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The Kraz 255B was built at Kremenchuk, Ukraine. The 255B 6x6 is the factory,s most famous vehicle and has to be one of the best looking trucks ever! The factory underwent major modernisation during the 1970s, aiding production of this iconic truck.
The Kraz 255B 15,000 kg truck entered in production in 1965, with full series production commencing in 1967. The 6x6 Kraz 255B was the direct replacement of the earlier serially produced Kraz 214 7,000 kg truck. The Kraz 255B (B1) was a later model that featured a revised braking system. The KrAZ-255B had some visual similarities with the earlier Kraz 214 but had a more powerful engine, a V8 four-stroke diesel engine developing 240 hp to replace the six cylinder two-stroke 205 hp unit of the Kraz 214. Other design improvements included a hydraulic steering booster replacing the pneumatic booster of the 214, and the standard 1400 × 20 tyres were replaced by new wide section live pressure tires with a centralised tyre inflation system controlled by the driver directly from cab. In 1976 the Kraz 255B was equipped with a new dual-circuit braking system that replaced an earlier single circuit system, and such vehicles were given the revised Kraz 255B (B1) model designation. Many of the roles previously undertaken by the Kraz 214 were transferred to the Kraz 255B when it entered series production, which included carrying and laying an assortment of bridges.
The cabin has a wood frame and is covered with sheet steel, the cab has seating for 3. The split front windshield (flat) opens outwards for increased ventilation. The standard rear body is of the troop carrying/cargo type with dropsides and tailgate and is normally fitted with wooden bench-type seats and a tarpaulin cover. The 255B’s diesel engine has an engine start preheater for use in temperatures below -20°S. In fact, operating temperature ranges from -45°c to +45°c.
From 1972 production of a variant for tropical (T) climates and temperatures up to +50°c were manufactured. All axles are leaf sprung and are driven, with front axle engagement being mechanical and controlled from the cab. A five-speed manual gearbox and two-speed transfer box are fitted. The braking system is air operated, with drums all round.