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[ The HondaT Series Trucks 本田 T シリーズ·トラック 1963 – 1988 ]

[ The  Honda  T360  Pickup  Truck ]

The Honda T360 / T500:  HondaT360.JPG  ( Produced1963 – 1967 )

The Honda T360 Pickup Truck was first produced in June 1963, with production ending in November 1967, it was Honda’s first production automobile, beating the S500 Sports roadster by four months.  The T360 used a 356cc AK250E series DOHC inline-four engine also found in the Honda S360 roadster prototype of 1962, with which it also shared the same chassis.  The mid-mounted engine propelled the truck to a top speed of 100 kph ( 62 mph ), and was accessed by lifting up the bench seat inside the cabin.  The engine generated 30 hp ( 22 kW ) at 8,500 rpm !!, reflecting Honda’s motorcycle heritage.  A total of 108,920 T360’s sometimes referred to as ‘Sports Trucks‘ were produced between 1963 and August 1967, all painted in “May Blue“.  It also had a wrap-around clamshell-style bonnet which leaves the headlights in place when opened.  There were four different versions: the T360 with a conventional pick up truck bed; a T360F flat bed with wooden slats; a T360H with a flat pick up truck bed & sides that fold in addition to the tailgate; and a T360Vpanel van“.

The  Honda  T500F:    ( folding  side  flatbed )

The similar but somewhat larger Honda T500 Pickup used a 38 hp ( 28 kW531cc version of the engine, excluding it from the kei-car class of the time.  The T500, first shown in September 1964, was mainly intended for export markets.  Its engine delivered high in the rev range ( maximum power arrived at 7,500 rpm, with red line at 9,000 rpm ) and was a slightly down-tuned version of the one found in the Honda S500 sports car.  Top speed was 105 kph ( 65 mph ).  A total of 10,226 T500’s were built between 1964 and November 1967, and were all painted “Moss Green“.  Aside from the different colour and engine, the T500’s were 20 cm longerall behind the rear axle ), as its overall length was not dictated by the Japanese kei regulations.  A further distinction was the fitting of larger license plates than those of a kei-car, as well as a higher 400 kg ( 882 lb ) load capacity.

The  Honda  T360:    ( Snow  Crawler )

The T360 was produced as a conventional rear wheel drive ( RWD ) pickup truck, a flatbed ( T360F ), a flatbed with folding sides ( T360H ), and as a covered van ( T360V ). There was also a version of the T360 called the “Snow Crawler“, equipped with caterpillar tracks at the rear.  Due to its expense, the Snow Crawler remained a rarity in spite of its usefulness in certain parts of northern Japan. The T500 came either with a conventional pickup body ( T500 ), or with a folding side flatbed ( T500F ).

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Class:   kei-truck.          Body:   2-door  pickup  truck.

Engine:   356cc  AK250E  I4.    /    531 cc  AK280E  I4.

Transmission:   4-speed  manual  transmission.

Wheelbase:   2,000 mm ( 78.7 in ).     Length:   2,990 mm ( 117.7 in ).

Width:   1,295 mm ( 51.0 in ).     Height:   1,525 mm ( 60.0 in ).

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[ The  Honda  TN360  Pickup  Truck ]

The Honda TN360:  Honda-TN360.jpg  ( pickup  truck )

The long running Honda TN Series, were produced from November 1967 with production ending in 1977.  The TN360 uses an air-cooled 2-cylinder 354cc engine with a single overhead camshaft ( SOHC ), and was adapted from the Honda CB450 motorcycle.  The preceding T360 had been equipped with a very complex twin-cam four-cylinder unit, whereas this new engine ( shared with the N360 sedan ) was more fitted for mass production.  The engine was redesigned to be mounted horizontally, residing midships beneath the load floor.

The  Honda  CB450Thumbnail for version as of 21:33, 7 December 2012  & the N360  SedanThumbnail for version as of 14:04, 31 August 2008

The TN360 premiered in November 1967 and remained in production unchanged until January 1970.  The top speed was 100 kph ( 62 mph ), the same as for its predecessor.  Thanks to a simpler construction, weight dropped considerably from 610 kg ( 1,345 lb ) for the old T360 to 500 kg ( 1,102 lb ) for the 1967 TN360.  Output remained unchanged at 30 PS ( 22 kW ) @ 8,000 rpm, but torque increased somewhat to 3.0 kg/m ( 29 N/m ) @ 5,500 rpm and everything occurred at a lower engine speed range.  The engine benefited from engineering efforts achieved on the Honda 1300 4-cylinder, air-cooled sedan introduced in 1969.  The TN also had a considerably tighter turning circle, at 7.6 metres.  The only bodywork available was as a drop-side pickup truck.

After only a few months in the market, Honda added a Panel Van range to the lineup in March 1968, simply a pickup with a permanently covered bed.  These were available in four various configurations ( with or without sliding side doors, as well as a version with a canvas roof ) at a slightly increased price.  Due to worse aerodynamics and slightly higher weight, top speed for the panel vans were only 95 kph ( 59 mph ), with a maximum of 90 kph ( 56 mph ) for the open top version.  In 1969, a better equipped DeLuxe version was added to the range.

The  Honda TN360:  Image result for honda TN360 snowler  ( Snowler – スノーラ )

In November 1969 Honda presented an interesting variation of the TN360, the “Snowler” which had removable skis mounted on the front wheels, while the rear wheels were replaced by caterpillar tracks with rubber belts.  A similar version of the previous T360 had also been built, and Honda continued to target this very narrow market.  The Snowler’s top speed was 45 kph ( 28 mph ), while weight increased to a sturdy 655 kg ( 1,444 lb ).  The price was more than 55% higher than that of a regular TN360, but Honda was alone in offering a vehicle with this sort of capability at such a comparatively low price.  The tracks were also removable, so as to make it useful as an ordinary truck in the summer months.

