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    1977 Toyota Chinook Pop Top
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    Atlanta, GA
  1. Success! Or at least major progress. I replaced the carb & was able to adjust it to idle properly. And the brake fluid I added didn't leak out after lots of pumping the pedal & driving around for about 90 minutes as I got the hang of the manual trans. (My first one of those, by the way. Got some pointers back when I was 17, then took a class last week. So I still need some practice.) Still gonna take it to a shop tomorrow before I make the big drive back home.
  2. Hey everybody. My friend never sent me pics, but I'm in CA with my Chinook now. It has an electric choke and a cheaper weber knock off carb that some shop's paperwork I found in the glovebox said needed a rebuilt. So after trying to adjust it and check for vacuum leaks, all to no avail, I'm now in the process of replacing with a genuine weber. Looks like it's also going to need a new master cylinder. The fluid reservoir closest to the firewall was bone dry & there was lots of built up gunk underneath it. Going to add fluid today and see if and where it leaks out, but this is what it looks
  3. Wow - that back window is gigantic! This is a really good-looking motorhome. Looks like it might be a little shorter and possibly more aerodynamic than a hard top Chinook Omega / Newport. OK... I just noticed the author of the book you linked to said it measures 16 1/2 feet bumper to bumper -- that's about a foot shorter than a pop top Chinook. Wiley also talks of his getting up to 18mpg. How about yours? I see it's got lots of storage space! Aside from that I'm guessing stove, sink, fridge... dinetter / bed... maybe a power converter... but probably no bathroom. Am I close? I'm guessing that
  4. Cool. I really appreciate these responses from you guys. I'll look into this further, and let you know if I have any other questions. If not, I'll let you know how it goes out in Cali.
  5. I recognize that mini-RV -- and I mean yours, specifically, MischaT. It caught my attention when the previous owner had it up on Craigslist, and I started looking around trying to figure out what it was, too. It definitely wasn't the Chinook it was said to be, but it looked great whatever it was! Then a couple others just like it went up for sale around the same time. I forwarded their links to Rufus who has the Wordpress Toyota Chinook blog. The ads are down now, but Rufus might post the pictures sometime. Anyway, a couple people identified them as "SR 2"s, which a couple I found photos of di
  6. Thanks, MontanaChinook! I now feel pretty confident I'll be able to tell which kind of choke I've got. (And by the way, I remember checking out your build thread a while back. That's a great looking Newport / Omega you've got! And easy to spot with the blue accent.) Just so it doesn't slip my mind later, would you mind telling me about that replacement adapter?
  7. Thanks for those videos, Derek! And for the advice MontanaChinook -- speaking of which... Since you mentioned the possibility of a vacuum leak, I just remembered: the seller told me that all the smog equipment had been removed. I wonder if a vacuum leak could have been created in the process? Hopefully I'll know more after my friend sends me some pics of everything that's under the hood. Also, I'm pretty sure my Chinook has the 20R engine, but I should soon find that out for sure, too.
  8. Thanks Derek! But I think part of your second sentence got cut off. You wrote: "Here's a picture of a hoke carb..." So is that first link a picture of a carb with the manual or the electric choke? I don't recognize any cables or wires in the photo. But I don't have a lot of experience with carbs, so that could be part of my problem.
  9. Well, I might have to change my username. Because after a year of obsessive searching, I finally purchased a 1977 Chinook pop top!! Actually a friend of mine on the west coast purchased it for me in April, and in about 3 weeks I’m going to go pick it up and drive it 2,400 miles back from California to Georgia. My friend has test driven the vehicle, and the word from him and the guy I bought it from is that the Chinook is in great mechanical shape except for idling way too high. (My friend reported he had to ride the brakes a lot, and that after a couple hours of city driving the engine was on
  10. jdemaris -- Thanks so much for all this detailed info! I'll be sure to reinforce my floor like this too. But first I need to do a similar project that involves lifting the camper shell off the truck frame, and there are a couple issues I'm hoping you can shed some light on for me. I'm thinking of swapping camper shells -- more specifically, replacing a heavily damaged hard top Chinook Omega shell (currently attached to a good running truck) with a pop top MPG/Gazelle shell (currently attached to a rusty, non-operable truck). Both trucks are the original late 70s Toyota Hiluxes. Also, I'm ope
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