One of the things we rednecks tend to fight over is who makes the best pickup truck. In my area people tend to divide into two camps: pro-Ford and anti-Ford, with Dodge lovers and Chevy lovers being the major constituents of the anti-Ford side. It's always a completely emotional, subjective argument and I've never heard any actual reason on why people divide like this. I guess it's a lot like sports fans. I'm guilty too, I tend to fall into the anti-Ford camp for no real reason whatsoever.
Well I had an amusing incident this past weekend that provides some real, objective evidence on which side is actually better.
I was eating lunch with friends at one of our local Chinese restaurants. Our table was right next to a window overlooking the parking lot. I heard a nasty crunch from outside and looked out the window to see a big red Ford pickup (later found it was an '06, if anyone cares) mashed into the back end of my '04 Chevy. There was an open spot to the left of my truck, it looked like he tried and failed to pull in there. This is somewhat understandable, I literally cannot park in a third of the parking lots in our town because my big crew-cab diesel pickup has a turning radius slightly smaller than an aircraft carrier's, and being a college town many of the lots were designed with rusted-out compact cars with 18" subwoofers in mind.
I left our table to go talk to the guy, take a look at the damage, and get insurance and contact details and all that good stuff sorted out. He'd backed out of my truck by then. There were pieces everywhere on the lot and his truck didn't look good at all. The grille and right headlight were reduced to a mess of shattered plastic and glass scattered in a ten-foot diameter circle, his bumper was nearly detached on the right side, his right fender was crumpled in, and even the hood was crumpled in pretty badly. I didn't ask, but I'm pretty sure he was going faster than the 5 mph I'd expect when pulling into a parking spot. I took a quick look and saw everything on the Ford was probably okay mechanically, though if he'd been going much faster he would have messed up his radiator and he'd need to call a tow truck. Thankfully he'd missed my bumper hitch. It would have taken some work to separate our trucks if he'd hit that.
So finally I walked behind my truck to find out how bad the damage was on my end. There was none! No dents, no scratches, not even a scuff! I'm impressed that my taillight was strong enough to severely deform his hood without shattering. (I have a 3-inch lift kit, so the middle of my taillight was about even with the top of his hood.)
I finally have a valid reason to hate Ford pickups. They break too easily. I'm also slightly less worried about hitting deer now.
(I'm going to dickweed myself and point out that our trucks weren't quite in the same category, the other guy drove a Ford F-150 while I have a Silverado 2500HD which is comparable to a Ford F-250 Super Duty. Still, I expected at least shattered taillight and a crumpled corner.)
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