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Old 05-21-2015, 05:45 PM   #1
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What is it?

Spotted this near home. I think it would look good on my 4Runner...

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Old 05-21-2015, 07:57 PM   #2
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post that on Toyota-campers@yahoogroups.com and someone there will ID it for you. It's a 1977-78 chassis and in those 2 years there were about 6 different micro-motorhomes being built in that size range, Sunrader, a Larger Chinook Newport (1978 only), the Scat and several others.


There are two Newports in the Seattle area for sale and one was just stolen yesterday near Redding, CA.


A chassis changeout is a #1 idea.
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Old 05-21-2015, 08:05 PM   #3
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Spotted this near home. I think it would look good on my 4Runner...

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Circa 1973 Datsun PL620 chassis.
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Old 05-21-2015, 08:24 PM   #4
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Right you are... I was going by the 4 headlights, now I can also see the fin ridge in the door.


But almost all of the Datsun/Nissan micro motorhome owners also belong to the Toyota group I linked to, so I am sure an I.D. will be forthcoming.


I'm thinking that it might be a Gala.
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Old 05-21-2015, 08:47 PM   #5
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One more piece.
That multi color side flash and the porthole are all typical the molded fiberglass coaches built by TransVan. Most were class "B".
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Old 05-21-2015, 09:24 PM   #6
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Definitely a Datsun dually. I don't even know if it's for sale, and I suuuuure don't need another project... Weird stuff just intrigues me.

I've been eyeballing and even measuring the Trillium with an eye toward cutting it open and implanting the 4runner
and making a micro-overland-4xeggthing. Sorta similar to this pic but with attitude.


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TransVan! I was trying to dredge up a foggy memory of a name.


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Old 05-22-2015, 06:41 AM   #8
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Hmm. SWMBO tells me I am not to cut on the Trillium.


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Old 05-22-2015, 09:16 AM   #9
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Lots of Trilliums out there. I once thought of taking the box off of a long box regular cab ranger, stretching the frame, till the wheels were in the wheel wells of a 1300 mounted on the frame of the truck. It didn't take long to realize that I didn't have the skills.
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Instead of a 4Runner that would be great on the back of any small modern pickup. Either way, cool project. Love the porthole.


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Old 06-16-2015, 08:15 AM   #11
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Let me just add this to the What Is It pile:

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Just something my brother pointed me at on Instagram. I've never even seen a Suzuki pickup.


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Old 06-16-2015, 11:16 PM   #12
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Could it be a Dolphin? A couple months back there was a Dolphin mounted on a dually Datson of a similar vintage for sale about 3 miles up the road from us. It was perhaps a couple of feet longer (a curb side door just fit between the rear wheel and cab) with what I recall as very similar design and graphics (don't recall a portal window, though). The engine didn't run and the truck's front end had been wrecked with very poor body repair work done (missing all trim), and the inside of the camper was pretty much rotted from the inside out due to long-term roof leaks. They only wanted $500, but I'm not sure it was even worth that for scrap. It sat there for months, but it's gone now, don't k ow its fate. It's a shame the owners let it get so torn up and run down, because I'm sure it was a fun motorhome and made a lot of memories for someone back in it's prime.
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Let me just add this to the What Is It pile:

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Just something my brother pointed me at on Instagram. I've never even seen a Suzuki pickup.
That is a Suzuki but I've never seen a p/u version. Had a tin top and looking at the pic, I can only believe it was just for show. With only 1300 cc's it would be slower than a turtle to get going. Was pretty much like that in stock form. To bad the pic doesn't show the full length as it would need training wheels on the rear to not do wheelies starting off from a stop. Mine was stock and in 2 wheel high I could be in 5th at 35mph and not be lugging the motor. Nice little 4x4 but as an RV, no way.
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