Is it the diff that makes the diff?Netpackrat wrote: ↑Sun May 24, 2020 6:10 amAnother thing to keep in mind is when a truck was built may matter more than whether it is a half ton, 3/4, etc. I own 2 pickup trucks currently... My daily driver is a 2017 Ram 1/2 ton crew cab, and the other is a 1973 Chevy heavy duty 3/4 ton which my dad bought new and which has been maintained in decent condition. There's no comparison between the two; the new 1/2 ton is by far the better tow vehicle even though the other is a heavy 3/4 ton with larger brakes and heavier duty suspension. If the Ram could be made 2wd and had engine power limited to match the Chevy and the Chevy could be magically be transformed back into new condition, it would be closer but the newer truck would still be better regardless of nominal ratings.
My guess is that difference would be true up until maybe the early to mid 90s. The main reason I bring any of this up is there is often a temptation to buy an older heavy duty truck for towing purposes, when you may really be better off with something nominally lighter duty but of more recent manufacture.
Not to change the subject, but has anyone seen the price of a new truck?
I am driving a 2004 Chev 2500hd bought new with 245,000 miles on. Paid 28,xxx now same truck is 64,xxx. This and they are built with cheaper labor.