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MODEL MAN 32.364VFL 8x4 "Highway day cab tipper chassis.
Design OVVI: 32,000kg.
importer: MAN Truck & Bus UK, Frankland Road, Blagrove, Swindon SN5 8YU.
ENGINE MAN D2866LF35 charge-cooled fourstroke direct-Olection liquid-cooled diesel.
@Alders: Six, in line, longitudinally mounted.
Compression ratio :17.0:1.
Maximum net power: 355hp (265kW) at 2,000rpm.
Meodmom net torque: 1,1130Ibft (1,600Nm) from 1,000-1,500rpm.
TRANSMISSION Eaton 615012316 S-series "Overdrive" 16-speed (range-change and splitter) synchromesh manual. Final drive: MAN HOY/1-Fl-1175 singlereduction tandem bogie with crossand inter-axle diff locks. Ratio 4.11:1. Clutch: 430mm (16.9") asbestos-free single plate, hydraulically operated and air-assisted.
Air-operated dual circuit with automatic slack adjusters and load sensing on front and rear bogies. Front, 438mm diameter discs; rear, 410 x 220mm drums.liriddig area: front, 876cm2; rear, 5,766cm2. EVB engine brake (standard).
STEERING ZF 8098 Servocom integral hydraulically assisted system. 5.7 turns lock to lock.
MAN F2000 Distribution day ("N") cab; all steel, four-point suspension.
ONASSIS Bolted and riveted high-tensile steel ladder chassis. Side-member dimensions 80 x 330 x 8mm. Suspenidere Front, parabolic springs with progressive-acting rubbers, shock absorbers and stabiliser; rear, four-bellow air suspension with shock absorbers.
Axle design weights: front bogie, 16,000kg. Rear bogie 23,000kg. Axle plated weights: front bogie, 14,200kg. Rear bogie 19,000kg. Wheels and tyres Front, 8.25x 22.5 steel wheels with Michelin KZY 295/80R22.5 tyres. Rear: 8.25 x 22.5 steel wheels with Michelin KZY 11622.5 tyres.
Fuel tank: 300 litres (66 gallons).
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM 24volt wired earth return. Battery 2x12V/170Ah. Alternator: 55A.
TERMS OF WARRANTY One year unlimited mileage warranty with second year driveline up to 200,000km. Five year unlimited mileage anti-corrosion cab warranty DEALERS AND SERVICE POINTS MAN has 54 truck dealers and service points in the UK.
This week we visited Sheeharts Slate Hill Quarry just outside Woodstock and caught up with some drivers of multi-wheelers in between loads.
• BOB BURGESS has driven all
manner of trucks in his time and was keen to drive the MAN 8x4. First, he took the truck down a steep incline into the quarry. "The exhaust brake works in the low gears," he told us. On the way out he added: "It climbed that hill like it wasn't there." Pulling out on to the road he selected first gear and block changed into third and fifth before taking single gears. "Very smooth, and It accelerates up to 50mph in no time at all. The cab rolls a bit on the bends. It's very quiet and vision is good all round. The mirrors are sat up well but I don't like the quarter lights in the door, it's too easy to lose sight of a car with that and the mirror behind it. The controls on the dash are handy and the pedals an a good size, but the brake pedal is too close to the accelerator for driving in boots," • JERRY WHITE Is as big as the MAN 370 he usually drives. When he stood on the low stirrup step It flexed under his weight. it's not made to pivot back, when you drive into deep muck, like the one on the six-wheeler does. The design is a bit poor, It needs support at the front and back." Once in the cab he became more enthusiastic. "It's more modern than my M-reg eight-wheeler. The trim is basic but it's made to stand up to wear The way I sit I can't see the low row of Instruments without leaning forwards. The box on tap of the engine is good for paperwork, maps and other odds and ends but the layout isn't good if you want to stretch out across the cab on your break, it's easy to sweep muck out cleanly because the floor is flat at the door opening," Later he added: "This engine pulls better than my 370 and the brakes seem very good. After about 100,000km mine needed new discs on the two front axles."