The Maruti Suzuki Gypsy is one of the most iconic cars in the history of India. The rugged mechanicals and a hugely capable four-wheel-drive system have earned it an acronym ‘mountain goat’ by motoring enthusiasts. The Gypsy has been a preferred choice by armed forces for a long time, for its off-roading prowess in the worst of terrain and climatic conditions. So, it is natural that the armed forces are now very much versed with the mechanical know-how of this little off-roader.
As a part of a recent routine drill carried out by the soldiers of the Border Security Force (BSF) of India, a group of eight soldiers dismantled a Maruti Gypsy belonging to the battalion and re-assembled it in under two minutes. The entire drill was executed using just basic level tools, which show the finesse and simplicity of the mechanical construction of the Gypsy and the immense capabilities of the soldiers of BSF. The Gypsy was named ‘Chetak’ by the battalion, as a mark of respect to the brave warhorse of Maharana Pratap of Mewar dynasty from Rajasthan.
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The soldiers started with removing the body panels first, with the bonnet, door panels and the entire body mounted on the frame dismantled one by one. The soldiers then collectively removed the steering, engine and transmission unit mounted on the frame and kept them separately beside the dismantled body panels. Lastly, the front and rear axles with the tyres mounted on either side were detached from the entire ladder frame of the Gypsy and kept separate.
Assembling the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy
Then began the re-assembling process of the entire vehicle, which started with the refitting of the front and rear axles back on the ladder frame. The whole engine and transmission units were mounted back on the frame, along with the detached steering setup. Then came the turn of the whole body, which was bolted back on the frame quickly. And lastly, the door panels and front bonnet of the Gypsy were bolted back on the vehicle, thus completing the process of re-assembly of the entire vehicle.
The vehicle was then driven back by the soldiers on the track, showing that the entire work carried out was flawless. The whole process of dismantling and re-assembly of the vehicle was completed in just 1 minute and 47 seconds. The event was attended by the Home Minister of India, Mr Amit Shah, and the top officials of the Border Security Force of India.
Launched first in 1985, the Maruti Suzuki Gyspy was on sale in India for more than three decades. In its last iteration, the compact four-wheel-drive utilitarian SUV was powered with a 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, which was available with a 5-speed manual gearbox and an all-wheel-drive setup as standard. The SUV was discontinued in 2019 for civilians in the wake of stringent safety norms. However, due to its sheer capabilities in adverse conditions, the SUV is still produced for the armed forces on a ‘made-to-order’ basis.
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