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  • MTs are overrated

    Fantastic driver and crew. And truck.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqV5b1BRoRI

    Enjoy.
    Pajero V80 (NX) 3.2 DiD, OME 914/918 springs with 90006/90033 shocks, Rhino Rack rails and Upracks roof rack, Darche HighView, LED working lights, still standard rims and tires

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    When i had a defender with its huge chassis, i giggled that if you dropped a wheel off the gutter the doors no longer opened or shut properly. But after watching the twist in that old trucks chassis is something else.

    Be interesting to see what the fix will be the day it eventually snaps in half

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    • #3
      Wowsers! Spring steel chassis

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      • #4
        OMG this is awesome. Don't think they need any expensive tyres to do the job.
        03/19 MY18 Pajero NX GLX Graphite | Tow Bar | Catch Can | Pre Fuel Filter | EGR Off Module | K&N Filter | Roof Racks | Torque Pro | Tuningkit Race Chip

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        • #5
          Originally posted by dreamerman View Post
          OMG this is awesome. Don't think they need any expensive tyres to do the job.
          Kind of makes us look like lambs to the sales block Im feeling.
          Still, think I'd rather first world.
          However, what I have just dripped on suspension and bash plates, think I will shoot a few bucks third world way.

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          • #6
            Reminds me of working in the backblocks of Malaysia. Hundreds of old Merc trucks like this (although not quite as dilapidated), but ALL of them carrying HUGE loads of very large logs. The loads were always very high and potentially unstable. Most of them I saw were on good roads though, nowhere near as bad a these on the video. The old Mercedes trucks just kept plodding on - we rarely saw any of them broken down.

            I did note the chassis flexing, and I saw some flex like that in Malaysia, although I doubt it was as bad. One thing I did note from the video, there were no RTA number plates or labels on the windscreen.... I liked the mobile roadwords gang as well. It makes you realise how good we have it here in Oz.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by erad View Post
              Reminds me of working in the backblocks of Malaysia. Hundreds of old Merc trucks like this (although not quite as dilapidated), but ALL of them carrying HUGE loads of very large logs. The loads were always very high and potentially unstable. Most of them I saw were on good roads though, nowhere near as bad a these on the video. The old Mercedes trucks just kept plodding on - we rarely saw any of them broken down.
              Your post brought back some interesting childhood memories.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by jaffles View Post

                Kind of makes us look like lambs to the sales block Im feeling.
                Still, think I'd rather first world.
                However, what I have just dripped on suspension and bash plates, think I will shoot a few bucks third world way.
                I try to be man of my word.

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                Children are left with no dad or mum, and have to defend for themselves. This guy helps out with education and housing. People are interested in being a Ranger cause they love the animals, but fear what can happen, or are corrupted by offerings of poachers. This guy raises the status and worth of Rangers in their communities. Teaches them skills to be ones to look up to, from the locals in the village to fat lazy westerners like me.

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                • #9
                  Now that puts a different slant on flexing

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                  • #10
                    I just want some of that magic traction powder that they used.
                    https://youtu.be/LqV5b1BRoRI?t=230
                    Chris

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                    • #11
                      I don’t know what that powder is (crushed viagra to make the surface hard?).....

                      but my favourite bit has got to be the rolling radiator top up with water that looks like it came from the mud puddles they had just been through!
                      '99 NL Escape, Manual - Bullbar, roofrack, cargo barrier, D697LT, Tough Dogs, dual batts, rear draws, Narva 225 HID, UHF, led bar etc
                      Towing: 4.8m Savage Centurion half-cab w/75hp Mariner

                      '99 NL GLS SWB, Auto - Bullbar, D697LT, spotties, UHF, Koni adjustables & King springs.

                      Wanted: Adventure.

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                      • #12
                        I used to think that those Mercedes trucks were indestructible. I still do, but these guys seem to be stretching the limits somewhat.

                        In Thailand, I never saw one of those trucks - they seem to use 'Sip Blau's (10 wheels). These are Isuzu 10 wheel trucks built specially for Thailand They either take the cab off or modify it so that the new cab is the same width as the tray and they LOAD them up. The best one I saw had a tray about 7 m long, 2.5 m wide and they had something like 1.8 m of wet, soggy soil in the back. At the time, we calculated it was about 40 tons. The tyres were sagging like mad. They load them up with sugar cane or bamboo, and the heights the loads to are staggering. You try to avoid being in front of one of those trucks in the cities because you wonder how much braking they have left in reserve.
                        Last edited by erad; 29-01-21, 08:42 AM.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by erad View Post
                          I used to think that those Mercedes trucks were indestructible. I still do, but these guys seem to be stretching the limits somewhat.

                          In Thailand, I never saw one of those trucks - they seem to use 'Sip Blau's (10 wheels). These are Isuzu 10 wheel trucks built specially for Thailand They either take the cab off or modify it so that the new cab is the same width as the tray and they LOAD them up. The best one I saw had a tray about 7 m long, 2.5 m wide and they had something like 1.8 m of wet, soggy soil in the back. At the time, we calculated it was about 40 tons. The tyres were sagging like mad. They load them up with sugar cane or bamboo, and the heights the loads to are staggering. You try to avoid being in front of one of those trucks in the cities because you wonder how much braking they have left in reserve.
                          YES,
                          Been run off the road by those a couple of times myself
                          Take your life on the road seriously in Thailand.
                          The best is still the Hilux's with 4T on the back and loaded up about 3.5m high of the ground.... What GVM
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Alex86 View Post
                            I don’t know what that powder is (crushed viagra to make the surface hard?).....

                            but my favourite bit has got to be the rolling radiator top up with water that looks like it came from the mud puddles they had just been through!
                            I thought the same
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                            • #15
                              I'm amazed what a front diff can do. Those bald half shredded tyres, overloaded to the hilt, and the mud; you would imagine it would bog more than not. Plod gearing perhaps makes all the difference.

                              I bet Mercedes never envisioned their trucks lasting 70+ years and being worked like that. Imagine what that transport team would do if they had a Mog.

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