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Junkyard Find: 1978 Toyota Truck

The Toyota Hilux pickup truck first hit the streets in 1968, shoving aside flimsier trucks based on the Corona and Crown within a few years. While the Hilux (or “Hylux”) name got a bit of marketing use by Toyota in North America, this truck was known here as, simply, the Truck. I found this well-worn-but-unrusted […] The post Junkyard Find: 1978 Toyota Truck appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Truck, Toyota, North America, Denver, 1970s, Toyota Hilux, Corona, Hilux, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Malaise, Malaise Era, 1978

Jaws 2

In one of my previous marathons I watched Jaws: The Revenge, the fourth entry in the series, and that was quite awful. This second one is definitely better, and at least also see Roy Scheider still there, but that said, as expected, it takes a bit too long to get to the fun stuff (i.e. the shark attacking people). When it does though, it’s fun, and even the way they defeat Jaws is pretty funny. Can’t say I particularly liked it, but it was still interesting to watch as a snapshot of that era’s ...
Tags: Travel, Movies, Roy Scheider, 1978, Debaser, Jaws 2

Animal House

To be honest, this was much funnier than I was expecting — although it probably didn’t hurt that I was drinking wine while watching it. Sure, it’s considered a classic (mostly because of Belushi’s presence), but I wasn’t expecting it to have aged well, and in a lot of ways it hasn’t (rampant sexism, etc.) But if you look at it as a product of the time, there are a lot of laughs to be had, and it’s fun seeing so many recognizable actors in one of their earliest roles. And yes, Belushi is fantast...
Tags: Travel, Movies, Animal House, Belushi, 1978, Debaser


Grease is Grease. It’s still fun, it still has a fantastic soundtrack, it’s still cheesy and corny, and it still has its charm and a great cast. Grease is the word. Grease lightning! 
Tags: Travel, Movies, Grease, 1978, Debaser

The Lord of the Rings

The biggest memory I have around this film is when I was younger and we were planning on watching it, a friend was tasked with renting it, but accidentally got a wrestling tape called The Lords of the Ring instead (maybe he had just called to reserve it, without seeing the box). I’ve always had mixed feelings for this film. I do find it to be quite interesting and fascinating, and it is a well done retelling (albeit unfortunately cut short) of the Lord of the Rings saga — and I was quite surpri...
Tags: Travel, Movies, Animation, Jackson, The Lord Of The Rings, 1978, Debaser

Surreal Footage Of JUDAS PRIEST Slaying It Live In Japan For The First Time, 1978

Full disclosure–I don't remember a time in my life when I didn't worship Judas Priest. So using the word "surreal"... The post Surreal Footage Of JUDAS PRIEST Slaying It Live In Japan For The First Time, 1978 appeared first on Metal Injection.
Tags: Music, Japan, Judas Priest, 1978, Back In The Day, Les Binks, Stained Class

Superman: The Movie

I was really looking forward to watching this movie, and wow, was I ever disappointed. The first mistake I did was to watch the 3+ hour version, which I didn’t remember was a thing — following its initial theatrical release, which was around 2 hours, they produced this version for its TV debut, and it seems to have become the de facto version. The main problem is that the first hour is so incredibly boring that it really took me out of it, and so when we finally get to spend time with Christo...
Tags: Travel, Movies, Earth, Clark Kent, Christopher Reeve, Luthor, 1978, Debaser, Superman: The Movie

Death on the Nile

I have a gift, and that gift is that I tend to forget what happens in a film after watching it (OK, maybe it’s not a gift), which means that when I re-watch murder mysteries, I go in not knowing what the solution is, which was the case here. This is still an enjoyable film — I generally quite like films based on Agatha Christie novels (and quite enjoy her novels), and Peter Ustinov was my Poirot growing up. Great cast, great denouement, a fun time indeed.
Tags: Travel, Movies, Peter Ustinov, Poirot, 1978, Debaser, Death on the Nile

Game of Death

I was actually angry while watching this movie. I’d completely forgotten that his was the “last” Bruce Lee film, using up a bit of footage (an entire 11 minutes) that was shot before his death, and then building this insanely dumb movie around it, using doubles to clumsily (with a beard, in shadows, wearing shades, from the back — with a fucking photo stuck on a mirror) replace Lee. It’s a horrible, horrible film, and I couldn’t believe what I was watching (I guess I was more forgiving as a k...
Tags: Travel, Movies, Bruce Lee, Lee, 1978, Debaser, Game Of Death

