The AK-47 of cars

The AK-47 of cars

Joined: January 15th, 2015, 10:43 am

October 11th, 2017, 6:38 pm #1

My car just had an engine overhaul today. Guess by Tinkers' Guild standards she is a toy car (as most standard size 4-bangers from this end of the world would be) but check it out... this is the best looking valve rocker arm from the engine (that concave worn part....well it is supposed to be a bump under normal circumstances lol)

Weird thing is, apart from being a bit jingly loud, she was running ok.

She is a Lada 2105-3, the pride of Soviet/Russian "have to survive under taiga conditions, comrades" engineering :D

https://imgur.com/Ftg90eU
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Joined: October 6th, 2014, 7:12 pm

October 11th, 2017, 9:52 pm #2

"For the grand prize of an '82 Lada, and four sets of jumper cables...."

(Granted, I want to see about bringing a Lada to one of the cheap-car endurance-racing series, just to see the looks on peoples' faces.... > )
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Joined: September 11th, 2014, 5:58 pm

October 11th, 2017, 10:17 pm #3

For those who know what they are built like, and what they will run with damaged/missing, the look would probably be "oh crap"
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Joined: September 19th, 2014, 6:28 am

October 12th, 2017, 12:29 am #4

My car just had an engine overhaul today. Guess by Tinkers' Guild standards she is a toy car (as most standard size 4-bangers from this end of the world would be) but check it out... this is the best looking valve rocker arm from the engine (that concave worn part....well it is supposed to be a bump under normal circumstances lol)

Weird thing is, apart from being a bit jingly loud, she was running ok.

She is a Lada 2105-3, the pride of Soviet/Russian "have to survive under taiga conditions, comrades" engineering :D

https://imgur.com/Ftg90eU
Belarus brand tractors have a similar reputation. I remember an account from an Australian over on the Heavy Equipment Forums say he bought a 5100 and expected it to burn out in a couple of years, but it turned out to be his most reliable tractor and still heavily uses it.

Ourselves, We have an 830 that was left on our farm when we moved in, and despite it leaking hydraulic oil as fast as we can pour it in and a blown head gasket that would boil the radiator dry, we could expect that tractor to start up with a boost and a sniff of ether, and not quit.

As long as you are a good mechanic or machinist, those machines will last a long time.
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Joined: September 26th, 2014, 3:22 am

October 12th, 2017, 7:27 am #5

Someone who uses a pipe wrench and mallet to perform a spark plug change might be "good" if there's 1500 klicks of taiga between the farm and the part depot. Assuming one could get parts in the USSR
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Joined: October 10th, 2014, 3:09 pm

October 12th, 2017, 11:34 am #6

My car just had an engine overhaul today. Guess by Tinkers' Guild standards she is a toy car (as most standard size 4-bangers from this end of the world would be) but check it out... this is the best looking valve rocker arm from the engine (that concave worn part....well it is supposed to be a bump under normal circumstances lol)

Weird thing is, apart from being a bit jingly loud, she was running ok.

She is a Lada 2105-3, the pride of Soviet/Russian "have to survive under taiga conditions, comrades" engineering :D

https://imgur.com/Ftg90eU
The Lada Riva is basically a licenced copy of the Fiat 124 and although the engine is Lada's own, it was designed for them by Fiat's Aurelio Lampredi, who designed the SOHC and DOHC Fiat engines. He'd previously worked for Ferrari, designing the 'big' (3L and up) V12 series.

Lada modified the 124 design in a number of ways. The ride height was raised by moving the suspension mounting points down. Great for poorly metalled Russian roads, but no so good for handling. They also used thicker gauge metal for the bodyshells. They didn't have Steel mills that could produce the high strength allys that Fiat used and the cars were a good bit heavier as a result. Some changes were a good idea, the rather troublesome read disc brakes of the Fiat 124 were replaced with generously large alloy drums with cast in Iron liners.
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Joined: November 17th, 2014, 11:09 am

October 12th, 2017, 1:24 pm #7

My car just had an engine overhaul today. Guess by Tinkers' Guild standards she is a toy car (as most standard size 4-bangers from this end of the world would be) but check it out... this is the best looking valve rocker arm from the engine (that concave worn part....well it is supposed to be a bump under normal circumstances lol)

Weird thing is, apart from being a bit jingly loud, she was running ok.

She is a Lada 2105-3, the pride of Soviet/Russian "have to survive under taiga conditions, comrades" engineering :D

https://imgur.com/Ftg90eU
He's got a 1975 (or so) Belarus 425.

Air-cooled engine(one less fluid to empty out when parking it in Siberia), and the engine is supposedly a clone of a German diesel, that they just lowered the working RPMs on and made more robust.
Permanent 4WD, and with a weird cog system on the front axle to increase the ground clearance. (They also added springs!)
The hydraulic works both ways, and is strong enough that if you put something under the arms at the back, and lower them, it'll lift the rear of the tractor. Handy when removing a wheel.
It came with enough spares and tools to last half a lifetime, too.
Because in Siberia Tractor repairs You...

The handbrake locks the driveshaft...

The ball-joints in the steering were slack. It just needed a couple of turns with a spanner to compress the lining.

He bought it used, and thought it felt a bit anemic, so had the seller come and take a look at it.
One of the pistons had a big hole in it. And it still ran...

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