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OM Autocarretta

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  1. Jim

    Jim New Member

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    Many of Italy’s trucks were of old design, but during the build-up of the Italian armed forces before the outbreak of World War II some measure of standardization was achieved. The largest supplier of trucks to the Italian army was Fiat. Fiat vehicles equipped most of the transport units, vehicles like the Fiat TL37 4x4 light truck having large wheels and tyres to suit the terrain of Ethiopia and the Western Desert. The OM Autocarretta 32 was a unique light truck, and was highly regarded by its crews and even by British troops when examples were captured. The type was intended primarily for mountain operations, and featured a 4-cylinder air-cooled diesel engine and independent suspension front and rear; the gearbox was centrally mounted and drove both front and rear axles direct. The medium truck range was dominated by the Fiat 38R 4 x 2 and the Lancia 3 RO N 6 ½-ton 4x2. The latter vehicle also formed the basis of a mobile anti-aircraft mount, To start these trucks a hand-cranked inertia start unit was placed forward of the crankshaft. The power unit was a Junkers two-stroke engine. The Fiat 633 BM was built on similar lines to the Lancia. Most Italian tanks were of the lighter types, and could therefore be carried in the bodies of the Lancia, though a tank-transporter trailer could also be used. Two other widely used vehicles were the Fiat 626BL powered by a 46-kW (62-bhp) engine, and the Fiat 665NL. The latter was quite advanced in truck body and cab design. The Germans used large numbers of Italian vehicles, these seeing service on almost every German front. In Libya the British discovered that Italian diesel-engined trucks were of great value because of their lack of a car-burettor, which had a tendency to clog up in dusty conditions.

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    • Powerplant: one 15.7-kW (21-bhp) OM Autocarretta 32 4-cylinder engine
    • Dimensions: length 3.80 m (12 ft 5.6 in); width 1.30 m (4 ft 3,2 in); height 2.15 m (7 ft 0,6 in) Weight: 1615 kg (3,560 lb)
     
  2. warhistory

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    This OM Autocarretta was designed for working in mountain areas mostly. The gear-box drove the front and back axles. Armies liked this too much because it was reliable.

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    Some pics..

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    One of the most legendary brand Om and their product Om autocarretta in this thread. The Om autocarretta is also one of the most searching auto and accelerates 236 km/h.
     

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