Trabant Parade

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  1. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Saw this Trabant in Harlingen, Netherlands couple of weeks ago, reminded me of this thread.
     

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  2. leccy

    leccy Senior Member

    Just noticed this trabbie thread, takes me back to the wall coming down and being flooded with them in Hameln. Not forgetting the posher Eastie cars the Wartburgs.

    The best pic I have somewhere of a trabbie was given to me when I was posted to Berlin. The British Garrison Commanders car battery went flat at a function, an East German officer used his military trabbie to jump start it (purportedly with the comment a trabbie never breaks down).

    There was an RAF racing club that raced trabbies for a while in BFG (one was attempting to put a porsche engine in his but was having problems getting tyres rated over 50km that would fit).
     
  3. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Leccy,

    Most Trabies are becoming collectable and there are not many to be seen around that are not reconditioned and looking like new.

    They still stink when following the two stroke motor!

    Regards
    Tom
     
  4. Owen

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  5. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Saw one parked outside a local shop last week.
    The boys sort of swarmed all over it, utterly fascinated.
    Really quite interesting that to begin explaining a cardboard car to a ten & thirteen year old, you have to begin with: 'Well, at the end of the Second War...'.
     
  6. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    Just thinking about the 2 strokes:

    When Top Gear did a history of SAABs James May commented that when going downhill with a 2 stroke engine you had to use brake AND throttle to keep the fuel/oil mix to the engine.

    My only experience of 2 strokes was when I used to race Karts so hills weren't a problem but our highly tuned motors siezed pretty quickly if you backed off the throttle too much at the end of a long straight. That made things interesting as they were direct chain drive to rear axle with no clutch!

    Is siezing Trabant engines a problem?
     
  7. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Mike,

    Is siezing Trabant engines a Problem?

    I do not really know, but from personal viewing in Berlin, when tourists hire them and tour as a Convoy around Berlin Centre (Berlin Safari) lots are stalled and the Drivers find it very hard to restart!!!

    Regards
    Tom
     
  8. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    When I taught a history course about the 20th Century, I used the Trabant as an example of why Communism didn't deliver. To be fair, I could have used the Ford Pinto as an argument against capitalism.
     
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  9. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    I would guess a 2 stroke for a mass produced car would have pretty wide tolerances so perhaps siezing isn't as much a problem and maybe a slow running jet in the carb would keep enough fuel/oil supplied to the engine.
    On our racing 2 stroke engines (100cc air cooled) the pistons came sized to .01mm and later were teflon coated as well. To maintain peak compression we did a piston change after 45 - 60 minutes running and a full rebuild after 2 pistons. They did rev up to nearly 20,000 RPM though!
     
  10. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    Tom,

    You just reminded of this photo my mate Mike Bendon took in Berlin. Not Trabants I know but apparently you can hire these for road use.
     

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    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

  12. Owen

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    I'm well chuffed , spent most of today on a mess tidy-up of the loft & found my Trabant model I bought back in 1992 in Berlin.
    It has an opening boot lid & opening doors, almost as good as the real thing.
    Here's some pics.
    Sad aren't I?
     

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  13. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Owen,

    The models are still popular and available in many colours at the Tourist Shops around Berlin.

    Several shops specialize only with DDR Retro products.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  14. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Trabant from Imperial War Museum North,Manchester
     

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  15. Owen

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  16. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Driven past this many times now, never seem to be able to stop & take a photo of it so here it is on Streetview.
    It's in Marlborough Lane, Bath.
    9 Marlborough Ln - Google Maps
     

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  17. von Poop

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  18. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    My lad sent me photos of the one in Bath.
     

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  19. ltdan

    ltdan Nietenzähler

    For whom it is interesting:
    Original instructions for increasing power (up to a staggering 36 hp)
    :rolleyes:
     

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  20. Quarterfinal

    Quarterfinal Well-Known Member

    GarmischPK August 1990:
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    Rule 1 (if camping in Garmisch) - pitch your tent on high ground and accept a slope. Otherwise, this can happen .... and this is after 20cm of water had drained off. The unfortunate family of 5 had arrived at dusk. They spent most of the night in the car. They were being fortified with bacon broetchen butties and gunfire when the snap was being taken. The uncharming chap in the caravan on the left had dug a drainage channel straight onto their pitch. After helping Jorg to relocate his tent, he went back to his Trabbie, removed and stripped the engine in an impressively short time and with few tools, dried it, oiled it and put it back. It started first time.

    Eight weeks later, some of his now BWOst countrymen were letting us have a go on some of their vehicles, prior to what became a trip - for us - to Kuwait:
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    A favour repaid, perhaps. Incidentally, for those interested in matters heavy metal, they were from 8TD (if I remember rightly) near Stettin. They came to the Hanover area by transporter, but had been confidently prepared to drive, for which each tank would have been upped to 2 qualified drivers.
     
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