The old and reliable wartime truck

@sunrisefan (17930)
Philippines
April 20, 2016 6:30pm CST
In one of the times that my wife and I would pass by the seaside, after our morning walk at the ovals, to catch the sun rise, I saw a truck on the above photo which caught my interest. I quickly pulled over the road shoulder and took out my camera to take a photo of it. The truck is a among the "leftovers" of World War II used by the Americans in transporting troops in it's battle against the Japanese army. There are quite a number of these trucks still used to transport sugarcane from the fields to the sugar central in our province and most probably, in other places too. We were quite nervous looking at the two men sitting precariously on top of the cargo of the truck but they themselves looked relaxed and enjoying the ride LOL!
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@marlina (73882)
• Canada
20 Apr 16
Thanks for this great photo. I guess the truck has been painted, it must have been green before.
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@sunrisefan (17930)
• Philippines
20 Apr 16
Most probably :) I just can't of the spelling of the truck's name if it's RIO or REO :)
@moffittjc (43033)
• Gainesville, Florida
20 Apr 16
You can still find trucks like this in operation here in America too, although I don't think the ones I see around are from the WWII era. I think the ones still in operation here are leftovers from the Vietnam War era. Surprisingly, they still look pretty much the same as the old WWII trucks!
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@sunrisefan (17930)
• Philippines
20 Apr 16
Yes and still they can easily loads tons of cargo. I'm doubtful though of the fuel efficiency of these trucks.
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@moffittjc (43033)
• Gainesville, Florida
20 Apr 16
@sunrisefan Someone once told me that the military designed these trucks to get really good fuel efficiency so they could operate in a theater of war without running out of fuel so quickly. Don't know if it's true or not, but it could be plausible!
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@sunrisefan (17930)
• Philippines
20 Apr 16
@moffittjc That could be possible which reminds me of the Humbee (don't know if this is the right spelling) which is now priced high and is considered an SUV. It has very good suspension.
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• United States
21 Apr 16
They sure do look very comfortable! Over here we cannot do that as it would be very dangerous.
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@sunrisefan (17930)
• Philippines
21 Apr 16
True and the highway patrol police would be after them in minutes :)
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• United States
21 Apr 16
@sunrisefan Over there too? It is strict?
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@sunrisefan (17930)
• Philippines
21 Apr 16
@infatuatedbby No, not in our country. What I meant was in your country. Would you believe as many as 8 people would even be riding on a single motorcycle in our country (and I heard in India too)? More often than not, the authorities just keep a blind eye on them especially on routes to the mountains where there's no other mode of transportation. Sad thing though is that's where it's most dangerous to have as many people ride a single motorcycle.
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@SIMPLYD (79762)
• Philippines
21 Apr 16
Indeed , just looking at the place where the two men are seated would give you the opinion that if the truck swerves those sacks would be thrown including the two men .
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@sunrisefan (17930)
• Philippines
21 Apr 16
I guess they're used to it and I believe the driver just maintains a very low speed.
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@SIMPLYD (79762)
• Philippines
21 Apr 16
@sunrisefan I hope it's always that way in terms of the speed .
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@sunrisefan (17930)
• Philippines
21 Apr 16
@SIMPLYD I hope so too :) Considering the heavy cargo and the age of the truck, the speed must be that low.
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@MGjhaud (20737)
• Philippines
21 Apr 16
we have a lot of them old school trucks here in my small town. normally for coconut, rice or any feedstock to be carried from one place to the warehouse.
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@sunrisefan (17930)
• Philippines
21 Apr 16
So I guess there are many of them across our country :)
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@MGjhaud (20737)
• Philippines
21 Apr 16
countryside i guess
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@sunrisefan (17930)
• Philippines
21 Apr 16
@MGjhaud Most likely :)
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@jaboUK (53939)
• United Kingdom
21 Apr 16
It's great to see that somethinng so old is still in use. I suppose the Americans just left them behind as it wouldn't be worthwhile transporting them back to the States.
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@sunrisefan (17930)
• Philippines
21 Apr 16
Most probably they had some sort of arrangement to leave these trucks behind. Admittedly, these trucks have been a good help to the the sugarcane planters, especially for those who could not afford to buy the brand new ones which are expensive.
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@sunrisefan (17930)
• Philippines
21 Apr 16
Going to the insurance office; will be back later :)
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@Macarrosel (7572)
• Philippines
20 Apr 16
I have seen some like this especially when we're on a road trip.,
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@sunrisefan (17930)
• Philippines
20 Apr 16
Having loads of sugarcane too, I suppose :)