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Jacques

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« on: August 19, 2011, 12:45:05 AM »






Sjak Brak2011-08-19 05:47:51
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« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2011, 12:33:05 PM »

O and forgot to mention, its my next project 

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« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2011, 12:52:41 PM »

So what are you going to do to her? Restore or rod?
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« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2011, 01:26:40 PM »



What is it?
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« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2011, 11:18:16 PM »


Not sure what I'm going to do... first have to make some room in the garage. Of course some stuff will need to be done anyway, like re-wiring, door/body-rubbers etc.

Have lots of idea's, but the best is maybe to make it a sleeper.

@ Steve: Gaz M-21 Volga, probably not somethin you see daily. The model ran from 55 till 70, and was originally equipped with an aluminum L4 OHV, and the KGB-version had an aluminum V8.






Although it may remind you of the news from a few years back:



Sjak Brak2011-08-20 04:23:53
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« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2011, 03:52:34 AM »



Paint it black and tint the windows.  Always wear sun glasses when driving it
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« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2011, 07:10:39 AM »

Put flames on it, which was kind of a realistic look of a Volga.
 
Small block Mopar would be enough to make her a real sleeper.
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« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2011, 08:21:37 AM »



 Better make that a stroker small block.  LOL
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« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2011, 09:44:28 AM »

Can't be that heavy what with a 4 cylinder engine in most of them, weights about as much as a Charger, around 3600lbs, 26 second quarters with the 4 cylinder engine! Said to be pretty tough cars overall, little bit more of a top of the line car than I thought.
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« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2011, 10:05:57 AM »


Its comparable in size to early/mid-fifties ford/chevs.

Weight is some 1450kg with the alu 4-banger, thats about 3200lbs. The KGB-version had heavier suspension and alu V8. The unibody and subframes look very sturdy for the size of te car, and the sheemetal is pretty heavy as well. But since they had to be able to handle the environment of all corners of the USSR, they are built pretty strong, and very simple mechanics in order to be less dependent on skilled technicians for maintenance and repairs. There's actually a lot of funny details on this car that you wont find on western cars of that era. And of course more ground clearance and suspension travel. Or original compression ratio is in the 7-range because it would have to run on 76-octane.

In Soviet-days, the Volgas were too expensive for most private owners. Most were for higher officers or party members, or taxis in the main cities. Head- and legroom is very good, also on the backseat.

And nowadays, they are becoming valued collector cars. Its predecessor, the M-20 Pobeda already is, and the Czech Tatra's are already expensive for decades.

I first met a Volga at a used car-lot in Hungary, a year and a half ago. From then on, I knew I had to have one. Its not especially pretty, but its charismatic :)

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« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2011, 01:38:07 PM »



Simple is good.   Hey I know where there are a few Brand New Hugo's for sale
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« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2011, 04:46:42 PM »

I like it.  It kind of has a 63 dodge front look to it, and a mid 50's desoto at the back.  I think it will be a neat car.





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« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2011, 05:14:59 AM »

Congrats on the new project Sjak!! Looks like a '55 Ford
speedometer.  Always liked bigger Russian cars due to my love of
Packards, only big Party Honcho's had them, very few were in private
hands. The even bigger V-8 ZIL/ZIS 111 and Chaikas were close copies of
Packards.  Vlad Putin is supposedly a car collector and he has a
GAZ like yours, the one he's shown in there with Shrub. 

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« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2011, 07:27:29 AM »

Before WW-II, Gaz had some co-operation with Ford (and to a certain extend, one might consider old Henry as a sort of communist as well...). Probably this explains the similarities. Also some differences of course: unibody construction, no yearly styling updates or new gadgetry in  order to tickle sales, and the gound clearance is adapted to the rough terrain in the more remote parts of Russia.



This was my first sighting of a Volga. The grill somehow remotely reminded me of post-war Buicks.



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