One of the first things I noticed and feel in love with here inVietnam were the contraptions you find….. everywhere. In every corner and district of the cities. In every square kilometer of countryside you will find dozens of weird and wonderful but ever so practical contraptions.
Being a mechanic back in my homeland and having a love for strange things, I am drawn in wonder whenever I see a rusty, oily and beautiful beast putting along the streets, or often hiding from the midday sun under a tree.
Does it still run? Has it been abandoned? Definitely not. The seat is missing, so are the pedals and half the floor. All the lights are all smashed in and the doors are literally hanging of it. As it goes down the street (over-loaded with timber or several pigs) it bellows smoke like an old steam train does steam & the noise is absolutely deafening. Maybe they should replace that muffler and get the diesel pump serviced? Surely that can’t be roadworthy! But it will keep its noise and smoke and continue working like that for years as the noise or smoke doesn’t offend anyone.
Rest assured that what seems as it might be ready for the scrap heap, given love & respect like any family member and regular repairs, these steel & timber contraptions will keep working harder and longer than I will.
Below are some of the more memorable contraptions I have found: