The muscles of the world. Why, after 70 years, a descendant of the Land Rover Series I got an aluminum body again? (part 2)
Computer and aluminum are power! How to combine the strength and rigidity of the frame with the characteristics of the supporting body? It was here that engineers, along with the…

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One hundred and forty-one: compare AZLK-2141 and Audi 100 C2 (part 1)
AZLK-2141 - Moskvich, who never became Aleko, but remained forever “forty-first”. This is the first (and, in fact, the last) serial front-wheel drive car of the Lenin Komsomol Automobile Plant,…

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How to pump 10 wheels using a “bucket”: BERKUT Spec-2M test
The ancient tradition of the auto mechanics league requires that you send an inexperienced “salag” for compression, handing him a bucket. However, a bearded joke can be adequately answered by…

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But it’s cheap to repair: is it worth buying Lada Kalina for 300 thousand rubles

Already at the moment of reading the title, the opinions of readers are probably divided into at least three streams. A third already instinctively replies “it’s not worth it, this is a VAZ”, another third exclaims “for three hundred ?!”, and the rest thoughtfully props their heads with their hands and thinks: “for three hundred – alive, yes with a gun, yes with air conditioning, why not?” . As a matter of fact, we do not set ourselves the goal of convincing the first or convincing the second – unless to help the third. After all, our colleagues from Avito Auto suggest that among the conditional second generation cars that appeared in 2013, there really are options with a real automatic transmission, and if you do not concentrate on it, then the breadth of choice promises the right opportunity to find a living car for 300 thousand. to be prepared, what you need to pay attention to, and what can you just close your eyes to? Continue reading

What did the Soviet general secretaries ride: from Ilyich to Sergeyich

The leaders of the new proletarian state were first taken on a rich inheritance left over from the old regime. Mostly in cars from the Imperial Garage or requisitioned by industrialists, merchants and intelligentsia. Chairman of the Council of People’s Commissars V.I. Lenin, N.K. Krupskaya and sister of the leader M.I. Ulyanov in Renault 40 CV with a huge 6-cylinder 7.5-liter engine, 1918
In 1921, for the leaders of the socialist state, they bought the first few brand new British Silver Spirits with the full name Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost. One of the cars was redone according to a scheme developed by the head of the royal garage, Frenchman Adolf Kegress, who left Russia after the revolution. On a semi-tracked 75-horsepower Rolls-Royce in winter, Lenin was taken from Gorki in the last years of his life. Continue reading

Dangerous filters: how to distinguish a fake from the original? (part 2)

Purely theoretically, the size of the oil filter is unimportant. The main thing that came up on the thread and landing surface. But there are much more important characteristics. For example, the pressure at which the bypass valve will operate is important. We will not fall into the abyss of filtering and confine ourselves to the conclusion that it is wrong to select filters according to thread and seat.

It is only necessary to install what is prescribed by the manufacturer. And if the filter is made poorly, then the consequences can be very diverse. In the worst case, it is simply squeezed out and the oil flows out into the street. Here, however, a motor stop after the oil pressure lamp comes on can save (and even then not always). But, for example, if the spring of the bypass valve for some reason was not strong enough, then you can drive with an actually idle filter in oil that does not pass the cleaning, and not even know about it. Continue reading

What did the Soviet general secretaries ride: from Ilyich to Sergeyich
The leaders of the new proletarian state were first taken on a rich inheritance left over from the old regime. Mostly in cars from the Imperial Garage or requisitioned by…

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Like a Niva, it’s only better: is it worth buying a Toyota RAV4 II for 500 thousand rubles (part 2)
However, those who want a crossover with an automatic transmission will also not be disappointed: this is an old and four-stage, but delightfully reliable Aisin U140. Given in addition that…

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Dangerous consumables: what is the difference between fake brake discs and pads from the original (part 1)
A motorist who saves money on the brakes of his car does not want to live for sure. Maybe he even wants to kill someone. This, of course, is a…

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Two in one: buy a Honda Civic VIII for 460 thousand (part 2)
Hard but breathing The next car is an illustration of how neither the Civic nor any other car in the aftermarket should be. So, the most expensive instance for 480…

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