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21k image of GAZ-42

Years of production: 1939 - [1942] - 1946. In 1942 the model has got simplified wings, cabin and only one headlight.
Overall amount produced: 33840 examples.
4x2 1200kg gas generator truck on firewood fuel.
63k photo of GAZ-42Engine: 30hp/2800rpm, 4-cyl, 3285cc
Bore/Stroke: 98.43/107.95 mm
Length: 5335mm, width: 2040mm, height: 1970mm
Wheelbase: 3340mm, clearance: 200mm
Gearbox: 4 speeds
Weight: 2050 kg
Maximal speed: 50 km/h
Tyres: 6.50-20 inches
Wood consumption: one charge is sufficient for 80km.
If you know anything of today existance of this truck, please let me know.
First 21k photo is from Chris Pitman's GAZ album, Woombye, Queensland, Australia.
Second 63k photo is from Lev Shugurov's book "Avtomobili Rossii i SSSR", Moscow, 1993.
Gas generator trucks were low power and speed, of difficult service and wake up, but under absence of petrol they became unsubstitutable in forest north regions. They were on long term service in wood-provider enterprises in 1950s and I hope somewhere in vast Russia somebody will find GAZ-42 yet. There were also coal consumpting GAZ. In the middle of 1980s I saw gas generator GAZ or its very good copy on repair base of Moscow Polytechnical Museum. But whether museum itself owned it or somebody used the base temporarily, this remained an enigma for me. In any case I no loger heard of any existant GAZ-42.
If you have to add, ask or correct me, you are welcome to write me by E-mail Contact. Andrei Bogomolov.
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Last updated 13 XI 1998.