Unimogs - 2 questions

Submitted: Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 14:05
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Hey all,

First question - Does anyone know somewhere in NSW that will rent them? Fancy seeing how silly they really are. Any suggestions?

Second question - in a similar vein having had a look here I was quite perplexed by the breather. Now I am missing vital under-bonnet knowledge, but that breather seemed to start where most 4x4 breathers stop. Fair enough for a larger vehicle, but surely by the time water is an issue even at the engine bay end, water getting in the issue will be dropping down your list of worries? If you actually get within 2 ft of the top you're certifiable?!

Anyway, I laughed a lot and am interested in your comments or ways to get my grubby mits on one.

Cheers,

Tim
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Reply By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 14:33

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 14:33
I will sell you my coaster bus for $105,000

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Follow Up By: timglobal - Saturday, Jul 02, 2005 at 02:22

Saturday, Jul 02, 2005 at 02:22
Marginal cost for the "Musty" ???

Priceless?
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Reply By: BenSpoon - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 14:40

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 14:40
The things are ridiculous.
I went for a short ride in an army one once- have heard that Oka's can do similar stuff, but was amazed nonetheless.
From memory there is a donaldson filter at the base of the snorkel too. I seem to recall there was a fording depth of 1.8m- If you do get to see one, most have signs on the dash about it, and preparations required. Most army ones have press-studs stuck on the roobar for a water blind.
I've had to work on a few, and driving them at first is no easy task. 8-speed box, twin T-cases, high and low, air handbrake, lockers... you have 4 different levers between the front seats and are left scratching your head for which is which. Having to break in thru the manhole in the roof when you lock the keys in the cab is always novelty though.

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Follow Up By: timglobal - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 14:50

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 14:50
Ridiculous is the main reason to give them a try-out!! A not-so-pale imitation might be a FC 101 Land Rover (if you have to ask, you don't know), but they're no longer made. Next after that is the Humvee, which I've seen private ones, but not rentable.

Surely someone can get hold of one? Anyone ever forded a Unimog to 1.8m - lol
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Follow Up By: Rosco - Bris. - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 16:51

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 16:51
Army specs say fording depth 1.2m. Preparation only involves engaging 4WD to pressurise the transmission. The old (old being the operative word) FC Landies would be a tad out of their league methinks.

Cheers
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Reply By: signman - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 16:02

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 16:02
Mate
There's a good one for sale up at Rainbow Beach. Its a hardtop 'radio ' truck-404 series. Low mileage R/H/D/ Brought out from Der Fatherland by a couple to tour Oz- but had to return home. Has the winch- external gennie etc etc. Would be good to convert to a camper. All the usual fruit- f & r lockers, extended final drive etc.
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Reply By: theshadows - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 17:13

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 17:13
Dont now about hiring them but I have driven them. the split zf 9 speed was a typical road ranger box but the motor was a beauty. I have been told that there are sycro mesh boxs out there as well as auto ones.

only a 1.2 mtr fording depth though in still water . the best thing are the approach and departure angles. BTW dont forget to take a kidney belt and ear plugs they are very noisey.

the reason the snorkel is so high is to stop sucking dust into the air filter, the higher the better in road equipment. take a look at semi' the air clearnersare 2.5 metres off the road for that reason.

shadow
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Reply By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 19:39

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 19:39
The one's I drove in the army were awsome... 2wd to 4wd to diff locks on one switch. Fully pressurised driveline in 4wd, hand throttle made a great cruise control(automatically disengaged when the exhaust brake was activated), great ground clearance, great entry/departure angles, excellent ramp over angle and then there was the turret... How huge do you feel when on manouvers and you burst out through the turret with an f88 Aus styer and unload a couple of magazines at your unwitting enemy(all blanks of course)... The gun does become an issue in civie world though...

Damn it Wolfie, that jellyfish is getting around...
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Reply By: govo - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 20:46

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 20:46
I also spent some time driving these while in the army..awsome 4wds to drive,very rough though until you lower the tyre pressures.I still laugh at the day i had my army licence test, a instuctor warrant officer made me drive thru Brissy in peak hour traffic in a 6wd International .These things had a crash gear box in them and we both thought it was a hoot to come up behind cars with me double and triple clutching till i found the right gear, you should have seen the looks in the rear vision mirrows.The warrant officer had tears coming out his eyes and was cacking himself laughing( found out later this was a favourite trick of his ).
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Follow Up By: govo - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 20:52

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 20:52
Ummmm just a footnote...the oka's have no where near the offroad capabilities that the Mogs have.

My only wish was to come up behind ol Harold scruby and miss the brake ( :
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Reply By: 120scruiser - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 21:52

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 21:52
Agree awsome 4wd's especially when fitted with the big balloon type tyres. Unstopable.
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Reply By: Member - Toonfish - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 21:54

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 21:54
miss da moggs i duz
80kmph theoretical in reverse
never tried it out
but i do remember a course in bastardization by changing a fake flat during a creek crossing

mongrels
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Follow Up By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Saturday, Jul 02, 2005 at 07:03

Saturday, Jul 02, 2005 at 07:03
We tried a couple of times to test the reverse top speed... VERY scarey, kinda feels odd to be changing through the gears in reverse too.
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Reply By: timglobal - Saturday, Jul 02, 2005 at 02:20

Saturday, Jul 02, 2005 at 02:20
So, they're noisy and industrial, but a great laugh. Scratch that - an awesome beast.

That much I had already gathered. BUT can anyone point me in the direction of a set of keys for one???

A little less conversation, a little more action as someone said?

I sincerely PROMISE to post all still and moving footage of my expedition(s)

I might even invite Jeremy Clarkson...

Tim
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Follow Up By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Saturday, Jul 02, 2005 at 07:05

Saturday, Jul 02, 2005 at 07:05
The keys are here
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