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    1960's abusive Ford vs Chevy truck comparison

    Chevy compares their Corvair with the Econoline pickup, the half-tons, and the heavy dutys. Back before the days of "Professional Driver on Closed Course. Do Not Attempt"

    Check out the nose wheelie from the Econoline!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2D1nqEqs0iY

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    Quote Originally Posted by dieseleverything View Post
    Chevy compares their Corvair with the Econoline pickup, the half-tons, and the heavy dutys. Back before the days of "Professional Driver on Closed Course. Do Not Attempt"

    Check out the nose wheelie from the Econoline!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2D1nqEqs0iY

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    The 'Vair truck had a rear-mounted engine/transaxle, which gave it much better traction on slick roads vs. the Ford (and because the weight was on the ass end, the ass stayed down during sudden deceleration).

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    The VW Transporter pickup I drove in Germany had a rear-mounted engine as well. That was easily the best-balanced pickup I had ever driven.

    Of course, the driver's legs also formed part of the front crumple zone, so it wasn't perfect.
    Found a photo of a crew-cab version:



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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric View Post
    The 'Vair truck had a rear-mounted engine/transaxle, which gave it much better traction on slick roads vs. the Ford (and because the weight was on the ass end, the ass stayed down during sudden deceleration).
    It was the same for their cars as well. I had a VW that I could just about drive anywhere. Most cars that had rear mounted engines of that era had better traction than most front engine cars. The only equalizer was when you hit a batch of water on the road going around a curve. Then the weight up front had the advantage. Been there, done that...lol

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