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1983 Toyota Hilux 4x4

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Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Today we're looking at a vehicle owned by our first four-time DOTS honoree, WhatWouldJesseDo. Well, I think this is Jesse's truck; my Black Metal V8olvo emailed me about his new truck, and I found this Hilux parked on his block. When you have a '66 Datsun, a '61 Mini, and a '70 Puma GT, you need something to haul parts!


Give it a coat of camouflage paint, install a water-cooled Vickers machine gun on a crude mount in the bed, and fill all available space with jungle/desert/mountain/urban fighters and maybe some looted livestock, and you'll see the Hilux in its natural element. It also looks good with a nice shiny paint job, parked in the battle-free East End of Alameda. In fact, this may be the cleanest 25-year-old Toyota truck I've ever seen; most others around here have seen 800,000 miles of hard use hauling plumbing supplies and drywall.


When you've got a Warlord Duty 22R under the hood, the hundreds of thousands of miles just fly right by. There's a much rougher '83 parked a few blocks from this truck, so residents of this neighborhood have the opportunity to see before-and-after examples of this legendary truck.

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