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Dating from 1958 to 1976 and built by Steyr Daimler Puch, was the Haflinger .The first production Haflingers were built in 1958 (although only eight 24 hp units were produced)
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Being a small, lightweight, four wheel drive, off-road vehicle about 3.5 m long and 1.5 m wide, powered by a 646 cc twin horizontally opposed, rear mounted, air-cooled engine. Weighing around 600 kg (1322.8 lb), the Haflinger can be lifted by four strong people and yet can carry a load of 500 kg (1102.3 lb)
A long wheelbase (LWB) version of the Haflinger was introduced in 1962 and was called the 703.
This vehicle is basically identical to the standard 700 Haflinger, except that the wheelbase was increased by 300mm (12inches) to give the vehicle a wheelbase of 1800mm (71 inches).
In 1963 the standard 4 speed Haflinger gearbox was replaced by a 5 speed unit.
1963 also saw the introduction of the Haflinger into AUSTRALIA, the initial units been imported by Anti Friction Bearings, a Melbourne based company.
The chassis has a number of interesting design characteristics that give the vehicle it's outstanding off road performance and durability.
The central tubular backbone is bolted directly between the front differential and the integrated gearbox and rear differential or "transaxle".
The wheels are independently sprung via coil springs with rubber "inners" and hub reduction gearing is fitted on all axles to provide exceptional ground clearance given the small wheel diameter.
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They were exported all over the world. A total of 16,647 were made
Particular features that add to the off-road capability include:
Exceptionally low center of gravity due to the low placement of the chassis and the lack of upper bodywork
Generous approach and departure angles
The provision of both front and rear differential locks enables the vehicle to make progress even if only one wheel is in firm contact with the ground.
The 'portal' type design of the front and rear axles means that the center of the axle is above the center of the wheel, thus increasing ground clearance under the axle without the need to increase the wheel diameter. Power is transmitted from the axle to the wheel via drop gears in each wheel hub.
The suspension is fully independent, each half-axle having about 25 cm of free movement.
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soft-top, 2 seats + 2, 2 "doors"
Dimensions 2830mm, width: 1350mm, height: 1740mm (canopy)
wheelbase: 1500mm, track: 1130mm/1130mm, grnd clearance: 240mm
approach: 45, departure: 40
air-cooled, 643cc, petrol, 2-cyls, carb', 2-valves/cyl, ohv
bore: 80mm, stroke: 64mm, c.r.: 7:1 (or 6.7:1 or 7.8:1)
power: 24ps at 4500rpm
transmission: 4m, part-time 4WD
suspension: swing axles & coils, brakes: drum/drum

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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 08:18

Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 08:18
Thanks Doug for another interesting history photo.

I am hooked and always have to look on Sunday for our lesson.

I can remember seeing a couple of these around but wouldn't know which model.

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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 11:07

Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 11:07
I'm pretty sure I saw one of these on an early episode of The Leyland Brothers (but I'll stand corrected) roaming around the floor of Wolf Creek Crater.

They seemed to be able to go anywhere, they were so light.

thanks Doug

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Reply By: nomadoz - Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 12:59

Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 12:59
About 1972 had one in Darwin, just had the windscreen the rest all open, 2 seats just a bit lower then the body line, had 4 leavers between the seats by puling than up would lock the wheels, amazing machine, as long 1 wheel on the ground it would march on, governed to 38mph maximum speed

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Reply By: autosparky - Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 22:57

Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 22:57
great vehicle for mustering except when hit by cantankerous cow remember having 2 on the station ,kept going until the suzuki f40? upgrade
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Reply By: Rolly - Monday, Jan 05, 2009 at 13:05

Monday, Jan 05, 2009 at 13:05
Nice one, Doug!
There's an early one of these that I see quite often in the beach-side car park above the Scarborough (WA) car park.
It's showing the inevitable signs of frequent rust repairing but seems to have been well maintained mechanically.
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Follow Up By: Rolly - Monday, Jan 05, 2009 at 13:08

Monday, Jan 05, 2009 at 13:08
That shoul read..."the Scarborough (WA) surf lifesaving club."
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Follow Up By: Rolly - Monday, Jan 05, 2009 at 13:11

Monday, Jan 05, 2009 at 13:11
Jeez! That should read..."That should read..."the Scarborough (WA) surf lifesaving club.""
Time for morning coffee, methinks.
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Follow Up By: equinox - Monday, Jan 05, 2009 at 13:45

Monday, Jan 05, 2009 at 13:45
Yeah - saw that one yesterday on Brighton Road.

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