Damien: Omen II

I’m a pretty big fan of the Omen trilogy, and so it was fun to revisit this for the first time in quite a while. I think it’s maybe the weakest of the three (I’ll need to revisit the third one though to confirm), but it’s still a good time to see Damien hit puberty and start realizing his power — all while discovering the people who are supporting him (I’d forgotten about the twist at the end). I find that it’s a shame that they don’t make horror films like this anymore — now it’s all slasher...
Tags: Travel, Movies, Damien, 1978, Debaser, Damien: Omen Ii

Halloween (1978)

After saying goodbye to 1968, I kicked off a run of 1978 movies last night with the original Halloween film. The absolute star of this movie is the fantastic soundtrack by Carpenter — that iconic theme is just as good now as it ever was, and its use really does make it feel like it’s an integral part of the Meyers character. As for the rest of the film, sure, there’s a lot of silliness (why does she keep dropping that damn knife after using it), and the audio dubbing is at times atrocious, bu...
Tags: Travel, Halloween, Movies, Jamie Lee Curtis, Carpenter, Meyers, 1978, Debaser, Michael Meyers

Junkyard Find: 1978 Toyota Dolphin Mini-Motorhome

The third-generation Toyota Hilux pickup (called the “Toyota Truck” in the United States) was a legend of reliability and frugality well into our current century, and plenty of small motorhomes were built on its sturdy platform. You’ll still see them occasionally today, but the skin-crawling ickiness of tenth-owner RVs tends to mean the end comes […] The post Junkyard Find: 1978 Toyota Dolphin Mini-Motorhome appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, United States, Autos, Truck, Toyota, RV, Camper, Motorhome, 1970s, Toyota Hilux, Pickup, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Malaise, Malaise Era

Junkyard Find: 1978 International Harvester Scout II Traveler

Because I think that any highway-legal vehicle made by a farm-equipment manufacturer is interesting, I photograph IHC Scouts when I see them in the junkyards I frequent (and we have not seen a truck in this series since October, so we’re due). Living in Colorado, this happens often. Here’s a ’78 Scout II Traveler that […] The post Junkyard Find: 1978 International Harvester Scout II Traveler appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, SUV, Autos, Truck, 4wd, Denver, 1970s, IHC, 4x4, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Malaise, Malaise Era, 1978, International Harvester

1978/2017 Spider-Man Calendar Desktop Wallpapers

For the past few years I’ve been posting scans of old calendars where the dates line up with the current year, and 2017 is maybe my favorite so far: behold the 1978 Amazing Spider-Man calendar! Each page has been lovingly scanned in and arranged to function as a computer desktop wallpaper (2560 x 1440) so you can enjoy them all year long. And there’s some unbelievable art here from Jack Kirby, John Romita, John Buscema and Gene Colan to name just a few. Also this year I’ve included the covers,...
Tags: Art, Spider-Man, Calendar, Wallpapers, Desktop, Spiderman, Jack Kirby, 2017, Books & Comics, John Buscema, Andertoons Meta, Gene Colan, John Romita, 1978

Soundtrack Review: The Big Sleep (1978)

The Big Sleep Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Big Sleep by Jerry Fielding. At a glance: Geek Score: 80 Total Minutes Of Excellence: 9.55 Album Excellence: 27% How are the scores calculated and what does it mean? The Big Sleep from 1978 is a remake of the classic Howard Hawks thriller from 1946 starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. This movie is directed by Michael Winner and starring Robert Mitchum as private detective Philip Marlowe. It is also one bi...
Tags: England, California, Thriller, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Film Scores, Intrada Records, Michael Winner, 70s, Marlowe, Don Davis, Brody, Marlow, Howard Hawks, Philip Marlowe, Robert Mitchum

Junkyard Find: 1978 Honda Civic Hatchback

The first-generation Honda Civic sold like crazy in California, and could be found everywhere in the Golden State from the mid-1970s through the mid-1990s. These Civics are now virtually extinct, both on the street and in the junkyard, because they were used up and summarily discarded. There isn’t much enthusiast interest in restoring these cars, so backyards and driveways aren’t full […] The post Junkyard Find: 1978 Honda Civic Hatchback appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: California, Honda, 1970s, Golden State, Honda Civic, CVCC, Civic, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Miserable Econoboxes, Malaise, Malaise Era, 1978, 1978 Honda Civic