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Hello New Members => Introduce Yourself => Topic started by: Unimob on August 07, 2020, 11:23:08 am

Title: New Member
Post by: Unimob on August 07, 2020, 11:23:08 am
Hi all,   Frank here in Australia. Just got my Unimob U1700l ex ADF delivered today. Purchased from auction without being able to inspect it due to all the hoopla going on at the moment. Motor Mechanic for 40 years and now in Retail selling auto parts.  Plan to give it a good going over then hope to tow a caravan around Australia. If they don't open the borders by then I'll just drive straight through them! ;D    Hoping to get ideas, hints and tips from other members and also report on anything I find may be of help to other members.
Title: Re: New Member
Post by: 406steve on August 08, 2020, 05:57:31 pm
Hi frank. Let us know how you get on once you have had chance to give it a look over.
Title: Re: New Member
Post by: Unimob on August 08, 2020, 08:05:09 pm
Thanks 406 Steve, will do.
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Post by: moose on August 09, 2020, 07:30:41 pm
Welcome to the club frank 👍 the prices on the ex ADF Unimogs is unreal compared to euro prices Iíve seen a few winches for sale off those but the cost of transport is expensive to ship to Uk.
I would recommend changing your transmission oil to 75/90 sun as a lot of military Unimogs were filled with single grade oil for simplicity. Also find some 395/85r20 tyres and Hutchinson rims will make a massive difference to your Unimog
Lastly when you say caravan make sure you fit a cushioned tow ball as recommended my Mercedes your Unimog has very hard suspension on the rear and can break an a frame on a caravan.
Enjoy 👍
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Post by: Unimob on August 09, 2020, 09:06:47 pm
Thank you moose, yes the prices are quite reasonable i thought. Shipping is huge because of the weight of these things. I have  a lot of learning to do. Just gave it a quick once over on the weekend as I had other things to do around the house. I found loose bolts around the front left brake protector plate, wet roof lining. We have had a wet few days and i suspect the water is making its way in from the roof hatch mounting bolts. I've removed the roof lining and the backing board has suffered from water damage. I will keep it and use it as a template to make a new one. The motor starts up really easy but is a bit smokey with a strong diesely kind of smell. I'll start with draining the fuel and changing the fuel filters as there is am old service sticker on the windscreen that says the next service is due in April, 2018! I hope it is just stale fuel. A quick drive down the street had me struggling with the gear change. It seemed to be stuck in the 3-4 shift sector and then I was able to engage the 5-6 and then 7-8?  Still the 1-2 evades me. Not sure if the shift mechanism is sticking from lack of use or operator error. It is fitted with a rubber cushioned  pintle hook for towing and has air lines running to the rear of the truck for air trailer brakes I would say. A lot of learning to do on this new adventure. Thanks for any advice.
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Post by: moose on August 10, 2020, 09:44:54 am
Remember you can only select a gate at a time on your Unimog model you can not go from say 2 to five without going into 3 or 4 same with the others 4 to 5 can be stiff to select when cold itís a good sign because your going through a splitter and means the gearbox is nice and tight. I should change the gearbox oil whatever you fill it with make sure itís gl4 but like I said I recommend 75/90 sin.
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Post by: Unimob on August 10, 2020, 12:45:56 pm
Thanks Moose. I'll give it another go on the weekend. I work during the week and by the time I get home it's dark. I'll take your advice on the gear oil, thanks.
Title: Re: New Member
Post by: Villager on October 21, 2020, 01:08:34 pm
HI Frank,

welcome to the forum, feel free to start a build thread in the build threads area http://www.unimog.club/show-off-your-kit/, would love to see some pictures!

Cheers, Brian