1977 Toyota L Engine Still Existing . Toyota L Engine Guide

1977 Toyota L Engine Still Existing

Have you ever thought that the first Toyota L Engine is existing these days and is efficiently performing and still owned and loved? Do you know and engine older than this that is still efficient?

Yes, the Toyota L-1977 engine is efficiently performing more than other engines of latter brand new productions. 

This is my first four wheels acquired in 2014. It’s a second-hand AUV passed on to different owners and maybe I’m the fourth. I know this engine is a Toyota but I never know that it’s the first of the L series engines.

According to Wikipedia, the L family first appeared in October 1977, it is a series of inline four-cylinder diesel engines. It is the first diesel engine from Toyota to use a rubber timing belt in conjunction with a SOHC head. Engines like 2L-II and 2L-T are still in production to the present day. Vehicles with the diesel engine were exclusive to Toyota Japan dealership locations called Toyota Diesel Store locations until the sales channel was disbanded in 1988. 

The L is the first L engine produced.  Toyota company just calls it the L engine, not the 1L engine. 2.2 L (2,188 cc), four-cylinder diesel engine. Output is 72 PS (53 kW; 71 hp) at 4200 rpm and 12.9 kg⋅m (127 N⋅m; 93 lb.ft) of torque or 14.5 kg⋅m (142 N⋅m; 105 lb.ft) JIS.


1977 Toyota L Engine Still Existing-first Toyota L Engine
1977 Toyota L Engine


It’s so interesting to know that a 1977 engine still exists and functions efficiently until this time. The only setback of this engine is that its nature as diesel and its age at nearly 42 years of service. However, if compared to two-stroke-motorcycles, with only one cylinder, they emit smoke more than this engine which is a four-cylinder.

As the fourth owner of this vehicle, I do have many repairs due to tear and wear results from long years of service. And for that reason, I learned a lot and that’s what I’m sharing it to you on this site. I enjoyed using the old vehicle and I use it as my specimen in learning what the mechanic does.

It taught me to be patient and learning the practical ways during the times that it stalled along the way. It gave me an understanding of electrical and mechanical defects and was able to do it myself.

I learned to love this engine because it is worth loving. It’s fuel-efficient, has the power and performs well. 

I would encourage you to share your story in having the old engines that still performs these days and learn from the wisdom of the inventions and the inventors.


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