Zyla's Pickup Report

Zyla's Pick-up Report: Readers' "Cherry" T-Bucket, Collector Interest And Hot-Rod Memories
It has a 350 Chevy V8 small block, Competition Cams cam, Weiand blower, 350 Turbo automatic, 8-inch Ford rear, Centerline wheels all around, Corvair steering, Painless wiring, and front spindles from my grandfather’s 1954 Chevy sedan.
When you test drive a vehicle that states on the dashboard “cruise control not operative in race mode,” you know you’re driving something special.
Did GMC Or Chevrolet Ever Make A 4 Door Or Extended Cab Truck In The 1960s?
My question is when did the very first four-door truck appear for purchase and also did GMC or Chevrolet ever make a four-door truck in the 1960 decade?
How Do Cubans Keep Their Old Cars From The 1940s And 1950s Running So Well?
Q: Greg how do they keep all those great cars and trucks from the 1940s and 1950s running so good in Cuba?
Was The International Harvester Scout Ahead Of Its Time?
Q: Greg, I enjoy your column and want to know about the International Harvester Scout. I feel the IH Scout was ahead of its time and was a popular Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) back in the 1960s.
What Is The History Of The First Jeep?
Also, can you give me the story of the first Jeep? There is much information online that is misleading. Finally, if you could give some info on the new Jeep pickup it would be appreciated as it’s been a while since the last Jeep pickup.
Were The 1941 Hudson And The 1957 Dodge Sweptline Car-Like Pickup Trucks?
When I wrote about the 1957 Ranchero in a different column five years ago, some readers asked if the 1957 Dodge Sweptline was a car-truck model and should be recognized as such. I’ll deal with this situation, too.
2019 RAM 1500 REBEL QUAD CAB 4X4
This month, we got a chance to drive the all-new 2019 RAM 1500 pickup for Truck Round-Up, delivered in Rebel Quad-Cab 4x4 trim and packing a powerful Hemi V8 under the hood.
Midsize Chevy Colorado Bigger Than Full Size Trucks Of The Past
As most of my readers know, I also do Test Drive articles every week for many newspapers. And, while driving the second generation Chevy Colorado with the Z71 suspension recently, I realized just how big today’s midsize trucks have become.
10 Pickups Making A Difference
So, with due respect to the past and present class of pickups, here’s my personal “Top 10” list of pickups that made an impact on me along the way.
The Little Red Wagon Wheelstander Pickup
I remember the Dodge D-100-A compact pickup with its 90-inch wheelbase as it toured the country back then on drag strips everywhere. I also remember the Hemi Under Glass and LA Dart Hemis, too.
Ford Ranchero History
As for the Ford Ranchero, it made its debut way back in 1957 and was a popular vehicle with those consumers who I indeed said, “wanted a car but needed a truck" or, vice versa, “wanted a truck but needed a car.”
What's The History of USPS Trucks?
Q: Greg, I enjoy your articles on nostalgia trucks and wondered if you could tell me some history of the mail delivery trucks?
Volkswagen Transporter 4WD Pickups
Q: Greg can you tell me a bit of the history of Volkswagen pickup trucks, specifically the Transporter 4WD units?
Where Can I Find Choo-Choo Customs Parts?
A: George, I’ve got some good news for you when it comes to the parts you seek for your really good looking 1993 Chevy Silverado “Choo-Choo Customs” Silverado.
How Much Would A 1965 Chevy C20 With A Slide In Camper Be Worth Today?
Q: Greg I’m wondering if you can give me some information on a truck and camper my friend used to own but sold eight years ago.
Turbocharger Engine Building Recommendations
Can you tell me your feelings on turbocharging, and give me a few recommendations on turbocharger engine building experts?
Rare 1996 Chevrolet S10 SS Compact Pickup
A: Bryan, you indeed have a very rare Chevy S10 on your hands. Even though compact pickup trucks haven’t appreciated much in the collector car and truck hobby, that SS pickup badge makes it very special.
2017 Toyota Highlander SE
Our review this week centers on the Toyota Highlander SE AWD, powered by a new V6 engine with all-wheel-drive (AWD) underpinnings.
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee
This week, we’re driving the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee, delivered in new Trailhawk 4x4 dress and the most off-road ready of the Grand Cherokees.
2017 Nissan Titan XD Crew Cab
This week, we’re driving the second generation 2017 Nissan Titan, the company’s flagship full-size pickup that comes in rear drive or 4x4 in both single cab or crew cab designs.
2017 Dodge Ram 2500 Power Wagon 4x4
At last year's Tioga Downs Casino auto and truck show, held at the casino located off Rte.17 and 86 at Nichols, N.Y., we took along a brand new 2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Crew Cab 4x4 to display at the Auto Round-Up tent.
When Did Jeep Stop Making A Pickup Truck?
My question is when did Jeep stop making a pickup truck? I remember so many Jeep pickups on the road, but then they disappeared.
GMC Powered Missile Transporter Truck Memories
Q: Greg, your Truck Roundup “Pickup Report” brought back great memories of my time in the Air Force when I worked as a missile tech on the Minuteman Missile transporter (WS133 also known as the TE or TEL).
Wheelstanding Pickups And The Dodge Lil’ Red Truck D-150
A: Michael thanks so much for your letter as it is letters like yours that keeps me going! I’ll get to the Little Red Wagon and the iconic Little Red Express pickups, but first I’ve got to tell you my bicycle memories, too.
Q: Greg, I know you race Chevy cars and also own a nice MOPAR, too. But I feel you will be 100-percent fair when I ask if you feel the Ford Ranchero had it all over the Chevy El Camino?
GMC Truck Engines And Differences Between The 348 And The 409
Q: Greg, I was reading your column about the 409 Chevy engine where you said that the 348 and the 409 were identical from the outside as both had the "W" cylinder head design.
Was There Ever A GMC V12 Truck Engine In 1960?
I absolutely remember a GMC V-12 cylinder engine that was available in 1960 in big trucks. Can you please tell us about this engine, and that there definitely was a V-12 available?
Jeepster History and Fun Facts
James, thanks for the photo you sent along with your letter. Your ’67 Jeepster looks great following the restoration.
Should You Change Your Oil Before Storing Classic Cars Away?
Should I change oil just before I store my collector vehicles or let them sit and then change when I use them for the new season? Also, do you use synthetics or regular oil in your cars?
Jeep History Finally Resolved
I deal with vintage Jeep and Jeep history on a daily basis, and I'd like to further update some of your article's notes. Explaining the history of the Willys/Ford/Bantam (Jeep) is very complex and gets confusing.
Model AA and Model BB Ford Difference
Ford replaced all of its Model A cars and model AA Trucks, which debuted in 1927, with the new B and BB models from 1932 to 1934s. The big trucks, meanwhile, always used the double letter nomenclature as opposed to the cars with the single letter.
Modern-Day Trucks, Collector Trucks and “Backyard Mechanic” Necessities
To summarize this column, today’s manufacturers really don’t want you doing your own mechanical work on your truck, especially with the extended warranties they offer.
Tioga Downs Casino Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show
This past September, a huge turnout showed up at the Tioga Downs Casino car, truck and motorcycle show.