A new graphic uses the bed measurements and payload capacities of five ¾-ton trucks to see how many pots of gold would fit in each and if any of the trucks would be capable of hauling that much gold. The team at Throttle Down Kustoms created a basic math formula to get the gold totals for the new Ford F-250, Chevy and GMC 2500 HD base models, Nissan Titan XD, and RAM 2500.
“Cargo space and payload are two of the most important things truck owners want, so we thought this would be fun way measure just how much these 2018 trucks can handle,” says Jeremy Pulse, owner of Throttle Down Kustoms.
Since Pulse and his crew aren’t a bunch of leprechauns, they weren’t able to conjure pots of gold and actually load them into the trucks. Instead, they used the following formula to find their answers:
- Take a 6-inch x 6-inch cast iron kettle that weighs 2.5 pounds
- Add 1000 1-ounce gold coins to the pot for a total weight of 65 pounds per pot
- Get the cubic feet of each truck bed and stack up as many pots of gold as possible
- Multiply the stacked pots of gold by 65 pounds for total weight
Weight totals far surpassed maximum payload for each truck. For any of these trucks’ axles, tires, transmissions, suspensions, and frames to withstand all that weight, a touch of magic would be necessary.
“This is where our math got fun,” Pulse says. “All these automakers offer three-quarter ton pickups with a decent payload for hauling dirt, lumber, or some furniture, but if you’ve got cast iron pots of gold you’re going to need another way to move them.”