1981 Pickup w/ 76 Chinook Gazelle Camper Project in Bellingham, WA


Last Updated: 10/12/2021 | Ad Source: Direct

Asking Price: $19,000 $15,000 (Final Sale Price)

1981 Bellingham WA

Motorhome Facts

  • Year: 1981
  • Maker/Trim/Model: Chinook
  • Length: Not Listed
  • Odometer: 97,860
  • Drivetrain: 4cyl Manual

Seller Info

  • State/Region: Washington
  • City/Area: Bellingham
  • Name: SOLD!
  • Phone: SOLD!
  • Email: SOLD!


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For sale is my rare Toyota Chinook 4×4 conversion project.

So much fun to off-road and camp with. I no longer have the time or space to work on it so here’s your chance to own a truck with a cult-following and get Shocka’s from fellow enthusiasts driving down the freeway. It’s a 1981 Toyota Pickup with a 1976 Chinook Gazelle camper. Additionally, the rebuilt motor is from a 1985 22 RE Toyota Pickup.

It is still a project, with considerable work, but I’ve put considerable work into it myself. You can look up @4x4_milkshake on Instagram for reference. I will do my best to be very honest about the needs of this truck, but I likely can’t remember everything so if you’re very interested, we can talk more about it.

Here it goes:

The truck: the following work has all been done within the last 1.5 years.

Newly rebuilt motor out of Jay’s Machine Shop in Everett – 4,500 miles
1985 22RE motor, but I kept it carbureted – put an EFI in if you’re keen. I have no idea how many original miles the truck has, the odometer has been stuck at 97,680 since I got it.

– New water pump
– Radiator
– Distributor
– Carburetor Weber 32/36
– Fuel pump
– Fuel filter
– Fuel lines
– Fuel tank
– Battery
– BFG 31 Tires
– Front axle rebuild
– Brakes
– Clutch
– Clutch cylinders
– Alternator
– Basically, all new lines and hoses
– Rear drive shaft was rebuilt and balanced with new U-joints.
– Main seals replaced
– Front and rear shocks
– New carpet and dash mat

Previous owners did a lot of rust remediation and got the frame/chassis ready to go. They also did the full exterior paint and fiberglass repair – that’s why she’s so classy.

What the truck still needs:
Air valve control (currently can only get hot air, but the vents and the windows cool things off nicely) Truck does not have AC – it’s an 81’

Transmission will need to be replaced soon. It pops out of 1st gear and can surprise you.

No windshield washer sprayer – the button on the steering wheel is broken and I’ve never tried to fix it as it was a low priority.

Leaf springs could be replaced soon.

There are cracks on the dash, which is why the mat is there – hard to find replacement parts for this truck, but most things are stock.

The seats match but someone may want to install something a bit studier or more comfortable.


The roof was reframed and fiberglassed last summer and I installed a MaxxAir vent (has never been connected but it’s there!). There are some spots that should be sanded again and the whole thing could use another coat of paint.

Sanded and painted the scissor lift mechanisms.

Canvas is new with plenty of windows for that fresh breeze.

I rebuilt the door – it’s not perfect but it latches nicely. There’s currently no lock as those old Keeler locks aren’t in production (I know a guy who said he threw his old one in the dumpster and I about cried, they’re rare and cost about $300 online)

It’s mostly insulated (back panel isn’t because I was troubleshooting leaks).

Rich mahogany ¼” plywood from Japan on the walls… came from an old house that was being renovated.

Birds-nest is nearly done- the wood across was a temporary fix until I had more time to upholster and figure out how to do it properly

I put in cork flooring – I wouldn’t do that again as the floor is not level, but it would be easy to take it out and put a new floor in.

I fiberglassed to delete an accessory door as it was leaking, I didn’t do a perfect job, put a sticker on it!!

I never got around to installing electrical, though I have a lot of supplies to do it (no batteries or solar panels but have most everything else). I will throw all that in with the truck.

I built a bed, I meant to sand and paint but I’ve run out of time and energy to actually finish it.

There’s a lot more to say about this truck. It has been a huge undertaking for me and I hope someone with big dreams gets to enjoy it.

Last Updated on October 12, 2021 by RVAds


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