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Sd.Kfz.250/5 Restoration stage 1 (beginning)

Sd.Kfz. 250/5 left in Austria, restored to driving condition, and even used to drive couple of meter even on streets of Vienna.

Vehicle was found in 1970’s in Graz, it  went to hands of historical vehicle enthusiasts, and got it restored according to their needs, Restoration technical level was just to make it driving, but without deep historical research while in that time it was not a mainstream as well most of serious books on sd.kfz 250 were published much much later.

After getting vehicle in our hands in early 2000’s we wanted restoration level according to rarity and historical value of the vehicle – with complete equipment and correct driving capabilities. That means – long and very hard path of  100% dismantle and inspect every part possible replace, and repair everything needed and complete according to manuals with tons of different bits and pieces which need to be in command radio vehicle.

 

 camouflage colors were not worst, but apply and scheme is non-historical

camouflage colors were not worst, but apply and scheme is non-historical

 

camouflage was applied even to hull, which on original photos we havent found, as well as gearbox was under primer which is also not appropriate

camouflage was applied even to hull, which on original photos we havent found, as well as gearbox was under primer which is also not appropriate

 

Firewall is all pieces original, with oil can brackets of later type

Firewall is all pieces original, with oil can brackets of later type

 

oilpump was put modern on firewall insted of original on engine, many pieces were re-built to serve more simple for driving

 

HL-42 TRKM Maybach engine Sd.Kfz.250 with oil tank on right side and warm air pipes around front

 

 

beautiful original painted "sandgelb" yellow gas tank, with minor pits of rust, and non original floor plate

beautiful original painted “sandgelb” yellow gas tank, with minor pits of rust, and non original very postwar aluminum floor plate

 

back view of hull, with original painted gas tank. and fantasy applied camouflage in 1970

back view of hull, with original painted gas tank. and fantasy applied camouflage in 1970

 

floor mounts were put upside down, and on some wrong positions, we got lucky it wasn't under much rust

floor mounts were put upside down, and on some wrong positions, we got lucky it wasn’t under much rust

 

engine in Demag D7p as well as standard Demag sd.kfz. 10 D7 is hold from a back to clutch housing, and it is surrounded by firewall

engine in Demag D7p as well as standard Demag sd.kfz. 10 D7 is hold from a back to clutch housing, and it is surrounded by firewall

 

well complete sd.kfz 250 pedal system with view on engine starter and firewall

well complete sd.kfz 250 pedal system with view on engine starter and firewall

 

sdkfz 250 dashboard completed with postwar lamps indicators and some gauges

sdkfz 250 dashboard completed with postwar lamps indicators and some gauges

 

sd.kfz 250 firewall driver wheel and gearbox

sd.kfz 250 firewall driver wheel and gearbox

 

sd.kfz 250 firewall and engine back

sd.kfz 250 firewall and engine back

 

sd.kfz 250 main brake valve, Hauptbremszylinder, in poor condition

sd.kfz 250 main brake valve, Hauptbremszylinder, in poor condition

 

Maybach HL42 TRKM engine, produced Nordbau, still in original greygreen paint

Maybach HL42 TRKM engine, produced Nordbau, still in original greygreen paint

 

Maybach HL42 TRKM engine, produced Nordbau, view from right side - Oiltank

Maybach HL42 TRKM engine, produced Nordbau, view from right side – Oiltank front view – T-form holder for air filter

 

Hull of sd.kfz 250 ausf B welded hull late type, Maybach HL42 TRKM engine, mount made together with mounts for air fan, 3 drain port holes of different form, every each of them has its "own " cover of is own form

Hull of sd.kfz 250 ausf B welded hull late type, Maybach HL42 TRKM engine, mount made together with mounts for air fan, 3 drain port holes of different form, every each of them has its “own ” cover of is own form

 

Oil- lubrication system suspension valve cleanded, and Notek light switch, this vehicle originally has a Bosch light, so no Notek switch needed

 

Production number of part on radio operators armored visor, sd.kfz Visier

 

Demag D-7 track , type Kgw. 51/240/160 – sd.kfz. 250’s use 38 track links per side. Self lubricated track with needle bearings inside + rubber pads bolted onto track gives high road speed possiblities

 

nice view on right sprocket wheel, late type without hub covers, such wheels were used only on sd.kfz 250 B, and no other Demag D7 family vehicles.

 

Rests of original paint on a welded hull belly of sd.kfz 250, nice visible drain ports for engine

 

Sandgelb – sand yellow paint of wehrmacht vehicles of later ww2

 

sd.kfz 250 belly Fuel tank drain cover with part number on it

 

sd.kfz 250 belly Fuel tank drain hole

 

Rear of welded hull sd.kfz. 250 ausf B, late vehicles had welded hulls, early sd.kfz 250 B still had riveted hulls same as 250 ausf A’s

Sd.Kfz. 250 ausf B in its first “plain view”, still missing side bin for “Werkzeug und Zubehoer” instruments and additional equipment, no antenna mount visible, but overall view is much more authentic than on first photograph of this post.

 

 

 

Here first videos after first restoration stage is finished. 

Winter first driving attempt, with Sd.Kfz. 250 new with inner radios and some complete parts in.

summer drive of sd.kfz 250 neu ausf B

See next restoration stages soon

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