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Discussion in 'Military Vehicle Restoration' started by jagdpanther44, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. jagdpanther44

    jagdpanther44 Battlefield wanderer

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    For those interested, I thought I would start a thread to show the restoration/transformation of my recently acquired classic motorcycle and sidecar outfit.

    The bike is a 1940s Soviet M72, and is an almost identical copy of the wartime BMW R71 which was used by the German forces in the early years of WW2. Rumour has it that the bikes blueprints were passed on to the Soviets by Germany as part of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.

    My plan is to transform the bike and sidecar in to a copy of a Wehrmacht outfit.

    As you can see from the photos, the bike is now almost completely stripped down and nearly ready for sand blasting prior to going to the paint shop to be sprayed Feldgrau. Before all that though I have a few jobs to do on the frame to make it more like an R71, including cosmetic and structural transformations. It's going to take a few months to complete the project and I will post updates as I move along.
     
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    von Poop Waspish WW2|ORG Editor

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    This should be good.
    Crack on, John!

    ~A
     
  3. jagdpanther44

    jagdpanther44 Battlefield wanderer

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    Thanks, Adam.

    There's a lot of 'cracking' to do before it's finished! :)
     
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    urqh Tea drinking surrender monkey

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    jagdpanther44 Battlefield wanderer

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    Thanks,Urqh...I'm going to need all the luck I can get...especially when reassembling the thing!
     
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    great project, I love the old BMW and Soviet copies of them from those years. Good luck to you John, hope the wallet isn't too thin?
     
  7. jagdpanther44

    jagdpanther44 Battlefield wanderer

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    Thanks, Clint, I guessed this sort of thing would appeal to you. The wallet is starting to lighten already and I've only just started! :(

    The only saving grace about the project is that spare parts are cheap and very easy to come by.

    Today I removed the piston barrels in readiness for new piston rings to be fitted. All looks well with the barrels with no visible scoring or other damage.
    [​IMG]
     
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    PzJgr Drill Instructor Patron  

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    More power to ya. I'd be afraid of a project that old considering availability (or lack of ) parts. My current project is just 40yrs old and that's with parts available. I will be following this with great interest. Good luck! :salute:
     
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    jagdpanther44 Battlefield wanderer

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    Thanks, Ike.

    These bikes are as tough as nails and can take a lot of stick, the engines are easy to work on, and if I ever do get stuck (i.e 'where does this bolt go?') then I have workshop manuals that I've downloaded from the wonderful interweb to help me get back on track.
     
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    Good luck John, I hope you are good at assembling too.
     
  11. Gebirgsjaeger

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    Great idea. I´m very interested in seeing the progress.
     
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    Very Cool !
     
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    Have fun! Will the parts for the new ones fit yours? Rich A, in Pa.
     
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    jagdpanther44 Battlefield wanderer

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    Rich, fortunately the parts are all the same regardless of the bikes age.

    Last weekend (in sub zero temperatures!) I finished dismantling the bike and all is now done. I also did a little more on the engine and discovered that the piston rings are rather worn, so a new set are on order.
     
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    Lol do you have the MG 42 already? it is a must with the sidecar! And a not allowed to have by the police........
     
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    • That is nice to know. Rich A. in Pa.
     
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    jagdpanther44 Battlefield wanderer

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    Indeed I have, Ulrich... ;)
     
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    Hmmm....

    Looking at pic three, I can't help thinking that's quite a good looking frame/plunger setup, FAR nicer than the rip-off "featherbed" style frame that BMW graduated to in the 1970s and 80s...

    Pity you're restoring it, would look FAR better with a little Sportster tank on it, a single seat, a 16" rear rim.... :metalhead:
     
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    urqh Tea drinking surrender monkey

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    You do the classic Jerry motorcylist trench coat too with helmet...? I'd love one of them or an old British leather Jerkin....
     
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    Holy smokes! I didn't look at these posts before, but Wow! You've taken on quite a project. Keep us posted on your progress. Looks good so far.
     

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