5 Toughest trucks ever


Lets get some things clear, these trucks are not for you if you currently own a RAV-4. These trucks are smelly, slow, uncomfortable, and dont turn or stop well. If you need to pull a tree stump out of the ground, better find one of these. Although most people buy SUVs because it makes their kids safe, you should be terrified if your kid is in one of these.

A list of the 5 toughest trucks ever made:

5. Ford Bronco (until 1977):

Why: In 5th place because it was late to the party. The engine was derived from the Ford Falcon’s (an economy car), so it has a bit more car in it’s DNA than I would like. I also think they are more expensive than they should be. Next!

4. Toyota FJ40:

Why: Basically Toyota’s version of the CJ. Flame wars between the two trucks has been going on for decades, and will continue long after I’m done on this planet. General consensus is that these trucks are a bit more durable than the CJ, but harder and more expensive to fix when something breaks. In the US, at least, FJs are more expensive than CJs because they are much less common. Although both the CJ anf FJ are very similar, I rank the CJ higher, because you can probably find one for sale down the block.

Do NOT confuse this with the current Toyota FJ, which is made for taking kids to soccer games.

3. Jeep CJ:

Why: The CJ is the “civilian Jeep” version of the truck that won World War 2. Its early incarnations are almost exactly the same as the original military design. During the war, they were used to hunt people, after the war, to hunt deer. They are found all over the world, are dirt cheap, and you can fix anything with parts you can find anywhere. Cheap. In a few minutes. With a rock.

Not to be confused with the less cool Jeep YJ (Wrangler)

2. Land Rover Defender:

Why: Defenders have been in production since 1948, and have always had legendary durability. The inside of the truck is entirely spartan; air and water leak in from all gaps, the seats have almost no padding, and good luck if you are in a jump seat. Heat and/or air conditioning (if you are lucky) barely work. Regardless, you can use this truck to put out fires, fight wars, or grow corn. Rover also goes to great pains to make parts interchangable from most years (backwards and forwards), so much so that the president of Land Rover recently claimed that above 70% of the defenders ever built are still in use. Although that may be true, only god knows where he got that number from. This is also the only truck on the list still in production.

1. International Scout:

Why: Arugably the first SUV, the Scout was designed to “replace the horse” by International Harvester (which built farm equipment and commercial trucks) as a competitor to the Jeep CJ. The initial versions of these trucks didn’t even have roll down windows, they just slid sideways. The 8-cyldiner engines are indestructible (the 345 was originally used in school buses and delivery trucks) and Scouts equipped with them were favored transportation for elite units in the Vietnam war, even if the truck seemed dated otherwise at the time. They never overheated, going up hill in 115+ degree weather with no problem. If you look at the radiator, you’ll understand why.

Unlike the Defender, these are dirt cheap to buy. It doesn’t matter how bad the condition of the truck is, it’ll probably run forever as long as you don’t pour gravel into the cylinders. The best part? Styling. There is none.

Update: Super Scout Specilaist is a great source of info.

Update: Just found Hemmings has a very similar article, worth reading.

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13 Responses

  1. welcome back.

    here’s something interesting – the army had these cars that they called General Purpose vehicles, or GP’s. After a while, the term GP became Jeep. true story.

  2. To all the Vikings – thanks for visiting!

    I always wanted to be a Viking. I’m jealous. Can I get in the club?

    Til allur the Víkingur takk fyrir heimsókn! ÉG alltaf vilja til vera a Víkingur. I’m afbrýðisamur. Geta ÉG vera kosinn the klúbbur?

  3. Þakka þú fyrir heimsókn okkar staður!

  4. To dosadi:

    This story you tell about the origins og the GP stamp is only an urban legend.

    It actually was a part of a sorting system Ford used to define their productions, all Ford cars had a stamp simillar to the GPW though they were not the commercial name for the car, but as the GPW was mostly used over seas and no need for marketing, Ford did not give it a catchy name, but the first letter of those three told them what sort of a vehicle it was, for example T was for trucks, B for busses and G was the Government group. The second letter told them the wheelbase the vehicle had, P was for 80″ if my memory does not fail me, and the last letter was some times added for further definition, in this case Willy’s, but they had the rights for the design but their small factory could not cope with the army’s demands.

  5. wow, i guess Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader doesn’t have all the answers.

    thanks for letting me know, dude.

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  7. We have a Dodge Ram 2500 deisel, this truck is tough, we use it mostly for 4 wheeling these days but it gets thru terrain most can’t even touch. Gotta love the Dodge :)

  8. wheres the ’89 CHEVY SUBURBAN in this mix? in my opinion it at least belongs in the top 3. the always tough, always reliable, stock 350 engine. mine always got me out of any sticky situation. and just the structure of the truck itself is near impossible to shake. hitting a trailblazer at 20 mph didn’t even leave a scratch. i may be mistaken since i havent even heard of 2 of the trucks listed here but i know its tougher than the first 3 listed.

    • I don’t know how you wouldn’t know any two of the trucks on this list, but you are right – the old Chevy C/K models are pretty indestructible, and probably should be on the list – good call.

      My particular vote would go to the last generation K5, which was the last of GM’s true SUVs not made for soccer moms.

  9. You should add the Toyota Hilux to that list, do a search for top gears test of it on youtube.

    • True one the Hi Lux. Mechanically they might be the most indestructible ever. The only problem is that the chassis have serious rust problems (seems to be a recurring theme in Toyota’s trucks).

  10. chevy all the way

  11. toughest truck=dodge ram

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