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01/07/2016

Best Trucks Ever in Saint Lucie County

We've given our opinion on the best sports fishing boats ever, now it is time for trucks. This list is just an opinion, so let us know what you think.

1971-1980 International Scout II

International's Harvester Scout was one of the most popular 4WD vehicles in the '60s and '70s, but the second generation's larger and more modern models attract enthusiasts today. The Scout II was heavy and versatile, designed to tackle any task assigned to it. The Dana 44 axle came standard after 1974, along with disc brakes, making the later years more popular. Options included either a 304 cid V-8 or a hefty 345 cid V-8. After 1976, roomier options were available in the Traveler SUV or Terra pickup versions with 18-inch wheelbase.

1999-2007 Ford Super Duty

The Super Duty's introduction in 1999 changed the heavy-duty truck market forever. Before then, folks had to modify their light-duty trucks for heavy work. No more. The Super Duty represented a full line of heavy lifters for the work crowd and recreational towers that left the regular F-150 for milder work. Its engines were Super Duty indeed, coming in three choices: a 6.8-liter gasoline V-10, a 5.4-liter V-8, or a 7.3-liter turbodiesel with an impressive 500 lb-ft of torque. Its side mirrors were manually telescoping, allowing for extra visibility when towing. The Super Duty allowed Ford to capture the heavy-duty market, which it still dominates today.

1979-1985 Toyota Hilux

While Datsun was the first Japanese toe-hold in the American truck market back in the 1950s, Toyota has dominated in the decades since. Toyota offered the first 4WD compact truck with the 1979 Hilux, and a nearly bulletproof drivetrain. Exceedingly reliable, and offering serious ground-clearance for off-roading, the Hilux became the quintessential compact pick-up.

1972-1979 Datsun 620

Representing the fourth generation of the 620 in the US market, the long experience of Datsun finally paid off. The truck looked beautiful, with winglets along the bedsides, but it also introduced a number of innovations. It was the first compact truck with a long bed and offered the King Cab in 1977. These King Cabs became the staple of the surfer in 1970s Southern California and blossomed the sport compact scene.

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1993-1995 Ford Lightning

Ford launched the Lightning in direct response to the success of Chevy's 454 SS, but they responded with heavy fire-power. Tuned by the Special Vehicles Team, this high-performance truck sported a modified 5.8-liter small block V-8 that produced 240 hp and 340 lb-ft of torque. They lowered the suspension, and added new shocks, springs, anti-roll bars, and 17-inch tires for a vehicle that outhandled its Chevy competitor. Although only 11,000 of this first generation of Lightnings was produced, its popularity forced Ford to recommission the model in 1999.

1981-1985 Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler

Wanting to compete in the compact pick-up market, Jeep briefly entered with the CJ-8 Scrambler. To this day, Jeep's online forums are a-buzz with pining for a return of the Jeep pick-up. Jeep took its CJ-7, stretched the wheelbase by 10 inches and lengthened the body to be more pick-up-like. Their longer wheelbase made for a smoother ride than the regular CJs. Because less than 30,000 were ever built, their rarity is causing a surge in their popularity.

1991-1993 GMC Syclone/Typhoon

Perhaps the strangest truck ever made, the GMC Syclone took a humble S-15 compact pickup body and put in a 4.3-liter turbo-charged V-6 that produced 280 hp and 360 lb-ft. of torque, beating the Corvette of the time. In fact, the Syclone and Typhoon used the same Corvette automatic transmission and shifter, but with All Wheel Drive. You could beat any sports car on the lot by just putting the pedal to the metal, going from 0 to 60 in just 4.3 seconds. It couldn't carry much and couldn't tow anything, but who cares?

2007 Ford F-150 Harley Davidson Supercharged

Although Ford and Harley Davidson had collaborated on pickup trucks since 1999, it was in 2007 that they took it to a new level. It looked the same as its predecessors, with Harley badges, big chrome wheels, and special paint, but the optional supercharger kit set this bad boy apart. The supercharged option boasted a 5.4-liter V-8 that produced 450 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque, serious business then and still today.

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