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Old 02-10-2018, 09:24 AM   #151
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Well thank you, it is certainly a dream to be able to restore these vehicles. In reality things always take a lot longer than imagined though, often restoring is about taking one step forward, two steps back....

Some of the final bits to the added to the exterior are the "antlers" holding the indicators, side mirror and search light. The search light was used on vehicles at the time because roads and road signs were not illuminated. When navigating at night, vehicles often had to stop at an intersection and use the searchlight to light up the direction signs to find their way.

The shape of the "Antlers" is unique to each type of Wehrmacht vehicle, needless to say on the Kfz 17 they are different from those on the Kfz 15 build on the same chassis. Unfortunately the originals did not survive on the Kfz 17/1 so they had to be copied from the Kfz 17.



The indicators used at the time were so called "trafficators" or semaphore indicators. When activated they flip up from their protective housing. The semaphores on the pictures are temporary ones, they will be replaced with correct SWF types later on.

A front view of the right hand side "antler" with semaphore and search light:



The left hand side holds the left hand semaphore and the rearview mirror holder:



The electrical wiring connecting to the semaphores and the searchlight are running inside the hollow piping of the "Antlers"



With these final bits added to the exterior, I am almost getting ready to give the whole vehicle a coat of paint. When the vehicle left the factory in 1941, it would have been painted dark grey. Most vehicles surviving into the second half of the war would have been repainted ordnance tan. Since I want this to represent a "Normandy" vehicle I will give it a ordnance tan base coat.

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Old 02-20-2018, 05:58 AM   #152
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Time for some painting. First the car had to be cleaned properly as it accumulates a lot of dirt over time. Over summer the bats seem to use my garage as a restaurant, there are always lots of insect wings and bits landing on top of the cars. So after cleaning I covered the car in old sheets just to keep the muck off before painting. The inside of the doorframes were covered in a colour of grey and windows and tyres were taped:





After that the whole car was given a coat of Dunkelgelb. The sheets were now used to cover the engine







I picked a nice sunny day so that the paint could dry during the rest of the day but obviously the paint will need a while to harden. I will leave the car in its Dunkelgelb coat over winter. This will show up any areas of the Pertinax plates where the paint may not have adhered properly. Next spring I will check for any areas that may need repainting before applying any camouflage and details.


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Old 02-20-2018, 11:10 AM   #153
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She's just beautiful
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Old 02-20-2018, 01:47 PM   #154
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Excellent restoration and paint job. Have been following this project with great interest, puts my restoration efforts to shame.
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Old 02-21-2018, 02:01 PM   #155
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Thanks, she is starting to look great. At least the exterior is slowly getting there. Many details and much technical work still to do though... I am aiming to finish the restoration somewhere this spring (2018).

The initial hope was that the Kfz 17/1 could make its public debut at Militracks this year, but the transport cost between Normandy and the Netherlands proved to be a stumbling block. Instead I hope that I can debut the car at some events during the Normandy D-day celebrations. We will see how far I get!

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Old 02-21-2018, 03:12 PM   #156
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Old 03-30-2018, 06:37 AM   #157
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A bit more work on the radio table, the heart of the matter. The radio table has a number of storage compartments, I needed to make the doors plus fittings for these:



The larger door has a lock; this is for the central compartment that holds the Enigma machine in some versions of the vehicle. Because the Kfz17/1 housed VHF equipment mainly used for tactical communications it was not fitted with the Enigma. The large protruding part on the centre of the door is a cover for the locking pin for the foldable table top, the cover prevents you hurting your knees on the pin sticking out considerably:



The doors are fitted to the table frame with piano hinges, the two bolts allow the battery compartment lid to be opened independently from the central compartment door and vice versa.

Also visible are the two support for the folding table. When the table is not in use, they can be rotated out of the way and the table top can be folded down. A spring mechanism locks to the pin on the central compartment door keeping the table top out of the way.

So now the work area for the Funkers is taking shape:



Note the footrests under the table. Together with the handles fitted to the ceiling and above the doors they provide the radio operators with something to hold on in rough terrain.

Another view shows the storage compartments under the table from the right side of the vehicle:



The space on the right under the table is reserved for the power supply of the transmitter. Whereas the U100 and U80 Umformers can be fitted directly to the table, the smaller U15 and U20 Umformer were fitted to a special frame which allowed them to be secured to the table. Clamps and bolts hold the Umformers securely in place.

