The versatile Nissan Caball
This is a 1978 Caball C340. Some years ago I was using it to cart firewood into the Canberra market. The compact nature of the Caball often became very useful as many customers wanted their order of firewood tipped in the back yard and often the access was along the driveway at the side of the house and had been designed with the family car in mind.
I gave up the firewood business when the Labor government in Canberra decided to discourage the burning of wood for heating and imposed a punitive licensing fee upon wood merchants. I was not prepared to pay their excessive fee for the privilege of risking life and limb for the very low hourly rate of return from wood carting.
The hoist mechanism on this Caball is hydraulic and the hydraulic pump is driven by a 12 volt motor running on the vehicles 12 volt electrical system.
The device on the tray is my yard crane. the winding mechanism is a hand operated device such as was installed on every country railway station back in the 1950's.
There is a date of 1855 molded into the casting of the frame.

1978 Nissan Caball C340

1978 Nissan Caball with raised tray.

What is the difference?

The entry on Nissan Caball trucks in Wikipedia suggests that the C340 truck was built on the same chassis as the C240. These photos are of trucks in my own collection and show that the two models are built on totally different chassis. This was necessary because of the difference in the rear axle configuration.

C240 Caball chassis
The C240 has single wheels at the rear and the chassis is flared outward from the narrow width inside the cab where it provides attachments for the engine mounts to a maximum width between the rear single wheels. This is done to improve the stability of the truck when loaded to capacity. In an attempt to improve stability, Nissan recommended 72 pounds of air pressure in the rear tyres.

C340 Caball chassis

The photo above is of a 1978 Nissan C340 and if you compare it to the earlier photo of the C240 the difference is clear. On the C340 the chassis is a straight and narrow ladder design, narrow at the rear to fit within the new dual wheel axle configuration, and narrow at the front to accommodate the same H20 engine and the almost identically dimensioned cabin.

Interior fit-out is much updated from the C240 but the windscreens are the same, the doors on the later C240's will fit onto the C340 cabin but the fitment of the cabins to the chassis is not the same and they are not interchangeable.

Now August 2013. I notice that the entry in Wikipedia has been updated and refers to the C340 as being "completely new". Near enough.

1968 Nissan Caball C240

old Caball
        truck with load
Loaded up and ready to go to town. Maybe the last of its kind to be still earning a living, taking a mixed load out and expecting to bring another mixed load back. Gas cylinder for cooking gas, jerry cans for petrol and diesel for tractors and generators. Three bales of wool total about half a tonne and provide the weight needed to get traction to get up the hills on the tracks that pass for roads in N.S.W.

This truck has done less than eight thousand miles on a rebuilt engine, H20 engine and I rebuilt it myself, and averages 18 miles to the gallon. On a long trip once on the highway it might do 22 miles to the gallon.

If you see me, give a call on UHF 40. But be warned that sometimes I have the rock and roll music on my cassette player up so loud that I do not hear the 2 way.

Here are a few of my Caballs. The two on the left are C240's and the one on the right is a C340. On the C240 the identification is a die-cast zinc device. For the C340 it was replaced with a plastic name plate held in place with double sided sticky tape. With age the sticky tape fails and the name plate is now in the shed for safe keeping.
Three Nissan Caball trucks

Use Number 1140 for a Nissan Caball

When the truck was left parked in the paddock on a hot day, a couple of Merino rams found that it provided some welcome shade from the midday sun.
sheep sheltering under truck tray.

Gearbox being installed

Earlier I showed the rear view of a C340 to illustrate the difference between the C240 and the C340.

The blue C340 was purchased as an abandoned project quite a few years ago and I am trying to find time to get it going. Early in June I installed a five-speed gearbox into it.

The chap I bought it from had got hold of it after the wiring burnt out and he had not touched the wiring. While I have sorted out the wiring enough to get it running, still has a lot to be done before it can be submitted for rego inspection.