Go Back   Team-BHP > Buckle Up > 4x4 & Off-Roading > 4x4 Vehicles


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 2nd November 2012, 00:03   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Manali
Posts: 15
Thanked: 118 Times
Default

I've recently become the owner of a unique piece of automotive gear, and having observed the interest shown on this forum for Unimog in general, I thought I would share some images and tales about this awesome creature.

The Mog in question is a 1987 U1150 (series 417) that has been carefully converted to an all seasons camper and tourer. Sporting an OM352 straight 6 diesel at 5.7L capacity, it is rated at 110 horses, although that figure varies somewhat according to altitude, which I'll cover more later.

This particular model is apparently the one on which the Tata 713 is based, although there are significant differences with the suspension and probably the drive train. This Mog has the fully articulating suspension for which they are justly famous, and even a chassis made of spring steel for additional flex... a feature that is apparently no longer available on newer models.

I should point out by now that having only recently become acquainted with this wonderful machine, there are many finer points I am still learning myself, and do not consider myself an expert on Unimog by any means.

Having said that, I am learning fast... My first drive was 8 days overland from Leh to Manali just as the winter was closing in, with several detours along the way, including the most spectacular Tsokar region, where some of these images are taken.

Enough with the preamble... here's some pics:

First camp, somewhere on the banks of the Indus



Bogged already on Day 2!



Coming over Rohtungla just on sunset



Between Pang and Sarchu... it's No Mans Land!



A slightly distorted image due to stitching several images together



Finding a campsite at dusk



Regarding the purchase, as this seems to be of interest to several, I'll cover quickly it's history as this will put into context how I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time.

This Mog started life as a Mercedes demonstrator model in Germany, and was never registered for first 10 years, and basically had negligible usage. As a result, when the previous owner came across it in 1997, he was not able to register in Europe due to change emission control laws. After completing the conversion, he decided to bring it to India and shipped to Mumbai, where it sat on docks for 10 months before finally being allow to legally import and register here. (still has MH plates).

The Mog did several tours of duty from Pune to Rajastan, across to Nepal, and finally made its way to Ladakh, where its fully insulated camper section was put to good use. (I can testify as to it functionality, as I awoke several mornings to minus 10C and less, down to minus 14C, and still a reasonable 5C, rapidly increasing to 20C plus inside).

The owner managed to get 42,000kms on the clock since new, and then put to rest in Leh, Ladakh... as his interests took him elsewhere. There it sat for 5 years, wrapped up in canvas, with a tin roof and weight off the springs on blocks, until he found out recently it was needed to be moved for a construction project. Via a friend, I heard about his wish to sell it quickly, and as I was already planning to be in Manali, I decided to fly up to Leh to have a look... the rest is recent history. I bought it and drove it back here to Manali, learning everyday more about this incredible beast of a truck.

As can be expected with a 25 year old vehicle, there have been a couple of minor teething issues to deal with... the air line for the 4WD system had a leak and I had to get underneath several time to try in the subzero temps to patch it up. The shocks finally gave out after a particularly nasty patch of highway just out of Keylong... and I'm trying to source a new set of compatible shocks from within India (any suggestions gratefully accepted!)

Other than that, it is a treat to drive, the engine is basically new, very well cared for throughout its life, and the rest is true German engineering thru and thru.

As the question was asked, Yes I own Yak Trak Tours, and plan to use the Mog for expeditions in coming years, but just to be clear, I'm not here to promote myself or business... just the joy of driving in some of the world's greatest landscape, the Indian Himalayas, which has been my passion for over 20 years.

I'll see if I can find some more images to do the Mog justice!

