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    Review: 1978 Toyota Pickup



    VERDICT:
    If you come across a clean one, buy it. Store it in your shed with the rest of your tools.
    This was, to my surprise, the most mechanical enjoyment I’ve had behind the wheel in years.

    It's a somewhat lengthy review so you'll have to click on the link to read the rest:
    http://jesda.com/2012/07/29/review-1...-pickup-hilux/
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    Fun read, thanks. I still want to get me a chevy luv pickup. Next time you're in Spokane you need to swing by and review my Eldo lol

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    Re: Review: 1978 Toyota Pickup

    That's a great review. Sometimes less is more.

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    Re: Review: 1978 Toyota Pickup

    The bond a man has with his old pickup truck is like the bond a man has with his dog.
    "They call Alabama the Crimson Tide, call me Deacon Blues."

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    Re: Review: 1978 Toyota Pickup

    Amazing! I thought all these things returned to their base elements decades ago. Even down here in relatively dry SoCal, I haven't seen one of these in years.

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    Re: Review: 1978 Toyota Pickup

    What's the switch in the bottom center of the dash for? Is it the Hill Descent Control?

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    Re: Review: 1978 Toyota Pickup

    Quote Originally Posted by Playdrv4me View Post
    What's the switch in the bottom center of the dash for? Is it the Hill Descent Control?
    Amp control, for the amp that is long gone.

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    Re: Review: 1978 Toyota Pickup

    I have always loved the old original small Datsun and Toyota pickups. The one reviewed is actually large compared to those or as mentioned the Luv. Fun trip down memory lane!

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    Re: Review: 1978 Toyota Pickup

    Jesda, is yours the "long bed" model???? Bed looks longer than my 93, there is more overhang past the rear wheels. I know in the 80's they made a more heavy duty 2wd model with an 8' bed, reg cab only though. Heck you could get them as a chassis cab dually back in the 80's too. Kind of weird, but those old Toyotas always had the best feeling shifter of any truck I've driven. Even newer GM/Ford products with a manual have a VERY long and awkward feeling to the shifter.

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    Re: Review: 1978 Toyota Pickup

    Quote Originally Posted by Aron9000 View Post
    Jesda, is yours the "long bed" model???? Bed looks longer than my 93, there is more overhang past the rear wheels. I know in the 80's they made a more heavy duty 2wd model with an 8' bed, reg cab only though. Heck you could get them as a chassis cab dually back in the 80's too. Kind of weird, but those old Toyotas always had the best feeling shifter of any truck I've driven. Even newer GM/Ford products with a manual have a VERY long and awkward feeling to the shifter.
    It's a "Longbed SR5"

    The shifter is kind of long and wobbly but very easy and forgiving.

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    Re: Review: 1978 Toyota Pickup

    Jesda, your review jogged a fond memory for me too! Back in 1964, just after I had bought my Jag XK 150, I had it back into the Ford agency where I had bought the Jag for some remedial work. They lent me an early sixties Ford Falcon (first edition) pickup truck as a loaner. It was a three on the column shift and even on the drive back to my house it was fun to drive!

    That weekend some of my cousins from Decatur, IL came to visit and I decided to show them some of our local, but never the less 6000 foot mountains, nearby by taking them up the Angeles Crest Highway. In those days we thought nothing of having folks ride in the back of a pickup truck.

    Even today the ride up to Mt. Wilson in an open car, especially at sunset is something to be truly savored. Not only do you have the color and the shadow play as the canyons begin to darken, but the nocturnal wildlife is beginning to come alive for that nights hunt. Coyotes begin their nightly serenade, owls and hawks are flapping and swooping in search of their daily bread, and other creatures can be seen crossing the roadway. All in all a very different world than a daytime ride provides. Rather than watching the mountains turn purple from afar you are enveloped in the purple as the sunlight recedes to the west over the Pacific. All in all, you know you are not in central Illinois!

    My cousins who were in the very early teens at the time were mesmerized with all these new sights and sounds which they got to see from the open bed of that old Falcon pickup. Even today almost fifty years later they still talk about the experience!

    For me the fun was in driving that old pickup, there was something about it that was very different and special that made it a truly fun vehicle. It was easy to drive, not fast , not good handling even by the dismal standards of the day .... but when it came to a certain carefree enjoyment it was tops! In fact I, too, would rank the ride that night among the ten best of my lifetime!
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    Re: Review: 1978 Toyota Pickup

    Just pulled an Autocheck on it. Turns out it has almost 400,000 miles.

    It's going to literally rot away before that 20R ever dies.

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    Up till I moved out of Texas I still drove my 86 Toyota single cab long bed daily. About 350k on it and loved every minute of that truck.

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    Friend and i drove to clarkston WA recently to snatch a 1982 Toyota pick up with 100,000 mi on it, runs like a champ, will even better after a full tuneup

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    Re: Review: 1978 Toyota Pickup

    Quote Originally Posted by Jesda View Post
    Just pulled an Autocheck on it. Turns out it has almost 400,000 miles.

    It's going to literally rot away before that 20R ever dies.
    I've seen so many Toyota pickups rust out on the original engine. Its a shame. Even the newer Tundra (00-06?) has a big frame recall campaign. Don't understand why Toyota has such a big issue with rust but makes suck good trucks.

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