I know that you’ve definitely seen this truck on the Kenyan roads and most probably, it’s scared the crap out of you. With its noisy engine, angry front and carrying a heavy load of sand or stones, it’s terrifying. Personally, I have always wondered with its big gear stick and mammoth of a steering wheel, how much control does the driver have over it? A truly terrifying thought whether you are a fellow motorist or a pedestrian.
So, here are five things you didn’t know about this truck that will leave you more comfortable at its site or more terrified of it than ever before.
1. ISUZU TX/TXD.
Well, that is its official name and what we take from it is that it is an ISUZU which we know is a Japanese car manufacturer, much like Toyota and Mitsubishi. However, Toyota is the most popular car brand in Kenya. This means it’s built with Asian engineering and maybe, just maybe, we should trust it to handle as well as a Toyota.
2. This Kenya Lorry was Built-in 1959.
This Isuzu Kenyan Lorry legend was first released in 1959 which means any of these trucks is older than anyone reading this post. Actually, it arrived in Kenya before the country’s independence. How terrifying and exciting is that? This Kenya Lorry has lasted well over 5 decades, hauling tonnes of stones and sand from one town to the other. The engine and bodywork must be truly superb, you can’t even see a 3-year-old modern bus in good condition.
3. Nothing works.
When the truck was manufactured, it included firm suspension, fuel, and speed gauge, a hand brake, a properly working gearbox and a firm steering wheel. But now the truck almost has a little to nothing working in it. The steering wheel plays a bit, the gearbox takes work and time to go from 1 to 2, the gauges don’t work and it breaks down always. But the biggest surprise is that it always gets up and gets back on the road. Most parts of this truck are always borrowed from the already dead ones since its production stopped decades ago.
4. It costs no less than Ksh. 700,000.
You’re probably thinking that because it’s old and doesn’t work properly, you can get it with a few thousand. Well, think again, although you’ll never get it from an ISUZU dealer, any owner who still can haul stones with it in Kenya will not let it go for anything less than 700K.
5. It can carry up to 6 tonnes in the back.
This converted into kg is 6000kgs. This tells you that the ISUZU is a no-nonsense truck when it comes to getting work done but unfortunately for the cars behind it when it’s hauling such a heavy load is that it will be going 20Km per hour.