Name:  steam n ice.jpg
Views: 10417
Size:  44.7 KB

Name:  warming up.jpg
Views: 10488
Size:  53.3 KB

My '87 Unimog U1150-morningchill360.jpg

Name:  lahaulimog.jpg
Views: 10379
Size:  47.7 KB

Name:  FlightyKiang2.jpg
Views: 10283
Size:  52.3 KB

Name:  Lachalungla with Moggy.jpg
Views: 10348
Size:  38.6 KB

My '87 Unimog U1150-bigskynoroad.jpg

My '87 Unimog U1150-moggyoutlook.jpg

My '87 Unimog U1150-moreyplanes1.jpg

My '87 Unimog U1150-pangcamp.jpg

Last edited by GTO : 5th November 2012 at 15:50. Reason: Adding your buying experience to the opening post itself
Siddhartha_YT is offline   (40) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 2nd November 2012, 10:50   #2
BHPian
 
BANDHAV's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Ghaziabad
Posts: 861
Thanked: 242 Times
Default re: My '87 Unimog U1150

This is stuff straight out of dream, bitten by wanderlust and a tool to take care of it, plain amazing.

Please post more details about the vehicle and your ownership experience and yes more such images of No Man's lands!
BANDHAV is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 2nd November 2012, 11:27   #3
BHPian
 
voodoochild's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Pune, Bangalore
Posts: 419
Thanked: 173 Times
Default re: My '87 Unimog U1150

Wow, congratulations!! You seem to have already put the Mog to very good use. The experience of finding and owning this monster will make for some very interesting reading! Was it brought in from Australia? The camper conversion seems to have been carried out quite professionally. Please tell us more!

Cheers,
Rahul

Last edited by voodoochild : 2nd November 2012 at 11:31.
voodoochild is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 2nd November 2012, 11:29   #4
Senior - BHPian
 
speedmiester's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: bangalore
Posts: 1,295
Thanked: 775 Times
Default re: My '87 Unimog U1150

Absolutely wonderful, the first Unimog ownership thread on Team-Bhp.
Please share more details about this magnificent beast.

It would be helpful if you could share the details on how you came to acquire the Unimog.
speedmiester is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 2nd November 2012, 11:51   #5
BHPian
 
spawnofsatan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Los angeles/Mumbai
Posts: 707
Thanked: 83 Times
Default re: My '87 Unimog U1150

I am on my way to Manali, so I can kidnap you and take your unimog as ransom !!!

On a serious note, superb machine, some offroad pics and articulation pics would be great.

Congrats on your acquisition,very few people are so fortunate.

Devansh
spawnofsatan is offline   (2) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 2nd November 2012, 12:32   #6
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Tejas@perioimpl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bombay
Posts: 3,947
Thanked: 4,773 Times
Default re: My '87 Unimog U1150

So i assume you own yak trak Siddhartha_YT?

How did you get to own the Uni. More details please.
Tejas@perioimpl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd November 2012, 13:47   #7
BANNED
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Lucknow/Gurgaon
Posts: 1,023
Thanked: 91 Times
Default re: My '87 Unimog U1150

Unimog thats the word i googled and found that it is a german acronym "UNIversal-MOtor-Gerät
looks quite interesting as an alpabet and a product.
please give us more details

Last edited by ruchirtnt : 2nd November 2012 at 13:49.
ruchirtnt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd November 2012, 14:03   #8
BHPian
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 501
Thanked: 333 Times
Default re: My '87 Unimog U1150

Nice ride , please post more pics and details .

How did you buy it ?

Whats your ownership experience so far ?
girimajiananth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd November 2012, 19:31   #9
Senior - BHPian
 
fazalaliadil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 2,022
Thanked: 623 Times
Default Re: My '87 Unimog U1150

Siddharta,

There are 1 in 114 million who are as lucky as you. If there is something worth having in life is a UNIMOG in this state.

It is no wonder that the engine runs smooth after 25 years, it is German engineering at its best.

How this came to India and got registered here is another matter to wonder, but you are one lucky guy, who now owns it and putting it to use it was intended for, in the sub zero temperatures in an insulated vehicle is sheer pleasure.

Very interesting thread which immediately caught my eye, though there are some on the other side of the border belonging to fellow members, it is nice to have one this side too.

