The Truth About Cars » Datsun 620 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:51:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » Datsun 620 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Junkyard Find: 1976 Datsun 620 Pickup http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/junkyard-find-1976-datsun-620-pickup/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/junkyard-find-1976-datsun-620-pickup/#comments Thu, 22 Mar 2012 12:30:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=435771 Did any of the Afghani Mujahideen drive Datsun pickups to battle after the Soviets invaded? Probably, but the Toyota Hilux got all the press. For the same reason today, Malaise Era Toyota pickups tend to be kept alive, while their Datsun, Mazda (via Ford), and Isuzu (via Chevy) counterparts get crushed when they finally suffer some problem that costs more than $200 to fix. I’ve been seeing a steady stream of these Datsuns in junkyard for 20 years now, and here’s the latest one.
This pickup is a bare-bones, non-King-Cab, zero-options model. No tach, all idiot lights.
The L20 was very reliable, though Toyota’s 20R set the bar impossibly high for four-cylinder truck engines.
Remember aftermarket sunroof conversions?

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Cramped So-Called King Cab Dooms ’79 Datsun Pickup http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/cramped-so-called-king-cab-dooms-79-datsun-pickup/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/cramped-so-called-king-cab-dooms-79-datsun-pickup/#comments Wed, 22 Dec 2010 20:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=378189
I’ve been seeing quite a few junked Datsun pickups in recent years, and most of them have featured the King Cab option. To those of you accustomed to 21st-century pickups with four doors and luxurious back seats, the few additional cubic centimeters of the Datsun 720′s King Cab must seem a cruel joke.

Sure, you could fit more toolboxes and stuff out of the weather, but what about leg room? Cup holders? The small Toyota trucks of the era seem to be evading The Crusher much better than their Nissan contemporaries, no doubt because every plumber in North America wants the same Hilux-grade reliability that warlords and strongmen throughout the world demand from their trucks.

The good old L20 engine held together just about as well as the Toyota R, but the iconic profile of a Hilux sporting a 23mm cannon mounted in the bed and a couple dozen 14-year-old “soldiers” hanging off the tailgate helps keep depreciation from reaching scrap level. Thus, little Toyota trucks live, little Datsun trucks die.

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