(first posted 8/3/2014) I’ve given it some thought over the years, and there’s only one truck that I’ve seriously considered as a theoretical replacement for my F-100, and this is it, and not just because its name is so similar. In fact, the T-100 is almost a perfect update on the Ford, with the benefits of modern technology. Don’t laugh, but I’ll take mine with the 2.7 liter four cylinder. It’s got more horsepower (150) than the Ford (129), and a pretty healthy dose of torque. It’s not like I’m planning on pulling 7,000 pound trailers down the road. Oh wait; I actually have done that with the Ford…
The thing about big new trucks is that you pretty much have to use a trailer for hauling materials that some of us like to still put into beds. But landscapers (and others like me) like a low bed for placing materials, often need to back into tight spaces, or just don’t care to pull around a second bed on wheels. And the T-100 was pretty much the last full-size bed truck to not sit on stilts. It’s old-school Toyota rugged and simple, has that full-sized bed and can fit three in the cab. These trucks are very popular around here with professional landscapers, who try real hard to work them to death, but rarely succeed.
And it gets up to 25 mpg with the four. Just the thing to keep operating and maintenance costs low. That explains why the resale value on these trucks are still holding up. Decent ones are almost impossible to come by.
Well, I doubt Toyota is going to bring back the T-100, but sooner or later hopefully someone’s going to see the hole in the market for a full size bed that’s reasonably low to the ground and married to a mid-sized cab big enough for a tall guy. A torquey four cylinder, gas or diesel, and we’re good to go. Well, I’m not holding my breath, and my old Ford isn’t exactly getting worried yet.