In the neverending quest to keep products new (or at least looking new), Nissan recently announced that the '09 Frontier will look out at the world through a new front fascia, wear new wheels (16-inch and 18-inch), and be available in some new packages, including the PRO-4X off-road model. This new trim level features Bilstein off-road high-pressure shock absorbers, additional skidplates on the oil pan and transfer case, an electronic rear differential locker, two- or four-wheel limited-slip differentials, and unique, machine-finished, 16-inch aluminum-alloy off-road wheels with large BFGoodrich P265/75R16 Rugged Trail tires.
If you didn't already know, the Frontier is a pretty serious truck. It's based on the fullsize Nissan Titan, but in place of the Titan's V-8 the Frontier uses a DOHC 4.0L V-6 with 261 hp and 281 lb-ft torque.
Rumors Of Ford F-100
With bits of news coming from manufacturing suppliers and leaks within Ford Motor Co., it seems that Ford will produce a downsized version of the F-150 and may call it the F-100. The truck could be available as early as 2011 and would get naturally aspirated and turbocharged versions of Ford's corporate 3.5L V-6. It is also possible that a 4.4L diesel V-8 will be part of the engine mix. It's expected that Ford will introduce the 4.4L in the F-150 for 2010.
10 Mostly Worthless Facts
1.In the television show Sanford and Son, Redd Foxx rocked a '51 Ford F-1 pickup in the opening and closing credits of all 135 episodes.
2.The change from F-1 to F-100 designations occurred the same year as Ford's golden anniversary, 1953.
3.Larger accelerator pump squirters are not always the answer for a starting line carburetor bog. Just because you can drill them out to 0.060 doesn't mean you should.
4.By the time you read this, someone on the Sport Truck staff will probably have received a ticket for talking on his cell phone while driving. It will probably be Mike.
5.After he gets that ticket, he can mail it to www.headsets.com to get his free Bluetooth headset so he can talk legally.
6.Mike's '67 C10 is in pieces again. The good news though is that the firewall no longer has any holes in it. The bad news about the lack of holes is that the truck doesn't run now. We guess you gotta go backward to go forward.
7.Calin is about to take his S-10 to the Fresno Havoc show. We thought we'd never see the day come when he went to one of those again.
8.Kevin is blowing his two weeks vacation to go to Texas where his S-10 is being finished, and then he's driving it all the way back to Cali'.
9.You can find those pesky traffic light cameras in your neighborhood by visiting www.phantomalert.com for constantly updated info and GPS-based warning systems.
10.Millionaire Powel Crosley started his own car company back in 1939. By 1940, he debuted the Parkway Delivery truck, which was powered by the twin-cylinder Waukesha engine and had an 80-inch wheelbase. Not many clowns fit in that tiny trucker.
Has "The Golden Age Of Trucks" Ended?
For the better part of three decades, domestic pickup trucks have been gaining popularity. But today, faced with $4+ per gallon fuel costs, government and industry experts boldly predict the death of the "casual-use" truck. Like reporters covering a flood-"Gee, Jim, there's a lot of water here!"-most pundits are just pointing out the obvious effect of high gas prices on vehicles that burn comparatively more fuel. Pickups are suffering a drop in popularity, but it may not be permanent.
Although high gas prices do suck, the federal agency responsible for estimating energy prices sees fuel prices leveling off and then dropping steadily toward the year 2020. According to the Energy Information Administration, fuel prices will drop again. Additionally, with new and more efficient powertrains being introduced every year, trucks will continue to get better fuel mileage.
You've heard the saying that every cloud has a silver lining? Here's the silver lining in this dark story filled with plant closings and truck models being eliminated: If you want to buy a new or used pickup, economically speaking, now is a great time. Demand for trucks is soft. Current owners of driveway trucks are ditching them like spoiled milk so they can drive the next trendy vehicle (maybe a Prius). Regarding new trucks, because Ford and Dodge are introducing all-new fullsize trucks for the '09 model year, both manufacturers will be selling their '08 models at fire-sale prices. Who benefits in this situation? You do, if you're a truck buyer. From one vantage point, maybe your golden age of trucking has just started.
