My current tow pig is an '05 Ram 1500 with a rated 9K towing capacity, and somewhere around 1600lb payload capacity. I'm already at the point where I'm really pushing those limits, and need to go beyond the 1/2 ton category of trucks (my car hauler trailer is a 20 foot flat deck, and I could tell the Dodge wasn't all that happy when I brought a Suburban home on it, and I'd like to add a cabover camper as well when towing the Scout). But I also don't do this often enough where I can justify dropping another $20K+ into a newer 3/4 or 1 ton truck. I started considering selling my current truck, and just getting an older 1 ton, but then after looking up towing/payload capacities, I find that my current 1/2 ton is rated about the same as 1 tons were 20 years ago, and I'm not gaining much by going with mid 90s trucks and losing quite a bit in comfort, options, braking ability, etc. Yeah, I know there's a bit of CYA in those ratings to protect the manufacturers from lawsuits and what not, and I'd be fine with occasionally overloading a bit, but I figure comparing factory ratings would at least give me an idea of how the older stuff compares to now. So then I started thinking "well...what about going for the "cool" factor, and looking at old IH medium and heavy duty trucks?" Something like the 50s R series, or 60s Loadstars...having never driven one of these trucks, or even being around one any closer than seeing something at a car show, is this even a feasible option? Obviously they're not meant blast down the highway at 80mph like modern vehicles, lack creature comforts like cruise control and AC, and I don't expect them to be anything even remotely close to a modern truck experience. But I also remember my '64 Scout wasn't really all that fun to drive in modern traffic, both from an acceleration and braking standpoint and forget about running it down the interstate....and wonder if one of these old brutes would be similar? I know from experience that getting a load moving is only a small part of the equation when dealing with traffic, lol.