Sd.Kfz.222, Sd.Kfz.223, LP1 (Australia)

The supports for the front fenders for the Sd.Kfz.222 4.Serie leichte Panzer Spähwagen are almost done. Red oxide treatment of the final large support strut for the front fenders is the only task remaining to complete for the supports (see main image). Settings for the engine of the Sd.Kfz.223 3.Serie and Sd.Kfz.222 4.Serie 3.5 liter V8 were taken from the Werk Horch engine documentation within the our archives and translated for the team working on the engines. This is very important work as none of the engines survived in perfect condition and the work done by external ‘specialists’ had been sub standard to say the least.

The air filter cartridges for the Sd.Kfz.222 and Sd.Kfz.223 are being completed. The mesh was cut for these and the housings machined in preparation for final assembly. This is now well underway and the next batch are being prepared for air filter number 2. We will write up the process and the research in Inside Track for those wishing for more detail on the subject.

The body to chassis mounting sections are now complete for the Sd.Kfz.222 4.Serie. We have most of these parts and the few outstanding examples required were exact copies made from our visits and research made over the past 25 years into these armoured cars.

The sump armour has now been fitted to the chassis with its hanging straps. These very original components provide a wonderful wrap to the underside of the chassis and a striking view from the inside of the engine bay.

Research into the LP1 (Australia) carrier continues. The focus this week has been the internal fittings and the parts required for them. More original documentation on this rare vehicle is required to assist this process. There is discussion currently whether the LP1 could possibly jump the queue on the restoration schedule but for a number of outstanding parts required.

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