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The Toyota Stout was a light truck produced by the Japanese automaker Toyota.

First generationEdit

RK
Toyopet1500RK23
Manufacturer Toyota
Assembly Japan
Predecessor Toyota SG
Successor RK45,100,101
Class light truck
Layout FR layout
Platform ladder frame
Engine(s) Type R
Wheelbase 2500 mm
Length 4265 mm
Width 1675 mm
Height 1735 mm
Curb weight 860 kg
Related SG

Introduced in April 1954 as the Toyopet RK 1¼ ton truck, it was larger than the similar Toyota SG light truck but smaller than the Toyota FA medium duty truck.[1] In 1955 it was upgraded to carry 1.5 tons.[2]

The standard body was a 2-door, 3 seater pickup with a separate well body (with a fold down tailgate). Other bodies advertised by Toyota included a van, an ambulance, double cab coupe utility (2-doors, 6 seater, integral well body), drop-side pickup, pickup with stake sides, a pickup with full height metal side with a canvas top, a light bus (precursor to the Coaster) and an ice cream van.[1][2]

All models used mechanicals common to new vehicles of its time, such as a ladder frame chassis, leaf springs, solid axles and 4 wheel drum brakes. The engine was the 48HP 1500 cc Type R with a manual transmission. The body was professionally finished with windscreen wipers, dual outside mirrors (1955 onwards), hubcaps, chrome trim and dual headlights.

The 1954 model was designated as a 1¼ ton truck but was actually rated to carry 1220 kg.[1] The 1955 model was designated as a 1.5 ton truck but was actually rated to carry 1330 kg.[2]

In 1957 the RK was revised to become the RK30 and the RK35. In May 1959 it was named the Stout. Its main competitor was the Nissan Junior.

Second generationEdit

RK45, RK100, RK101
Toyopet Stout 1900
Manufacturer Toyota
Assembly Japan
Predecessor RK
Successor RK110
Class light truck
Body style(s) pickup
Layout front-engine, rear-wheel drive
Platform ladder frame
Engine(s) Type R, 3R-B, 5R
Transmission(s) 4 speed manual
Wheelbase 2800 mm
Length 4695 mm
Width 1690 mm
Height 1750 mm
Curb weight 835 kg

Completely redesigned in 1960 this is the most familiar version of the Stout. The Japanese market had the 1453 cc Type R engine in the RK45 and the 1897 cc 3R-B engine in the RK100.[3]

Export out of Japan began in September 1967 with the RK101. In some markets (e.g. North America) it was replaced by the slightly smaller Hilux in 1968 but in many other markets (e.g. South-East Asia and Australia) it was sold alongside the Hilux. The RK101 used the 1994 cc 5R engine.[4]

Conventional mechanical parts were used in the form of leaf springs and 4 wheel drum brakes on a ladder frame chassis. Body styles included a pickup (2-door, 3 seater), a double-cab pickup (4-door, 6 seater) and a 2-door van.[4]


Third generationEdit

RK110
Manufacturer Toyota
Assembly Japan
Predecessor RK45,100,101
Successor none
Class light truck
Body style(s) pickup
Layout front-engine, rear-wheel drive
Platform ladder frame
Engine(s) 5R
Related Toyota Hilux

Facelifted and modernised in March 1979, the Stout now looked more like the smaller Hilux but still fulfilled the same role as before. It also continued to use the same 1994 cc 5R engine.[4][5]

Body styles included a pickup (2-door, 3 seater) and a double-cab pickup (4-door, 6 seater). The Stout was discontinued in the 1980s without a successor[citation needed] as Toyota's first Full-Size pickup, the T100 as well as the Tundra were built mainly for North America, where the Stout had been replaced by the Hilux in 1968.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Toyota Truck 48HP", Toyota brochure No. 228, Japan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Toyopet 1.5 Ton", Toyota brochure No. 316, Japan
  3. "Toyopet Stout, Model RK45-100 Parts Catalog", No. 53336-64, Japan
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Toyota Vehicle Identification Manual", Toyota Motor Corporation, Overseas Parts Department, Catalog No.97913-84, 1984, Japan
  5. http://brentclanton.blogspot.com/2007/10/toyota-tsunami.html
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