GAZ-66 is a Russian 4x4 all-road (off road) military truck produced by GAZ. It was the main transport vehicle for motorized infantry of the Soviet Army and is still employed in former Soviet Union countries. Nicknamed "shishiga" (шишига) "shehsherik" (шешерик) "trueman" (in Siberia).

The Gaz-66 has gained legendary status in many countries around the world due to its reliability, simplicity and off-road capability. Thanks to standard features such as a front mounted winch, Central Tire Inflation System (CTIS) and self locking differentials the Gaz-66 is extremely popular with armed forces all around the world as well as off-road enthusiasts. Production ceased in 1999, instead GAZ produces the GAZ-3308.


;DesignCab-forward design, 2 seats cab + 21 passengers in back.

Payload: convert|4410|lb|abbr=on plus the same weight trailer

Suspension: Solid axles with leaf springs

;EngineType- V8 gasoline (carburetor) OHV engine

Displacement- 4,254 cc (Bore 3.62", stroke 3.15")

Compression Ratio- 6.7:1

Output- convert|115|hp|abbr=on @ 3,200 rpm

Torque- convert|166|ft.lbf|N.m|abbr=on @ 2,300 rpm. 4x2 gears

Max. speed- 56-59 mph

;BrakesType- Drums, with hydraulic control

Stopping distance from 20 mph- 27'

;MeasurementsLxWxH- convert|18|ft|7|in|m|2|abbr=onxconvert|7|ft|8|in|m|2|abbr=onxconvert|8|ft|0|in|m|2|abbr=on(cab)/convert|8|ft|3|in|m|2|abbr=on(tent)

Wheelbase- convert|10|ft|9.9|in|m|2|abbr=on

Track front/rear: convert|5|ft|11|in|m|2|abbr=on/convert|5|ft|9|in|m|2|abbr=on

Kerb weight: convert|7580|lb|abbr=on

Fuel tanks- 2x28 gal

Fuel economy- 5.9 mpg (city)

;ManeuverabilityTurning circle- 62'

Approach angle- 41 deg.

Departure angle- 32 deg

Max. Ascent angle - 31 - 37 deg (fully loaded)

Ground clearance- 12.5"

Fording depth- 2'7.5"

;TyresSize- 305R18

Pressure- 39.8 p.s.i.(controlled)

External links

* [ UK Russian truck owners site and online forum resource]
* [ All about GAZ-66]
* [ Gaz-66 enthusiast group]
* [ Gaz-66 enthusiast website]
* [ Polish Gaz-66 site]
* [ Gaz-66 expedition site]
* [ Gaz-66 blog]
* [ Gaz-66 Video]
* [ Gaz-66 Video]
* Gaz-66 Video]

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