1979 Datsun Pickup

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Since the readers have spoken on the DOTS Pickup Truck question, we're going to look at another old truck today. And, since we're turning Japanese this week, we're going to make it a Japanese truck! And not one rebranded with some Detroit carmaker's name; no, this is a genuine 200-proof Datsun.

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The old Toyota trucks get all the press, what with their being the vehicle of choice for strongmen and warlords the world over, but Nissan made some pretty solid ones as well.

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Check out those funky tailgate latches and plywood bed cover. It doesn't matter what continent it comes from- this thing kicks shit!

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Ahhh, take a whiff of That Junkyard Car Smell: mildew, sun-baked plastic, and decaying foam rubber. This truck probably has 500,000 miles on the clock and no doubt will start right up after sitting immobile for six months.

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It's a damn shame that you can't buy a truly small, simple Japanese pickup these days. Why, even warlords insist on AC nowadays!

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This truck parks next to the 1976 Monza we saw a while back; no doubt the same lover of 70s steel owns them both.




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DISCUSSION

A friend of mine had one of these in the early 80's (so it was practically new, right?) but it was a supercab. It had been coast to coast once or twice already. In fact it looked a lot like this one condition-wise. He wasn't real big on maintenance so I'm pretty sure it only had back or front brakes but definitely not both. And he liked to drive fast, bonus.

You definitely can't buy a stripped down mini truck anymore. I bought my 4wd S-10 in 1995 for $15,900 and when the Canyon came out the 4wd version was closer to $25,000 (or more). I asked the dealer if I could get one with rubber floors, no air, and no options and the salesman didn't think it was likely.

Nobody will buy them like that anymore was what he said. Of course the fact that the Canyon is friggin ugly doesn't help. Still driving the '95 but she's starting to succumb to the winter salt.