Philippine Project Notes:
Truck
By Tim Roach
Copyright 2007


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My latest major investment is a small diesel truck. Like many things one buys here in the Philippines, it needs some work. However, overall the engine and transmission are in fairly good condition.

Many of the vehicles here come second hand (what they term surplus here) from other countries. Which means that most of the cars and trucks are well used and have been modified heavily and many parts have been stripped out of them. For instance with this truck most of the normal expected wiring and other features are simply not there. For instance, the heater / defog fans, there are knobs and a control panel. But there is nothing behind it. No wiring no fans no nothing. The wiring that is actually there especially the sensor wiring needs to be traced and verified that it hasn't been "jumped" (sensors wired to always indicate everything is ok).

While not up to western standards, it is however a solid working truck. Which has already been hauling very heavy loads (just under itís rated capacity) without to much trouble.

As the area crops start being harvested I suspect this little truck is going to get very busy hauling not only our crops but also several other peoples harvests to more profitable locations. While there are people here that will transport the growers harvests some charge as much as 50% of the crop sales. Which leaves very little for the farmer by the time he pays for all the harvesting expenses.

While at first we will simply be taking the crops to some of the more major sales areas and bringing back needed supplies. Later we hope to encourage the area farmers to also grow specialty crops (herbs, spices, etc.) to help increase their profits. As well as helping to lower some of the consumer costs in other regions.

Eventually, our goal is, once we learn the export rules (or find the right people to approve the exports) we hope to be exporting various crops and items to other countries.

But at this point, while maybe not much to most people, this is another step along the way to setting up the total Project.



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