DAF-YA-126 Recovery

RGS20inophir

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What an adventure! 200 miles, tons of smiles, 10 bald tires, one blown tire, and death wobble!

I found a DAF-YA-126 on Craigslist a while back, told a buddy about it, and he just HAD to have it! So we brokered a deal and decided to meet the previous owner in Show Low, Az, a little over 200 miles from Socorro, NM. We left around 0600 after getting all the gear together to do a recovery and possible in field repair.

We decided on a three man crew, we had a Chevy 1/2 ton pickup and a 7Klb trailer as a support and possible tow rig, knowing full well that we would be right at the limits with the DAF.

We made it into Show Low around 1100, met the previous owner, did the exchange of paperwork and goods, and everyone left with smiles on their faces. :beer:

We drove around Show Low for a while, just to get a feel for the old gal. The tires are DONE, the gas tank senders do not give an accurate reading as to the level in each tank, the turn signals do not work, the tach does not work, the speedo is broken, and she was leaking out nearly every seal of the H drive.

At around 1300 We decided to try to take it out of town. After a quick trip to wally land for some fresh ice in the cooler, some energy drinks, and a couple of radios to communicate between the trucks in the cellular dead zone between Sprinerville and Socorro, we were on the road! Until we hit 48MPH....


:shock:DEATH WOBBLE!!! I have NEVER experienced anything quite like that. Between 48-52MPH the truck starts bucking like a bull at the grand national rodeo. EVERYTHING felt like it was going to come apart. We pulled over, checked the truck, and gave it another go... once again, DEATH WOBBLE! So we pulled one of the wheels off (the suspected culprit) and found nothing behind the wheel or on the hub. Hit the road again, and got death wobble again. We made the decision to try loading the DAF on the trailer for a bit, just to see how it will do being a trailer queen for a while....

:shock:PSSSSSST!!!! POP! BLUB BLUB BLUB BLUB!!!!!! We blew a trailer tire going up grade with an 18 wheeler behind us. After making it to the shoulder we re-assessed the situation and decided that the best course of action was to drive the DAF and keep the Chevy as a support vehicle on this recovery.

So we drove... and drove... and drove... at the BLAZING pace of 35-40MPH the entire way. Somewhere between Springerville,AZ and Quemado, NM we lost the license plate on the trailer. When we stopped for a break in Quemado we decided to split, two people would go in the DAF towards Socorro, and one would back track to see if he could find the plate. This was around 8pm with a little over 100 miles left to go.

I was crewing the DAF the entire time, switching between the other two as driver and passenger when someone got tired of driving. At around 0000 we pulled into Magdalena, NM and decided to wait for the support truck. We had been out of contact for hours... and it seemed like he should have caught up with us by THAT time. Not to mention the COLD... We had all forgotten jackets during this recovery because we figured we would be home by 1900... man were we wrong.

At around 0030 the town Marshall pulls up... this should be fun... all of the paperwork for the truck is in the Chevy... GREAT. After talking with him for around 20 minutes he is sufficiently convinced that we did not steal a ~61 year old Dutch military vehicle he leaves. The bit that convinced him... was looking at my DL, the FIRST thing out of his mouth was "OH!!!! You are the guy with the Deuce and the other crazy truck in Socorro!!! HAVE A NICE NIGHT!!" I guess owning some OD Green hardware has it's advantages!

We decided to head into Socorro, where we could get cellular reception, and call the support truck (different carrier with service in the boonies). We got back into Socorro around 0200, grinning from ear to ear, shaken to the point of needing a kidney belt, covered in gear lube, grime, and petrol.

WHAT A TRIP!

So, now I have a few questions for you guys...
1) Has anyone else ever worked on a DAF?
2) Does anyone have a translated copy of the TM?
3) Does anyone have some good 9.00x16 NDT or NDCC tires they are willing to part with for a decent price?
4) Does anyone know what other wheels and tires will fit on this thing so we can have a nice road set and a nice authentic set?
5) Any suggestions on how to re-jet and tune the carb on the 6cyl Hercules gasser?

Questions, comments, silly remarks?! It was a total blast! Here are pictures of the old gal!
 

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RGS20inophir

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Yeah Stan, it is WAY cool. The whole H drive thing is a trip! It also has a centrally mounted PTO winch between the frame rails... with fair-lead rollers fore and aft. It seems they are fairly rare in the U.S. as well.
 

Karl kostman

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That is a very interesting looking vehicle, and I DO mean that in a good way, I have never owned anything other than US built MVs but this one of yours is sure a neat looking one and it looks to be in very nice shape, Congrats sure looks like a keeper!
KK
 

ErikvanGarderen

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Nice description of how your YA-126 does drive. If you still have it and look for interesting stuff. The Dutch site www.ya126.nl has a forum which does give a lot of information. Google translate helps a lot, but if you look for a specific topic, I might help you out, as I own one myself (see http://www.ya126.nl/forum3/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=4642) and have a couple of friends who also do own an YA-126. There are still some 750 survivors of the type in the Netherlands.

Mine does close to 60 miles an hour, and does not suffer from wheel shimmy, although the YA-126 was notorious for it. If that happens, tighten the front end bearings of all steering related pivots.
The H-drive is spectacular. Which modern truck company does manufacture a 1-ton capable truck with independent front and rear wheel suspension and without of a limited slip differential gear set to ensure that you will have traction at all times.

You are lucky to have the PTO/winch version. Only 1 out of 7 YA-126 manufactured was equipped with a winch. Mine has one too, with a 150 feet steel cable, capable of hauling 5600 lbs.

