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6. The Art Of Truck Modding On The Nile (Sudan): An Attempt To Trace Creativity

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This chapter explores what Africa did to the motor vehicle and truck modding on the Nile. It shows the final product of the craft, the thoroughly appropriated vehicle once called a Bedford TJ and now known under its Sudanese name of sifinja, which was originally designed by Bedford's engineers at Luton and has since been redesigned collectively by a chain of Sudanese craftsmen. It also shows the unequal twins, in the foreground is a tipper lorry used for local construction work that is close to the Luton version and in the background is the thoroughly modified long-distance Sudanese version. The chapter illustrates the truck in a half-finished state, still without wings and bodywork and with only part of the original driver's cabin.

Keywords: Africa; Bedford TJ; motor vehicle; Nile; Sudanese craftsmen; truck modding

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