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Bärgningsterrängbil (Bgtgb) 965 – Volvo TL31

In addition to the smaller 912 and 915 all-terrain vehicles, the Swedish armed forces in the 1950s also needed a new heavy truck for towing artillery. Scania and Volvo supplied two different vehicles, the Scania LA82 and the slightly lighter Volvo TL31. The TL31 was to become a long-time workhorse of the armed forces. The 934 (military designation) was the basic model with a standard truck bed, the 914 was an airforce crash tender, and the 965 became a heavy and versatile wrecker. It had a 4-ton dual boom crane, a 3.5-ton dolly, and a large array of tools and supplementary equipment. Most regiments had a 965 on standby duty for rescuing inexperienced or adventurous conscript drivers who had driven their vehicles into the ditch or gotten stuck in the terrain.

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Specifications

Manufacturer

Volvo AB, Sweden.

Manufacturer's designation

TL31/L3164

Swedish military designation

Bärgningsterrängbil (Bgtgb) 965 10t

Manufacturing year

1956-1962

Vehicles produced

920

Vehicles in service in Sweden

920

Engine

Volvo D96AS, inline 6-cylinder watercooled overhead valve diesel engine. 586 cu.in. 150 hp.

Transmission

Manual 5-speed gearbox, 2-speed transfer case with selectable front wheel drive, differential locks front and rear.

Weight

23 125 lbs

Top speed

45 mph

Crew

3

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