I rescued a set of 75mm Pak 40 wheels plus unknown axle.

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I rescued a set of 75mm Pak 40 wheels plus unknown axle.

Post by Tommygunn » 25 Mar 2008 12:10

Yesterday I rescued a set of 75mm Pak 40 wheels which were due to go who knows where, but certainly not befitting of such items.
They are in excellent nick overall, albeit missing one of the bearing caps on one wheel. The rubber is well used either in combat or in its post war years as the front wheels of an old horse drawn cart.

Even after 60 odd years of dirt, rain, snow and insects both wheels spin perfectly!

It has definately seen combat as there are several scrapes and holes punched through by fragments.
One hole can be seen in the third picture directly above the bearing at about 1 o'clock.

I am unsure of the axle but it does fit the wheels perfectly. There is a square cut thread, just off centre, covering about one third of its section with a channel cut down its length.
I suspect that it was either fitted post war from some other military hardware or it is all that remains of an adhoc artillery piece e.g. French 75mm.

I'm thinking of stripping the whole lot down, sand blasting it and repainting.
I also need to do some weight training because it is bloody heavy!

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Re: I rescued a set of 75mm Pak 40 wheels plus unknown axle.

Post by kstdk » 25 Mar 2008 21:41

Hello

Nice pair. Who on earth could think of throwing those away?

Regarding weight lifting - you could use the wheelset :lol:

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Re: I rescued a set of 75mm Pak 40 wheels plus unknown axle.

Post by Tommygunn » 25 Mar 2008 22:31

Kstdk,
Your not wrong but I'm gonna work up gradually to 300-400kgs.

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Re: I rescued a set of 75mm Pak 40 wheels plus unknown axle.

Post by Jens Andersen » 26 Mar 2008 08:53

Hello

I don't think the wheels are from a 7,5 cm Pak 40 - at least they don't look like those on the one in our museum.

http://museumscenterhanstholm.dk/nyheder/?PAGE=2635

I don't think the axle is original, either - at least not for a German Pak. On the 3,7 cm and 7,5 cm Pak the wheels were not mounted on an axle, they have a very complicated type of suspension.

I would think that the axle hase been added for use on some agricultural wagon.

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Re: I rescued a set of 75mm Pak 40 wheels plus unknown axle.

Post by Tommygunn » 26 Mar 2008 10:57

I'm certain they are Pak 40 wheels as I know there are at least five types of wheel design, including mine.
1. 8 convex spokes
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2. 8 convex spokes(slightly different design)
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3. 8 spoke, 4 convex & 4 concave alternating spokes
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4. 10 spoke solid wheel (5 convex & 5 concave)
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5. 6 spoke (mine)
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In regards to the axle, I did speculate it was from some other piece of equipment even though it fits the bearings perfectly.

That is a very nice 75mm in the museum. Is the paint original?

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Re: I rescued a set of 75mm Pak 40 wheels plus unknown axle.

Post by Jens Andersen » 26 Mar 2008 15:15

Ok, it seems that you are right about the origin.

And, yes the paint is original.

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Re: I rescued a set of 75mm Pak 40 wheels plus unknown axle.

Post by SASH155 » 27 Jun 2008 01:38

This type of wheel was also used on the 10.5cm leFH-18/40 which had a reinforced PaK-40 carriage.

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Re: I rescued a set of 75mm Pak 40 wheels plus unknown axle.

Post by Kacz » 18 Dec 2013 00:03

Hello, I am hoping you can help me. I am in the process of researching the PAK40 with the intent of making a 1/6th model. Unfortunately I do not have one near where I am to confirm dimensions. I am hoping that you would be able to take a few measurements of your wheel for me? If I could get the diameter, thickness and spacing between wheels, that would be a huge help!
Thanks!!

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Re: I rescued a set of 75mm Pak 40 wheels plus unknown axle.

Post by Jens Andersen » 18 Dec 2013 09:22

Hello Kacz

Diameter of wheel: 88,5 cm
Thickness of wheel (rubber): 15 cm
Spacing between wheels: 147 cm.

If you need photos, send me a pb with you email-adress then I can mail you some.

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Re: I rescued a set of 75mm Pak 40 wheels plus unknown axle.

Post by Kacz » 18 Dec 2013 18:28

Thank you so much Jens. I will send you a pm shortly. Any information I can get on the PAK40 would be a great help. I am working off a 1/35 model, but want it to be as accurate as possible.

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Re: I rescued a set of 75mm Pak 40 wheels plus unknown axle.

Post by zeemacht » 21 Dec 2013 16:52

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Could these be the same? I found them nearby a farmershouse at the Breskens Pocket.
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