Sd.Kfz 222 4 Serie, Sd.Kfz 223 3 Serie, Sd.Kfz 261 5 Serie, Sd.Kfz 250 Ausf.B, Stoewer R180S

The ‘one shot’ lubrication system is being fitted to the collections 3 Serie Sd.Kfz.223. The 8mm and 4mm copper pipe is on hand. The lubrication hub units have been cleaned and the olives and fittings are being machined and prepared for final fitting. The first brake line has also been fitted. The original brake line was fortunately in good condition and could be pressed into service once more. The inserts for the brake ducting have been sourced and approved and will ordered for all the armoured car projects.

The conservation work on the 4 Serie Sd.Kfz.222 continues its slow progress. Each component is being disassembled from the chassis and cleaned of all surface paint to reveal the original grey black paint or in replacement parts the Dunkelgelb dark yellow later paint. This slow but steady work will continue until all of the surface paint painted on in subsequent years after the war is removed. The chassis will then be back to a very original conserved state. We are fortunate to have worked on the Zundapp KS750 sidecar recently where valuable experience on conservation methods was gained. The Sd.Kfz 222 chassis will be an improvement on the motorcycle combination which should provide an even better end result.

Collecting for our 2 Sd.Kfz.250s – the Ausf.A and B continues. We have recently sourced an original dashboard, AA rear boom with the sustained fire mechanism fitting and the rear antenna mount for the Sd.Kfz.250/3 Ausf.B. More of the central lubrication fittings continue to be gathered which will provide enough components for this part of the project when we start with these two important vehicles.

More work has been completed this week on the Stoewer R180S. The battery received attention followed by the header tank and fuel pump. The result was the first good run ever.

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