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Driving through the country last week I've found this ZIL. I couldn't stop myself from taking some pictures. Actually the visit I made in that small town was to review an old hotel I used to stay in many years ago. Too many years ago..

 

 

the truck and and the hotel, (transformed in a hospital and then left to die):

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You know, 1) I don't have the license to drive such a big toy. 2 ) I don't have a place to park it. 3) It's not the moment to invest in such things.

Other ways, I would buy one from the army, before they will scrap all of them. May be you won't believe me, your problem, but if you know what to do you can take it by paying its value as scrap iron, and then drive it to your home.

Thw red one may be for sale too. I'll ask.. :thumbsup!:

 

Great pics! That area looks incredible!
I have more, and you are right, that place is really great!

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It's looks like a very pretty place when you get out of the city.
that's correct. even the city has some very beautiful areas. depends who's showing them to you. :(

 

Hercules. The small city was named after the hero. On his left hand, Apollo Hotel, building from 1852.

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anyone who can translate this, please?

 

The top word is Accelerator so I'm going to guess that it's the manual throttle used to set the engine's speed when the power take off (PTO) is engaged. Probably used to run the ladder hydraulics and water pump.

 

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Orin

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Hello Valicaddy-

Do you have any information about this vehicle(or others like it) that appear abandoned in regards to

how they may have been used (military,municipal,or?). Here in the US, old military vehicles that eventually

find theirselves in civilian service are surplused out ,first into other government agencies (US Forrestry,etc) and later local state agencies such as town fire departments,etc.

I always find the 'path' of thse vehicles into civilain hands interesting....

 

Sam in Indiana

 

'03 G/U

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Hello Valicaddy-

Do you have any information about this vehicle(or others like it) that appear abandoned in regards to

how they may have been used (military,municipal,or?). Here in the US, old military vehicles that eventually

find theirselves in civilian service are surplused out ,first into other government agencies (US Forrestry,etc) and later local state agencies such as town fire departments,etc.

I always find the 'path' of thse vehicles into civilain hands interesting....

 

Sam in Indiana

 

'03 G/U

Hi Sam

This type of vehicles came in Romania when they were new and went into service for different purposes. Many ZIL 157, 131 for instance went directly into the army, they were rarely used for exercises and now they are sold in public auctions. (Not necesarily to go to municipal use or something else). Soetimes the army converted some trucks with diesel engines, without losing their 6x6 capabilities. A lot of romanian V8 petrol engines were replaced this way. This particular one seems to have the original 6 inline 5,5L petrol engine in place.

If an item will not find a customer after two auctions, than you can directly negociate with the army the price of the object and buy it without problems. Usually the final price will be: 5,5 tones of iron or x$ per kilo, equals... let's say 1000 euros for a truck like this one. (plus the commanding officer's share..). With the difference that from the army you will find vehicles with less than 5000km on the odometer, in perfect condition, always kept oiled and greased and without traces of rust...

Other vehicles left the important cities (municipal use) and went "to serve" in the country side when they becamed older, also from one government agency to another one, until they are scrapped.

This red truck was used until 2004-5 as the small mark on the windshield indicates by the Civil Fire Department from a small, old, beautiful and well known resort in SW of the country. When I'll go back there, if I will have time, I will ask what are they going to do with it.

I don't know if this one was always used by this particular Fire Department or not.

Vali

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Heres a pic of a bunch of those trucks.

 

Unfortunately they are highly radioactive since they were used to fight the fire at Chernobyl. they are stored in a field outside prypiat 8 km's from the reactor.

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There are a lot of such truks near airbases, probably should have been used for a quick dislocation in case of war, a more modern "flying circus". Probably bought new from the USSR, along with Migs. The ones I've seen look like the fire truck, sitting for years, hundreds of them, big powerfull machines. I would like to see one of them in the condition described by Vali, he has more info.

 

The Romanian army has its own good truck, Brasov produced 4x4,6x6,8x8 very capable all terrain, won the Dakar a few years ago. And it's cheaper to use.

 

Another truck is the Kraz, built in Cremenchug, Ukraine, in use as bus tow in Bucharest today, it's a very nostalgic sight, a 60L/100km big machine, tires tall as a normal car. I allways salute the drivers, they seem to know they are driving a mamouth, and are proud of it.

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Translation is done in the clock wise direction.

Accelerator, Extend, Decrease, Do not spin the wheel ladder with incline of 20 degrees, left, right, Lower, Raise.

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These trucks, ex USSR, are becoming very popular in the West. I am finding more and more dealers that sell them.

http://www.tanksforsale.co.uk/Tanks_Trucks...ps_for_sale.htm

Growing up in USSR, I remember seeing all kinds of these hard workers. Of course all of the trucks were designed with military capabilities in mind and it was rare to see these monsters in the civilian clothes - unless of course you lived in the tough climates or worked on heroic Socialist Construction sites like Siberian railroad. I am blessed with having my dad and grand dad serving in the army when I was there, so I got to sit and play, with an occasional ride, in most of the military vehicles the USSR had at that time. My dad would often skip the trip to the day care and just take me along with him to the base. There I would be in the hands of the 2nd (final) year conscripts and would roam around with the lucky guys who got to be a babysitters for the day. My father was a military engineer and built many various military installations so I got to see lots of those trucks and bulldozers in action. I love those days and miss it so much. I wish I had a better memory of it and took photos! But those photos would probably have my family relocated to Siberia then USA :)

If you want to see the Ural trucks in action, watch the Long Way Around – a motorcycle video diary of an actor Ewan McGregor and his friend who went across the world, through Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Mongolia, Russia again and finished in NYC on BMW bikes. It’s interesting and entertaining. Funny how they had a large crew following them and then you read internet blogs about guys doing it solo with no translators, support crew, not much money and resources. But still, it’s an interesting documentary. I am sure you would enjoy it.

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Translation is done in the clock wise direction.

Accelerator, Extend, Decrease, Do not spin the wheel ladder with incline of 20 degrees, left, right, Lower, Raise.

Thanks!

 

I would like to see one of them in the condition described by Vali
It will be harder and harder, they scrap them every day.. I wish I had enough money (and the amount is not big) to buy two of them with the complete spare parts set.. :thumbsup!:
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