CGS Motorsports is customizing an '09 Ford Flex for the Ford Motor Co.'s 2008 SEMA Show display. The SUV, which is being redesigned by Sean Smith of SS Designs, will be called "ReFlex." DuPont Refinishes and 3M will team up to create the explosive new paintjob. Bonspeed is kicking down a new set of 22s that will be stuffed inside of Pirelli rubber. Inside the Crossover's cabin, you'll find custom leather by Roadwire and a suede treatment by Keyston Bros. Kicker is providing the audio entertainment, while Clarion will take care of the video and navigation with one of its high-end head units. ReFlex will feature a one-off body kit, and the CGS team is also designing and building handmade chrome moldings to separate the two-tone paint scheme. Be sure to check out the completed ReFlex at this year's SEMA show in Las Vegas.
The staff speaks and you listen. It's that simple. This month's question is:
What's The Worst Truck Show Experience You've Ever Had?
Kevin: Weather is always an issue at shows. I've been at shows with everything from thunderstorms to awfully humid heat waves. The worst time I had to deal with weather was at one of the Resolutions that was held halfway between Las Vegas and Los Angeles. It was all desert, and I camped there for the true experience. I came prepared with a tent and a sleeping bag, but little did I know that it would become freezing cold at night. The sleeping bag was not enough, and I swear I almost froze my feet off in the wee hours of the night. Of course, my S-10 is a standard cab with a tonneau cover on the bed, so I had nowhere else to sleep. I stuck it out but never did it again.
Calin: This is an easy one for me. It has to be when I drove my Toyota Tacoma into a ditch in Greenville, Mississippi. I was cruising up and down the strip looking for a place to park my truck so I could watch the cool stuff drive by. I pulled up to a couple of trucks parked on a gentle slope that went down into a large grass field. The area where the trucks were parked was an actual driveway leading down to the field, and where I pulled up was more of a drop-off. Because the Tacoma was lifted, I didn't think it would be an issue, but boy was I wrong. As I rolled down into the field, the truck went straight down into a ditch that was camouflaged by the tall grass. So there I was, stuck in a ditch in front of everyone. Luckily, Rich Dallas was nice enough to use his 4x4 and a towstrap to get me out. We had to stop the flow of customs on the road to get the Tacoma out, which drew a pretty big crowd and turned me eight shades of red. The Toyota came out unscathed, but my ego was pretty damaged.
Mike: On a road trip from New York to California, I hit three different truck shows. In addition to my tow vehicle breaking down numerous times, my Tacoma broke a ball joint while sitting on the car trailer in Tennessee during the Mini Nats, the alternator took a crap in Arkansas while I was out cruising, and then when I got to Texas for Texas Heat Wave someone broke into my truck in the hotel parking lot and stole the stereo. Beat that!
Andy: The last time I was at a show some dude bumped into me while walking the aisles and spilled my beer. I can imagine the tears welling up in your eyes as you read this because we all know that spilling a man's beer is equal to finding a nice big dent in your newly painted truck. It's OK dude, go ahead and cry. We've all been there before. To add insult to injury, this meathead didn't even apologize or offer to buy me another five-dollar cup of suds. Just plain rude. Now some of you guys would probably get into fight mode over this act of hostility, but I chose to just shrug it off and believe that karma would come around and this guy would get his payback in the end. Besides, I didn't want to be that guy who gets kicked out of the show anyways.
Sport Truck Slang Term O' The Month
#4,875:Double pumper (du?b'l pu?mpr) n. Refers to a Holley four-barrel carburetor equipped with an accelerator pump on both the primary and secondary float bowls. The accelerator pumps squirt fuel not through the boosters inside the venturis, but through discharge nozzles above the venturis. Try throwing this sentence down at the next domestic bench-racing session: "I just dumped the 35s for a set of 50 cc's in my double pumper and man o' man my Chevy's got a killer holeshot now."