I am writing a story in which one of the characters drives a small delivery van/light truck with notoriously bad reliability. (Yes, if the hipsters insist, the word “epic” could apply.)
Ideally, I am looking for an American vehicle from the 1970’s or 1980’s that could be used for both small-shop deliveries and comedically disastrous breakdowns. One friend summarized it as “the Ford Pinto of small trucks”. What I really need is vehicle that requires regular attention from a mechanic, an electrician, and an exorcist.
Right now, I am looking at a 1981 Chevy El Camino, but I am open to other options if anyone has a better candidate. The main draws to the El Camino are:
- useful, but ugly as sin … well, some sins at least (seriously, it looks like it was designed by someone who collects antique jackhammers as a hobby)
- comes from a company with a proven track record of sub-standard production
- the 1981 model had a recall for faulty suspension bolts (if they came loose, the driver would not be able to steer)
- the only colors I have ever seen a real one in have been rust brown or concrete grey (although that one could have been just primer … ), both hideous choices for a vehicle made of metal.
Please send me your recommendations and any stories that would corroborate the “worst truck” status.
Ugly is not a target criteria, only a bonus.