If there was one really big automotive take-away from my time spent in Iraq, it was that if you had a medium-duty truck of just about any type, you had the ability to work. Flatbed, dump, stakebed, fifth-wheel, all kinds were present and even more amazing from Western eyes was that all years seemed to be present too. Short-bonnet Mercedes Benz models and Aksam-produced Dodges and DeSotos, Ford Cargos and other, even more obscure trucks like Hinos and Nissan UDs were everywhere, kicking up dust while moaning out under their own ponderous bulk, nevermind what they were hauling. Prized for their durability and worked much harder than even the manufacturers probably expected them to be worked, they were moving when most road-going cars were somewhere between dying and death.
Looking at some of the rigs I saw, it was a wonder how any of them were still in one piece. Even if it was just a couple of years old each truck looked like they had been beaten and abused at some granite mine for decades. You had to wonder how the maintenance for these beasts was actually completed. Well, wonder no more. Here you will see the process that is used for fixing the broken wheel hub fitting for a dump truck (looks like a Hino from what I can see) and it will be done in a manner that would give an OSHA inspector a coronary. The work is excellent, but this isn’t precision country. This is hammers and presses, in-the-dirt work that is designed to make things move again. Check it out: