In Asia, after the World War II, Japan was in ruins. Roads were badly destroyed and the government was in need of special vehicles. The Japanese government in the late 1940's offered a contract for a Jeep type vehicle for the military, police and fire workers. Engineers at DAT Company in Tokyo worked to fill the need of the government.
The first design came about in 1949-1950 and was the 4W60 model. By mid 1950 the designed and tested model was named Patrol. Nissan saw the need in civilian use in Japan for a vehicle of this type and also around the world. The decision was made to produce the Patrol for civilian use. These early Patrols were mainly used by police, fire and military in Japan. In 1951 the first Patrols were exported outside Japan.
Shortly after, in 1960s, Indian Army showed an interest in 2 vehicles from the Nissan stable, they were the Nissan Patrol P60 & the Nissan 4W73.The first production units were completed at Vehicle Factory Jabalpur (VFJ) around 1969. VFJ was sanctioned in 1965 for the production of three non-fighting vehicles for the Indian military: the 3 ton Shaktiman truck from MAN (Germany), the 4W73 (1 ton Carrier) and quarter ton Nissan Patrol.
Interestingly, both the vehicles from Nissan stable were fitted with the same engines and lots of parts in common.
The Nissan P60 was affectionately christened as Jabalpur Ordnance aNd Guncarriage Assembly hence JONGA
Jonga was powered by a six-cylinder 3956cc in-line petrol engine developing 110bhp at 3200rpm. Maximum torque was 26.9kgm at 1200rpm. It had a three-speed gearbox with two-speed shift-on-the-fly 4wd transfer case & a power take off. Some reconnaissance Jongas were equipped with PTO Winches.
Manufacturer : Vehicle Factory, Jabalpur.
Engine : 6 Cylinder, 3956cc in-line, petrol engine developing 110 HP @ 3200 RPM.
Max Torque : 26.9 mkg @ 1200 RPM.
Air Cleaner : Oil Bath with cyclonic pre-cleaner.
Clutch : Single plate dry friction type, diameter 280mm
Gear Box : Synchromesh with 3F + 1R.
Transfer Case : Two speed.
Front Axle : Fully floating, driven with birfield joints.Rear Axle : Semi-floating, tubular with banjo housing differential.Steering : Worm and Roller.Brakes : Hydraulic.Parking Brake : Contracting type on transmission.Tyre Size : 7.00 x 16 x 6 Ply MRF NDMSGradeability : 30ºMin Turning Circle : 10.6 meterGround Clearance : 222mmPayload Capacity : 250 kg
JONGA was also considered 'Monster on the Move' (link).
Sri, Its the same pic that I posted. It would be great if you can send me some more details and get some more pics from him. I would love to see the interiors. Please get some information from your friend for benefit of all
1. Whats the year of manufacture ???
2. Does this have 4 Speed Gearbox or 5 Speeder ??
3. Is the PTO provided in this version ???
4. From where does your friend manage to fetch spares for his JONGA ???