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    Posted: 26 Oct 14 at 10:56
NEWS IN AUTO HOUSE
10/8/2014
And he runs and runs and runs
With the LT40 to the northernmost point of mainland Europe street

After over 20 years in the fire service this was LT 40 wheel of DR Josef Gasch from Hochwolkersdorf in the Hunchback world rebuilt with painstaking work on a mobile camping. In addition to a high roof and numerous reconstructions in the interior of the Allradtantrieb also been modified (new transfer case).

This lovingly restored vehicle Dr Gasch reached this year in summer the northernmost point of mainland Europe's road: the lighthouse Slettens in Norway, 3.360km away from home.

We wish Dr Gasch much joy with his vehicle and as many accident-free adventure trips.




I am not ready to to 2000 miles from home yet, but fair play, and in a Fire-EngineThumbs Up

Dodgy Google German translation just makes it funny.


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Yep (wish the like button was easier to hit on here !)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote snappa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Nov 14 at 20:57
WOW what a roadtrip, wonder if he took the missus ? we should get Dr Josef in the Yard & find out more bout his red engine !
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Originally posted by snappa snappa wrote:

WOW what a roadtrip, wonder if he took the missus ? we should get Dr Josef in the Yard & find out more bout his red engine !

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Hi,

i'm pleased about your interest in my car and the journey this year!

So at first, I will introduce myself in this forum. Please, bear with my not always perfect 
English Embarrassed, dont't hesitate to ask if I use inappropriate/unclear terms.

I live in eastern Austria near Wiener Neustadt. I am a LT1 User since 1986. This was an 4x2 LT40 
1981 Diesel (CP), wich I used since 2012 with no major problems.

With this car I made numerous trips across Europe; e.g. to Spain, France, Scandinavia.
Another use was heavy transport of house construction material.

Then, in 2012 I found my current one, a 1985 LT 40 4x4 Turbodiesel (DV). This is a former fire engine, a so called KLFA (small fire engine, all-wheel-drive) for a fire-fighting squad of 8 persons.

This type is still in regular fire-fighting use in Austria in a considerable number (30-50 in my 
estimation) but will be phasing out in the next few years. Most of them have petrol engines but
some with (Turbo-) diesel also exists.

At first, i had to change the administrative approvals:
+ reduction of the gross vehicle weight from 4.4t to 3.5t
+ the firemen-seats in the passenger compartment are not permitted for civil use because missing seat belts. So I had to remove them and mount a bench seat from the Crafter with integrated safety belts to achieve the (re-)approval of 4 seats including the front seats.
+ Dismounting of fire horn and blue lights
+ Change of type "special vehicle" to "passenger car" (M1G)

After gaining approval, I made further conversions:
Almost all fire engines have the low sheet metal roof, which is very uncomfortable for continuant
use in traveling. So I removed most of the metal roof (with exception over the drivers 
compartment and around the upper frame). Then I removed the GFK high roof and the hoops (hope this is the term Wink) from the donor vehicle, a 85 LT40 4x2.
Then I mount the roof on my car by welding the hoops and bond the roof with "Siikaflex 252UV".

Another Conversion was the replacement of the original transfer case NP208 with a NP242 from the jeep cherokee. The advantage is addition of a permanent 4WD-mode, which can also be used on hard surface.
If you are interested in pictures of the car, I posted several pics in the German LT-Friends -
Forum under the same nickname, e.g. in this thread:
http://www.lt-freunde.de/forum/viewtopic.php?f=95&t=9349#p50607

In 2013 I was ready to start the first longer journey - at least I thought so.
Unfortunately, after the fist 1000 miles there were air bubbles in the coolant, so I turned back. 

After removal, we saw the the whole disaster - fissures in the cylinder head despite the low mileage of less than 18k miles!
Obviously the firemen manhandled the engine!

After replacement of the head I started a first test drive this year in upper Italy, traversing more than 20 mountain pass roads (Very impressive landscapes!).
As there were no problems I started a new try for a round-trip to Scandinavia. This time, all was going well, the LT made the 9000km (5600 miles?) without any problem! 

If you are interested in pictures of the Journey, I could give you a link to a short travel report, presently in german, but I could translate it.

Best greetings from Lower Austria, Josef



Edited by Waldfahrer - 08 Nov 14 at 10:53
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Welcome JosefBeerHandshake

Your English is considerably better than any German we could manage, so thank you for the effort.

I am sure we would love to see the journey too, and your translation, if not too much, will be better than Google which makes LT-Freunde a trial to read.

Our generous benefactors, Brickwerks, have a swear filter with which they have some fun, changing ordinary terms into something else. The adhesive you used, 252UV for instance.
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Welcome along! Interesting to read your story and don't worry about your language - it's better than some English speakers I know.

I guess that the cracks in the cylinder head are a good reminder to always let the engine warm up before giving full throttle...probably not usually possible when used as a fire engine!
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Thank you for the friendly welcome!

I currently work on the translation of the travellog, coming soonSmile

Mat, i also think so, additionally the fire station was on top of a hill, so it could have been, that the driver(s) often stop the hot engine without give time to cool down in idle running.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote LTCamper89 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Nov 14 at 16:56
Thank you for your effort Josef, fantastic trip.

?How did you manage the Trollstigen, apart from slowly?

Since you had already done the road in another LT40, ?Which engine did the earlier van have?


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Oh, Trillstigen is no problem to drive at all, even with my former LT40 with CP Engine (75 PS). Actually, Big Buses and even juggernauts can make it (see Youtube ;-).

More challenge I found in the upper Italy Alps, e.g. on Passo di Col di Caneva, with pretty narrow hairpin bends and gradient up to 18%.

This road is closed for motorhomes, but my LT is licensed as a "normal" passenger car, not least for this reasonTongue!

Passo di Col di Caneva, Italy

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Awesome. Thanks for being such an inspiration
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We were checking ferries from Newcastle today, believing that we could get to Stavanger. The only ones available are to Amsterdam now.Angry

My memory must be truly shot.
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