GAZ 66 - Ideal Camper Conversion/Expedition Vehicle. SOLD
Look!! Beautiful looking GAZ66 truck, this is an ideal camper or expedition vehicle! Produced by the million, and used often by our foes. The Gaz66 are extremely reliable and make ideal medium size expedition vehicles, manufactured in Nizhmy Novogorod, Southern Russia. Production ran from 1964 to the late eighties.
They are best described as really tough cookies, and well known for there iron reliability and are bags of fun to drive as well. On Wikipedia they are described as follows "The Gaz-66 has gained legendary status in many countries around the world due to its reliability, simplicity and off-road capability".
The cabs are extremely well sound proofed, and often come with a very useful flat tray over the engine cover, perfect for your satnav.
Overall the Gaz is extremely reliable and ideal for those long expeditions to the far corners of the world, or just remote camping locations in Sutherland or lake district, where you want to be in the hills, but in comfort and not on a heaving site in August. Remember, these trucks were designed firstly for the soviet military and designed specifically for use in extreme climates with temperatures vary between minus to plus fifty degrees, and of course to be driven by conscript drivers who didn,t care and would their best to destroy them. Often drivers would be told to drive hundreds of miles, and only allowed to stop for fuel. This is the kind of engineering you are dealing with here.
Construction is straight forward, being Russian you have lots of toys to play with. You have a compressor to inflate the tyres, this can done inside the cab. Or, you can deflate for softer ground. The compressor line goes to the rear and has valve setup for trailer towing with a twist air fitting. Brakes are conventional hydraulic, but you two remote servo assemblies. One the rear chassis member you not only have your air connections but a standard caravan power plug wired the same. Electrics are 12volts, but you have a huge alternator powered by two 'V' type belts.
The engine is a conventional V8, and is built for reliability. Block and heads are aluminium with wet liners with easy access to drain taps, however all my trucks come direct from military and are anti-freezed. Electrics are all waterproofed, in a protective shielding, and distributor is electronic. You have a controls to a radiator louver to shut off air for those extreme cold spells and for the minus fifty you have a separate petrol fired central heating system, this not only warms the coolant it warms the engine oil as well.
Transmission is conventional synchromesh, with a high a low transfer unit, control by two levers inside the cab. Handbrake is remote on the propshaft like a landy, but during normal operation you have servo assistance giving you belt and braces holding method. Axles are normal but you a limited slip rear diff.
Ergonomics of the cab are very comfortable, driving position is high to look over the vehicles in front, but you have a front wheel hub. The cab tilts to gain access to the engine area, but you can gain access from inside the cab via a lift up panel.
The rear box is of a modern strong but light, composite structure. Outer skin is two millimetre aluminium, inner is five millimetre ply with four millimetre ribs going to the outer skin running from side to side. The voids are filled with solid isocynate foam (like your expandable foam when dry). The floor again is ply but fifty, yes fifty millimetres thick. Cupboards and fittings are not of your normal construction, everything is hand made to fit, and is tongue and groove, glued, screwed and nailed where appropriate. Windows are often doubled glassed, and of course you have a separate heater to warm the back.
All units that pass through the workshop go through a major maintenance schedule. All lubricants are changed, new antifreeze where appropriate. New batteries and wipers and brakes where hydraulic are striped and cleaned.
Produced in their hundreds of thousands, the Gaz66 is extremely reliable and makes an ideal medium size expedition vehicle. Manufactured in Gor'kiy Automobile Plant, Nizhmy Novogorod, Southern Russia, the Gaz66 replaced the Gaz63, which used to be manufactured in the same factory. Production ran from 1964 to 1999.
The GAZ-66 has gained legendary status in many countries around the world due to its reliability, simplicity and off-road capability.
Originally produced for both civilian and military use, the military versions gradually became the most prevalent.