Had a UAZ drive shaft put on Sammy the Volga…

Well finally Sammy the Volga is doing really good and how she should have been from the factory!

Sammy the Volga has finally for the moment, gotten all her major issues done. The latest, but I am sure not last, issue was one of the carrier Bearings on the drive shaft(s). Sammy the Volga has a three piece drive shaft. When I have constantly asked why? Two piece? Maybe? Three piece? Why? Then the young guy who has been working on Sammy asks, “Did you replace the driveshaft at one time?” – “No! Why?” Then we find out that many Volga’s came with a one piece shaft and that it was considered much more reliable and better by far…The three piece shaft is in a straight line. Is not a lot longer than my arm in complete and makes no sense as to ground clearance and reliability type of standpoint. The opposite in fact is true. We have so many more moving parts and so many more things to go out in such a short space, that it makes no sense…

Source: Windows to Russia

It is interesting and why I love the Volga. Parts from many other Russian vehicles fit our car. Now Sammy has a UAZ Hunter drive shaft on a GAZ car…

They also created and rebuilt a new transmission rear mount and put new shocks on the rear axle. Also the rear differential front bearing was replaced and all was done for 20,000 rubles. Parts and labor…

I simple am in disbelief at the difference this has made. When I took it in a few weeks ago? It had already eaten another universal bearing. I guess the old drive shaft was just worn out and could not do its job anymore…

Now in the same place that the first image shows above fit in, the second image is what is in place and it actually has better clearance than before…

Amazing at what car manufactures do!

WtR

Victory Day: “Den’ Pobedy” (Russian: День Победы, English: Victory Day)

Victory Day in Russia

Den Pobedy is the music and song for Victory Day…

 

Translation:

Victory Day, oh how far from us it was,
Like a dwindling ember in a faded fire.
There were miles ahead, burned and dusty
We hastened this day as best we could.

Chorus:

This Victory Day
Air saturated with gunpowder,
It’s a celebration
With temples already gray,
It’s joy
With tears upon our eyes

Victory Day!

Victory Day!

Victory Day!

Days and nights at blast furnaces,
Our Motherland didn’t sleep a wink.
Days and nights a hard battle we fought—
We hastened this day as best we could.

Chorus:

Hello, Mother, not all of us came back…
How I’d like to run barefoot through the dew!
Half of Europe, we have stridden half the Earth,
We hastened this day as best we could!

Chorus x 2

WtR

PS: Russian lyrics

День Победы, как он был от нас далёк,
Как в костре потухшем таял уголёк.
Были вёрсты, обгорелые, в пыли —
Этот день мы приближали как могли.

Chorus:

Этот День Победы
Порохом пропах,
Это праздник
С сединою на висках.
Это радость
Со слезами на глазах.

День Победы!

День Победы!

День Победы!

Дни и ночи у мартеновских печей
Не смыкала наша Родина очей.
Дни и ночи битву трудную вели —
Этот день мы приближали как могли.

Chorus

Здравствуй, мама, возвратились мы не все…
Босиком бы пробежаться по росе!
Пол-Европы прошагали, пол-Земли —
Этот день мы приближали как могли.

Chorus x 2