1978 Toyota Chinook Camper 4×4

One of the oldest and most respected names in RV and motorhomes, Chinook started producing campers as a joint venture with Toyota in 1973 based on the Hilux pickup truck. This 1978 example received upgraded components from a 1980 Toyota 4x4 pickup during the early 1990s including the frame, suspension, front axle, and 20R 2.2-liter engine, as well as a repaint in Walnut Metallic. The fiberglass camper shell is equipped with a pop-up tent, a dinette with a fold-away table, an L-shaped convertible couch, dual overhead hammocks, a convection microwave, a sink, propane cooking elements, and a power converter. Acquired by the seller in 2021, this classic 1978 Toyota Chinook is now being offered at auction out of California.

The exterior is finished in Walnut Metallic and was repainted during the rebuild in 1991 along with replacement Chinook decals sourced from the factory in Yakima, Washington. The vehicle has also been fitted with a front brush bar, foglights, towing mirrors, tubular side steps, rear mud flaps, and a folding rear step. The seller reports some minor imperfections throughout including a quarter-sized blemish on the rear driver’s side quarter panel. Detailed images are provided in the gallery. The black 15” steel wheels are mounted with 31” Wild Country Radial XTX Sport tires.

The cab features Recaro bucket seats upholstered in tan vinyl with corduroy inserts and Chinook embroidery on the seatbacks. Amenities include an AM/FM radio with Jensen speakers, a Nippondenso air conditioning system, power windows, auxiliary gauges in the center stack, a Wayfinder digital compass, and an overhead control panel with a CB radio. Cruise control was added later on but is currently inoperable.  The fiberglass camper shell includes a pop-up tent, a dinette with a fold-away table, an L-shaped couch that can convert to a bed, dual overhead hammocks, window curtains, a power converter with auxiliary power outlets, wooden cabinetry, a sink, dual propane cooking elements, and a convection microwave.

This Toyota is powered by a 2.2-liter 20R inline-four sourced from a 1980 Toyota 4x4 pickup, equipped with dual Mikuni side-draft carburetors, K&N air filters, a COMP cams 268 camshaft, oversized valves, an LC Engineering exhaust header, an auxiliary oil cooler, a three-core aluminum radiator, a dual battery setup, and a Mallory ignition system. The suspension has been modified with a 3” lift kit in the front and 4” in the rear, rear air shocks, heavy-duty sway bars, and the front axle from the same 1980 Toyota Pickup, converting it to four-wheel drive. A G52 5-speed manual transmission was sourced from a 1985 Toyota 4x4 pickup and drives all four wheels through a dual-range transfer case. This Chinook was recently inspected and serviced in preparation for sale including a new muffler and oil change.

This sale will include a clean title. 

 
 

Auction Results

  • Sold for: $35,000
  • Auction End: 2022-05-18 19:10:00+00:00
  • Number of Bids: 20
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Comments (30)

  • Spokayman (registered bidder) 3 monthsago

    Congratulations @tjparker,
    You saved yourself $5K by winning the bid here vs the $40K no-sale on another auction site.

  • tjparker 3 monthsago

    Sold for $35,000

  • GarrettM (seller) 3 monthsago

    The Reserve has been removed!
    Good luck bidders

  • tjparker 3 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $35,000

  • taketimetoshift 3 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $27,000

  • tjparker 3 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $20,000

  • bpfresno 3 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $12,540

  • FUG123 3 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $12,250

  • bhmohio 3 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $12,000

  • GarrettM (seller) 3 monthsago

    @CurtGT3RS Yes it was slightly out of alignment in the videos. That has been corrected.

    Thanks

  • CurtGT3RS (registered bidder) 3 monthsago

    In the driving video, the steering wheel doesn’t appear to be straight - does the truck need an alignment?

  • bpfresno 3 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $7,169

  • Foxfab11 3 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $6,099

  • Foxfab11 3 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $5,500

  • bpfresno 3 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $5,140

  • FUG123 3 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $4,800

  • bpfresno 3 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $4,550

  • FUG123 3 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $4,150

  • bpfresno 3 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $3,800

  • GarrettM (seller) 3 monthsago

    @bpfresno It drives good on the highway, I would typically cruise at a safe speed of 65-75. I never attempted to smog it in CA so I am not 100% sure.

  • GarrettM (seller) 3 monthsago

    @WRENCH.56 The previous owner I purchased to chinook from did not include any manuals or maintenance records. I have service records from when I purchased it but not from when it was converted in 91. I was told that it would not be too difficult to bring the ride height back to stock, but I never got any quotes or pricing for this work. I have used it in the winter and the furnace definitely keeps the inside warm. The AC in the front works well when driving in hot weather but does not work for camper purposes.
    It's a great rig, hoping to find a good home for it.
    Thanks!

  • Foxfab11 3 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $3,500

  • FUG123 3 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $3,250

  • WRENCH.56 (registered bidder) 3 monthsago

    Do you have the instruction manuals for the Chinook camper unit? Maintenance schedules for the truck and/or replaced engine? Any service records or receipts?
    I will say that this thing seems to be in outstanding condition and, being an engine replacement, I suppose one might just have to figure out maintenance for one's self. That certainly doesn't scare me.
    Lastly, how difficult/costly would it be to restore the stock ride height? I likely would prefer that as I doubt I would take it off-road.
    Does the heater cut it for winter camping at ski areas? Does the under-dash AC unit cut it for summer use?
    Thanks in advance for anything you can answer.

  • bpfresno (registered bidder) 3 monthsago

    How does this do on the highway? Will it cruise at 80-85 ok? Also, I see the Montana plates. Any issue with California registration?

  • Foxfab11 3 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $3,000

  • whitey (registered bidder) 3 months, 1 weekago

    Super cool build! Don’t see alot of these around anymore but we’ll worth the efforts!
    GLWTA seller!

  • FUG123 3 months, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $2,250

  • castroe59 3 months, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $2,000

  • FUG123 3 months, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $1,000

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