By on August 18, 2011

The truck depicted above was found by one of Carnewschina’s many stringers in Southern China, Guangxi Province, National Highway 323, km 1181, near the town of Desheng. The stringer noted an indicated speed of 80 km/h. This gives a whole new meaning to a crash truck.

Up until now, a crash truck was understood as a vehicle especially designed and equipped to rescue victims of an air crash. Should you ever hear the words “crash truck” come from a plane’s cockpit, be alarmed.

The term is being redefined in China.

Now, a crash truck (with Chinese characteristics) is a truck that had been in a severe accident and that had its cab converted to an open air festival. At closer inspection, it was determined that engine and drive-train were still in good running condition, and after strapping the damaged sheet metal on the truck (for proper recycling, no doubt), the half-truck was sent on its way. An example of self-sufficiency!

There are more pictures at Carnewschina.


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11 Comments on “Keep On Truckin’, No Matter What...”

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    That’ll buff out. Someone had to be the first to say it.

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    Optimus sub-prime.

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    See, that’s why Porsche is better, they’d call it a 949 Crayon FCT (formerly crashed truck) and charge extra $50K for it.
    learn, people, learn!

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    Funny story behind the saying “Keep On Truckin\'”. It was originally slang in the 1920’s for sexytimes, at least according to my Page-a-day.

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    The “lab’s” crash truck that traveled from the lab to the local airport when the turboprop arriving from or headed for the Nevada test site (nuke tests, Cold War era, old man was aboard at times; truck or plane)was nick-named the “Israeli armored car” due to size and nozzles for foam and water protruding was limited to speeds through town at less than 25 mph.

    Faster and the immense intense vibrations and acoustic “finger-print” was actually shattering windows of houses and firms in Livermore, CA.

    Large plate-glass was most prone to breakage but smaller windows were also lost.

    The crew aboard the craft were mighty proud of their vehicle.

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    That challenges the convention of what is necessary for a truck.

    Lop the top off and save the expense of having one. That could be very important cost savings in developing countries.

    Put in a small windshield to deflect bugs and stones, or the driver could wear a helmet and warm/waterproof clothes, if it’s cold. The elements won’t be a problem. Mic and headphones in the helmet to communicate with another passenger or listen to the radio. A tent or simple, rigid sleeping capsule perhaps made of insulated plastic.

    Sort of reminds me of those pics of open-roofed jeeps driving around in all sorts of conditions.

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    Looks like the boss said (to the driver): “YOu crash it, you drive it!”

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    This is better than the Mexican “spider men” who drive the modular heavy duty truck chassis to bus and RV upfitters by sitting in the open air on crates lashed to the bare chassis and wearing motorcycle helmets while gripping the steering wheel and bouncing along on unladen springs.

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    Can you imagine what must’ve happened to the guy who crashed it? I’ll bet that guy is sitting in a seat soaked with blood, bone fragments, and brain-matter.

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