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 TGE-A Military Subsidy Cargo Truck
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Tokyo Gas and Electric was founded in 1910 to manufacture and sell various industrial products such as gas meters. In 1917, the company built a new plant in Omori to start manufacturing automobiles. At that time, the company was also importing, customizing, and selling Republic vehicles from the U.S., and it designed and manufactured the TGE-A cargo truck based on the Republic. The TGE-A was completed in 1917 and became Japan's first mass-produced truck. In 1918, the Military Vehicle Subsidy Law was enacted, and the TGE-A became the first approved subsidy vehicle under that law. As part of a policy to promote the domestic manufacture of military vehicles, the law established a system whereby subsidies were paid to the manufacturers and purchasers of vehicles that met military requirements. The brand name "TGE" was an abbreviation of the company's name.
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Storage location:HINO MOTORS 21ST CENTURY CENTER, AUTO PLAZA (5-28-5, Minamino, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo 192-0916)
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Year manufactured:1917
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Manufacturer:Tokyo Gas and Electric
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Classification:Replica
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Current status:On public display: operational
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Vehicle name / Manufacture
Vehicle name:THE
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Model name:Model A
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Company name:Tokyo Gas Industry Co., Ltd.
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Year manufactured:1917
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Vehicle type/usage:Truck
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Location of actual vehicle/replica:Replica in Hino Motors 21st Century Center
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Model / Weight
Style:Bonnet type truck
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Passenger capacity:3
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Gross vehicle weight:3.3 t to 3.8 t
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Body / Size
Overall length:5100 mm
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Overall width:1780 mm
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Overall height:2365 mm (with top pulled-up)
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Tire size:Front: single 34×4, Rear: double 36×3
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Body / Axle / Driving / Others
Wheelbase:3500 mm
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Front tread x rear tread:Front: 1500 mm, Rear: 1500
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Steering:Worm and worm wheel type
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Features:Wooden spooked wheels
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Engine / Size / Power
Cooling/cylinder arrangement:Water-cooled/inline 4-cylinder
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Valve train:Side valve
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Carburetor:Stromberg type
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Bore x stroke:100×140 mm
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Displacement:4.4 L
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Ignition system:magneto type
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Max. power/r.p.m.:30 hp/1000 rpm
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Supercharger:None
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Hybrid
Hybrid system type:None
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Drive-train
Transmission:4 forward speeds, 1 reverse speed
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Drive system:4×2
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Performance
Mode fuel efficiency:-
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Reference materials:Automotive Engineering 97-6, Historical Studies on Japan Automotive Industry (Japan Motor Industrial Federation, Inc.)
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