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Wind_Rocker 09-28-2009 05:02 PM

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I've visited the Philippines 3 times in the last 3 years and I always take lots of pictures. If you've never seen a real Philippine Jeepney you're in for a treat. It is the main means of public transportation in the provinces and you'll find plenty in the city also. The information I found says the original ones are made from World War 2 Jeeps that were left there, must be a larger Jeep like an ambulance. Now they are made mostly from Isuzu chassis but still maintain the Jeep front end.

Here are a couple more Jeeps. The body sitting on blocks belongs to my wife's Uncle Willy, he's going to restore it I suppose. He also owns the crazy looking yellow one sticking out of the shed. The more stock looking Jeep may be a WW2 vintage.

The Jeepney with San Vicente across the top belongs to Papa. He is the father of my wife's brother's wife. Papa paid about 40,000 Philippine pesos(about $800) for it second hand. It was our own private Jeepney on our recent visit this past April and May.

Geoff@Bestop 09-28-2009 05:24 PM

Jeepneys are very cool. They're an art form.

SergeantJK 09-28-2009 06:33 PM

Been on a Jeepney when I visited Manila... Been a few times.
They truly are an art... Amazing what are done with these. Very cool.

crasha9 09-28-2009 06:33 PM

Pretty cool how they're using the older ones to make them.

whitebomber 09-30-2009 04:26 PM

Very cool. Had never heard of them, so I've been reading up. Interesting...

stevens243 09-30-2009 06:02 PM

Oh wow! I haven't seen jeepme pix in awhile.

I've ridden in more of those things than I can count. I might have to pull out my box of memory lane pix and see if I have any to scan in and post.

Those guys that put them together and did the paint and other extra stuff always did great work too!

schnutzy 09-30-2009 06:19 PM

thats pretty cool, but imagine how sick it would be to have one in the states, cruising around washington dc, or some other big city as a tour bus.

Wind_Rocker 10-01-2009 10:15 AM

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Originally Posted by schnutzy (Post 451194)
thats pretty cool, but imagine how sick it would be to have one in the states, cruising around washington dc, or some other big city as a tour bus.

They run some smokey diesels in those things, a good reason to get your burning eyes the heck out of Manila, cities in the US would be in for a surprise:).

Hard on tall Americans also, I'm 5' 11" and have to really bend over to walk in the aisle. When both benches are full they start passing out little 2-leg stools, 2 Filipinos can fit back to back on each stool in the aisle. When the aisle is full there are lots of places on the outside to cling to if you are physically able. Check out picture of full Jeepney.

We usually took the Jeepneys to Tacloban City, about 25 kilometers. Cost is 14 pesos or about 25 cents US. They have to keep them on the road all day and some drive the night shift.

The next most popular public trans is the Philippine tricycle. It is a locally made side car attached to a 155cc Honda with 5 shocks on the back, geared down to about 40 mph max. See the guy waving, very friendly people. The side view tricycle belonged to my wife Jovy, we had 9 people on that one once!

Picture of motorbike shows 6 people on that one.

The slowest public trans vehicals are the pedicabs, had to include a shot of those also. I'm told the pedicab driver aspires to earn 100 pesos a day, $2 our money.

schnutzy 10-01-2009 11:49 AM

so then the concept would have to be modified a bit for the states, but it would still be wicked cool

Wind_Rocker 10-01-2009 12:18 PM

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Originally Posted by schnutzy (Post 451552)
so then the concept would have to be modified a bit for the states, but it would still be wicked cool

I totally agree, put a clean burn powerplant in one of the nicer ones and you could definately turn some heads.

I think they have cheap 4 cylinder Japanese or Chinese non-turbo diesel engines, be a shame to lose the distinctive Jeepney motor sounds, kinda throaty sounding.

schnutzy 10-01-2009 12:23 PM

if only i had the money and a place to build my own. id drive that thing everywhere


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