I have no opinions on NAPCO or how it compared to other 4WD conversion companies. My point was that in any attempt to write a comprehensive history of Stude's 4WD trucks, several other facts should be acknowledged.
1. NAPCO had already been building 4WD conversion kits for Stude trucks for some time, though they were not offered as a Stude factory option during the early years. But this gave NAPCO some experience and familiarity with the layout of Stude trucks. Apparently none of the other 4WD conversion kit providers went after the Stude market.
2. The fact that Stude built several thousand two and three-ton 4X4 military trucks for the Indian Army during 1952-1957 gave them plenty of experience on how to make the 4WD conversions rugged and reliable. If those trucks hadn't been successful, India would not have continued to order similar trucks. Given the fact that NAPCO was the only company offering 4WD conversions for Stude trucks, the choice of NAPCO to provide the hardware for both the Indian military trucks and the subsequent domestic civilian trucks wasn't very difficult. A marriage made in heaven as they say.
Posted on Mar 18, 2012, 7:12 PM from IP address 220.127.116.11