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Best Trucks Ever in Grays Harbor County

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

2003-2006 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) Rubicon

The TJ was smaller and nimbler than today's Wrangler, but represents the highpoint in Jeep off-road capabilities with its coil-link suspension. It boasted a 4.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine that lifted up hard, narrow trails with ease. The long-wheelbase Unlimited models released from 2004 to 2006 were the precursors of today's four-door Unlimited models. The Rubicon package included Dana 44 axles in front and rear with electronic locking differentials, 31-inch Goodyear mud tires, and an ultra-low gearing in its transfer case.

1978-1979 Dodge Li'l Red Express

Sporting 18-wheeler exhaust stacks, the Li'l Red Express was part of Dodge's Adult Toys truck lineup in the late '70s. In 1978, this truck was quicker to 100 mph than any other vehicle. The engineers tweaked a 360 cid V-8 normally used for police duty, and the result was 225 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque- better specs than the best Corvette of that year. The 1978 version did not have the catalytic converter, though the 1979 catalytic model lost nothing in performance nor popularity.

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.

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.

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1946-1968 Dodge Power Wagon

Like the Willy CJ-2A, the Power Wagon was a thinly disguised military vehicle redesigned for civilian use. It represented America's first civilian 4WD truck. It sported a puny 94-hp, 230 cid inline 6-cylinder, instead of the traditional V-8. Rather than relying on huge engines, the Power Wagon got her done with transmission and ultra-low axle gearing instead. Its massive tires gave the Power Wagon a 10-inch clear, allowing it to haul up to 3000 pounds in the bed. Fully restored Power Wagons are still available today, and come in V-8 and diesel engine options.

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.

1957-1965 Jeep FC-150

This cute little number was actually built on the same wheelbase as the 4-cylinder Jeep CJ-5 of the time. They ingeniously put the engine below the cab! The cab-over-engine (COE) gave the diminutive pickup better maneuverability (the FC stood for Forward Control), and was scary to drive at high speeds. Although its little engine and stocky body would usually top out at 65 mph, the FC-150's near-360 visibility made it fun to 4WD off-road.

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?

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