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Class:   kei-truck.          Body:   2-door  pickup  truck.

Engine:   354cc  air-cooled  SOHC  I2.

Curb Weight:   500 kg ( 1,102.3 lb ).

Wheelbase:   2,000 mm ( 78.7 in ).     Length:   2,990 mm ( 117.7 in ).

Width:   1,295 mm ( 51.0 in ).     Height:   1,525 mm ( 60.0 in ).

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[ The  Honda  TNIII  Pickup Truck ]

The  Honda  TNIII:    ( facelifted )

The lightly facelifted Honda TNIII went on sale at the end of January 1970.  The differences were limited to a larger, chromed grille, chromed bumpers, larger rear view mirrors, and a slightly more comfortable interior.  The large “H” for Honda remained.  The gearbox, while remaining a 4-speed unit, now had synchromesh on all four gears, otherwise the TNIII remained unchanged from the TN360.  The TNIII was introduced simultaneously with the facelifted NIII360 & LNIII360 Van models.

Aside from the facelift, the biggest news was the addition of a Super DeLuxe version, which came equipped with a radiocigarette lighter, &  whitewall tyres !!.  Total weight for the base model truck crept up to 540 kg ( 1,190 lb ).  The Snowler & Panel Van models continued to be available, making a total of 28 possible variations.  The range grew further in July 1970, when a Pickup version with fixed sides & a rear tailgate, instead of the previous 3-way fold down bed, was added.  In April 1971, the engine was upgraded in order to make it more quiet.

[ The  Honda  TN-V  Pickup  Truck ]

The  Honda  TN-V:    ( Super  DeLuxe )

The next facelift occurred in June 1972, the TN-V received a new front, grille and twin, vertically stacked headlights.  The oversized “H” on the front was replaced by “HONDA” lettering.  It was a commercial companion to the Honda Life kei truck. It had a lower compression engine, necessary to meet tighter emissions standards, and only had 27 PS ( 20 kW ) at a considerably less peaky 7,000 rpm.  The modified engine was now also able to run on unleaded petrol, thanks to alloy valve guides and seats.  Torque figures stayed unchanged and the weight of the base model also remained at 540 kg ( 1,190 lb ).  The TN-V also had a standard drivers’ seatbelt while the turn signals were now made separate from the rear lights.  In August 1973, the TN-V was again modified to meet new safety standards.

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[ The  Honda  TN7  Pickup Truck ]

The  Honda  TN7  Related image  ( facelifted )

In August 1975, the TN7 entered the market place, the main difference being the engine could now meet the tighter yet 1975 emissions requirements.  Visually it was near identical to its TN-V predecessor, the changes being limited to bumper rubbing strips and black rather than dark gray plastic trim in places.  It was somewhat heavier than the TN-V at 555 kg ( 1,224 lb ) due to the emissions equipment.  A passenger side seatbelt also became standard fitment, as did a powered window washer.  Production came to an end in July 1977, after about 700,000 TN360’s had been built, when Honda presented the larger TN Acty.  The TN7 was the last air-cooled car to be produced in Japan.

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[ The  Honda  TN Acty  Pickup  Truck ]

The Honda TN Acty:  Honda Acty Sdx truck.jpg  ( TN アクティ )

On the 1st September 1975, the Japanese Government revised the rules of the Road Trucking Vehicle Law that regulated the dimensions and engine size of vehicles in this class.  The 545cc TN Acty belatedly took full advantage of the new larger kei-car standards which took effect on January 1st 1976, the word “Acty” is short for “Activity“.  The Acty range retained the “TN” label until being redesigned in 1988.

The 1st Generation Acty was produced from 1977 – 1988, the model series being TA, TB, TC, VD & VH.  The first Acty Trucks and later Vans were available with a midship mounted 545cc 2-cylinder SOHC water-cooled engine, known as the EH engine, which produced 28 PS ( 20.6 kW ) @ 5,500 rpm and 4.2 kg/m (41 N/m; 30 lb/ft ) @ 4,000 rpm.  This was about 50% larger than the engine used in the preceding TN7.  In June 1982 the series received a facelift, with wrap-around turn signal indicators.

The 1983 Honda Acty:    ( second facelift )

Export models, with less emissions equipment, claimed 30.6 hp ( 22.8 kW31.0 PS ) at the same engine speed.  The Acty was sold in a few export markets, such as the United Kingdom and Australia.  Subsequent models were marketed almost entirely in the Japanese domestic market only.  Oddly, the Acty was sold during 1982 in Australia, but was made unavailable in Sydney due to concerns by Honda that the vehicle was under-powered for the hilly terrain !!

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Class:   kei-truck.          Body:   2-door  pickup  truck  / 5-door van.

Engine:   545cc  EH  SOHC  2-cylinder.

Transmission:   4 / 5-speed  manual   /  3-speed  automatic.

Curb Weight:   590 kg ( 1,300 lb ) ( truck ).     Width:   1,395 mm ( 54.9 in ).

Wheelbase:   1,850 mm ( 73 in ).     Length:   3,195 mm ( 125.8 in ).

Height:   1,660 mm ( 65 in )   /  1,745 – 1,895 mm ( 69 – 75 in ) ( van ).

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