Fire pick-up Toyota Stout RK101-K
Japan is a country of contrasts and the rising sun and, of course, the intensive development of industry and technology. In the twentieth century, the Japanese national automotive appealed to U.S., European design school, slave markets and Oh how complicated that time in international relations. And only the beginning of the 1980s formed a firm Japanese school, the more interesting to get acquainted with the car, produced in 1960-1970’s.
This bright red pick-up Toyota Stout RK101-K in 1978 immediately liked me at the festival “autoexotic-2011”. Controversial, but very affirmatively sounded the slogan of the owner: “the Car should be new or …Toyota”. This symbiosis from the approval of Henry Ford and unobtrusive ads, a leading Japanese automobile manufacturer. However, the theme symbiosis will literally show through in the article.
Amber-yellow crown on the roof of the cabin, I first thought gives ownership of the car to a taxi, but it was not so. This is the name of the Prefecture Furukawa employing this, as it turned out, the fire truck. The fire equipment was dismantled in Japan before selling the car, so you can see it’s not meant to be, but the design has the opportunity to meet in full.
Let’s start from under the hood. Two-liter gasoline engine with 84 HP (fire engine installed derated version) looks very much like the legendary “402” motor “Volga”. The only difference is that nothing like you will find under the hood of the new modern “Toyota”, but in “the GAZelle Business” – please! Such is the age of the structure.However, when the owner invited me to sit in the cockpit of the car, I sat on the passenger (left of course!) place and subjectively did not feel the lack of traction on the bottoms, and the dynamics seemed good – 84 “horse” to 1.5 tons of curb weight!
Matching the engine and chassis. Pivot suspension, a continuous “stocking” of the rear axle, both axles on longitudinal semi-elliptic leaf springs, some points for a regular injection. Car! Before I forget. Want to stay on the headlights. Here you cannot replace the lamp or broken flash diffuser. The optical element and the sealed all-in-one, changing only in its entirety. What caused such a constructive solution? Maybe wet and windy climate of the Country of the rising sun?
Now let’s play driver-firefighter. The range of adjustment driver’s seat implies the existence of driving only the diminutive Japanese. Even if the maximum push the chair back, hands remain bent in the elbows about 90° and the knees form together with the pedals angles. And this despite my not giant growth 177 see the Front cabin seats, at least another 6, and even 8 people can be accommodated on folding benches, located longitudinally along the sides of the body. Oh, Yes, and what about category D with so many passengers?
Acting podrulevymi lever located to the left (he sitting of course right – Japan!), select first gear and start driving. Here it is, “almost diesel”! Slow speed and traction, in my opinion, on an empty car first gear and not use it. A few rolls in the turns, but what do you want from the four springs! In General, you want to rush a howling siren, scaring away all, there are not the nuances of handling, road and so give up.But though we must hurry to the fire management authorities do not suffer undue fuss, twitching effects, incomplete cutoffs of coupling: common language with this car you will find a much faster driver who is familiar with the UAZ-452 and GAZ-21, but now other times, and other cars…
Interior decoration is also common with the family painfully the Soviet cars of the 1970-ies. Chrome lever Parking brake located under the instrument panel, “liquid” electrical switches, and the dashboard is reminiscent of the “Moskvitch 2140 Lux”, only the Japanese are careful turned. Surprised by the lack of air conditioning. However, until the 1980s, the pickups in this class they are usually not set. But seriously, really, how much time this car spends in traffic with passengers?But regular ventilation valve is doing his job perfectly: already at speeds of around 40 km/h in the face or legs, comes powerful airflow. This feeling is familiar to those who ever tried to ride a motorcycle without a helmet… According to the owner of the car, well the situation with heating in the winter, but check it out at plus thirty on the street failed…
A rare breed
Swept and will be! These honoured cars will certainly should be protected, not tortured with all sorts of controlled drifts and police u-turns. Especially since it really rare. Even on one of the largest, highly respected automotive portal you will find its technical characteristics, but this “big brother” Toyota HiLux!
This representative of the second iteration of the second generation Stout, which was produced virtually unchanged from 1965 to 1979, was born in 1978 and operated on the Japanese open spaces until 1992, after which, having lost the fire-fighting equipment, was bought by a Russian sailor and went to the Krasnodar region for permanent residence, where more than one year, helping the new owner on the farm and in construction.Narbutovich there enough, he was able to persist – that means regular physical labor at all bestimmen Krasnodar fresh air and absence of bad habits, as most samurai. Then there was the change of family wheels on the new rims, moving to Moscow to the new owner – connoisseur of this brand and generally a good car, which is still, though with caution, regularly exploiting this instance.