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Never drove one or saw one in the flesh. Grew up around a lot of different vehicles but never anything Czech. Owned Unimogs since 1989 and they are different than most of what you see here in North America. I think gamble would be the right word, some people might say naive or worse. The truck was in very good shape except for one thing: It did not move at all when it arrived. It came over ro-ro and one of the stories I have heard (unconfirmed) is that they get the largest truck and use it to drag all the non-moving stuff off the boat. It may have worked when it was loaded but she-a-no-move when I got it. We went through a lot of examination and hypotheses until we arrived at the clutch. Completely smoked down to the rivets. Ok-take clutch out and put in a new one. Truck still did not move. We then realized the clutch plate that came with it was installed backwards. D'oh. Might have been a young military mechanic in training who did it -who knows. After we got that sorted she ran fine. Learning curve for sure on these things. Had about 900 hours on it and 33,000 KM's. Almost no rust-but we are cleaning up what little surface rust there was. Rear box was sandblasted and painted. Cab is being done now-getting a light scuff and paint and I am replacing 90 percent of the rubber trim/ weatherstrip in cab. It is a 1985. To answer earlier question it came from the Czech Republic.Have you driven a Tatra before and/or knew what you wanted or did you just take a gamble?
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