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Old 01-05-2015, 04:49 PM   #155
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Look to tire tread area. Stopping my solo 9,000-lb truck is no easy task. A 5500-lb half ton with tires better for handling/braking is a Corvette by comparison.

I'll quote myself. Chances are that a half ton will be able to stop faster. A lighter vehicle is always at an advantage in this.

It is only when one MUST carry a heavy payload that the bigger pickups are warranted.

The real question is whether the owner has tax deductible miles when still in the workforce . If no, then it is unlikely that a pickup is warranted.

A full timer carrying his complete house is the other exception.

Trailer brakes are that with which folks should concern themselves. Antilock disc brakes can easily stop the combined rig in less distance than the truck will solo. One can do it with drums, but it is a full rebuild and constant attention with performance across the spectrum never as good.
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Old 01-05-2015, 05:26 PM   #156
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Quite a bit smaller. Our Ram 1500 is 29" less wheelbase than the shortest 2500, and a ton or so less weight.
I stand by my comment. Six and a half foot bed, crew cab is same wheelbase for both size trucks, half ton or three quarter or one ton. Jim
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Old 01-05-2015, 05:38 PM   #157
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Has all this bickering caused anyone to buy a truck? I think not.
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Old 01-05-2015, 05:55 PM   #158
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1 more new one , 2 or 3 years from now ...
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Old 01-05-2015, 06:21 PM   #159
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I reckon so-
One more new one a long, long time into the future-
This one only has 44,000 miles.
When I get another one, it will be similar, but maybe white instead of silver with a black interior instead of gray and 4x4.
I luv my truck! It's parked outside!
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Old 01-05-2015, 08:37 PM   #160
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Mr Morgan the later 454 Chevys were fuel injected and pulled good ,lower rpm, Mr Mr Morgan remember your small block is only 325 cu in...Middle 70's to late 80's Doc's hot shot service in Casper had 20 some 454's 1 ton's pulling trailers , 454 's low rpm 60 mph limit on them and they did good at the time..I am going to keep my 3/4 ton diesel because I like the power and performace , at 1500 rpm and 63 mph..the V10 ford is close but not there, I've got friends that own them...the only V10 I like is in a dodge srt, a viper pu 580 hp and it will blow your hair back..I just got home from a cataract surgery on my rite eye, so my reading is not so good...

Once the Chevy big blocks went to the "peanut port" heads in 78 they were a mere shadow of what they were even when they got throttle body injection. To the best of my recollection they never did get port injection before they were discontinued.

In fact,,, my little 5.3 makes more horsepower, in most cases significantly more HP than most any stock 454 made after 1977.

Typically they were around 250 or 260 HP, getting close to 300 HP 285 I think) only VERY near the end of its run.

315 HP for my little 5.3....

The mark fives were discontinued because the LS series of engines were far superior, able to produce more power from a smaller package.




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Not to be argumentative, but Wikipedia says the 454 in 1970 made 390 HP and more to 450 HP for the Corvette. And, the internet doesn't lie.
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Lol, in 1970 I think they used gross horsepower, but even if not, the pre smogger Mark IV motors were A LOT stronger than the post smoggers.

There was a drop in 70, a bigger drop in 73, and a huge hit was taken in 78.

In 78 the large port heads went away, and the "peanut port" heads prevailed throughout Mark IV production all the way through till the Mark V was discontinued.

These heads were pathetic.

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I just purchased a ram 1500 crew cab hemi with 3.92 tow 13400 plenty to tow and brake with my future 27th serenity. the video below you tube is what sold me

2013 Ram 1500 HEMI Sport Takes on Tundra & the Ik…: http://youtu.be/us6d5R1q23U
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Well the biggest difference between the old 454 and today's fuel injected 5.3 is fuel efficiency. Overall similar or better power today. I'm guessing towing is 11 or 12 mpg today vs maybe 8 then. Not towing a much bigger difference. Driving at altitude also much better with the newer engine. Today's newest engines do a remarkable job extracting more and more power from fewer cubic inches.
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Has all this bickering caused anyone to buy a truck? I think not.
C'mon MHony, you know the reason for all this incessant bickering is that there is so little at stake.

BTW, I think diesels are better than gas, Honda generators are better than Yamaha, Equalizer's are better than Hensleys, Coke beats Pepsi and don't get me started about whether synthetic is better than dyno oil. (slinks away now that the mines are set....)
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And Rams are better than Chevy are better than Ford ans Airstreams are the best made. We need to start a new thread, this is fun. Jim
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Someone don't have enough to do. !!!
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Yea, if any of us had "enough to do", we wouldn't be on here!
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