Something about a truck
Let me start with saying that I know not everyone gets the “truck thing”… I accept that of course because I do not get other “things” in life. For me there is something about a truck though….
Growing up in Connecticut I always had a friend with a truck that I would shovel driveways with and always would want to have one when I grew up. I knew that at that age, there was so much I could do with one, but maybe it was because my father was a truck driver growing up that fueled my passion for rigs.
As I was able to afford my first one, I was living in Charlotte at the time moving back to Connecticut and started looking. I guess growing up in a GM family I was getting a Silverado, but possibility a Ford 1500 due to their popularity and options that were available. As I started shopping, I fell in love with a 2000 Dodge Ram 1500. Black with red accents… Walk out of the dealership with it that day… I was still young so it had a few miles and a few scratches but not enough to notice of course.
This truck in the picture was not mine; it was just a truck I found on the internet. It is a perfect example of the truck that I had though.
I had about 3 acres at the time and all the work I did in this yard as well as moving back to Connecticut was done with this truck. I mean I drove this truck back and forth between those two states at least twice.
I was so happy with the performance of this truck that I wanted to get a new one once I landed a house with 7 acres in Connecticut. I really wanted to move up to a Diesel. I had a few good years and Dodge was running a great 0% financing deal so I figured that I would take a chance to look at one. Well, there was the question of what I was going to do with this truck. At the time, my dad was driving a beat up older car and he really wanted a new car. He was not in a position to be able to get himself a truck so I decided to give him this one. He is a proud man and had $2000 that he gave me in return. For me it was not so much at that time about the $2000 it was more about allowing him to be the proud man he was and pays for his truck. He loved it!!!!
I went off the dealership, came home with a brand new 2000 Dodge 2500 Turbo Diesel in Black of course, and never looked back. I loved that truck. It was not at time that I was into photography and a little before digital cameras so I wish I had more pictures as this truck was loaded, customized and had a big Blizzard Plow on it.
Of course, these are Chevys/GMC’s, but I wanted to provide you of an example of what we were taking about. I loved that truck and plowing was amazingly fun… even though I had a full time job I would plow at nights and overnights because of the fun of it.
When I moved from Connecticut to Florida, I ended up selling my truck, which in retrospect I cannot tell you why I did it, as it was a bad decision. It had low miles and I really liked it but…. I was young and impulsive.
It has been many many years of not having a truck that has really had me missing the advantages and of course the coolness of a truck. I was living in Dallas for a while and went shopping twice for a truck. While living in Seattle I went shopping for trucks, which was the closest I have been in a long time to getting one.
Well, after waiting for 5 years my wife and I decided that it was time for me to get the truck I wanted. I had not been in the market for a long time and knew that Ford and Chevy’s have really done great things with their products so I decided to look at each one. I even looked at the Tundra, which I liked, but I have become partial to diesel at this point.
I really looked at the Chevy first and found that with a loaded LTZ the challenge was not power, exterior looks it was more if the interior creature comforts. It was not as refined as I would want it to be. You ask of course, well it is a work truck; it is a 1 or ¾ ton diesel who cares. Well, I do! Especially since the Ford Lariat and the Dodge Laramie had them. It quickly became decisions between the two….
The Ford was really a strong truck and was a strong contender for me. I really liked all of the positives of the Ford F-250 and of course, since the Powerstroke as out for a while there are many kinks worked out as well as a strong aftermarket of products.
At the end of the day it came down to a few simple things, my power with the luck I have had with my Dodge products, I loved the interior in the Ram 2500 Laramie and I mean who doesn’t like a Cummins!
At this point, the truck is bone stock and I will start to customize it as I move forward. You could follow along with the project here on my blog….
Until then here are the pictures I took the first weekend I had it: