Henry Ford founded the Ford Motor Company in 1903. Eight years later Chevrolet was founded. 30 seconds after that the Ford vs Chevy war began and it’s still alive and well today- over a hundred years later. Like the vehicular version of the Hatfields vs the McCoys, Ford and Chevy owners fire shots at each other for no reason other than that’s just what they’re supposed to do. From silly, good-natured ribbing to the insults that have launched thousands of bar fights, this war shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon, if ever.
While the heaviest concentration of hatred seems to fly back and forth between the truck owners, the Mustang vs Camaro pony car war is a battle all its own that’s been raging since the 1960s. The Mustang fans had a field day when General Motors pulled the plug on Camaro production after the 2002 model year, but the battle smoke remained. When Chevrolet launched the fifth generation Camaro for the 2010 model year, the fires reignited as if they never went out-mainly because they didn’t.
The best part of this is all the humor that’s been applied to making fun of both brands by the other side. From silly acronyms such as Ford: Fix Or Repair Daily, to riddles like “Why does every road need a sidewalk? So Chevy owners have a safe place to walk when their ride breaks down” the amount of laugh material in this war is almost endless.
19 Mustang LS?
Since the introduction of the first Chevy Camaro Z28 in 1969, the observation that Camaros have more horsepower than Mustangs has been wide-spread, but not always accurate. But, it's one of the go-tos for Camaro owners when taking shots at their Mustang counterparts. So, it’s no shock that someone would come up with this one, featuring the Chevy LS engine (LS is synonymous with high output engines in the Chevrolet world, for those not in the know).
What makes it even worse for the Ford purists out there is the litany of websites, online forums, and more detailing how well LS engines work in Mustangs. Road and Track has an informative write-up on one such swap. “About a year and a half ago, we saw a Fox-body Mustang on The Smoking Tire's YouTube channel. It was a pretty cool car, but unfortunately the engine blew up not long after. Instead of doing what you'd expect, and finding a 5.0 for his car, Michael did something a little different—he dropped a GM LS motor in his Mustang.
Specifically, he installed an LS1 from a 2000 Chevrolet Camaro with LS6 heads and cam. And somehow, despite using the powerplant from the Mustang's sworn enemy, the car gods have yet to smite Michael or his Franken-Mustang—unlike the previous Ford powerplant, this GM freak is still running fine.”
18 Chevy Overload
According to Google, the 2015 model year Chevrolet Silverado 1500 can tow between 5,500-9,400 lbs. depending on what model and how they’re equipped. The Ford F150, according to the same source, can tow between 5,000 and 9,100 lbs. based on how the truck is outfitted. Stepping up to the one-ton trucks that year has a similar curve with the Silverado 3500 coming in at 13,000-13,800 lbs. while the F350 lags behind at 12,000-12,500 lbs.
However, if you look at 2010 stats, Ford is far superior with a top weight of 15,000 lbs. while the Silverado tops out at 10,100 lbs.
Just as with the engine horsepower abilities, it’s easy to see how the metrics swap back and forth from year to year, with Ford gaining superiority in a few categories one year, then Chevrolet getting re-taking the lead soon thereafter. But, that doesn’t stop the haters from insisting the vintage of their truck has no bearing on its superiority. Surfing through the sheer number of memes out there blasting the different truck brands and models for perceived weaknesses can keep you busy for days. But, if that’s not your cup of detergent oil, feel free to stick to party lines and just sleep well knowing your truck is better than theirs – no matter if it has a bowtie or blue oval on the grill.
17 Remote Tow
Speaking of towing capacity, the inability to move under its own power is the basis for millions of jokes, memes, and insults from both sides. Nothing seems to make a Ford die-hard smile like seeing a Chevy broke down on the side of the road – or vice versa. The old Ford acronym Found On Road Dead is one of the most notable, while Ford fans love the “Chevy: Like A Rock and Just as Mobile” response. As long as the owners keep thinking this stuff up, we’ll never run out of these.
While the exact stats for the number of Ford tow trucks on the road versus the number of Chevy tow trucks aren’t readily available, the amount of Ford owners who fear having their ride towed by a Chevy and vice versa could probably be calculated by determining the number of each brand is on the road at any given time. And with that fear comes a never-ending sea of insults that fire back and forth faster than a top fuel dragster.
While the battle of which side is right may never be won, or which side can boast the best towing ability and least need to be towed, you can rest assured the humor won’t stop either.
16 Keep Pushing
The old “I’d rather push a (insert brand name) than drive a (insert other brand name)” might be one of the oldest statements in the battle. In fact, it may have started something like this: “I’d rather push a Model T than drive a Classic Six.” From bumper stickers to license plate frames to tee shirts, hats and more you can find that mantra on just about anything used to communicate a message. While it seems pretty certain this all started as a Ford vs Chevy (or vice versa) thing, that hasn’t stopped the rest of the world from joining in. Typing “I’d rather push a” into google and waiting for autocomplete pulls up things like Harley-Davidson, Volkswagen, Land Rover and more.
Oddly, there aren’t too many “I’d rather push a Lamborghini than drive a Ferrari” or “I’d rather push a BMW than drive a Mercedes Benz” items out there.
More jokes in this realm circle around heated tailgates (to keep your hands warm when you have to push your truck in the snow) and tailgates or bumpers with seats so you can take a break after pushing your truck for hours on end. And, I’m sure someone right now is generating a new meme to take it even farther.
15 Instant Equity
Since most everyone is budget conscious these days, finding ways to either save money or increase the value of your belongings is a smart endeavor. However, this can be trickier than it sounds. Take this catch-22 for instance. The high price of gasoline these days can certainly put a dent in your wallet. But, if you’re doubling the value of your Ford truck, then it seems like a no-brainer, specifically if the Found On Road Dead acronym applies since you won’t burn the gas driving the truck down the road. See, instant equity is yours for nothing more than a trip to the pump.
Now, this can be taken next-level by considering how much money a Ford or Chevy owner has to put into repairs on a regular basis. Particularly if the value of the vehicle isn’t very high, as often times the repair bill can easily surpass the vehicles’ resale price. If that’s the case for you, you might just think about trading that bad boy in on something that’s worth more than a tank of gas or a tune-up. In the end, it just makes better financial sense and keeps you from being the butt of these sorts of jokes.
14 What a Drag
Ford produced the Mustang Cobra for the 1993 to 2004 model years and Ford fans have hung their hats on the snake ever since. As a matter of fact, Ford and the Cobra name have a history dating back to the early 1960s when hot rod legend Carroll Shelby turned to Ford for an engine to put in his new cars-but only after Chevrolet refused, stating they didn’t want to fuel competition for the Corvette. That move on Chevy’s part was sort of like handing the enemy a loaded gun, as Cobras have been eating Chevys ever since.
The whole thing gets even more incestuous when you do a quick Google search for Cobras with LS motors. Hot Rod magazine details one here: “’I set out to build a 10-second car,’ Terry Sorensen said with a laugh. The 1997 Mustang that graces these pages is an interesting mix of Ford and Chevy parts. The end result is the Cobralet, as it’s affectionately known. The build is impressive: running 9.13 at 150 mph or making 766 rwhp.
It all started when Terry came across this Mustang as a rolling chassis. He saw the Mustang as the perfect opportunity to build a quick street car. But first, the Mustang’s existing issues had to be sorted out.’”
13 You Turn?
For those unfamiliar with a wide variety of hot rod and drag racing terms, the word “sled” is most often used to describe a car that can go fast but can’t execute a turn at any real speed no matter how hard you try (think of how hard it is to take a sharp turn with a snow sled while you’re speeding down a hill). The opposite of this is the term “on rails” indicating a car can turn with the best of them as if the wheels were guided by rails that never left the ground. One of these terms is often used to describe a high-performance Camaro, the other to describe a hopped-up Mustang.
Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of driving many very fast Camaros and Mustangs and my personal “research” validates this claim (don’t tell anyone but some of that data collection may have resulted in a great deal of burned rubber left on the pavement during my highly scientific studies).
This phenomenon is most likely rooted in wheelbase and powertrain placement. Chevrolet’s pony cars have always been somewhat longer vehicles than their Ford counterparts which leads to a harder time turning. But, the flipside is the perception that Chevy engines produce more horsepower – no wonder people are shoving LS engines in Mustangs.
12 Can I Play?
Remember when you were in school and there was that kid that always stood off to the side and tried to join in the fun, but usually just came off as awkward and irrelevant (raise your hand if you were that kid-I’m not too proud to admit that I was at times). Well, when you stand back and watch the Ford vs Chevy wars that kid is named Dodge. Call them the odd-man out, the third wheel or whatever, but the truth is Dodge fans have just never managed to successfully insert themselves and their beloved brand into the century-old automaker war. The funny thing about it is that Dodge has actually been around longer than both Ford or Chevrolet. But, the Dodge brothers didn’t actually start manufacturing their own cars until 1914, three years after Chevrolet hit the scene.
The 1960s era Mopar Monsters like the Challenger and Charger were formidable opponents when it came to drag racing and overall hot rod’ness, but the two nameplates never managed to capture the level of mainstream love given to the Mustang and Camaro. And, even though many truck owners swear by their Dodge Rams, the truck line still plays third fiddle to Ford and Chevrolet year after year.
11 Over Doin’ it!
This one falls into the “won’t go without a tow” and “all show no go” categories. Not all Chevy and Ford owners by their trucks for towing, but a lot do. And, when the time comes they want to know that their truck will pull the trailer with ease. From small landscape trailers to fifth wheel RVs to giant flatbeds use to haul other vehicles, pickup owners can hook up a wide variety of things to the trailer hitch and get down the road.
Looking at this meme will probably elicit one of two responses. Either A) you’re laughing slightly at the overall overkill’ness of a one-ton diesel truck pulling a trailer that probably maxes out below 100 lbs. or B) you’re laughing slightly due to the notion that most Chevy fans think this might be more than the Ford Super Duty can handle. To top it off, this Ford has the FX4 off-road package, so the truck might actually need to leave the pavement with this “massive” payload.
A pdf on Ford’s website has this to say about the 6.7L’s towing ability, “6.7L V8 Turbo – The Diesel Leader. Designed, engineered and built by Ford, our Second-Generation 6.7L Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel engine is designed to produce more power and torque than ever. You’ll really appreciate it when towing heavy loads uphill and at high altitudes.”
10 From the Hoover Factory
One of the most infamous lines in retail advertising history is “Nothing Sucks Like An Electrolux.” The line was spotlighted in a 1970s British ad campaign. While it didn’t seem to mean much in the UK, the word “sucks” has a far different meaning in American slang, as most of you know. From there, the joke evolved into “(insert noun) sucks so much it should have “Hoover” written on it”. With that sort of history and evolution, it’s no wonder it made its way into the Ford vs Chevy war.
The diesel engines in both the Ford and Chevy trucks could be compared to vacuum cleaners, simply due to the sheer mass of air they inhale to keep the massive engines running.
According to Powerstroke.com the Ford 6.7L diesel inhales a whopping 1,100 cubic feet of air per minute. The modern Duramax inhales slightly less at 1,000 cubic feet of air per minute. Go ahead, I’ll wait over here while you create your own spin on the “Chevy sucks less than Ford” joke.
To really go tongue-in-cheek with this one, simply compare your opponent’s vehicle to a vacuum cleaner, or if you’re the more malicious sort, have a Hoover or Electrolux sticker or badge on hand and offer to install it for them.
9 On the Road Again
If you’ve ever watched broadcast American TV odds are you’ve been subjected to one of Chevrolet or Ford’s commercials where they claim to be the longest lasting trucks on the road. In most cases, the longevity of a vehicle has far more to do with how well the owner takes care of it and how on top of the scheduled maintenance they remain. But, that doesn’t stop both Ford and Chevy from declaring their vehicles are better in seemingly identical language.
The truth is, it would take a rather exhaustive research study conducted for decades by highly intelligent researchers to verify which claim is actually correct. Ruling out loss to accidents, theft, neglect, use, environmental factors and other such things is not something an entity such as J.D. Powers is likely to do before dolling out awards for the manufacturers to trot out as if having an award makes the vehicle and more or less dependable.
Anecdotally, there’s a story of a father and son who bought identical trucks on the same day. Dad took care of his, all the maintenance, used quality fuel and didn’t try and do things the truck simply wasn’t designed to do. The son took a less careful approach. At 100,000 miles the father was content with his “great truck” while the son was shopping for a replacement for his “lemon.”
8 Would you like Fries with that?
Taking well thought out pot-shots at the intelligence of your opponent is Insult War 101. Doing so in a clever manner using the Dos Equis “most interesting man in the world,” Jonathan Goldsmith meme is almost always worth a chuckle. Taking it to the level of implying anyone working the drive-thru window at the local burger and fry fast food joint is obviously in possession of a defective intellect is crossing the line though. But, the line in this war has been crossed so many times by each side that odds are the maker of this meme had no idea the line even existed.
It’s a shame we’ll never know which manufacturer the most interesting man in the world prefers, as that might settle this whole thing once and for all. Or, it might undermine the characters brilliant career and all the funny memes and jokes and one-liners that have come from it. Here are some of our favorite quotes from DailyNews.com: “If he were to pat you on the back, you would list it on your resume. If he were to mispronounce your name, you would feel compelled to change it.If opportunity knocks, and he's not home, opportunity waits. Once, a rattlesnake bit him. After five days of excruciating pain, the snake finally died. His words carry weight that would break a less interesting man's jaw.”
A really interesting debate between Ford and Chevy aficionados, one that would shed light on the “longest lasting truck” argument would be to find out how many of each nameplate are now residing in the junk-, wrecking- and salvage yards littering the American landscape. You could take that number, cross-reference it with the number of Fords and Chevy’s sold in the time span from oldest junker to today and produce some actual hard data on vehicle survivability.
Or, just whip out random memes showing Chevy or Ford as the number one filler of junkyards worldwide. Your choice.
Here’s what Popular Mechanics has to say about the world of junkyards: “Change has come to the scrapyard business, and more is on the way. There just isn't as much of a market for car parts these days (a lot of) their parts are more valuable as scrap metal.
Not that junkyards are completely disappearing. It's still big business: In the United States alone about 12.6 million cars are recycled a year, according to an industry trade group. There are active markets for vehicles such as Hondas, Toyotas, and pickup trucks, which are stripped before heading to the shredder. But the hottest salvage markets are with boutique yards like Behler's, which specializes in Corvettes. The U.S. salvage business is worth $22 billion a year, spread out over more than 8,200 companies.”
6 $100,000 truck
Another chink in the armor of a Ford or Chevy fan is the cost of repairs. While both have strengths and weaknesses, the wrong truck in the wrong hands can add up to a small fortune in repairs bills. Unfortunately for the Ford owners reading this, the meme above is not your friend. According to RepairPal.com, a site that alleges to offer semi-accurate repairs estimates based on your criteria, the average Chevy 3500HD owner can expect to shell out $874 a year in repair bills while the run-of-the-mill Ford 250 Super Duty owner can expect to spend $1,354. That’s a hefty difference.
From RepairPal: “The Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Reliability Rating is 3.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 9th out of 17 for full-size trucks. The average annual repair cost is higher than average ownership costs. The frequency of repairs is average, but when issues do arise, they have a higher chance of being severe than with other models.” While tossing this out for the Ford: “The Ford F-250 Super Duty Reliability Rating is 2.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 14th out of 17 for full-size trucks. The average annual repair cost is $1,354 which means it has poor ownership costs. The frequency of repairs is average, but when issues do arise, they are more likely to be severe than with other models.”
When truck guys and gals start talking about the greatest trucks ever, anyone who utters the word "Isuzu" is likely to get laughed out the garage. Despite its reputation, Isuzu actually builds a semi-dependable truck, but they’re most often employed as box trucks that haul goods to and from warehouses and retail outlets.
Regardless of the reality, telling the stereotypical American truck lover their truck is powered by a Japanese company is about the same as insulting their mom- well, not quite but you get the idea.
What a lot of people don’t realize is that Isuzu’s DNA has been in the Chevy truck bloodline since 1972 when GM bought a 34% stake in the Japanese truck company. Isuzu didn’t hit the American market under their own steam until 1981 when they debuted the Isuzu P’up; it was essentially a Chevy LUV with a few minor cosmetic differences and the Isuzu branding instead of a bowtie. With this history in mind, it’s no wonder General Motors made the decision to start putting Isuzu engines in their full-size trucks. But, no matter how much sense it makes, good luck convincing the Ford v. Chevy crowd that it isn’t a source for ribbing, good-natured or otherwise.
