With 3/4- and 1-ton pickups growing larger by the year, one has to wonder what exactly is driving the market for mega-trucks. Of course, most of us are familiar with International's CXT, and I've spotted numerous F-450, Kodiak and Topkick medium-duty trucks around the local marinas sporting pickup boxes and huge polished aluminum wheels. But what if even that isn't enough?
Then you move up to a Class 6 truck, such as this F-650 that was put together by Overbilt Trucks (nice to see a company living up to its name, eh?). The Caterpillar 7.2-liter diesel makes those silly Duramax/Cummins/Powerstroke arguments look like childish squabbles, the Allison 3000 automatic means that trips to the transmission shop should be infrequent (even if the filter-and-flush bills resemble a new-car payment), and the stretched cab appears large enough to be a garage for Dodge's new Megacab.
To be honest, I have absolutely no idea what would constitute a legitimate purpose for such a vehicle, but engaging in too much intellectual hand-wringing would cause one to miss the point. And what is that point, you ask? Um, I'm not quite sure, but I think it probably has something to do with the "bigger than yours" syndrome. It's best to just sit back and admire the craftsmanship.