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GAZ-AA: a national pride

GAZ-AA: a national pride

31.08.2015
Since the mass production (1932-1950) the truck Gaz-АА was the most popular truck in the USSR. The history of the GAZ plant started with this model.

Since the mass production (1932-1950) the truck Gaz-АА was the most popular truck in the USSR. The history of the GAZ plant started with this model.In the 40s during the war this vehicle was used to deliver bread to Leningrad.

In the late 20s the truck Ford-AA was released by Henry Ford in the USA. Soon after Gorky Automobile Plant bought the licence and began production of the GAZ-AA in Russia. There are a few differences from the American version in design:for example, the air filter which was absent in the Ford, another carburetor,a reinforced clutch. In fact, it’s a copy of the Ford-AA with minor modifications.

In front of us is a restored vehicle in top configuration. Thanks to the old-fashioned wings integrated with door step, the vehicle looks wider. But the cabin is very narrow and cramp actually. But the wings are associated with passenger cars of that time.

Under the bonnet there was installed a four-cylinder engine, 40 hp, 3.3 litres. In this vehicle there is GAZ-MM engine, 50 hp. The spark plugs on these engines were equipped with metal plates, high-voltage wires were absent.

The truck became famous for a terrible quality of assembly. But thanks to the simple design most vehicles were in good order.

In the GAZ-AA the brakes are just terrible. To be more precise, they are practically absent. In most models only the rear axle had brakes. In times of the war all models were like this. Fortunately, they were only driven at an average speed of 30 km/h. Most times they used a handbrake to stop. By the way, the maximum speed of this vehicle is 70 km/h.

The cabin is cramped. The driver has nowhere to put his left leg. The dashboard’s unusual. The remaining fuel is displayed as a float and the speedometer is a spinning drum.

The truck is very difficult to steer. In order to steer the wheel, you have to make an effort. The suspension is something! If you ever drive this truck, you’ll have an unforgettable ride. It jolts so it’s hard to sit still.

In fact, the GAZ-AA became obsolete in the early 40-s. even in those days the cars were much better. But it’s impossible not to respect this soviet vehicle. In a way, it is a true hero of the war and to some extent led to the victory.

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