I seem to have aquired a Unimog !
You know those things that you want but don't need, well I am pretty sure that my new Unimog falls into that category.
I bumped into the factor of the neighbouring estate whilst driving through the forest in the Pinz. He was quite impressed with the Pinz and said if I liked that sort of thing I should take a look at his 'fire engine'. I took a drive over the hill and was quite surprised to discover that his fire engine was actually a Unimog with a big tank and a pump on the back.
He said that it had not been used in anger for about five years and he was thinking about selling it. A few whiskys later and I found myself the slightly bewildered owner of a Unimog. It fired up first time and I drove it over the hill through the forest back to my house. Everything appeared to be working fine until I approached the steading to park it and for some reason the brakes no longer worked and I 'parked it' in the wall. Damage to Unimog zero, damage to steading football sized hole in the wall. The Mog is currently parked in front of the hole to hide it from my wife !
It evidently needs a bit of TLC but I think it will be a lot of fun, my son has already asked if I can take him to school in it .
I have nothing by admiration for you! I suspect that a bunch of flowers and a cringy evening at the opera-type of thing will also not suffice to keep your better half from putting you into the proverbial dog house. Well done anyway: time will (have to) heal all!
The Unimog has been on my DEFINITELY don't need, but DEFINITELY want list for a number of years......one fine day! I would be very interested to hear your views on how it compares to the Pinz off road. I imagine that in the bog it will be better simply because of the tractor-like wheels/tyres and ground clearance, but down/up twisty scree tracks with plenty of larger rocks I'm not so sure. When you get the brakes (and wall) fixed, please let us know what you think.
I like. I like a lot. With that snorkel, the fording depth must be impressive......
Extra handy - our local brewery sells at a BIG discount if you buy and collect draught in bulk !!
That is big mog. Welcome to the club. The MB club said an orange 411 failed to sell at the auction between Perth and Dundee last month.. maybe one to fit betwix your pair?
My mogs.. well 406 with no cab/engine and a donor with running engine... well no claims that they can punch holes in walls.. I guess the donor does move and has no brakes (or electrics) but with mogs you can go so slow that it has to be a very fast wall to catch it :-) I do have a nice winch to mount somewhere but it is hydraulic and an unknown quantity.. I think it is big drum/moderate pull for pulling cables onto electric pylons... oh and a set of floatation tyres but they are on 406 rims and you are another bolt pattern size up with an SBU. Wide tyres are good for spreading the load but you lose the ability to climb as your surface pressure is so low.
Best English (Americanese) site is http://www.benzworld.org/forums/unimog/ presuming that your German is not up to the motherland's site. http://www.unimog-community.de DXMedia on Benzworld is another Scot and also has an SBU .. he is a handy spannerman by his accounts .. so maybe of good help but I think he is down Glasgow end of central belt from posts.
Wonderful bit of kit...you were doing well till you mentioned Karcher. Moving on swiftly....I look forward to your fording experiments!
From the depths of my memories I (probably incorrectly) seem to remember that Rannoch School ran a mini fire brigade and had something similar, are you anywhere near them?
The brakes evolved with mogs..
Original 411 was same as car brakes but no servo.. all under bonnet
By 406 they had added an air power servo (like a vacuum car one but ran on pressure not vacuum).. all under bonnet
By 1974 all were on discs for 406/SBU.
.. then they changed to a remote master cylinder and air servo under the floor of the cab.. with only the air valve under the bonnet.. might have been a 1974 thing too.. not sure.
.. and much later they went to pure air with brakes that need pushed off by the air pressure ...like an HGV.
So yours would likely be either with remote servo under the passengers bum .. or full air
Full air will have the air bags at each wheel which are outisde/at back of the wheel not the standard car like flexi rubber hoses + car like calipers on your discs.
So make sure you have air... check for air bags at wheels .. then check for fluid ..
Your new obsession is completely understandable......keep posting........(with thanks!)
A lovely little Mog !
This is a little Mog.. that is a fair sized Mog that BigBlock has .. well you might see your feet in the footwell!
Shameless steal from USA benzworld (Bill Caid U1300 and 411)