Datsun 222 Truck

1960 222 Model

 The Datsun 222 went into production in 1960 and was replaced in 1961 by the 223. 


The 222 is visually identical to the previous 221, except for it's cargo section. The bottom of the cargo section on the 221 ends just below the height of the wheel, on the 222 a small skirt section has been added.
The big change that occurred with the 222 was the introduction of the "G" model, designated the G222. The "G" model was a long wheelbase version of the standard 222, which at a total length of 4040mm was 288mm longer than the standard 222. All of this additional length went into the cargo area, the cabin area of the G222 was exactly the same size as the 222.
The 221 was available with either a 1000 or 1200 engine. Side mounted badges in the vehicle say DATSUN 1000. There is a round badge in the centre of the dashboard that says DATSUN 1000, or on the 1200 version these badges all say Datsun 1200. 

The 222 continued to use the grille from the Datsun 211 sedan. The interior of the vehicle stayed mostly the same, with the only major change being that the large handle on the dashboard, just above the glovebox has now been deleted.

The 222 continued to use the C series 988cc OHV "Stone" engine first introduced in the Datsun 220, as well as the 1189cc over head valve E series engine, which produced 48hp. Most export markets outside of Asia got the 1200 version.

 As with the previous models it uses a reverse Elliot I beam front suspension system.


Model Variations


Datsun 222

The 222 is the standard short wheel base model.


Datsun G222 

The G222 is a long whell base model with a longer cargo area.


Datsun U222

The U222 was a double cab version of the 222 truck. It featured two rows of seats and a substantially smaller cargo area. The U222 is refered to in some sales brochures as the Ranch Sedan.  


Datsun VG222

The VG222 was a delivery van version of the 222 truck. The VG222 has two side strips that run parallel to each other along the back guards and come together to a point on the doors.   

1960 Datsun 222 Specifications

Length - 3752mm
Width - 1466mm
Height - 1625mm
Wheelbase - 2220mm
Weight - 915kg
Top speed - 1000 90kph
- 1200 103kph
Transmission - Column change 4 speed
Final drive
1000 - 5.86 : 1
1200 - 5.57 : 1

C Series Engine Specifications

1000 Engine
Model - C
OHV 4 Cylinder
Capacity - 988cc
Bore & Stroke 73x59mm
Power - 37bhp@4600rpm
Torque - 49ft/lb@2400rpm
Compression - 7.5 : 1
Carburettor - Hitachi Solex VA-26-6 26mm single throat down draught 

E Series Engine Specifications

1200 Engine
Model - E
OHV 4 Cylinder
Capacity - 1189cc
Bore & Stroke 73x71mm
Power - 48bhp@4800rpm
Torque- 60ft/lb@2400rpm
Compression - 7.5 : 1
Carburettor - Hitachi VAA-28 28mm single throat down draught  

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