|31st October 2010, 19:40||#1|
Indian G Wagen, Built unlike any other! by Jeep Captain.
Lots of OTR's happening in Bangalore / Hyderabad /Chennai /Bombay /Delhi and all over India and I'm receiving invitations for each one of them from friends, fellow Jeeper's and bhpian's.
You have many Jeeps and Gypsies..Just pick one, go and attend the OTR.
Hold on! you have a problem
None of the 4x4's can go beyond 100 kmph speed and few of them is limited to 3 gears & 70-80 kmph and their reliability are not that good for long distance cross country drives.
Use your Bolero or Armada
Nah.. Not a good solution
Both are comfortable.. But they are LWB, Armada is old and Bolero is a 2WD
After having a battalion of 4x4's , unfortunately I still don't have a single vehicle which can take me to the OTR location effortlessly, without any breakdown and as fast as possible and preferably in a climate controlled environment... then do hard core offroading, return home without any breakdown which is also cheaper/affordable to buy & maintain.
I know this is not just my case. This is a dilemma faced by almost all Jeepers/offroaders in our country.
There is a new vehicle which is scheduled to be launched soon which I was told will take care of this situation, but we have been waiting for ages for that golden moment and we still don't have the dates.
So finally I decided to find my own way through! Thus the hunt for an OTR capable & long distance cruiser vehicle began. I spread the news to my close circle of Jeeper friends and they also started the hunt! Found few imported 4x4's. They were either too pricey or too old and too fancy to be taken to OTR's.
The hunt continued...until a day when my cellphone buzzed indicating I have a text message. I thought may be another mass marketing sms from a fashion store or lingerie shop. Oh no.. Its not. Its from my good friend and Jeeper Jayesh & text message reads this way. Trax 4x4 for sale call Mr. ______and number was also sent. I got excited and called Jayesh immediately and found that he saw the advertisement in classifieds of a newspaper. He said he already called the owner and spoke to him and said the owner seems to be genuine and felt like its gonna be a good buy. After I hang up the phone with Jayesh I tried calling that number many times, but couldn't get through.
To be continued........
|31st October 2010, 20:25||#2|
After attempting to call the Trax owner for few days, I stopped thinking that he must have already sold the vehicle.
One week passed, I got an email from Jayesh asking whether I was able to reach the owner. As soon as I saw that mail I picked up the phone and called again. Bingo!! He answered!!!
I spoke to the Trax owner for about 10 minutes asking all the details and he was kind enough to share all the info he had and whatever history he knew about this vehicle.
Here are the details!
Make - Tempo Trax
Model - 2000
Type - SWB with Hard Top Body
4WD - Yes
Tyres - 4 x New NEXEN A/T tyres
Working 4x4 - Yes
Kilometers done - No info
Owners - 2
Engine - Mercedes Benz OM 616
GB - 4 speed
TC - 2 speed divorced TC
I was getting more and more excited...until he told me this
You have to see it to believe it what I found!!
A well maintained and very rare Trax 4x4 SWB/Cabriolet or Indian G Wagen with removable HT !!
Now, over to for your comments and thoughts.......before I share my plans about this German Marvel.
|31st October 2010, 20:40||#3|
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Shibu, congratulations on your purchase (actually I'm tired of doing this again and again), it is indeed a great find! What is the max speed for this vehicle and why do you think this will reduce your hassles of covering through long distance OTR locations. Does it have an AC?
We need to try this out once, side by side!
|31st October 2010, 20:49||#4|
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Oh Shibu, i thought your luck was sealed for the time being after getting hold of the Defender and here you go again.... Can't believe it! Share more history of the vehicle please.
So time for couple of Mahindras and Gypsies to go i guess? Oh and congratulations BTW
|31st October 2010, 21:06||#5|
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First of all, congratulations on your find! Lastly, best wishes for the rebuild/restoration. After doing so many restorations, you are wiser in this stuff.
|31st October 2010, 21:19||#6|
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i've always loved the 'G-wagen' ish look of the trax.
how much more different is the trax on the highway?
is it good on OTRs? this question is straight out of curiosity
|31st October 2010, 21:21||#7|
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congratulations on your purchase.
Infact when i once saw a swb trax here in (koramangala) Bangalore, i thought this is some whacky mod job where a trax body is cut and fit to a CJ3b.
Now i know that this indeed exists. Let me check if i can talk to the owner.
Congratulations once again.
|31st October 2010, 21:23||#8|
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Great find Shibu, the vehicle seems to be in a very good condition. Plus its a SWB and a removable top.
Congrats on your find.
Does it have stock PTO and also does it have a manual diff-locks ?
The OM616 IDi is a workhorse of an engine,smooth and efficient.
Change to proper tires, larger tires like 270/70's will sap the engine of it's power.
Change to synthetic oil ,they make the engine /gear box even more smoother.
Boy you are lucky to get this vehicle.
Yes all your needs from an off-roader can be fulfilled by this vehicle.
Long distance travel in this car with a Mercedes Benz OM616 engine is hardly any problem and off-roading is fun too.
Again congrats on this find.
|1st November 2010, 06:52||#10|
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Congrats on the great find and bringing her home. Further it looks to be in a great condition. Please post your reviews on the on road handling and what comfortable speed does the vehicle go to, Though I'm not a speed freak but just inquisitive the on-road handling in low triple digits.
Cheers and will wait for the updates.
Congrats once again
|1st November 2010, 07:06||#11|
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Congratulations! You are one hell of a 4X4 lucky guy.
Just loved the clean cut looks of this vehicle. It is in a very good condition.
If you can try and get hold of a brand new engine, just swap it.
There is so much that can be done on this machine on the cosmetic/exterior front without spoiling its looks.
The front diff. is not visible?
I think I will be coming down to take it away from you.
Last edited by fazalaliadil : 1st November 2010 at 07:09.
|1st November 2010, 11:33||#13|
These are the reasons I find this vehicle interesting as a OTR vehicle & Cruiser.
Dear Soumen, Thanks a lot. I will share the detailed history in a separate post, Just to make it brief. As per the information received, this vehicle has served most of its life in last 10 years in the Himalayas. Shocking right? But true.
Yes, time for few Gypsies and M&M to go. Yellow Gypsy is already gone. Few more going soon.
Dear Abes,Thanks a lot. I am not the best.. I am still learning from everyone here.
Dear 14000rpm, Me too loved the G Wagen's.Planing to do slight cosmetic mods to look like G Wagen. I am preparing this trax for the Great Mountain Challenge which we are organizing on Nov 27th. I will give you detailed report on its OTR performance after the event.
Even I have not seen more than 5 of these vehicles on Indian Roads.
Well I did not get a chance to check much on the mechanical side.
I am also a not a speed freak bro, what I was looking for was a vehicle which can cruise effortlessly on 120-130 kmph for long distance if required.
Cosmetic modes are also in the plan.
You dont need to come down to take it.. I will send it to you.
|1st November 2010, 11:44||#14|
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congrats buddy, another one to the collection
seems in great condition.
curious question though:
have you driven her on road on a long drive
not much experience about this vehicles,
have only driven dr. mohans gurkha from that family
but shes a looker and congrats again,
|1st November 2010, 12:32||#15|