How are Toyotas maintained and actually kept running in times of war?
It takes a decent amount of work to care for your truck- regular oil changes, new parts, ect. I always wanted to know how exactly are Toyotas kept running in conflict zones? The two great examples that come to mind are Chad in the late 80s and Afghanistan in the 90s.
The conflict in Chad, known by the dubious name as the "Toyota War," was very complicated and I'll spare you the mind-numbing background, but government regulars, rebels, and guerrillas pushed out the vastly superior but incompetent Libyan army. The French provided the Chadian forces with hundreds of Toyota trucks which they used to carry troops and mount heavy weapons.
After the Soviets pulled out of Afghanistan in 1989, most expected their puppet government to fall. It didn't. It survived through massive Soviet military aid and only fell after the breakup of the USSR. The result was a long, protracted conflict that continues to this day where Toyotas became the highly prized vehicle of choice.
I don't imagine very many of you were ever in Chad (vacation or otherwise), but I'm sure you have seen the vehicles used in Afghanistan. How are they kept running? Do they ever change the fluids and oil? How do they get spare parts and what happens when something breaks?