GMC Motorhome

GMC Motorhome Introduced in 1973, the GMC Motorhome was a unique piece from the get-go. Historically, motorhomes have been sold in two phases. The body builder buys a bare chassis from a truck maker, then builds the house portion over it, at which time the complete vehicle is ready for sale. The difference here is […]
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Isuzu P’up

Isuzu P’up Its name is the word ‘pickup’, abbreviated. This truck was around since 1972 as the Chevy Luv. In 1981, Isuzu finally marketed it as their own. Two trim levels were sold, which were base and Deluxe. Two different powerplants were offered. First was a 1.8L SOHC 1bbl I4 that made 80hp and 95 […]
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Ford Ranger

Ford Ranger The Ford Ranger was a top trim package of the big pickups and even the later Broncos until 1982. At minimum, the package added cloth and more padding to the seats, as well as extra brightwork throughout. Two sub-levels of trim were also available during this era. These were Ranger XLT, and Ranger […]
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Pontiac Astre

    Astre The Astre was a knockoff of the Chevrolet Vega. It was sold in the U.S. from 1975-1977. However, Canadians were able to buy an Astre since 1973. It rolled into a new generation for 1974. Like the Chevy, you could get a coupe, hatch, a coupe-wagon, and for the final year, a […]
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Chevrolet S10

Chevrolet S10 The S10 was introduced as Chevrolet’s own ‘in house’ compact truck. Though the 1982 model year overlapped with each, it effectively replaced the Chevy Luv. In it’s inaugural year, it was only available in standard cab and 2 wheel drive configuration. The first engines provided in the build sheet were as follows. First […]
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Chevrolet Luv

Chevrolet Luv The Luv truck was in its second year for ’73. Its name was an acronym for ‘Light Utility Vehicle’. Imported from Isuzu, the truck had quad round headlamps up until 1977. This was a very basic truck in the first generation. Initially powering these was a 75hp 1.8L SOHC 1bbl I4 with a […]
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What is the Smog-Era?

What is the Smog-Era? The ‘meat & potatoes’ of the Smog-Era are vehicles made between 1973 and 1983. Also known as the Malaise-Era, this timeframe was undoubtedly the low point of automotive performance. Some of the best and some of the most controversial styling was offered during this time. We can’t forget about the vinyl […]
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