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The restoration of my Kettenkrad #1
In October 1992 I bought my first Kettenkrad. To be more precise: I bought a modified hull and a pile of parts. After WW2 this Kettenkrad was used by a farmer in East Germany. He threw away all the parts, which he didn't need on the field: Battery- and toolbox, rear seat, bonnet, one of the two fuel tanks, the headlamp and some more. He also fitted another engine (OPEL 1,2 litre SV instead of the original OPEL 1,5 litre OHV) and replaced the original driver's seat by a kitchen chair. The front fork was replaced by the front fork of a ZÜNDAPP KS 750 motorbike.
And the farmer welded some iron to the hull, to fit a plough. With these "modifications" a MV collector from East Germany bought the Kettenkrad from the farmer in the 80s. He began to restore the vehicle, but it was hard to get parts for a Kettenkrad in the "German Democratic Republic".
In 1989 came the german reunion and I met this collector. I was looking for a Kettenkrad, but he didn't want to sell it. Some years later he wanted to sell, but I was not interested, because it was much too much work to restore it, because of the many missing original parts.
So I continued looking for a Kettenkrad. On the autojumble at Mannheim there was a man, who sold NOS track connecting bolts for the Kettenkrad. I was fascinated and bought a set of 80. On this autojumble there were two Kettenkrads for sale, both in a terrible state, but for a lot of money. So I decided to buy the Kettenkrad from the east German collector, because it was better than those at the Mannheim autojumble.
Two days after the autojumble we made the deal. I bought an empty hull and a pile of rusty parts. My wife was sceptic, but I told her that such a Kettenkrad is a good investment and the money is not lost...
The hull of my Kettenkrad, when I got it (October 1992):
This is the state of the Kettenkrad now (Mai 2000 and it still is in spring 2009!). You see, it is still a lot of work to do.
So I bought Kettenkrad #2 in February 2000.