4 New Slogan
While Ford fans may lose the current truck repair bill argument, they win here, forever. Prior to the economic downturn of 2008, Ford spent several years downsizing corporate operations, streamlining their business model and revamping their model lineup. If it weren’t for these actions performed when the economy was riding high in the years leading up to 2008, this argument wouldn’t even exist.
When the economy did it’s “downturn” (a polite way of saying it outright collapsed), Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge and General Motors found themselves in such a pickle they had to turn to the US Federal Government for financial support, commonly known as “The Bailout”.
Here’s what USAToday had to say about it once the dust cleared in 2014: “taxpayers lost $9.26 billion on the U.S. government's automotive industry rescue program, according to a final tally released by U.S. Treasury this week. The government lost money, but far less than initially expected when the program was launched in 2009. What's more, the program prevented GM and Chrysler from going out of business — an event most economists and automotive analysts said would have caused the entire industry to collapse and thrown the Midwest into a deep depression.
At the time, some critics argued GM and Chrysler should be allowed to fail and that government should not be interfering with the natural course of the market.
3 They Make Cans with This Stuff
This one really is just a “my bad” on both Ford and GM. But what most people don’t get is the overabundance of aluminum in modern vehicles isn’t the manufacturer trying to make cheap junk, it’s all about fuel economy. The math is simple: the lighter a truck is, the less fuel it needs to move, the less fuel it burns, the less pollution it creates. Regardless of how much sense it makes, when sitting around talking trash to an opposing truck owner, no one cares about fuel economy. Just try to use that defense when you explain why your driveshaft snapped on your Silverado in a room full of Ford F-Series fans. Odds are, that will do nothing but make the laughter escalate.
Now, having an aluminum driveshaft is great if you’re trying to increase your pony car’s performance. Just take it from the folks at American Muscle: “Aluminum is a very sturdy material for building lightweight and strong parts. It is readily available and easy to work with, making it a prime choice for aftermarket companies. When comparing an aluminum driveshaft to a stock steel drive shaft, you can save considerable weight. Power freed up by losing so much rotational weight often equals about 0.2 of a second in quarter mile times.”
But, since trucks aren’t built for drag racing…
2 Dump Truckin’
While a lot of these memes could lead to some serious anger issues, it’s good to focus on the idea that it should all just be good-natured fun. For that to really come out, it requires a good sense of humor. Take this Ford truck driver who strapped a Tonka truck onto a flatbed made for pulling full-size dump trucks.
It’s hard not to look at that and chuckle. And, if you played with Tonka trucks as a kid, it probably brings back some fun memories.
For those who need a refresher on Tonka, here’s what The Thrillist found out: “Tonka actually began as a company for gardening tools. Mound Metalcraft began business in the fall of 1946, working out of an old schoolhouse in Mound, Minnesota… making gardening equipment. But the three proprietors also had the foresight to buy the rights to some big, metal toys designed by the building's previous tenant. The city of Mound is essentially a peninsula jutting into Lake Minnetonka, and “tanka” is the Sioux word for big. Make a logo to capitalize on the double meaning (note “Tonka” over the waves in the ad), slap it on an oversized metal toy, and by 1947, Mound Metalworks had a hot ticket. It's estimated that as many as 15 million Mighty Dump Trucks have been sold over the years.”
1 Junk Dealer?
This is a great spin on the “(insert brand) fills all the world’s junkyards” joke by just laying it out there that the dealer *is* the junkyard. It’s a natural extension of the “(insert brand)’s are nothing but junk” and assumes that the knowledge of this has permeated the corporate culture to the point that they simply open up random junkyards, slap the corporate logo on them and register for Google Maps tracking to lure in unsuspecting prey. It really doesn’t matter if you want to take a jab at Chevy or Ford with this one, as it works equally well.
Since there are roughly 5,000 Ford dealers in the US alone, and 4,200 Chevrolet dealers in the ‘States as well, there’s a pretty good chance you could take this one so far as to find your opponent's last name plastered on the front of the building. Most common names can be found on dealers since the name is often that of the franchise owner. From Brown and Davis Chevrolet to Jones and Williams Ford, it should be easy enough to find your buddies last name, grab a snapshot of the so-named dealership from Google Images, then take it to a meme generator of your choice and type in your own variation of this meme.
Sources: USAToday, RepairPal, American Muscle