Garage 54 is back to their crazy Russian antics with a new video of a Lada getting fitted with massive wheels.
Last we heard from Garage 54, he was busy removing the transmission from a Lada and connecting it directly to the crankshaft, with predictable results. Before that, he was replacing the tires on a Lada with wheels made out of carpenter’s nails. That actually worked surprisingly well until the nails eventually bent.
Now he’s taking yet another Lada (although this one is a bit more colorfully painted) to a guinea pig for a set of massive 38-inch tires.
This particular Lada is actually a Frankensteined VAZ-2106 with a VAZ-2101 front end. This kind of slap-dash engineering was pretty common with Soviet-era automobiles in order to keep them running. They never thought to replace the stock 12-inch wheels with monster truck tires, but there’s a first time for everything.
In order to get the tires to fit, Garage 54 had to install enormous spacers in the front and back because the wheels would never be able to turn in the stock wheel arches. The front spacers were even larger than the back as the rear wheels don’t have to worry about a turning radius.
The whole effect made the Lada into some sort of hippie dune buggy on steroids.
Getting the Lada together was a simple two-step process. Step 1: power wash the Lada. Normally you wouldn’t use a power washer on a car, but this Lada is very clearly a beater and so nobody cares if the hand-painted designs get a little scuffed.
Step 2: jack up each side of the car and install the spacers and wheels. This step went surprisingly without issue, but the boys Garage 54 had working for him didn’t exactly bother to balance each wheel.
The end result drove but was a little unwieldy at times. Then again, it was perfect for doing donuts in.
At one point they re-installed the stock front wheels and just used monster tires on the rear wheels. It proved to be amazing at clambering up a snowy incline but made it seem like the front axle was always in imminent danger of snapping in two.
What will these guys think of next?