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Experience in operating a secret GAZ-67

Military car GAZ-67 was manufactured in the Soviet Union from 1943 to 1953. The machine was developed to replace outdated by the time the GAZ-64 and proved very popular during the great Patriotic war. Application the machine found the widest: as staff and reconnaissance vehicle for transportation of infantry and wounded, and sometimes even as a Prime mover for small pieces of artillery. The military called this the machine "Ivan-Willis", concordant with the coming of the lend-lease American jeeps. In the postwar years GAZ-67 sales only increased: now, in addition to the army, it is widely used in mineral exploration, forestry and agriculture.

 GAZ-67-front view

The exterior and interior of the car

The owners agree that the foreign car has a strict, laconic, strictly utilitarian forms of body. Amount of detail on external parts of the body is reduced to a minimum: the main principle here, as correctly noted by many ’ s simplicity and reliability. Front position and mirrors model did not come, but without them, the majority of vehicle owners, then it is quite dangerous.

Many liked the shortened the car body length 3345 mm with attached rear spare wheel. Height with a tent – 1700 mm, but, having removed it and with the windshield down, the owner can reduce it to the level of the steering wheel in 1270 mm, which corresponded to the then foreign army standards in 50-inch and allowed to move through areas of dense vegetation, without revealing itself.

Length of wheelbase – 2100 mm, with such parameters, the driver may well deploy a machine on the circle of radius 5.8 meters. Track width, – 1449 mm; how noticed right drivers, this allows you to move the thumb trucks rut, not risking to break out of it and get stuck.

Ground clearance 225 mm – quite decent, according to the majority owners of the machine. But a major tyre tread pattern type "divided tree" users rightly praised for the tenacity to any surface.

 GAZ-67-rear view

Those who have looked inside the car, call it the situation is quite Spartan and corresponding to the spirit of the distant war. Minimum devices on the flap – undoubted plus, as noted by motorists: less likelihood of their breakdowns, and by clearly visible.

In the war years, the car was fitted with a steering wheel with wooden rim; it bother anyone at first, soon drivers so get used to it, what to change and did not want, and in a frost never froze fingers. However, such a twist rudder falls, putting considerable physical effort.

The car can carry 4 people and 100 kg of cargo. Under the driver's seat is placed additional fuel tank 33 litre – indisputable advantage for the far way, according to the majority, though with some damage security.

 GAZ-67 interior

Technical characteristics

The machine was equipped, 4-cylinder, 4-stroke petrol engine with a displacement of 3285 cm3, developing capacity in 54 HP at 2800 rpm, which, according to the drivers, quite sufficient for fulfilling the tasks car. Besides its simplicity in terms of fuel quality repeatedly played into the hands of our military and not only them.

Maximum speed – 90 km/hour, but more from such a jeep owners and does not require. Drivers are unanimous in the opinion that fuel the car consumes even on a flat road noticeably greater than declared in the manual 14 litres per 100 km of the Actual stock of such move, as noticed by many, is about 400 km against the official 520 km In reality, however, difficult road conditions motorists confirm his reserve only 330 km

 GAZ-67 engine

Manageability and mobility

Not in vain many military proudly noted that GAZ-67 traction indicators of the engine and transmission from the very beginning of production considerably exceeded the lend-lease jeep, in consequence of which could cope with the towing of small guns. Its engine was developed under the available low-octane gasoline, and in the summer you can fill the machine even kerosene.

Rear axle, borrowed from the GAZ-M1, for jeep was insufficient, resulting in motion on the first or reverse gear at first his gear often prone to failure. Then developers was introduced to him the locking mechanism, and now consumers can GAZ-67 buy adjustments, where the first and rear transmission are included only when you connect the drive on both axes.

Reinforced frame, Fourwheel drive, high ground clearance and the front corner of the entry, as well as other design features allow the owners overcome by car slopes slope up to 38° (800-pound trailer – up to 20°) and held without preparation Ford to a depth of up to 55 cm (with special preparation – 80 cm). Low centre of mass confidently provides lateral stability in 28°. The lane with depth of a liquid dirt whole 0.8 meters without difficulty is overcome machine on the 2nd and 3rd gears, which was repeatedly confirmed by practice.

 GAZ-67 pedal

Cases and prices

Just from 1943 to 1953, was released more than 92 thousand copies Gas 67, so some of them are now 70 years old, and a car, otherwise as a rarity, now you will not name. Buy GAZ-67 in Russia today ’ s not an easy task; buyers – usually, collectors of such cars. The price, depending on the state and installed additional equipment, can begin from 40-50 thousand rubles and sometimes reach up to 300 thousand and even higher.

Due to the greater age of these machines and numerous changes hands of current owners, sales are conducted in trim, far from original factory equipment. Many motorists prefer to install more powerful lights, mirrors, reinforced bumper, makeshift tent on the body and many other essential elements to facilitate the operation in severe conditions.

In General, summing up, we can say that the owners consider the advantages of this model of car simplicity, reliability and increased permeability combined with the efficiency of the brake system and a large common stock of the resource. Of the deficiencies of the same highly rigid suspension, uncomfortable driver's landing and ergonomic interior. Dashboard often rattles, and the shock absorbers, ball bearings and tie-rod ends are often broken. Also the weak point of this car is the body due to its bad galvanizing he is weakly protected from corrosion.