Another view of the Funker's office:



The two rails on the fixed portion of the table secure the straps that hold the radio equipment to the table. This flexible system allowed radio sets of different shape and size to be secured to the table. Typically one transmitter and one receiver, in some cases an extra receiver or a Feldfernschreiber could be secured to the table.

With the Funker's workplace taking shape, the vehicle is now starting to look like a the radio vehicle it is supposed to be.

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Old 03-30-2018, 11:29 AM   #158
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five-star work

Where do you get the wood and other materials (brackets, latches, hinges)?
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Old 03-30-2018, 04:02 PM   #159
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Great job.I wish I had the the place,time and determination to finish such a project

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Old 03-31-2018, 06:21 AM   #160
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Getting the right wood is becoming a problem, just as well that the restoration is coming to and end. The last remaining sawmill in my area closed down last year, so getting custom cuts of ash, beech and oak is getting difficult. The general quality of the stuff for sale in DIY shops around here is pretty poor, I can not even get decent quality plywood, the stuff here is full of hollows and is not glued properly so I had to get most of that from Germany.

The metal work was all copied from the originals, the lock made by a locksmith in Germany, other bits were made by a friend of mine who is a bit of a wizard with metalwork. Some of the simpler bits I made myself. Most of the bits were made many years ago already, sometimes the biggest challenge is to relocate all the bits stored rather randomly in the many crates of junk.

Whenever I am travelling I always browse through hardware shops to see if I can find screws and other bits that I can use for restorations as hardly anything can be found locally any more. Failing that I often resort to eBay.de as there is still a reasonable selection of sellers of all sorts of specialist materials and hardware in Germany, sometimes I find things bits and material in the UK, hardly ever here in France.

The times of DIY and fixing things are over, something that frustrates me and makes me appreciate even more the artistry of people that produce objects with their hands....

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Old 05-12-2018, 05:15 AM   #161
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I guess it has been a while since the last update. Not a lot of photographs this time as most of the work has been taking place "under the skin". Both the braking system and the electrical system needed to be completed so I spend winter sourcing some of the missing brake parts and connecting up all the electrical cabling. There was some work required on the Notek switch, this contains resistance wire to dim the front Notek light and these wires were corroded and broken in my switch, so I had to fit new resistance wiring to make it work again. I also had to clean and restore the "trafficator" direction indicators, the mechanism is quite sensitive to dirt and after 70+ years there is plenty of that! In any case I managed to get all the lights -and most importantly- the brakes to work.

With all the main systems operational I could now take the car for its first test drives. I quickly discovered that the engine did not generate full power. I had plug fouling on one side and two wet plugs on the other of the V8. The plug fouling could be traced to an inverted choke valve plate in one of the carburettors causing an overly rich mixture on one side of the engine. The wet plugs had to be down to an ignition problem. I reset the contact points several times, exchanged the rotor arm, switched the ignition coils and checked the ignition cables all to no avail as the engine kept losing power. In the end I exchanged the complete ignition mounting plate in the distributer which finally did the trick. It turned out the be a faulty capacitor causing the ignition to fire only roughly half of the time, it was basically skipping two cylinders on the right side of the engine. With full power restored the car finally became drivable and I could do some further setup work on the brakes etc.

I am not 100% happy with the engine yet, so I will limit the miles and take it easy until it can be checked over. At least the vehicle is fully operational now and I can prepare it for road registration hopefully later this year.

In the mean time I continue on the interior detailing, still lots of little jobs to do but I am hoping the show the vehicle here in Normandy during the D-day commemorations.

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Old 05-12-2018, 06:39 PM   #162
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Amazing that you have multiple talents and skills - to work on electronics, RF, mechanics, welding and engines.
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Old 05-13-2018, 05:34 PM   #163
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I love this thread...too bad about Photobucket changing...
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Old 05-15-2018, 01:22 PM   #164
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Amazing that you have multiple talents and skills - to work on electronics, RF, mechanics, welding and engines.
Haha, you haven't seen me ride my unicycle while juggling burning chainsaws yet....

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Old 05-16-2018, 05:58 PM   #165
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Yes, but are they period WWII German unicycle and chainsaws?
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