Post by Rolf Sigurd Ask on Feb 4, 2008 10:50:13 GMT 1
Nicklas asked me to put in his story here. So enjoy ! Rolf
"I got hold of My Kübelbody ten years ago, and it was said to have served in III JG5 (Luftwaffe). The original einheitsfarbe -43 was overpainted in luftwaffe bluegrey. Over the Luftwaffe paint was a number of other colours and at last the blue on the pic below with a tactical sign made for a filproduction in the sixties. A couple of years later I was lucky to get hold of an original chassi (from Tjeckia) that was made just three months later than the body. When I did some research I found out that the chassis where made at KDF wolkswagenwerk, and the bodys by Ambi Budd Presswerk, and during this time the factorys where bombed by the allied forces - with big delays in the production - so in fact - this boy and chassi was in theory historically compatible. This encurriged me to start this rebuild of the car. A lot of friends just shook their heads and thought I was going insane...
On the lower picture is the chassi rebuilt, and i have puzzled the body on top before restoration."
Post by Rolf Sigurd Ask on Feb 4, 2008 10:57:30 GMT 1
I got help from a friend (Claes Wingren, a true hero) with the welding and bodywork. We tried to keep as much original parts that we could, and I bought the rest from Vladimir Lehar. I have bought parts from him over the years and find him as a very serius collector with skills and a big knowledge. He sells very good repro parts (at a fair price as well) and I found out that many other repropart dealers actually buy their stuff from him. The body work took about one and a half year (in sparetime) to get ready. During the years I have been constantly looking for missing original parts and details, and found at swapmeets, and from friends around the world who also was rebuilding Type 82:s. A nice bunch of people that have shared technical problems and parts! Thanks everyone!
Post by Rolf Sigurd Ask on Feb 4, 2008 11:02:08 GMT 1
To tell the story about every details is not possible but as an example - here is the batterybox. I started out with an original one that i mesured and documented in detail, got hold of the correct lock, the correct type of lettering for the info on top and all the small wooden details inside, as well as the holders for the heater. I have always been extra interested in the winterequipment used in german Pkw:s Lkw:s and vehicles though I am living in Scandinavia, and the winters get cold here. So I had to put some extra work into this detail as well.
Post by Rolf Sigurd Ask on Feb 4, 2008 11:06:01 GMT 1
The next step was all the gaswelding. Another good friend and neighbour (Kenneth Lindsjö) helped me out with this. On the original Typ 82:s the bodys where quite roughly gaswelded on a number of places, these weldings was not sanded (wartime production). I wanted this detail made accuratly in the same way as the original, because that is one detail you van see clearly when the car is painted.
Post by Rolf Sigurd Ask on Feb 4, 2008 11:09:23 GMT 1
When researching type 82:s from III JG 5 i found a couple of pictures from different sources, but turned out to show the same car, so I decides to paint my car after this, as I think this is as close as it can get. By mesuring the numberplateholders on the original Pic showing the rear, I could find out the exact size of the III JG 5 emblem painted beside and make a paperdummy for each colour - this emblem is also placed on the front mudguard!
Post by Rolf Sigurd Ask on Feb 4, 2008 11:11:43 GMT 1
I have during the years found all the original parts and details for my car, but I was missing one thing - the original handle for the Jeck. I have only seen one original during the years, that a friend in Tjeckia have, and this last piece bugged me a lot. Two years ago me and my girlfriend took a vacation in Crete and drove around with a rented car. We stopped in a small village for lunch, and after we took a walk. There was a blacksmith that made lorrys for donkeys and horses and he had a lot of scrap and junk on his backyard, so I just had to take a look. I totally frooze in the heat, when my eyes suddenly saw the upper part of a handle that seemed familiar among all the rusty things - and yes - an original jeck handle for my Kübel! I thougt I was going to faint! I asked him if it was for sale - and he just looked at me like I was a nutcase. I got it for 4 €. The rest of the vacation I woke up every night and just had to stumple in the dark to hold it, and to ensure myself that it was not just a dream - the third night my girlfriend just said - Go to bed Nicklas - the handle is there!
This is probably the best vacation I have ever had...
Post by Rolf Sigurd Ask on Feb 4, 2008 11:18:50 GMT 1
Last autumn we painted it, and now I am reassembling all the parts - it is like when I was young and built the car in 1:35 scale - so fun! Another friend with a long experience helps me out (Bertil Tuvesson). We have changed all the brake pads and bearings and we are enjoying ourself all the time! The goal is to drive it this spring, and I will come back with the result!
I am really looking forward to get started with my next project...
Holger and Einar! Thanks for your nice words! Helps me keep my spirit up! Einar - I hope to see your Typ 40 restoration here soon! Holger - I am going to follow your Schwimm restoration with greatest interest! Regards / Nick...
Post by Rolf Sigurd Ask on Feb 14, 2008 10:20:24 GMT 1
Nicks restoration continues...
"Tonight i mounted the front Notek light. I have studied a lot of wartime pictures and i think this is the right way that the notek foot was mounted, with a rubber ring between the body (and a small metalclamp in between for grounding?) and rubber on the upper part of the bolts. If anyone knows better I am pleased to be informed! This is a real joy, mounting all details, I suddenly feel like twelve again!
Ran in to some major problems with the brake wiring. I only had one original hub (to the right on the lower pic) but my dear friend and neighbour Kenneth Lindsjö, helped me out and manufactured four exact replicas for me - so now the restoration can continue!
Found a great guy in Poland - Tomasz - and he makes all electricall wiring for Kübel and Schwimm, exactly like the original! Same type of colored wiring - and his work is really fantastic! When you order from him you get a copy of the original plans, for the actuall version or if it is for an early or late manufactured car! If anyone would like to get in contact and order from him, just send me a P.M. and I will forward you to him! Check these pics out - You cant get closer to originality than this!
...I spent some nice time making schablon/stencils for the division sign of III JG 5. I made them in cardboard, and one for each colour. By mesuring the distance between the screws of the rear numberplate holder on the originalpic (earlier above) I found out the correct size. I have been studying original painting for some years now, and have seen both sprayed and "dotted with a sponge" examples, and I settled for the last method, also seen on the original pic.