1943 Hand Crank Fabricate / Copy
I just plain enjoy fabricating parts... you can buy them for about $50.00
A buddy (John) loaned me his original crank to copy.
The head is made out of 1" round stock. It is line bored 1/2" and 5/16" cross drilled. After that is done make a saw cut down to the 5/16" hole.
I then used a power hacksaw to rough cut the angles. After that it was just hand work with files to make it look like the original.
The shafts were turned down to 1/2" to insert into the heads. Then will be welded.
Comparison Pictures of original & my copy
Bending Shafts and welding heads on. Both painted & One Stamped as for a MB
Crank in it's business position
Hand, Engine Starting
Pictures of original markings on both MB & GPW cranks
Storage of Hand Crank
from clamp on inside of Rear Body Panel
Crank Brackets - The Hand crank hung at an angle against the inside of the Rear
Body Panel. It hangs vertically on a bracket with a threaded stud on it welded
to the rear body panel. Over this threaded stud a curved clamp bracket (#A-2853)
is placed wrapping around the round metal of the hand crank. The Clamp is
secured by a wing nut at the top. Welded to the floor pan are 2 small
"L" shaped brackets which also secure the lower ends of the crank.
My Bracket for Storage
The stud for the clamp had been cut off. What I did
was to drill & tap the old bolt that was cut off.
did it to 5/16 coarse thread. I
then made a stud the proper length, threaded it in to the drilled & tapped
hole and put a 5/16 jam nut on the back side.
I then made a clamp 1/8” flat stock. Here is mine clamped up…