During a drive In Ibadan this weekend, I came across what seems to be about ten to fifteen multi story buildings that were abandoned.
Can someone shed light on this? Thanks.
As part of the deal that the Federal Government of Nigeria made with the Chinese railway investors, a train assembly plant was set up at Kajola in Ogun state. This is great news as we will be able to maintain the trains and wagons there also. Headmaster and crew will be visiting this plant after the Covid lockdown has been lifted.
I continue to be very impressed with the progress of work that is being done on this project, at least on the Omi Adio section which I am very familiar with.
New trains and carriages are being delivered to the main hub.
The importance of this train system will be felt in the coming months. It will open all the cities along the line to new business.
I finally learnt welding during this Covid downtime and the first project I did was to put together a garage table.
I bought four new tires for the bus last week. The only size I could find in 13″ in my local area are 175/70R13. A bit tall but I think they’ll work until I can source a set of 14″ alloys.
The brand is Hi Flyer and went for N9,500 ($26) a piece. Obviously these are not premium tires and as such would not be asked to do premium duties.
The tires that were removed had a manufactured date in 2006 – sad.
One of the opportunities that moving to Nigeria offers me is the availability of Japanese micro vans and pickups. They were never officially sold in the USA and thus are unable to be legally registered and driven on the road there.
I was after either a Suzuki or Daihatsu pickup but most of them were imported in a sort of CKD units. To qualify as used parts which attracts 0% custom duty as opposed to 35% custom duty, importers were simply hacking them up and crudely welding them back upon arrival in Nigeria.
Additionally they are RHD and the conversion method they use here to make them LHD is downright dangerous IMHO.
My search led me to Haruna, a 1982 Subaru Libero Super Deluxe. I found him on Iwo Road just before New Gbagi in Ibadan. He’s from the stable of a very powerful political family in Ibadan. If this was back in the USA it would have carried a premium price. Like buying a car from a Kennedy or Bush family. One example listed below sold for $13,500 (N4.6M) on Bring A Trailer.
Liberios are powered by a 3 cylinder engine. Haruna has the optional 5 speed transmission sending power to the rear wheels or all 4 wheels. Having 4 wheel drive is immensely useful in Nigeria.
Haruna came from the factory as a standard LHD. This means that the pedals are correctly placed and spaced, the wipers are parked in the proper position and the headlights are properly adjusted.
The plans for Haruna is as a driving project, a refurbishment not a restoration. The hassles of doing a full on frame off restoration in Nigeria is daunting due to the lack of support facilities, but we’ll see.
I’m addressing some torn driveshaft boots, fluid changes and new tires currently. Basically picking the low hanging fruits.
It is currently undergoing licensing.
More to come.
I have decided to rebuild the entire front suspension. I ordered polyurethane bushings off of eBay (USA) for the superior performance and longevity especially in the harsh conditions of Africa. I will also be ordering all new rubber boots, steering rack and tie rods.
I also ordered a few tools to make the job easier.
Watch out for additional details.
I saw this electric vehicle concept unlike. I love the clean lines and simplicity.
This should be easy to replicate in Africa. We can’t keep burning fossil fuel.
I ordered a Canon EOS M50 mirrorless camera to my photographic arsenal. I already have a Nikon D3400 that takes handsome pictures especially with the long lens. I also have a few GoPros already.
I will be picking up a few more GoPro copies that will be stuck on the exterior of the expedition vehicle.