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« on: June 07, 2011, 06:39:35 pm »

I have dreamed of owning one for years. I was wondering if it would be a viable option for a street vehicle as It would be my only vehicle for a while.
My requirements are:
-Operable, any issues easily reparable with the plethera of spare parts floating around. It has to be running.
-That doesn't mean when you start the engine on the 15th try, it spews black smoke and can be driven downhill only, it has to be USABLE.
-Inexpensive, I dont want to be taking anybody's prized possesion along with the high price tag for sentimental value.
-I'd prefer a Soviet or newer Russian made vehicle, but if its a UAZ made to communist standards, I'll take a look.


Any links to UAZ's or leads will be much appreciated. Spasiba!
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« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2011, 09:43:07 pm »

On that note, if anyone has a running Trabi for sale for under $1000, I'd become quite interested.
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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2011, 10:23:24 pm »

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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2011, 01:34:31 am »

I would just paint a giant red star and some progressive propaganda on any car if I were you.
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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2011, 04:34:45 am »

You really do not want a UAZ as a primary vehicle.

They are really fun as a hobby vehicle but not that ideal for a daily driver given the difficulty in getting parts.  (you can of course get them, but it always takes WEEKS for the parts to arrive).  They are not particularly reliable, Brett probably works on his for about an hour to every 3 hours spent driving.  They are not suitable for highway speeds (Brett, how fast does that thing even go?  I am thinking it‚Äôs about a 80km/hr if I remember right?)

For a hobby machine, all this stuff is 100% manageable but if you are relying on it to get you to work, you will be a sad fellow indeed. 

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« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2011, 05:43:59 am »

http://www.uaz.ru/eng/models/hunter/

The current , up to Euro spec, production model of the UAZ  Wink
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« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2011, 06:14:51 am »

First - to get a UAZ in the US it will be at least 25 years old.

Second - as Swayze said - they tend to be well used by the time you get them.  With regular Military maintenance schedules and dedicated mechanics they are great. And compared to what a commercial vehicle would be like if put through what military vehicles go through it is pretty rugged.

They are in no way fuel efficient and they are not very fast.  ~50mph is about all I would feel safe driving them - though they are supposedly capable of ~60mph - but man that would be scary and probably really unsafe - not to mention it would vibrate your teeth out!

One plus is that if you have the parts, the tools and a littel bit of mechanical knowledge they are easier to work on than most Western cars made after 1960.  This is mostly because they are so basic and are more like a tractor than a road vehicle.

So basically - get a modern street car and then if you want to ahve a hobby toy - get a UAZ.

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« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2011, 08:35:43 am »

Thats what I thought. Itd be my only for a short time though. Hmm.....how can I get a Hunter??! And it still wouldnt have the correct emissions right?
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« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2011, 09:18:25 am »

I remember somewhere a fellow asked what is the real cost of a deuce (M35A2) and not just the purchase price.  My favorite reply was: "The price to buy the truck, plus the price to buy a regular civilian car.... that you use to drive to the parts store when the truck is broken.
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« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2011, 09:25:07 am »

Thats what I thought. Itd be my only for a short time though. Hmm.....how can I get a Hunter??! And it still wouldnt have the correct emissions right?

Legally you cannot get a Hunter in the US.

It does not meet DOT safety standards nor EPA emission standards - and is not old enough to be exempt.

There was a company some years ago that looked into having the factory in Ulyanovsky make some up to US standards or import them into some SA country and retrofit them - neither turned out to be profitable enough and they dropped the plan.

Really - there is not a 'cheap' option with any of these types of vehicles.  Maybe in Eastern Europe where parts and knowledge of them is prevalent but even there they are not the preffered choice.
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« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2011, 10:17:57 am »

That's strange , because in this article it states that the original UAZ was discontinued due to emmision standards , but the Hunter was introduced up to new standards?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UAZ-469

No matter, I could probably get one here if I wanted to... really lax laws on emmisions here, there's still a lot of cars from the 80's and early 90's driving around  Grin
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wag
die grom van pantsers in die verte
die koue wind wat waai met, sneeu in die lug
daar is 'n oorlog aan die gang
en ons veg dit
skielik is ek
wakker
ek kon sweer die jaar was 1980
maar toe was dit maar net die gevoel van die Ooste-Wind wat waai.
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« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2011, 05:35:17 pm »

Go to Angola and find a UAZ.  Grin
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« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2011, 05:48:35 am »

Go to Angola and find a UAZ.  Grin

I'l have to put that on my list... though it will be kind of hard to find one without bulletholes  Grin
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wag
die grom van pantsers in die verte
die koue wind wat waai met, sneeu in die lug
daar is 'n oorlog aan die gang
en ons veg dit
skielik is ek
wakker
ek kon sweer die jaar was 1980
maar toe was dit maar net die gevoel van die Ooste-Wind wat waai.
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« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2011, 05:55:31 am »

Bullet holes are milsim.
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« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2011, 06:09:49 am »

Bullet holes are milsim.

Including the shot up engine?   Roll Eyes 

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êrens in 'n veld lê soldate en
wag
die grom van pantsers in die verte
die koue wind wat waai met, sneeu in die lug
daar is 'n oorlog aan die gang
en ons veg dit
skielik is ek
wakker
ek kon sweer die jaar was 1980
maar toe was dit maar net die gevoel van die Ooste-Wind wat waai.
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