Auto enthusiasts love a good debate, whether it's Mustang versus Camaro or Ferrari against Lamborghini. But how about a battle between two very different vintages of classic pickup trucks? In this case, the fight is between a 1979 Dodge Li'l Red Express and a 1933 Ford Model 46 truck with a flathead V8.

The shootout comes courtesy of the internet series Generation Gap, and its concept is super-simple. One guy prefers classics, and the other likes newer rides. They choose a category, pick two vehicles and put them head to head. In this case, neither is exactly modern, though. The Ford is more than old enough to receive Social Security checks, and the Dodge is hardly a young whippersnapper.

Other than both being pickups, these two models were made to serve very different functions. The Li'l Red Express was basically the progenitor of today's muscle trucks, with a big V8 that made it one of the quickest new models in its day (admittedly, 1979 was a rough time for automotive performance). On the other hand, the '33 Ford was just meant to work, with little pretense for anything else. One of the hosts describes it as "the simplest, most difficult" vehicle he's driven because of the tricky double clutchwork necessary to shift gears. Scroll down to watch the video and try to decide which of these two American classics you would rather have in your garage.


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      Cursethedawn
      • 5 Months Ago
      I gotta say I want to like this show but I just can't seem to. The the guys doing it are so awkward in the way they present everything. And the topic is basically just a big trollfest. Really pointless
      thequebecerinfrance
      • 5 Months Ago
      I always loved that truck, such a classic. Put in a modern engine and disc brakes all around and I'm a happy man.
      • 5 Months Ago
      Just saw one really well restored lil red today in Helsinki, so sure my favorite of the day. otherwise this is like apples and oranges.
      Rick Bohnenkamp
      • 5 Months Ago
      My brother got a wrecker call I went along on. Some clown had taken his brand new red Dodge 4X4 down to the Skunk's lower access and buried that new truck to the axles in mud. The guy thought it was pretty funny, but my brother said $40 and you better hook it to something solid, 'cuz he wasn't going to wallet in the mud. The guy got his tow and as we were wiping the mud off of the tow cable, this idiot decided he was going to make it this time, burying his truck even deeper this time. The guy was laughing himself silly, but not my brother. He kept reeling in the cable. Then the guy wanted the hook for another tow. My brother wouldn't give it to him unless he gave him another $40. My brother got his $40.
      jich8chy3chah8wurt2thuk3ghy7ly
      we had a few around town. My 76 scottsdale stepside with 350/Holley/etc… blew them away. (and trans-ams, etc.)
      • 5 Months Ago
      The Ford is the one for me. The comment made that the Ford was designed to be a work Truck. The Dodge was more of a drive around Sunday go to meeting truck.
      Jim R
      • 5 Months Ago
      Ugh. This show is garbage. The presenters are the worst car-culture stereotypes I've seen in a while. The writing is terrible. The only decent thing are the cars and it's not worth sitting through their prattling to see them.