Have many safe miles in it.
Regards,
fazalaliadil is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 2nd November 2012, 20:26   #10
BHPian
 
codelust's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 199
Thanked: 288 Times
Default Re: My '87 Unimog U1150

Good lord, of all the things one can stumble upon in Leh wrapped under canvas you stumble upon one of the most coveted and iconic 4x4s! Guess the gift of enlightenment came to you in the form of exquisite German engineering with 4 wheels (4 bardos!) attached to the drivetrain! Next time I'm in those parts, I am certain to go looking under anything covered with canvas. Who knows what it may turn up!

if you are based in main Manali, this one must be a hoot to drive up and down the narrow lanes. Please post more pics from the trips, the Mog seems to have gone down slopes and paths that most of us in 4x4s even dare not venture into out there.

Just one request, if you can, stay clear of driving on the marsh lands this late in the season since they are used for grazing.

Thanks for sharing
codelust is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 2nd November 2012, 20:48   #11
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Tejas@perioimpl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bombay
Posts: 3,947
Thanked: 4,773 Times
Default Re: My '87 Unimog U1150

The queue to buy the mog when you wish to sell her starts right here... behind me!

Last edited by GTO : 5th November 2012 at 11:18. Reason: u = you
Tejas@perioimpl is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 3rd November 2012, 10:21   #12
BHPian
 
mitrajdeep's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Calcutta
Posts: 136
Thanked: 90 Times
Default Re: My '87 Unimog U1150

Thanks for sharing the history of this amazing machine.

Would like to request some interior pictures now.
mitrajdeep is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 3rd November 2012, 12:31   #13
Newbie
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Manali
Posts: 15
Thanked: 118 Times
Default Re: My '87 Unimog U1150

I'm beginning to appreciate how fortunate I am, hearing some of the responses here! As requested, I'll post some interior shots, and one with a bit of wheel extension. Unfortunately, the moments when I am using the Mog at its greatest capacities are when I am least able to get the shots.

One of the features that I love about its 4WD capacity is that it runs on compressed air system, and with a simple flick of a knob under the seat, I can turn from 2WD to 4WD to 4WD diff lock instantly, even while moving. This has saved me from embarrassing moments such as crossing an frozen stream with a steep embankment... 4WD was slipping on the ice, so switch on diff lock, shift to low range, and up we go!
Attached Images
    
Siddhartha_YT is offline   (29) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 3rd November 2012, 13:34   #14
Senior - BHPian
 
agspins's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: MH-31
Posts: 1,563
Thanked: 287 Times
Default Re: My '87 Unimog U1150

Congrats for awesome piece of machinery you bought, Unimog has always been my dream machine. I am unable to find a proper scale model of the thing in this country, you got a real piece of it, cool
agspins is offline   (2) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 3rd November 2012, 15:18   #15
Senior - BHPian
 
fazalaliadil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 2,022
Thanked: 623 Times
Default Re: My '87 Unimog U1150

Siddharta,

Speechless!

This is a true expedition class vehicle and built for this very purpose.
I can see the thick insulated curtains and the wood paneling on the roof and walls, inbetween must be the filling to keep out side temperatures out, hot or cold.

A no fancy layout of seats turning to beds is totally maintenance free.
Apart from shift on the fly, what is the off white unit behind the drivers seat, mounted on top that looks like a CPU?

It is a dream. I can make a travel plans through YAK TRACK Tours, if you promise that I can live in this for the duration. Half the reason to come is this UNIMOG.
Regards,
fazalaliadil is offline   (2) Thanks Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Team UNIMOG at Elevation 14200ft–via Babusar-Sheosar–Burzil–Butogah Passes Basharatu 4x4 Excursions 69 2nd March 2012 00:12
Mercedes-Benz Unimog : Best offroader amongst special-purpose vehicles hanmust 4x4 Vehicles 12 12th February 2011 17:50
Unimog age of more than 100 years hanmust The International Automotive Scene 6 1st October 2009 16:43
Mercedes Unimog merve_extreme The International Automotive Scene 4 21st May 2005 00:39


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 01:33.

Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks