Moving day in Denver with old Detroit trucks

Loading furniture through 1966 Dodge A100 rear doors

A ’66 Dodge, a ’69 Chevy, and a houseful of furniture

When your friend is moving from one part of Denver to another and each of you owns a 1960s Detroit truck, the choice of moving vehicle is easy: a 1966 Dodge A100 Custom Sportsman van and a 1969 Chevrolet C10 Stepside pickup. Old trucks don’t waste as much space on stuff devoted to comfort and safety and they tend to have excellent load capacity. My A100 has a 318-cubic-inch Chrysler V8 and Andrew’s C10 boasts a 292-cubic-inch straight-six, so we had good overkill in the power department.

1966 Dodge A100 and 1969 Chevy C10

Both the old and new houses are in Denver’s urban core, so parking was a bit challenging at times. Rather than kill ourselves trying to park close to the source and target houses (my A100 is a very challenging machine to parallel-park, what with its miserable rear visibility and Armstrong power steering (i.e., no power steering whatsoever and a bus-style wheel), we carried several small loads each. This was sort of a warmup for the All You Can Carry For $59.99 Junkyard Sale we attended a few weeks later.

1969 Chevrolet C10 Stepside on moving day

The C10 turned out to be best for longer items, due to the A100’s short cargo area (the engine doghouse takes up a lot of real estate right in the middle of the van). The A100 got loaded up with small furniture items and small stuff that might blow out of the truck. The C10 is now up for sale, by the way.

1966 Dodge A100 van full of furniture

No need to hire movers when you have friends and old trucks!

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