So the Unimog patiently waited in North Carolina for about five weeks, until I could get some time off from work.
In the meantime, I started buying parts and supplies and learning about basic maintenance.
Finally on August 11th, 2017 we flew to North Carolina. Luckily we have a friend there who has a garage big enough and he let me work on the Unimog for two days, to get it ready for the drive West.
As this is a new vehicle to me, I needed to change all the fluids, do an oil change and a few other things before we drove 1,100 miles to Oklahoma, where I had another friend who would let me keep the truck at his place till I had more time to complete the drive to California. (Remember, the Unimog only cruises at about 40 mph…)
So here’s the Unimog in my freind’s garage as I start to do some basic maintenance.
I had ordered and shipped all the lubricants and parts I would need, and had everything ready to go, including select pages from the factory service manual.
Unimogs are special in that they do not have traditional axles. Each wheel has it’s own Portal Axle, and each wheel has it’s own set if gears and bearings.
I wanted to make sure that each wheel had new fluids. Additionally I replaced both fuel filters, the air filter, oil filter and flushed the transmission and refilled with Red Line Synthetic lubricant.
Five days of “high speed” travel in the middle of a hot summer is not what Unimogs were designed for, so I wanted to do the best I could for it.
One nice thing about Unimogs is that the hood and grill come off easily to make working on them easier.
Fortunately, I had some help doing the work, (Thanks Patrick) and as you can see, you have to stand on the bumper to add the nearly five gallons of oil that this truck uses.
There were a few other things that needed to be sorted out before we could make the trip West. Unimogs run a 24V electrical system, so I had to install a 24v to 12v inverter in the cab so we could plug in things like the GPS and a USB port. But after two days, the basic maintenance was complete.
Thanks again Patrick for your invaluable help, and Glenn for letting me use your garage.
So Alisa was nice enough to fly to Baltimore and make the purchase. A few days later she was headed south to North Carolina where we would store the truck till we had the time to do some maintenance and eventually drive it home to California. Alisa drove a section of the Blue Ridge Parkway and stopped to send me this picture.