A survey of farm trucks
Here is a brief overview of some of the farm pickup trucks found here in The South of Iowa:
- The Beater - Rusty, dented, and loud, this truck is used extensively off road to chase cattle, except for the occasional trip to the coop for baler twine or barb wire. The Beater will often be modified with a bale stabber on the back, a grill guard, and sometimes, weeds growing up in the bed. An example would be a 1976 Ford F250 4x4 with unknown miles (odometer stopped at 65,534 in 1983).
- The Cowboy Wannabe Rig - Later model 1 ton dually with lots of chrome. Preferably a Dodge with a Cummins engine. Usually hitched to a cattle or horse trailer. Sometimes has a semen cooler in the box.
- The Slow Old Man Truck - Later model 2wd Chevrolet 1/2 ton. 6 cylinder, automatic transmission. Bed topper is a must, as are running boards. Cannot exceed 45 mph. Handicap hanger on rear view mirror seen often.
- The Big Time Operator (BTO) Truck - Similar to the Cowboy Wannabe Rig, but will be 4wd, crew cab (to haul his workers around), and leather seats. Often seen parked in front of the bank, never in the field.
- The Young Buck Truck - Jacked up late model Ford F150 4x4 (they're cheaper, you know), straight pipes out the back, window stickers of Calvin peeing on Chevys, Dodges, or Case IH, or "Orange County Choppers". Extra points for chrome "foxy lady" mudflaps.
- The Hurried Farmer Truck - Late model Dodge 1 ton 4x4 with a flatbed on the back, automated cattle feeder behind the cab, notes and booklets on the dash, and the front license plate on upside down.
Like most stereotypes, these are based somewhat on reality. I could probably give you real life examples of all of these trucks.
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