A Little Publica Pickup Tale

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The story behind our little Publica Pickup

Story by Curt Suzanne Flora; photos by Toyotageek

We were at an a few years back and decided to buy a storage

unit that was up for We normally don’t buy whole but this day

we decided to. As we were all the boxes we saw the front end of a

little As we unloaded more boxes, we saw it was not a car but a

little truck. One we have seen before. Our eyes up like little

kids in a store.

The truck was loaded boxes and blankets and we needed to it to

push it on to the trailer. As we started it we saw some little

handlebars – — “What is that?” my asked. We unloaded it a

little to find a Honda Monkey bike sitting in the back. We all

the boxes home to sort but the boxed stuff didn’t to me much

anymore. I was more in finding out more about the

We started searching the internet to find out more about the and

not having much luck. then our computer was so slow I we could

have gone to the and found things faster, It took us about two

weeks we found a guy on the net that owned a car. His name

was Steve Kopito, and we e-mailed him away hoping he could us

more about the truck. I remember exactly what was but he did say

it was not something that was imported to the and asked if we would

be interested in it. My wife and I looked at each and both knew

right that the answer was no way! not unless the offer was too

much to down.

At this time we have much time to on it as we had to drive to my

wife’s parent’s everyday to care for them. She head to their

home 6am and stay till I got there 4pm everyday, and I would

stay till they to bed at 10pm. We lived 50 miles them and to drive

two different there everyday took up all our and got pretty

expensive, so working on the was out of the question. So it sat. After 4

of driving back and forth we to build a house on her parent’s

so the truck had to sit a little longer. It me two years to build

the house with some help to time from my friends. In 2008

my wife’s father away.

Toyota Publica

I had a little time to looking at Publicas again, and when I ran

across the Japanese Classic Car web site. I called asking how to get

of anybody who might know these cars. I talked to a Sanborn

and she told me about the club. I first looked at the site and

liking what I saw I this looks like a club to join and my thoughts

right. I joined, and right got responses from everyone. I

believe how much this has helped me with the truck. I met Street

and right away he finding me the parts I needed to get the

looking sweet. Just I ordered the parts for the truck, my Mother

passed away (March so again the truck was put on hold but not for

I had 1 ½ months to get the truck ready to at the TORC show in Long

so the pressure was on! I spent about 8 a day, sometimes more,

to get the truck ready. The truck a lot of work still but I knew if

I put my into it I could do it. My wife I was smashing the truck

when she in the garage and I had a big sledge hammer out the

fender. As you all know we just order parts for one of these so I

had to fix it the best I could. At the show, I was to meet the faces I’

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