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    Thread: Volvo C303: Swedish Unimog? (Ebay find)

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      10-29-2009 09:10 AM #1
      http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors...245f6

      Wasn't aware these existed...looks pretty badass to me. Any info/experience please share

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      10-29-2009 09:58 AM #2
      I have wanted one for a long time. You pretty much hit the nail on the head with your description, although they aren't as common as unimogs because they did not make as many (they were miltary vehicles whereas unimogs were produced for industrial/agricultural use as well) and therefore vehicles and parts are harder tofind. Check out real4x4.com and xtremevehicles.com for more
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    3. 10-29-2009 09:58 AM #3
      Have fun finding parts for it .

      Most delete the volvo motor and go with a US made motor and tranny .

      Also change over from 24volt to 12volt.

      Its a very cool vehicale just if you stay with everything stock not many people know anything about them , the only other one I knwo thats in the US is at a Volvo Dealer in NJ it sits in there body shop and has a V8 in it .


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      10-29-2009 10:13 AM #4
      dont forget the land rover forward control:



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      10-29-2009 10:58 AM #5
      the C303's got portal axles too. pretty awesome.

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      10-29-2009 12:11 PM #6
      i love those things, but would want the smaller c202

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      10-29-2009 12:13 PM #7
      Awesome

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      10-29-2009 12:21 PM #8

      I though it was going to be a thread about a change to the C30!

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      10-29-2009 12:21 PM #9
      Quote, originally posted by morecarsthanbrains »
      dont forget the land rover forward control ........

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      10-29-2009 12:24 PM #10
      Quote, originally posted by WOT »
      the C303's got portal axles too. pretty awesome.

      Never heard of portal axles, what are they/what is their advantage?


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      10-29-2009 12:27 PM #11
      Quote, originally posted by BTM »

      Never heard of portal axles, what are they/what is their advantage?

      instead of the axle bolting to a hub in the center on the wheel, it bolts to a gear above the centerline of the wheel, which in turn turns a gear that is bolted to the hub on the centerline. This allows additional ground clearance (because normal axles limit you to at the most, half the diameter of the tire) as well as additional gearing reductions at the hub.

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      10-29-2009 12:30 PM #12
      ^ Sounds like a maintenance nightmare.
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    13. 11-04-2009 10:27 PM #13
      Quote, originally posted by Big Morgan »
      ^ Sounds like a maintenance nightmare.

      Pretty simple and bulletproof.


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      11-04-2009 10:29 PM #14
      Quote, originally posted by Big Morgan »
      ^ Sounds like a maintenance nightmare.

      it actually allows much smaller (and lighter) drivetrain components (transmission, transfer case, axles shafts, etc) everywhere else because of the torque multiplication at the hub.

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      11-04-2009 10:47 PM #15
      from the unimog thread... portal axles..





      Modified by marked001 at 10:48 PM 11-4-2009


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      11-04-2009 10:53 PM #16
      Quote, originally posted by morecarsthanbrains »
      dont forget the land rover forward control

      My Dad had a friend that had a few of those. They were made in South Africa weren't they?


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      11-04-2009 11:14 PM #17
      My father-in-law has a C202 as seen in this video. It's pretty capable off-road.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4RrEiCMXho

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      11-05-2009 01:03 AM #18
      Quote, originally posted by Big Morgan »
      ^ Sounds like a maintenance nightmare.

      The Hummer H1's got portal axles plus IFS/IRS and yet it seems to hold up quite well in service.


    19. 11-05-2009 02:16 AM #19
      This thing is only like 20 minutes from me, and when I move in 2 weeks will only be in the next city away. I want so bad.

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      11-05-2009 02:41 AM #20
      The early models were called "Valp" which means "puppy".
      Later civilian versions were called "Laplanders" and built in Hungary to a lower standard.
      They are not very big; at least the early Valp I saw up close; like a Jeep chassis with a Microbus body.
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      11-05-2009 09:56 AM #21
      Quote, originally posted by Chilled Man »
      the only other one I knwo thats in the US is at a Volvo Dealer in NJ it sits in there body shop and has a V8 in it .


      There is a guy near here that has two. I see him driving them around every once in a while.

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      11-05-2009 11:17 AM #22
      Quote, originally posted by Oval Baja »
      The early models were called "Valp" which means "puppy".
      Later civilian versions were called "Laplanders" and built in Hungary to a lower standard.
      They are not very big; at least the early Valp I saw up close; like a Jeep chassis with a Microbus body.

      the c202 laplanders are much smaller then the c303's

      Dave

    23. 11-05-2009 11:58 AM #23
      Quote, originally posted by rs4-380 »
      the c202 laplanders are much smaller then the c303's

      Dis tred neds moar pichurs.


    24. 11-05-2009 12:04 PM #24
      Quote, originally posted by 71DubBugBug »
      i love those things, but would want the smaller c202

      Quote, originally posted by rs4-380 »
      the c202 laplanders are much smaller then the c303's

      Dis tred neds moar pichurs.


    25. 11-05-2009 12:05 PM #25
      Quote, originally posted by BTM »
      Never heard of portal axles, what are they/what is their advantage?

      Quote, originally posted by 71DubBugBug »
      i love those things, but would want the smaller c202

      Quote, originally posted by rs4-380 »
      the c202 laplanders are much smaller then the c303's

      Dis tred neds moar pichurs.



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    27. 11-05-2009 12:46 PM #27

      Ay budi... dats a fayk picshur... jus wandte to letcha no.


    28. 11-05-2009 01:42 PM #28
      Speaking of LR Forward Cab's... I saw one last month in the Massai Mara:

      Very cool.


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