and I've got to be able to load a small, light boat either on top of it or in the bed.
What can you come up with? Please pimp my tired old ride.