Our Truck

We have a Zil131. It has been likened to a dinosaur. Despite its apparent vintage status it is not more than 25 years old. Once the Soviets had settled on a design, they were reluctant to make unnecessary changes. The Zil’s design dates from the 1950’s. We affectionately refer to her simply as Zil. And though she may look and sound like a dinosaur, we love her to bits as our only home. We have lived in her for a full year parked up behind the Leysian Mission (that was the first ever Wesley church).

Truck: Zil131Russian army truck, purpose built radio comms cabin, 12 tonnes gross, 7m length, 2.2m width.

Engine: Daf Cummins 5.9 with a ZF 6 speed gearbox.

Fuel: Diesel, 2x150L fuel tanks, 12mpg.

Domestic Power: 500amp/hrs at 12volts, a 50amp mains charger, 2x100W solar panels, a 50amp battery to battery charger.

Water: 400 litre tank, water purifier, external shower head, kitchen sink.

Cooking: 4 hob gas burner, broiler and oven supplied by an LPG 12kg bottle

Heating: Hot air heater supplied by a 30 litre diesel tank

Electrics: 240V consumer unit, 12 volt x16 breaker board, 40 litre 12 volt fridge, fan, stereo, charge points, lighting and 300W inverter.

Detailed Breakdown – Build History

12 thoughts on “Our Truck

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    • Sorry, lies erst jetzt wieder den Blog. Habn in Frankreich ganz schoen ausge”chilled”. Und hab nichts fuern Blog geschrieben.

      Hoff Milo hat eine Kleine Version von Truck bekommen ;))
      Ich denke sehr oft an euch! Ich schicke noch ein Bild auf deine Mail fuer Milo! xxm.

    • That would be fun to go in convoy,

      We have bought our visas for Mauritania at the Gambia embassy. As they only do 3 day (40euro) or 3 month (90euro) I have taken the three day visas. We enter Mauritania from Diama on the 8th of March.If that fits with you then great – lets do it, otherwise have a safe return trip.

  2. Hi Philip where are you going from Gambia? We are all waiting for your return to learn firsthand about all your adventures.If possible enclude a nice photo of Anika with hair moreorless combed for me to put in my collection of beautiful little children, please. Look forward to seeing her again sometime in the not -so-distant-future!!!. Ron and I are planning to go to visit France – Carcassone area sometime in April. Around the time Michelle and Graham are there. I’ve asked Ron if he can take a copy of all your blogs for us to keep here. Take care! love and kisses Ron and Jacy

  3. Hi,

    well found your website and like your zil…

    Please can you give some details about Daf Cummins 5.9 with a ZF 6 speed gearbox??? How did you fix the speed gearbox on the cummins??? Normaly there is a spicer speed gearbox.
    I want to change my spicer to an ZF 5, my truck is a DAF Leyland T244.

    Looking forward to hear from you.

    Yeers

    Tom

  4. Hi,

    well found your website and like your zil…

    Please can you give me some details about Daf Cummins 5.9 with a ZF 6 speed gearbox??? How did you fix the speed gearbox on the cummins??? Normaly there is a spicer speed gearbox.
    I want to change my spicer to an ZF 5, my truck is a DAF Leyland T244.

    Looking forward to hear from you.

    Yeers

    Tom

    • ZF 6 fits fine to the Cummins. Actually the work was done at a garage so can not provide details. I do know that the biggest challenge was the gear stick. The ZF 6 does not have a vertical gear stick option. So a set of rods and brackets was made up to mate the stick with the transmission, located under the cab seating area.

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