Jason Lancaster is the editor and founder of TundraHeadquarters.com. He has nearly a decade of experience on the retail side of the auto industry, and another decade of experience of the part and accessory side of the industry.
Auto fires are rare (unless you drive an F150, but that’s another story). However, despite their relative rarity, we’ve all probably seen at least one vehicle fire on the side of the road. Ford cruise control fires notwithstanding, car fires can occur. The questions is, do you know what do you do when the vehicle you’re driving catches fire?
Here are some helpful tips:
Let’s get one thing straight – there’s no practical reason to customize a perfectly good pickup. The way the factory made it is good enough for almost every use. If you don’t see a reason to install flat-screen TVs and neon lights, then you won’t enjoy this article.
OK – now that that all the fuddy-duddys are gone, here are 10 clever customization tricks we’ve seen:
What I’m about to say might sound like biased drivel, but I can prove it. Here goes:
> IF YOU’VE BOUGHT A 2012 RAM 1500, YOU’VE BOUGHT THE LEAST RELIABLE HALF TON ON THE ROAD
I know a few of you are hitting the “back” button on your browser right now, but hear me out. The two major quality and reliability authorities have found that Ram trucks have the worst quality and reliability ratings. There’s simply no logical justification for buying a truck made by Chrysler-Fiat (unless you work for the company and have to buy one) – at least if you’re concerned about reliability.
Some of the most interesting custom pickups are often put together by search and rescue organizations, as these groups prize absolute reliability and functionality above almost all else. Search and rescue trucks, like the Amfibia Toyota Tundra, are also typically outfitted with special technology that helps them to adapt to the rough and rugged environments that they are asked to operate in.
Land and Sea
The Amfibia Toyota Tundra was put together by Polish outfitter Expedycja.pl in partnership with the Gdynia Maritime Academy, AMZ Kutno, the Automotive Industry Institute and SPRINT SA in response to a project request from the National Center for Research and Development. Their mission: to create a ‘mobile command system’ capable of performing surveillance and reconnaissance while also serving as an operational communications center. The catch: the vehicle needs to be able to operate on all foreseeable forms of terrain as well as open water.
When Ford stopped building the Lincoln Towncar in August, 2011, a vacumn formed in the livery industry. For decades, limo services and up-scale car services had purchased Lincoln Towncars by the truckload, using them almost exclusively to ferry passengers from point to point. Towncars were the car of choice – so ubiquitous that people didn’t just order a “car” to take them to the airport, they ordered a “Towncar.”
Good or bad (I personally like big RWD sedans), the Towncar is no more. Toyota, seizing an opportunity, is trying to fill that void with a special version of the Avalon.