Qatar Vehicle Inspection Issues

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I have a classic FJ45. I have been trying to get it to pass the annual vehicle inspection here in Qatar. After sorting out all the seat belts / lights; I have now been told to install a complete bumper.

When I purchased the truck, it had these bumperettes.

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During the inspection, they were identified as a "modified bumper" and was listed as a "major fault". So I had the bumperettes cut off. Now I'm told I need to install a complete bumper...similar to a hi-lux / FJ75. Neither bumper is part of the standard / original configuration of this truck; but can't seem to get that through the Police Officers head. (He was more obsessed with why I did not speak Arabic).

Anyone have any experience dealing with the Qatar Traffic Dept. I can install a complete bumper and after inspection just remove it. I'm thinking this would be a common issue in other GCC countries; where there is no interpretation of the law...especially if you don't speak Arabic.

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Maybe you could take in some old pictures of FJ45's from back in the day... though I doubt it'd help.

I'd go to the industrial area have someone fab up a simple and easy bolt on bracket with a used hilux bumper. Bolt on for inspections, bolt off when done.
 
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Maybe you could take in some old pictures of FJ45's from back in the day... though I doubt it'd help.

I'd go to the industrial area have someone fab up a simple and easy bolt on bracket with a used hilux bumper. Bolt on for inspections, bolt off when done.
I have mentally decided to do that; but just super annoyed that I have to do it now. My project list is pending. Flip side is that i have decided to do the fabricating myself!!:) that means more TOOLS!!!:bounce::bounce2:

But the Arabic issue was most frustrating; just because I have an Muslim name doesn't mean I speak Arabic. There are Muslims from other parts of the world and this bediou could not understand that. He was offended that I spoke English to the supervisor and he could not understand...its the same when they speak Arabic in a meeting and no one else understands what they are saying....just blowing steam dude.
 
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I have the registration updated through connections, I do not take my FJ40 in for that particular issue.
 
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Any news? Updates?
I'm in Toronto for 2 weeks, so no real progress. But I did buy a cheap Hilux bumper, which I will bolt up for inspection. I also have some "vistaa"; my neighbor is Qatari and promised to sort things out:bounce2::bounce:. In the mean time, I've started another sub-project, I'm modeling the truck in 3d, using Sketch up.
 
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Thought I should update the thread.

Finally installed my bolt-on Hilux bumper; and went for inspection. They said I had high HC's; so changed my plugs and got my valves tampered / adjusted. Checked / adjusted the carburetor and off I went for hopefully my last inspection!

Thankfully; passed :bounce::bounce2::cheers: after another minor hic-up. Some genius noticed that my VIN number had a hyphen; which was not shown on my registration papers. After a chat with the "Captain" all matters were resolved...and I drove out 100% legal!

In celebration of my great achievement; pushed the truck flat out; was cruising at 100kph; when I think I blew out a gasket.:bang: nothing but thick black dirty smoke coming out....but that's another story...

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AYM,

Your bumperettes should not have needed cutting-off as they are bolt-on, unless someone had welded them to the frame.

BTW, I understood that some of the GCC countries did not want any old vehicles on the road and were refusing to register them before a certain manufactured date?
 
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I think we need pics of your hilux bumper. =)
before with the bumperette's
FJ45 - Back.JPG


and now...with a Hilux bumper
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complete with lights for the license plate. Its a bolt on.

AYM,

Your bumperettes should not have needed cutting-off as they are bolt-on, unless someone had welded them to the frame.

BTW, I understood that some of the GCC countries did not want any old vehicles on the road and were refusing to register them before a certain manufactured date?
PO had the bumperette's welded to the back chassis. I'm now going to modify them so that I can bolt them. Need to do some cutting / welding :)
 

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Good you past it, don't take it all to serious because red tape is everywhere.
Do you see others with that bumper? I like the new one because it protects the rear.

When we had Bengali number plates in the Netherlands it sometimes was a nice discussion (allowed for 3 months because car was imported and shipped)

So I speak more Arabic than you? :p it helps to learn a 100 words :cheers:
 
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Passed inspection twice now; same drill...and it works like a charm. I've also changed my seats...2 buckets vs standard 3 bench. That means I also have to change them back come inspection time.

I also got new bumperettes fabricated. Much better quality...
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Looks fantastic man... nice solution to the inspection routine.
 
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Once a year, in March, I have inspection anxiety!! and the local Inspection department did not disappoint. To be fair, their comments are 100% correct. I knew my PS gearbox was leaking "pissing" fluid, but I cleaned it up and tried to make it look good. :meh: Had to try something.

Anyway, ps gearbox is leaking and there appears absolutely no hope in hell that a local mechanic can fix it. Looking to buy a new / reburished unit, but the only one i saw was on e-bay for over US$2000!!!!

Tried my Al Dhaid; but the boycott is not helping! Does anyone know of a good parts dealer in Oman / Kuwait?
 
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Have you tried the reseal kit? Surely it’s just the o rings and seals. What did the local mechanic say was the issue?

-Geoff
He's an old-timer mechanic..who said if someone opens it; they will never to close it properly. He said the same thing regarding the PS pump. But me being an Engineer, thought, its just a pump...I can do it....boy was that a big mistake. Ended up buying a new pump.

Chasing another mechanic; but am not very hopeful. You got to trust the old-timers
 
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