Where were you in ’82? I got out of high school a couple of years earlier and was driving a rusty and dented ’74 Dodge Van. I would have loved to have this 1982 Toyota Hilux diesel pickup, but its $7,178 original cost was worlds away from what little money I had from my job parking cars at an indoor garage. This diesel Hilux is listed on eBay with bids of over $7,000 and the reserve isn’t met! It’s located in Lakewood, Washington.
This truck is in amazing condition. The seller says that the “paint and body panels are all original there is no rust or repairs on the truck “. This thing is truly in amazing condition.
Being from snow country, a 4WD pickup would have been nicer, but come to think of it, my ’74 Dodge van wasn’t 4WD and I, and thousands of other people in my hometown, seemed to manage. We just put on snow tires and put sand bags in the back. We’re getting spoiled as a nation, or world, maybe it’s time to get back to the basics again (yeah, right).
In addition to parking cars (where I learned how to back into parking spaces), I worked for a cleaning service. The owner had almost this exact truck, but in yellow and without the diesel. He had a similar topper, too. It was a great truck to drive and was drop-dead reliable. The topper for this truck was also purchased in 1982 and it’s in as equally as perfect condition as the rest of the vehicle is in.
The seller mentions two small cuts on the door panel and they’re visible in this YouTube video. You can see them on the passenger side door panel at 1:42, and 2:53 into the video. Unless I somehow missed it, there was no mention of cracks on the dash top, or why the dash top cover was installed? Most of the time it’s to cover up cracks, not prevent them from occurring.
This is Toyota’s 2.2L inline-four diesel with 62 hp and 93 ft-lb of torque. It was rebuilt 500 miles ago, but that was in 2007, one decade ago. According to the seller, “since the rebuilt the truck get started once a month goes around the block and back into the garage it’s always garage kept. Total miles on the truck 100,667.” Have any of you owned a diesel Toyota pickup? And, even more importantly: where were you in ’82?