I ran across this ad in an article about a truck that started production in Russia in 1932. The article never says anything about Ford but it sure resembles one. I don't know much about Model A's, but that is a Model A instrument panel. They call it a GAZ-AA. Gorkov Automobile Zavod (factory). Anybody know about this?
It's a Russian knockoff of the AA. The Russian engine blocks are sought after by the model A speed nuts because they are thicker in critical places. I don't think they are allowed at Bonneville or FAST races.
It does say it has a 40 hp 3285cc (200.5 cid) motor. And it can go 100km on 19.5 liters of gas. It would take me all night to figure that in mpg.
Ford set up an A factory in Russia about 1931. Russia made A engines (modified a bit, more like a model C engine--which, BTW, Ford never called it a C)up to the 1960s, powering other vehicles. Back in the 60s, Antique Ford Parts of Long Beach (I think this is all from memory) imported a number of them to sell. I think they even had insert bearings.
all I know is, if you type "Russian model a" into Google images you get some
Ford sold the model A stuff to Russia in late 1933, including the model B engine.
That's why only early '34 cars and trucks. Had the B engine. A few made in late '33 but '34 models.
All Fords built during calendar year '34 were V8 powered.
In Russia they were called GAZ.
The cars took on different bodies in later years but the B engine lived on for many many years.
I overhauled a Russian B engine 3 years ago that has been in a model A roadster for about 50 years.
A local model A parts guy got about 200 of the GAZ engines that had been stored in a warehouse in Poland.
The fiber timing gear had Russian writing on it and some of the bolts were metric.
It also has a road draft or road drought tube on the right side in the side cover that the U.S. Made B engine did not have.
The ones I've worked on did not have insert bearings but they were built much later that may have.
I have never heard that before.
Here's some links if you'd like further information:
The Russian Jeep always caught my eye. I know it had a Model A engine, hood and cowl gas tank and dash panel and I've seen both Model A and AA rear axles under these and over their long production there were probably other parts used as well.
Constantine once posted a picture of a Russian equivelant of a WW2 Jeep. It was powered by the model B engine built by GAZ, it even had the fuel tank in the cowl like a model A.
I have heard the Russian Pobaeta (sp) was an off-shoot of the model A powered with the GAZ engine.
If any Model A restorers from years back have a copy of the " RESTORER" magazine from March/April 1970 it contains an excellent article on the Russian Gaz Model A. There was also a follow up article in the March/April 1971 issue. Harv.
That's about 13 mpg.
GAZ also made AAA, which had tandem rear axles. A few years ago I was visiting some old car guys in Estonia and actually saw one
I have that issue. . . .somewhere. . . . I actually have every issue but one--I forget which one, it's fairly early. I bought a stack of Restorers at Turlock one year, on Sunday afternoon, and should have checked, as I'll bet my missing issue was in another pile they had. Didn't pay much and it included some original, not reprint, issues from the first 3 years! The rest of my early (vol 1-3) issues are reprints. At one time I think the pile had some value, now with CDs, probably not any value.
Some years ago i was preparing vehicles for the film Empire of the Sun. One was a Russian jeep copy. It had a corroded head and one of the guys said That's just like a Willys MB, I have one.
But it wouldn't fit -the whole motor was a Willys clone but back to front - manifolds on the opposite side etc. We wondered if the Russians were given reversed blueprints and didn't realise because they couldn't read western script. Pretty sure it was a Gaz.