Gun-Dog Pimp My Tired Old Ride

This is my truck. It’s an old, tired, dirty truck with many, many miles on it. The engine and tranny … Continued

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.

So how would you do it? A custom-built topper from Mountaintop or Deerskin or Ainley or perhaps a dog trailer instead? Maybe a nice camper shell with kennels?

What can you come up with? Please pimp my tired old ride.