BF Classified: 1979 Datsun Chinook RV

Seller’s Description: The Datsun 620 was a line of Nissan trucks built in Japan between 1972-79. Earlier models brought into the U.S. were sometimes known as 1600 (as a shout-out to the engine size). But a 1952 cc engine would be used later. This one from 1979 (or ’78) is thought to have been one of 60 converted to a mini recreational vehicle with a fiberglass body made by Chinook. Located in Vineland, New Jersey, this little RV runs but needs work and is available here. The asking price is $3,900.

Nissan (or Datsun in the U.S. for many years) has been in the truck business as far back as 1955. The 620 began as a compact regular cab pickup with an extended cab added later. The 1975-79 editions of the 620 would use the L20B 4-cylinder engine that produced 97 hp SAE net. 4 and 5-speed transmissions were common while an automatic was available, although a bit sluggish under load.

This 620 looks to have been sitting for a bit with Florida license plates, though it’s in New Jersey now. The seller bought it to do a complete renovation, but health issues will not permit that now. The body looks okay, except for perhaps a crumpled hood, though the faded red paint covers what was likely white from the factory. The seller says the chassis needs to be repaired, but we don’t know the extent of the work that is needed.

We’re told the engine runs great and has been cared for by a professional mechanic who installed a new Weber carburetor. But a clutch is now on the to-do list, along with tires. While the seats are good and the RV portion can sleep six, the interior and camper are going to need a makeover. It has a stove and other camping amenities to help enjoy the great outdoors. The fiberglass body is said to be tight with no leaks. At 78,000 miles, this looks to be a modest project that you could adjust to your needs.

Price: $3,900
Location: Vineland, NJ
Mileage: 78,000
Title Status: Clean

Seller’s Listing: Here on craigslist

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