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.
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