Have fun with your YA-126. They are built to last forever. Replacement parts for the old Hercules JXC must be easier to obtain in America than in the Netherlands!
 

turnkey

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Nice looking rig...kind of like looks like a german ww2 supply MV truck.....Had a 4 banger single tires all the way around....That was the general purpose truck for the german army at the start of ww2.
 

ErikvanGarderen

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Thanks. The YA-126 has been used in one movie playing in WW2 as a German vehicle. They were in fact post war designs and there were almost 3500 of these vehicles produced. The spare wheels can rotate to protect the H-drive on hills. This was actually a feature which could be found on the German Krupp Protze MVs, which were built in WW2.

The Y-126 has an even more impressive big brother, the YA-328 which do have independent front suspension and rear suspension two, driven on all six wheels using a worm drive in the same H-configuration (the YA-126 does have crown and pinion gears). The YA-328 also has the spare wheels mounted high and able to turn. Later, the DAF company also did make an amroured version called YP-408. This version did not have spare wheels but was made like a 6x8, using the same worm geardrive train as the YA-328.

Driving and riding these beasts is a joy, especially in the YA-328 and YP-408, because (speed)bumps in the road are hardly felt and terrain capabilities are really good.

The YA-126 can handle a 60% ramp with one ton of load and without special equipment can cross through almost 3 feet of water.
 

jjoopp

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What an adventure! 200 miles, tons of smiles, 10 bald tires, one blown tire, and death wobble!

I found a DAF-YA-126 on Craigslist a while back, told a buddy about it, and he just HAD to have it! So we brokered a deal and decided to meet the previous owner in Show Low, Az, a little over 200 miles from Socorro, NM. We left around 0600 after getting all the gear together to do a recovery and possible in field repair.

We decided on a three man crew, we had a Chevy 1/2 ton pickup and a 7Klb trailer as a support and possible tow rig, knowing full well that we would be right at the limits with the DAF.

We made it into Show Low around 1100, met the previous owner, did the exchange of paperwork and goods, and everyone left with smiles on their faces. :beer:

We drove around Show Low for a while, just to get a feel for the old gal. The tires are DONE, the gas tank senders do not give an accurate reading as to the level in each tank, the turn signals do not work, the tach does not work, the speedo is broken, and she was leaking out nearly every seal of the H drive.

At around 1300 We decided to try to take it out of town. After a quick trip to wally land for some fresh ice in the cooler, some energy drinks, and a couple of radios to communicate between the trucks in the cellular dead zone between Sprinerville and Socorro, we were on the road! Until we hit 48MPH....


:shock:DEATH WOBBLE!!! I have NEVER experienced anything quite like that. Between 48-52MPH the truck starts bucking like a bull at the grand national rodeo. EVERYTHING felt like it was going to come apart. We pulled over, checked the truck, and gave it another go... once again, DEATH WOBBLE! So we pulled one of the wheels off (the suspected culprit) and found nothing behind the wheel or on the hub. Hit the road again, and got death wobble again. We made the decision to try loading the DAF on the trailer for a bit, just to see how it will do being a trailer queen for a while....

:shock:PSSSSSST!!!! POP! BLUB BLUB BLUB BLUB!!!!!! We blew a trailer tire going up grade with an 18 wheeler behind us. After making it to the shoulder we re-assessed the situation and decided that the best course of action was to drive the DAF and keep the Chevy as a support vehicle on this recovery.

So we drove... and drove... and drove... at the BLAZING pace of 35-40MPH the entire way. Somewhere between Springerville,AZ and Quemado, NM we lost the license plate on the trailer. When we stopped for a break in Quemado we decided to split, two people would go in the DAF towards Socorro, and one would back track to see if he could find the plate. This was around 8pm with a little over 100 miles left to go.

I was crewing the DAF the entire time, switching between the other two as driver and passenger when someone got tired of driving. At around 0000 we pulled into Magdalena, NM and decided to wait for the support truck. We had been out of contact for hours... and it seemed like he should have caught up with us by THAT time. Not to mention the COLD... We had all forgotten jackets during this recovery because we figured we would be home by 1900... man were we wrong.

At around 0030 the town Marshall pulls up... this should be fun... all of the paperwork for the truck is in the Chevy... GREAT. After talking with him for around 20 minutes he is sufficiently convinced that we did not steal a ~61 year old Dutch military vehicle he leaves. The bit that convinced him... was looking at my DL, the FIRST thing out of his mouth was "OH!!!! You are the guy with the Deuce and the other crazy truck in Socorro!!! HAVE A NICE NIGHT!!" I guess owning some OD Green hardware has it's advantages!

We decided to head into Socorro, where we could get cellular reception, and call the support truck (different carrier with service in the boonies). We got back into Socorro around 0200, grinning from ear to ear, shaken to the point of needing a kidney belt, covered in gear lube, grime, and petrol.

WHAT A TRIP!

So, now I have a few questions for you guys...
1) Has anyone else ever worked on a DAF?
2) Does anyone have a translated copy of the TM?
3) Does anyone have some good 9.00x16 NDT or NDCC tires they are willing to part with for a decent price?
4) Does anyone know what other wheels and tires will fit on this thing so we can have a nice road set and a nice authentic set?
5) Any suggestions on how to re-jet and tune the carb on the 6cyl Hercules gasser?

Questions, comments, silly remarks?! It was a total blast! Here are pictures of the old gal!
 
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