Almost 3 months have passed since we did something to the 21-29. The reason is that we have been waiting for a delivery of spare parts to the track. Finally, last week some boxes arrived with the long-awaited parts.
Now we have a summer break, but in August we will start renovating the tracks again. When they are finished, the carriage can move by itself for the first time in almost 50 years. What a lovely experience it will be!
On the internet there is a picture of a LK II running without a body, where the rider sits on a small platform. We have built a floor and mounted a chair on it to create a functioning driver’s seat. The ergonomics of the driver’s seat is not the best but for limited driving tests, it will work fine.
The power pack was mounted in the frame and it was time to start the engine and check if everything worked as it should. The engine started, the gears went in and out and the drive wheels were spinning.
Look, listen and enjoy!!
The tank has only two seats, one seat for the driver and a stool for the commander, which both are missing. We have therefore taken a chair from a KP armed car, painted it and covered it with a coarse green cloth. The stool remains in the tank standing at the museum, as such, we can produce it later.
We have got oil for the gearbox, the steering gear and the final drives. We have filled a few liters in each unit, mainly to see and verify that there are no leaks anywhere. If everything looks good, it is time to start the engine again and check if the gearbox and the steering gear works properly.
While a renovation is going on, it is easy to forget how the different parts looked like before we did order them. Therefore, I have done some before and after pictures to show the incredible difference cleaning, painting and general tidying-up does. Not to mention the feeling of knowing that things work as they should.
We start with the powertrain: engine, gear box and steering gear.
Instrumentation and wiring.
We have also replaced the modern rod antenna with a loop antenna.
Since the holidays are over it is time to start again. There is still much to do before the work is done.
But we are back on track.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.
Now we make a break for the holidays, but in January we are back.