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Old 3rd January 2008, 22:49   #31
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karlos, you will be surprised that many of the vehicles in your first post are actually running in the city peripherals here. The Dodge, Bedford, Premier trucks carry bricks, waste etc here without papers, will try to catch them on camera sometime. And that standard 20 is also very much still here.
Also, there are some 5-10 Dodge trucks with tow hooks, which are always parked near Melody theatre. Looks like they are in regular use too.
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Also, there are some 5-10 Dodge trucks with tow hooks, which are always parked near Melody theatre. Looks like they are in regular use too.
These are used by traffic cops to tow vehicles parked in the no parking areas. They sure are being used, but i am not sure how good the papers are for these vehicles.
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Yup, I seen these in Chennai around 5-6 years ago. They carry construction sand all over the city. The engines are silent but they belch out black smoke.

Interestingly, I haven't seen these in any other city.
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They carry construction sand all over the city. The engines are silent but they belch out black smoke.

And their chassis will twist & bend like a salsa dancer & still survive.
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Ive spotted this massive and unique Mack truck a couple of times in Pune, apparently belonging to the municipality (it bears Maharasthra Shasan painted on it).
Wow, for a municipal truck in use in India, it sure is in good condition! Atleast compared to the other ones Ive seen!
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Wow, for a municipal truck in use in India, it sure is in good condition! Atleast compared to the other ones Ive seen!
Thats the first thing that strikes you. Like I said, it is obviously a very specialised vehicle, and they need to maintain it as there is probably no alternative.
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Thats the first thing that strikes you. Like I said, it is obviously a very specialised vehicle, and they need to maintain it as there is probably no alternative.
what you mean,cant tata/ALL substitute it?

BTW what is the truck posted used for?
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this is a wonderful thread.. never knew that shaktimans were also used in civlillan duties.. good info
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this is a wonderful thread.. never knew that shaktimans were also used in civlillan duties.. good info
Shaktimans retired from the army fleet were sold outside to be used mostly for Garbage duty.
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is there nobody from the classic car collectors who care to restore
these old commercial vehicles
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i had seen some very good old BEST buses plying on the mumbai city roads off late.. can any one find more info on that?
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A bedford truck near my hometown in Goa. Even at this age, it is a bread earner.
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Darshan, is this still in it's original state or has it undergone modifications ?
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A Dodge fire brigade in Sawantwadi. Recently restored and still in use with lot of Tata parts to keep it running (You don't want the fire brigade to break down while on duty, do you?) :





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Dear fx45 - On BEST buses, I would like to share some information. Some models of BEST buses used to have what is known as a pneumocyclic grearbox. The double deckers were known as "Cheetah" and the single deckers were known as "Tiger Cub".

The tiger cub had a very interseting feature. The engine was a 6 cylinder unit horizontally mounted under the floor in the middle of the bus (as seen lengthwise), hung from the chassis (you sleep below it to set the valve clearences. If it fell by any chance, you would be history. I used to do this work as I wanted to learn, then someone would start the engine with me still below it to check if all was OK). There was a long shaft driving a fan in front and a very small propeller shaft coming out of the engine and going to the gearbox. The gears would be changed by the driver in normal fashion but there was no clutch pedal. The gear lever essentially was a pneumatic valve operating solenoids which in turn would compress or release bands inside the gearbox. The gears would be stars, planets and cylindrical rings. The lever would be slotted (just like in today's Ferraris). Operation of the lever would result in a "swish" noise as the air pressure applied and released the bands.

It was in regular use till the end 70s. Alas, nowhere to be seen now.

I know because I used to be a trainee in the BEST workshop in Dadar in 1975. Now I am a GM somewhere. I used to enjoy life more when I was a trainee.

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