We’ve been saying it for years, the future of vehicles is likely not hybrid, it’s TDI – Turbo Direct Injection Diesel. Thunderstar seems to agree, having just developed a three-cylinder, 1200cc, TDI motorcycle. Weighing in at 455 lbs, ready to roll, it produces 90hp and 150 ftlbs of torque in stock trim.
Thunderstar TDI Motorcycle
The engine is a VW 3 cylinder diesel (from the VW Polo), recast to fit the motorcycle. Apparantly these things don’t go very fast, the current speed record for diesel motorcycles being 85.46mph. (Diesel KLR650 Sets Speed Record)
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bq.. New passenger-car diesel engines from the Ford-Peugeot Citroen alliance will require workers to be trained to work in a sterile environment. The common-rail diesel design, requiring all cylinders to be injected with fuel at the same pressure, needs a dirt-free environment to ensure there is no blockages in the fuel lines.
*”With the old tractor-type diesel engines it didn’t matter too much about a bit of dirt, but these new engines have much less tolerance of any dirt particles, especially in fuel lines and the fuel head,”* a Ford U.K. spokesman says.
Such attention to detail will require workers in high-tech environments to labor under sterile conditions and powerful lighting. They will be required to wear white coats and protective footwear.
>> ‘Pass me the lab coat; I have diesel engines to build’:http://wardsauto.com/ar/auto_uk_hone_ford/index.htm
Whatever will local mechanics do? Especially when the majority of workshops in this country look like ‘this’:http://offroadpakistan.com/pictures/neza_e_sultan/workshop_at_mashkell.html? Common rail diesels are now becoming common in all the new diesel cars and suvs. A 28,000 psi encounter with a bit of dirt is not going to be pretty…
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The very first car built & registered in Pakistan.
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Just outside Karachi in any direction is some marvelous sightseeing country. Most people living in Karachi do not wander far from the city, at most to the beach and back. Those who do travel, go further away to other cities, or all the way north to the mountains. Like just about any large city, the surrounding areas of Karachi have a lot to offer.
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“ /> Wherin the author writes about a road trip from Karachi to Quetta, and then on to Ziarat to see the snow, and lastly the famed Bolan Pass. Covered a grand total of 2000 kilometers and seven film rolls in 4 days.
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One of the cars broke down in the Mashkell desert, so we towed it all the way to Dalbandin. Here, we put it on a truck and sent it back to Karachi.
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We procedded from Quetta to Karachi with a stop over at Khuzdar for the night.
Jeep: 1986 Ford Bronco II
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A 1952 M38 Willy’s military Jeep. This Jeep was bought by Hamid Omar in the 70’s from Lyari, where it was hauled behind a donkey cart to Shafi’s workshop. It has been rebuilt a number of times since then, and is tied with Taimur Mirza’s CJ7 for most work done on a jeep in Pakistan. It has now been handed on to his son. A 1951-2 M38, it is likely the only flatfender in Pakistan with an EFI engine.
Engine: 2LT-II – 2.4 litre turbo charged EFI diesel with the EGR removed. Custom Wiring Harness. Original Japanese radiator. Air filter from a new Toyota Hilux.
Purchased: 1970s (Re-built many times since)
Rebuilt: Almost Continuosly – last in Feb 2004.
Gearbox: Daihatsu 5 Speed Manual with on the fly 4×4.
Axles: Off a Daihutsu Rocky, with front disc brakes.
4.88 Differential ratio.
Tires: 31×10.5 Yokohama Geolander AT II + on steel rims.
Lighting: Hella european spec halogen headlamps with offroad H4 bulbs. One 300 watt Boeing light (meant for blinding buses and honda civics with 16 lights). BJ-40 signalling lamps.
Suspension: Adjustable Shock absorbers. Formerly RS9000’s which have now bit the dust. Custom stainless steel greasable shackles and u-clamps. Original M38 leafsprings. Nine way adjustable RS9000X shock absorbers on all four corners! Next update: A set of Rancho leafsprings
Other Specs: On the fly 4×4 shifting. CD Changer and Casstte player
7 5 speaker system. Air Conditioned with custom top. Power Steering. Extended fuel tank. Custom made roof rack,bumper and rollbar. Warn 8274 winch. Hood flares (for better cooling).
In Pakistan, there is a limited choice when it comes to choosing a 4×4 vehicle. The major types are listed below, with a short description and rating for each vehicle. With the older 4×4’s, their offroad prowess depends mainly on their owners, while with the newer 4×4’s, it’s mostly up to the vehicle as it cannot be modified much. With these old jeeps, its the driver that’s the most important part of the drivetrain, which is what makes them so much fun off the road.
The following jeeps are rated according to Pakistani terrain, where we hardly ever see any mud. We’ve got rocks, more rocks, even bigger rocks, and lots of fine sand! Most of the local jeeps would do terribly in deep mud, so luckily there isn’t any! 4×4 lowrange can compensate for lack of power in any terrain, but with mud you need raw power coupled with fast throttle response.
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