I'm thinking about building a race truck for the desert. I've always wanted one and I'm not getting any younger. It would have a full cage, fuel cell, race seats and long travel suspension. Like a BITD 7300 style truck.
I'm wondering which truck would be the best base to start with. There is some tradeoff between buying a newer truck that has more advanced engineering (supposedly) only to throw away a lot of the stuff you've just paid for (most of the interior)... vs. buying an older truck.
So starting with the Toyotas would people generally consider one generation of Tacomas (or previous trucks) superior to others. Is newest the best?
And what about Nissans. The Hardbody seems to have pretty good support from Total Chaos racing, and they are out there for a song. ($2K). Would it make more sense to buy a newer truck only to rip & replace so much of it?
If were looking at current models is the current Tacoma vs. Frontier question, I see people say the Frontier is heavy but the Tacoma as a weaker frame and engine mounts.
I know this isn't an off road racing board (and I know it's probably not a very pro-Nissan site), but I was just interested in your opinions and how you would go about picking a base truck to make into a full zoot pre-runner/ desert racer.