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There's Cyndy pulling out our sort of stuck Unimog.

We had set off exploring a road beyond Little Averill Pond. It was fine except for the washed out culverts.

 

Picture of Cyndy pulling out the Unimog with our Greif-Zug come-along. 

 We could have powered the Mog through the obstacles, but we didn't want to harm the culverts, the road or the Unimog. You can see here the imprint left by the tire. The second you sense tires spinning on a road such as this, one should stop. You're only going to make a mess for the landowner and potentially breakage on your vehicle.

The Unimog out of the hole. 

The proper thing to do is either jack the tire up and lay sticks and stones under it or pull the vehicle with a winch or come-along. If you're in the water carrying part of a water bar, remove the sticks and stones afterward so water can flow.

 

 
The road became very wet in a short distance and we bagan to spin in the mud. We stopped and turned around. I walked around, finding where the ditch used to be that had drained the water from the roadway.

The ditch had become filled with silt and gravel from the road, the clogged with grass and weed roots.

In the picture to the right you can see I've dug out the ditch so the road can dry out.

We also filled in the ruts we made with the Unimog's tires

Always try to leave roads you've been on in at least as good condition as when you cane, preferably better.

We used an outhouse at a crossroads a ways down the road. We donated a couple of rolls of toilet paper to the outhouse. We always carry extra for this purpose. 

Picture of digging out a ditch so water can drain from the road. 

 We use Amsoil Synthetic Lubricants exclusively throughout all of our vehicles, including our 1966 Mercedes Benz Unimog Funkwagen. "Funkwagen" means "Radio Van" in German.

This means many brands and types of vehicles since 1976, and over two million miles of driving.
We use Amsoil Series 2000J 0W-30 synthetic engine oil in the Mercedes 180 engine. We have found we get a great deal more power using the 0W-30. Oil consumption has gone up to a quart every 3000 miles, which is still very good. The extra power is well worth it!  
 The Unimog 180 engine uses Amsoil in the fan bearing and the water pump bearing. I forget what Amsoil product I used, I think the 15W-40 Marine oil. I'll add that info in the Unimog 404 lubrication section when I get to it.  The Transmission is kept cool with Amsoil 75W-90 Amsoil "Severe GearJ" Gear Lube. I found that on a hot day, after 2 hours of wide open running, towing a Land Rover, the transmission was still relatively cool. The hottest point was at the bottom, at 134 degrees F.
 Amsoil 75W-90 Severe GearJ gear lube is an Sae GL-5 lubricant. You can't use most GL-5 lubricants in a Unimog 404 transmission. The reason for this is most lesser gear oils have an additive that eats bronze. Amsoil GL-5 gear oils don't have this additive, so it is safe to use them in Unimog 404. Some folks fear the high temperatures caused by petroleum oils in Unimog transmissions. I don't blame them. I would too. They make oil coolers to try to save their transmissions. This adds lines to be broken by vibration, a stray rock or tree. A pump is added, which will probably fail when you need it most. 
Changing to Amsoil Severe GearJ gear lube reduces friction so much that the temperature is lowered more than a cooler will lower it with petroleum oil. I have so many "irons in the fire", I simply don't have the time to baby my Unimog along at slow speeds. As George Bull, the fellow who sold us our Mog said, "the Unimog 404 gas pedal is an on - off switch". 
We are often towing our Unimog trailer or Deuce and a Half trailer with a heavy load, or our Land Rover Lightweight behind our Unimog. This is often for three to eight hours without stopping over the mountains of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. Most of this is at highway speeds, flat out. The hottest I've seen our transmission is 134 degrees F. This may be hot for human skin, but it's barely warm for steel, bronze and cast iron.

The rest of the gearboxes have all been lower than that temp. 
If you have a 404, you know how hard it is to shift from first and second gears to the higher ones. There is a "gate" in the transmission to prevent you from shifting into the higher gears while in reverse.

You have to gently tap the gear lever over to the right with you hand until it goes.
Our transmission had this common problem when we first got our Unimog.

After two changes of Amsoil Gear oil, the problem went away. I can now shift the transmission through all six gears as easily as you shift any automobile transmission.
 Amsoil Severe GearJ Synthetic EP Gear Lubes are specifically engineered for high demand applications, including trailer towing, heavy hauling, 4X4 off roading, commercial use and racing. Superior lube "film strength" combined with extra additives protects gears and bearings from scoring and wear. 
 Amsoil Severe GearJ Synthetic Gear Lubes resist high heat and posess excellent cold flow properties. They outperform all conventional gear lubes. Amsoil Severe GearJ Synthetic EP Gear Lubes are recommended for all types of vehicles such as turbo diesel pick-ups, SUVs, autos, trucks, heavy equipment and motorhomes. Compatabile with most limited slip differentials. 
 Amsoil Severe GearJ Synthetic Gear Lubes meet or exceed API GL-5/MT-1, MIL-PRF-2105E, GO-J and SHAES 234 (Eaton PS-037)  


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