FIGJAM wrote:Acording to craig's list, chevy seems to be a good choice.
Lots of fords on there which tells me people are getting rid of them for a reason.
A lot of interpretations of that, including that older chevies fail faster - my experience.
Class C motorhomes or commercial vans are another easy option.
The big vans are popular at the burn.
My ford van is an older 351W with C6 and 9" rear end.
It will run long after the newer ones are all gone.
if you're inclined, people are starting to do diesel conversions of ford rangers.
For a work truck, a ranger would probably be your best fit here, 4 cyl - 5 speed.
On fiat, I have no experience with the european vans, but extensive experience with the imported models.
Typically, if maintaned well, you can just beat hell out of them and keep going.
I had one I kept at 10,000 rpm for years.
If someone says they drove it real easy, run like hell.
Short shifting will kill them.