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  1. #1
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    Default Japanese VIN decoding

    Can anybody tell me what year this data plate is from and which letter represents that year? Thanks
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    Default JDM vins

    Check out this site. It lists all Toyotas by body # prefixes like KZN, LN, ect. JDM frame numbers are not like US vins. The long number after the model tells when the vehicle was built in numerical order.
    (edit)Your Truck was built in March of 1990

    http://toyota.mnc.ru/framno/shortindex.html

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    That's a great link, thank you!
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    Thanks for your help Brian, much appreciated. Lars
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    Your both very welcome.

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    Has the head been fixed...?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_Akroyd_Stuart

    So, why do we call it a "Diesel" when he didn't invent it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 87-2LT View Post
    Has the head been fixed...?
    I assume you're talking about the 2L-TE head that goes with the data plate? No, it's never had any problems in almost two years of use and several trips to Canada, one towing a portable sawmill. The current owner did manage to burn out the flywheel pulling logs off the beach though.
    85 4WD Custom Cab Pickup 1KZ-T 5 speed (mechanical Mitsubishi 4M40 injection pump, veggie oil conversion)
    84 Corolla Liftback, Rebuilt 2C-T
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    Interesting...just goes to show there are exceptions to every rule - or maybe the head was already replaced.

    And that was a great link for the VIN/Year codes - thank you!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_Akroyd_Stuart

    So, why do we call it a "Diesel" when he didn't invent it?

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    mine is still holding up very well. i found out that there was a recall around 1993 in japan and that was when the dealership where my lj78 was sold had the 2lte head scrapped for the 3l head amazing

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    Quote Originally Posted by prado t View Post
    mine is still holding up very well. i found out that there was a recall around 1993 in japan and that was when the dealership where my lj78 was sold had the 2lte head scrapped for the 3l head amazing
    Great info. Now is there a sticker or some other information on the truck that will allow others to tell if this was done on their trucks??
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_Akroyd_Stuart

    So, why do we call it a "Diesel" when he didn't invent it?

 

 

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