There are a few Jeep workshops in Karachi who do world class restoration work. I had known that many of their jeeps from Karachi end up abroad, with one great example in the Smithsonian Museum in the World War II section, and another in the New York Museum of Arts. Recently I found out that there was even a documentary made by an American channel about the local jeep rebuilders:
A few years ago I watched an American program on tv about someone in Liyari who restores 4 by 4’s…..
He has buyers all over the world…In that speciifc program a represetative of Willys was visiting from either UK or USA for an inspection. He spent 2 days on the restored Willys to find out if every part is authentic…….and was satisfied………
I would really like to meet this man in Liyari who restores these 4 by 4’s with such precision…..Can you help please??
That person was most likely Dawood, who restored many jeeps which went abroad, but he passed away a few years ago. His son is still carrying on tradition at the same workshop. Salman Ali replied to Sumai:
bq.. Dear Sumair,
There were only two people in Lyari who restored military model Jeeps to their original condition, Dawood and Shafi. The latter is still alive and now has more of a supervisory and advisory role in his workshop, as he is quite old. The former passed away a few years ago, but his works can still be seen in the Smithsonian Museum.
His sons are still there in Lyari, but they have a long way to go before they even get close to Dawood’s quality and workmanship.
There is another mechanic in Lyari, his name is Aslam aka Long-haired Aslam. He is a Rastafarain, and one of the up and coming restoration artists there.
Currently, your best bet would be either Shafi or Long-haired Aslam.
These workshops are famous enough that anyone in Lyari should be able to direct you to them. The best way to get there is to take a local taxi or rickshaw.
Now, the real question is how to get hold of that documentary! Sumair, if you read this, please post the channel/program you saw this on. (he left a wrong email address)
- Taimur Mirza: Jeep Re-builders
- Yaseen Ali: There’s no turning back once youve been Jeep-ed