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 Post subject: 1976 Chevy LUV (Isuzu KB)
PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 7:00 pm 
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Here is my parts hauler-

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She may not look like much, but only has 60k on the odo.

My grandfather bought it in 1978 as a total from an insurance auction and did the bare minimum to get it legal again. He gave it to me at the beginning of the year so I can have a yard truck/parts hauler.

Mods are minimal, but here is the list-

Weber 38/38 carb
upgraded to an 80a alternator, 1 wire internal regulator
H4's, yellow H1's
all red taillights
195/50 15 Kumho's, still had the OE bias ply tires when I picked it up :td:
lowered 4" front, 3" rear

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:20 pm 
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That is cool as hell... :tu: :mrgreen:

I would really love to have something like that for a shop whore...


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:51 pm 
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Honestly you would not believe how many compliments I get while driving it! It is by far the most beat looking vehicle I've ever owned.

Well, I guess we aren't the only crazy ones then.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 11:46 pm 
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All this time I thought it stood for Lowered Utility Vehicle...


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75rusty wrote:
Honestly you would not believe how many compliments I get while driving it! It is by far the most beat looking vehicle I've ever owned.

Well, I guess we aren't the only crazy ones then.


It's called "patina" :D

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:12 pm 
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I'd say it takes patina to a whole new level. :mrgreen:

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looks great

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datsunfreak wrote:
All this time I thought it stood for Lowered Utility Vehicle...


It does now.

It's a sweet ride.

[rant]It seems so ironic that Isuzu started out in the US rebadging their truck as a Chevy, and by the end was selling Chevy trucks rebadged as Isuzus. Why did GM bother spending billions on creating Saturn as their "import-beater" when they already has Isuzu? If people want to buy imports, why not let them buy the import you own? And people wonder why GM went bankrupt.[/rant]

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Remember Geo? :lol:

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Remember Geo? :lol:


All too well. "Get to know Geo." At the time, I had a co-worker named George and his work shirt had a patch with "Geo" on it so I would kid him about it.

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And people wonder why GM went bankrupt...


No one I know is wondering... :P


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Nice truck!

Wouldn't happen to want a '76 Chevy Luv repair manual, would you? :lol:

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Lincoln Stax wrote:
[rant]It seems so ironic that Isuzu started out in the US rebadging their truck as a Chevy, and by the end was selling Chevy trucks rebadged as Isuzus. Why did GM bother spending billions on creating Saturn as their "import-beater" when they already has Isuzu? If people want to buy imports, why not let them buy the import you own? And people wonder why GM went bankrupt.[/rant]


The Chevrolet Colorado was designed by Isuzu. It is the D-Max, quite popular in Indonesia and Thailand (both are growth markets). Isuzu licensed the design to GM and GM was essentially a subcontractor for production of the I-280 and I-350 pickup trucks. Import tariffs on pickups and economic climate make it too expensive to import a foreign made pickup into the US.

Saturn was an ill fated attempt to pacify the labor unions. GM (nor any other American company) has ever been able to make a decent quality inexpensive car. Labor costs are set by union contract and can not be reduced. The only option is to reduce design quality, as they have done so often. Math and business do not care about patriotism. The alternative is to buy cars from Japan and stick American badges onto them. But the workers at Toyota, Suzuki, and Isuzu do not pay dues to the UAW. Saturn was an attempt to replace Isuzu, plagiarizing Isuzu design. The original SL1 and SC1 prototypes were road tested on Isuzu transmissions because the US copies were not done yet. Saturn transmissions share a unique axle spline pattern with the Isuzu transmissions, that is found in no other transmission. Even with GM's attempt to assemble their own economy car, they subcontracted the component manufacturing to Japanese companies, but lowered the specifications to the point of component failure. Transmissions built in Japan with gears made of pressed metal. Set pins that were not tight enough, fell out, allowing differential cross pins to back out and cut through the transmission housings from the inside out. All of these were always blamed on the Japanese subcontractor.
Soon, all of the revolutionary features of the Saturns, like dent proof plastic body panels, were gone, and they were nothing more than rebadged Chevys and Pontiacs. And shortly after that, they were rebadged Opels, Vauxhals, etc.

As for bankruptcy, the healthy car manufacturers are not selling cars in the US. Isuzu withdrew. Fiat withdrew two or more decades ago, and just bought Chrysler. No one was foolish enough to by GM. See how well Fiat fares once they are again in the US market. The US buyer wants patriotic (domestically built) cars at Walmart prices. That isn't possible, Walmart priced cars could only come from the same place everything else at Walmart comes from, China, and that can;t be spun into any sort of patriotic theme.


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Stationwagonguy wrote:
Nice truck!

Wouldn't happen to want a '76 Chevy Luv repair manual, would you? :lol:


It came with one :D

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Also, I miss the fender mirrors I had on my TE72 to death. Did the KB's come with them outside of the US?

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Lincoln Stax wrote:
datsunfreak wrote:
All this time I thought it stood for Lowered Utility Vehicle...


It does now.

It's a sweet ride.

[rant]It seems so ironic that Isuzu started out in the US rebadging their truck as a Chevy, and by the end was selling Chevy trucks rebadged as Isuzus. [/rant]

Kinda like the Ford Courier being a rebadged Mazda truck... then the later Mazda trucks ending up being rebadged Ford Rangers. :)

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75rusty wrote:
Also, I miss the fender mirrors I had on my TE72. Did the KB's come with them outside of the US?

Couldn't find any pics of KBs sporting them, but this Datsun pickup looks cool with them. I think yours would look good as well. :wink:
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just found a 76 in the local junkyard. let me know if you need any parts off it.

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KresSlyda180 wrote:
Kinda like the Ford Courier being a rebadged Mazda truck... then the later Mazda trucks ending up being rebadged Ford Rangers. :)


Stranger still that recently they both starting getting Mazda engines in the base model trucks... :P

Sorry, for the OT...


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