It looks like you’ll need a 4X4 or rear wheel drive car, so Trabis are out, but it looks like I have another reason to buy another Lada Niva… I knew I shouldn’t have got rid of the old one!
1. Drive on to chassis.
2. Remove wheels and drop car frame onto tank chassis.
3. Remove tie-rods from front hubs and attach to dual skid steer brake master cylinders.
4. Remove car drive shaft and install tank drive shaft from car transmission to tank rear axle.
I just had a ‘Christine’ moment… you know, Arnie Cunningham has bought Christine and has started to restore her. He puts brand new chrome windscreen wipers on her… but the windscreen is still cracked!
I have no idea what happened to the towbar on the car, it looks like it has been cut and ripped off! I just bought this off ebay:
and it turned up on the doorstep this morning. Its a shame the car isn’t running at the moment.
Fancy a wintery Trabant themed wallpaper for your PC (or Mac )? How about one with a calendar on it as well?
Click HERE for the full sized wallpaper.
Fritz Schneider and his wife got married in Iasi, Romania… nothing extraordinary about that I hear you say. According to Fritz, a Romanian tradition is for the wedding guests to have a wedding parade of cars, bedecked with flowers and decorations. Fritx and his wife are both Trabant fans so they invited everyone they knew with a Trabant to their wedding… resulting in a 22 Trabant strong procession through the city. The parade made it on to local and national Romanian news!
Click above for the antena1.ro page and watch the news item.
Fritz and his wife are planning a Trabant themed bar/cafe, all of us in the workshop of Peasant Tuning are looking forward to seeing pictures of that when its finished!
Seeing as it was 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall yesterday, I thought today’s image from Flickr should start with this one, taken by David Harding in 1991, of an abandoned Trabi next to the Berlin Wall. I remember this being a common sight when I visited Berlin in 1990.
More after the jump
This was posted on the ifa-club yahoo group the other day.
A two part documentary of Trabant production in 1965.
More coverage of the Trabant NT… this time from euromaxx TV. I have edited the euromaxx video down to just the feature on the Tarbi…
I’ve found some video of ‘Concept Development Footage’, although it does just appear to be a couple of guys bolting it together. It is of vague interest, but it does drag on somewhat… its not very exciting… sorry.
A Trabant 601 which in the past has been pushed into a high flowing river, possibly by thugs (or a disgruntled owner) and because these cars are mostly made from Duraplast it has been carried down river and finally coming to a stop against two old wooden pillars where it has sat ever since. The car has since been vandalised, it has had its windows smashed and various parts have been taken, its even been sitting that long you can see the water mark on the sides of the car as the river has been rising and falling and the front wheels have sunk into the mud. There are even spider webs on the rear and passenger window and an old log which is trapped against the passenger side…
Thanks to ‘aardvark64′ on the IFA Club forum for the heads up!