by Jon S. Strebler
I bought my first pickup truck – that peculiarly American vehicle – in 1981 after moving to rural Oregon. It was a 1963 Chevy that set me back $700, handy for hauling in top soil and manure for the garden, hauling trash to the dump, and quick trips into town. In the years since, I’ve owned another Chevy truck, an Isuzu, a couple of Toyotas, and a couple of Fords – including the F-150 we bought last October. It hauls landscaping and construction materials from Home Depot, surfboards to the beach, takes us on camping trips and me on hunting trips, and is a nice, comfortable ride for everyday.