Yes they are straight axles, with leaf springs.
year of build is 2000, which is according to the workshop one of the better years.
The engine runs on petrol, reminds me very much of our old VW Beetle
So last week I went to Siberia to finally buy an UAZ 452 Buhanka.
We already searched the web but selecting a car from some pictures does not work.
As my flight was to Novosibirsk and I arrived early in the morning, we had chosen two interesting cars to look at in that city.
Unfortunately, we noticed that the cars looked much better on pictures than in realtiy.
The first had a lot of updates to the technology, such as the installation of power steering but the outside was rusted and had holes. So, we skipped this one.
We were looking for a decent bus and it should look good inside as well as outside as we take guests on our trips.
The second one I actually liked very much from the pictures, but as the car was not sold fast enough according to the owner, he started to use it to transport building materials for his house. So, in the meantime, it did not look like the pictures anymore. Too bad, but there is nothing to do about it.
So, we looked again on the internet, a car that actually didnt made the cut earlier due to the lack of seats came back in the picture. So we called the owner and made an appointment. This car looked good, no rust and no holes. A big roof rack and stairs on the backside, which are very interesting options for us.
The inside looked ok even though we were planning to do the inside again.
We could not find any problems at all, the cardanaxle tot he front was new and the engine ran well.
After some discussion, we decided to make an offer that was happily accepted.
We made a contract and the car was ours.
In the evening we drove back to Barnaul where our flat is. During the trip, we found one problem.
According to the car, I was driving about 85km/hr but my girlfriend wondered why I was driving so terribly slow. Only 60km/hr according to the Montero.
After thinking about it, the problem is due to the tyres, there are 205/75 / r15 mounted, which are actually for a Lada Niva or similar. After some calculation it turned out that these tires are definitely 6 cm too low.
IMG_0971 by Jaap van der Kooij, on Flickr
Tyres are quite new, so we will use them fort he trip in August, probably in spring we will replacet hem with 31”tyres.
Next day we didnt do much as I was a bit tired from travelling and running around the whole day chasing cars.
After that we start looking for more seats. Our plan is to put in 6 seats, 2 were included so we needed 4 more. After visiting some junkyards, we decided that was not the way to go , very dirty seats and not 4 the same of course. We visited a workshop specialised in another brand and they had reasonable nice seats but in het end we just bought some second hand original UAZ seats quite cheap.
We visited a shop specialized in UAZ were we bought new interior, sides and ceiling, and some plastic caps to cover some not nice parts. A new sidemirror for 200 rub and a new keylock to start and we could start with the built.
At 17:00 we could pick up the car from the workshop. We had a long talk with the owner of the workshop. Well, my friend talked tot he owner and translated bits and pieces for me, as my Russian is quite badly. Nevertheless we had a lot of fun. We also found out that a lot of locals like dit very much that some crazy dutch guy was driving an UAZ, we got discounts in several places even without asking for it.
First things first, so I made some pictures of the state we bought the car.
Our well equipped dashboard.
The reservoir is from the brake fluid, easy to check.
Seats are completely taken apart now, we bought a window for the roof, to get some more airflow in the car (it can be hot in Siberia too ) and to have some more light. We ordered some windows becasue the current ones are leaking.
The team in Siberia is working very hard to prepare the car.
We bought/ordered a lot of new parts. New covers for the seats, windows, plastic caps for the fuellines in the cabine, some extra fuses as there are almost none installed, isolation, sunshades, foam for the ceiling, and cover for the wall we will put between cabine and cargo part.
Our old, original windows were leaking, As we will replace the whole interior with a new one, we had to solve this first. The major part of the leakages were on the moving parts of the windows. After some searching we found very nice sliding windows.
First we removed all windows that should be replaced.
The ceiling is mounted for 90% now, while the rest will be done while mounting the sidepanels.
So, we started with this sidepanels. Although the model of this car is over 50 years old, it seems that every car is unique.
We have to customize every panel so it will fit properly.
All panels are mounted. In the meantime I started looking for other tyres. As I said before, the current tyres are reasonable young but have the wrong size.
We will choose between 31”/10.5/R15 or 215/90/R15, not much difference between them.
This is the difference between the current tyres and what we would like to have.