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This article is about the septic tank version. For other Gifus, see Gifu (disambiguation).

The Gifu is a vacuum truck that the player's uncle owns and the player can use for septic tank pumping jobs. It's diesel powered and has three axles. It has beacons, a sun visor that reads "Suomi Finland," and is pretty dirty. At the start of the game it's located at the player's home, near the shed with logs, tractor, and flatbed.

The truck's speedometer also has a clock. This is because the speedometer is based on an analogue tachograph which logs speed, distance and driver's activities on a round chart. The chart is not accessible in the game.

The truck has poor fuel economy and is expensive (not to mention time-consuming) to fuel up (~1,350 mk from an empty tank using diesel). Consider carrying the diesel canister inside the cabin in case of emergencies. The truck can take fuel oil instead of diesel which is a good profit booster, but be aware of police checkpoints as the fine can be huge for using this type of fuel.

OriginEdit

The Gifu is based on a Finnish Sisu M-series truck (specifically an M-162), and the name references the logo design of the Finnish Sisu candy. The Sisu candy typeface uses old Fraktur, the capital and lowercase S letters of which look like a G and an f to readers of modern Latin alphabet.

The engine in the game is based on the 405 horsepower 14L Cummins NTE-400 as suggested by the Steam trading card; however, it creates a noise similar to the 12,200cc Rolls-Royce Eagle 320. Both of these were available for Sisu M-161 trucks at the time.

Special functionsEdit

Lock diffEdit

This will lock the differential, the part of the car that allows the wheels on opposite sides to rotate at different speeds when steering the truck. Locking is very useful for getting up slopes or getting unstuck. It will, however, make turning very difficult since the wheels rotate at the same speed as each other while turning.

Lift rear axleEdit

Lifts the rear most axle up. Used when the truck is not heavy and doesn't require as much power to move. Six wheels are for better weight distribution and traction with a heavy load.

Hydraulic pumpEdit

Toggles the septic tank pump. Also increases RPM by 500, which can help with building up air pressure before driving.

Driving the truck for the first timeEdit

Jump into the cabin and switch on the ignition. If the engine is cold, wait for the glowplug light (red coil symbol) to go out before cranking the engine. Release the parking brake (to the right of the steering wheel) and drive away.

If an alarm sounds with a red warning light, it means that the air pressure is too low, which may cause the brakes to be ineffective. Rev the engine or turn on the pump to build pressure more quickly until the buzzer stops. If it comes on during normal driving, the foot brake is pressed and released too often (each time uses some pressure), but just continue driving and the pressure should rise again. The air tanks are fitted with valves which discharge excess air pressure, but can cause a low pressure event if the brakes are applied immediately afterwards.

If the yellow "L" gear light is on, it means the lorry is in the low gear range, which is better for low speed manoeuvres and if it has trouble climbing hills. Hit R (by default) to switch to high range (L light off) for normal road driving. This has no effect on pumping or air pressure. Getting the truck moving should always be done in low range. To save fuel, an effective order to use the gears is: 1 (low) - 1 (high) - 3 (high) - 5 (high) - 6 (high). The truck can be driven on the 6th gear approximately when speed reaches 55 km/h (35 mph).

The lower-left yellow light comes on when the rear axle is lifted. This reduces fuel consumption and makes handling lighter when the tank is empty. The truck should be driven with the axle raised when the septic tank is empty. Lower the axle (yellow light off) when pumping the first septic tank to support the heavier load. Having the axle lowered also reduces sideways drifting on gravel roads. Lifting the axle is useful when hauling cars for Fleetari. Lifting the axle moves more weight to driving wheels and therefore increases traction.

When driving off road (e.g. on grass) the differential can be locked for increased traction (in case the truck is stuck) but steering/turning will be more difficult. It is not recommended to lock the differential when driving normally.

The truck might refuse to start sometimes. If it idles for less than a second and stalls, keep trying until it fires up successfully.

H-Shifter Rev Matching Edit

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This section of the article only applies to those that use a 6-Speed gear stick and a non-auto clutch, such as the one used with the Logitech G29.

Rev matching is a technique used to make smooth gear transitions when down-shifting; it ensures that the vehicle's gearbox avoids any stress-loads and premature wear (IE. a burnt clutch) and to also help the vehicle's engine speed match the speed of the wheels to avoid jerky gear changes.

In the case of the Gifu, shifting down gears can only be accomplished at certain speeds if you want to avoid stalling whilst driving or grinding your gears. Most of the time you will have to double-clutch to successfully change to a lower gear, as the area in the rev-range for shifting down is very slim. In real life circumstances, you can cause serious damage to the gearbox if your downshifts are not smooth.

Like mentioned before, the best method for smooth downshifts is to double-clutch. To double-clutch, you must be in a suitable gear (EG. 6th gear), press the clutch, shift into neutral then release. Then, blip the throttle, press the clutch once more and shift into a lower gear (EG. 5th gear), then slowly release the clutch. If successful, you will have a smooth gear change. If not, you will not be able to shift into any gear until your wheel-speed is low enough (around 30 km/h). Ensure that your engine speed (RPMs) is low enough (not too low!) before a downshift, or you will not be able to shift back into gear.

TriviaEdit

  • Filling the tank to its 10,000 litre capacity will unlock the "Full of crap" achievement.
  • The plate next to gear stick reads WAB and it has number code 475714500 stamped on it. Code has one missing number (7) missing at end, but it is code of trailer brake valve, made by Wabco.
  • The license plate number, UPT-737, is a reference to a 1990 Finnish television drama series Lentsu[1].

Patch notesEdit

Update Changes
Unknown
Unknown • Added the Gifu
2016
5 January
2016
• Engine sounds changed
26 October
2016
• Added towing hooks
28 October
2016
• The hose will detach itself if too much force is applied
• Made the truck stop moving when the player moves in the cockpit
30 October
2016
• The truck won't slide anymore when the parking brake is applied
• Starter help added for players who use auto clutch
8 November
2016
• Made door usage easier
• Increased tyre grip
19 December
2016
• The player character can now die when driving the truck
2017
5 February
2017
• Decreased engine power
• Made the parking brake fail when a strong force is applied
• The player character can now sleep in the truck
17 April
2017
• Fixed a bug where the truck did not check the fuel level when starting the engine
29 May
2017
• Fixed reverse gear ratios
31 July
2017
Cops now enforce a 80km/h speed limit for the truck
24 October
2017
• Fixed steering help setting issues
5 December
2017
• Added seat belts
• The windshield can now be broken
2018
23 February
2018
• Added odometer
18 August
2018
• Improved parking brake system
• Added beacon lights
• Added Gifu brand decals
• Made front wheels rusty
24 October
2018
• The truck now requires rev matching when changing gears when using a H-shifter
• Added license plates
• Cosmetic changes to the steering wheel

ReferencesEdit

  1. Simo Kauppinen - 23 October 2018: "That plate number is from a Finnish tv-show Lentsu. A character driving the truck also happens to be called "Toivo Kesseli"!"