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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 1:31 am 
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I just got a Luv with the vin # CLN1368230861. The title says its a 1977. From what I've read it should be a 1976. Is this true? Made in Japan. Stepside bed. Everything is pretty close to stock except the paint. 1.8L with a 4 Speed transmission and a moonroof. It even has the stock AC which is working. I'll post some pics later.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:53 pm 
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I'm not sure about the VIN # but it sounds like you found a nice LUV regardless. Stepsides aren't that easy to come by.....I'm still hoping to find one. Welcome to the site. Pics when you can!

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 12:25 am 
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themagicisback wrote:
I just got a Luv with the vin # CLN1368230861. The title says its a 1977. From what I've read it should be a 1976. Is this true? Made in Japan. Stepside bed. Everything is pretty close to stock except the paint. 1.8L with a 4 Speed transmission and a moonroof. It even has the stock AC which is working. I'll post some pics later.


Initially I thought that what was sold to me as a 1975/Series 4 was actually a slightly-more-primitive 74/Series 3 based upon the VIN info I decoded. I proved myself wrong comparing the presence of options/configurations that differed between the two years. Lo and behold, I found a few differences that just weren't present on any LUV's in the 74/Series 3 model. Then, I decided my decoding was mistaken, but the difference turned out to be due to my [model year 75 series 4] truck having been manufactured in October 1974.

I might be mistaken so someone correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems like this particular type of confusion is due to the 2-4 month lag between that manufacture date and the truck series/model year itself. Like you said, manufactured in Japan, right? It takes time to ship things across the ocean, so a good many 1977/Series 6 trucks would have already been manufactured and shipped (with VIN stickers) well before the end of 1976, and would therefore show 1976 VIN dates.

TL;DR The VIN reflects manufacture date, not model year. Thus, some trucks made toward the end of one year will belong to the next years' series.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:44 am 
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That's about right, go to your local dealership and see how many 2013 cars are there, very very few if any.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 1:07 pm 
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CLN136xxxxxxx translates to a cab/chassis model (shipped with no bed) and a series 6 which is a 1977 model year. The series was one number lower than the year until 1978, they skipped series 7 to catch up the year/series in 1978. In the VIN CLN means 2WD truck, the 3 is cab/chassis (4 is a pickup bed), and the 6 is the series digit. Again, the series is not the year until 1978 and later.

I haven't seen a cab/chassis truck before, so that makes it a little different. It was probably ordered into the US without a bed and then the stepside was installed at the dealership it was sold from.

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Forgot to mention I was able to find this info from a post by Roadshow Bob here:
viewtopic.php?f=5&t=6862&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&hilit=vin

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 6:44 pm 
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800xl wrote:
Forgot to mention I was able to find this info from a post by Roadshow Bob here:
viewtopic.php?f=5&t=6862&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&hilit=vin


That link seems like it would be a useful one to stick to the information section, or perhaps the newbie section?? Thoughts, Ben?

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 11:43 pm 
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Thanks for all the replies! This helped out a ton! The truck is for sale for anyone interested... :)

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