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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:41 pm 
paddler

Joined: Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:57 am
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Hey Everybody,

I recently became the new owner of a very old tandem Klepper kayak frame and skin. I have done some research to try and identify the specific model and vintage of it and have reached the limits of what the internet has to offer.

Here is a picture of the assembled frame:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/nsxveY6PZzLi53hD8

I think that I have this model? It's a Wanderzweier from the early 1930's. I found this out by going through this entire website:
https://typen.faltboot.org/f2104_werft_var.php?ID=7

And choosing this one as the closest match:
https://typen.faltboot.org/f2103_var.php?ID=837

I have started the process of restoring the frame as well as making a new skin. As you can see in this picture the skin was too short and was not fitting as much as I tried. I ended up cutting the skin in half and then using it to make a pattern for a new one. You can see in the picture below that it had shrunk significantly...
https://photos.app.goo.gl/xU8PuSa6Cyni1Nxv8

Does anyone know of some place in the US that might have spare parts for a Klepper this old? I believe I am missing the rudder, the pedal controls, the seat bottoms, and a bunch of other small hardware but the only source I have found so far is this site in Germany:
https://www.patcool.de/klepper/klepper- ... 4_133.html

I have a bunch more pictures and plan on doing a longer write up of my work so far in a few days when I have some free time but I wanted to get something out here to see if anyone was interested.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:59 am 
Brotherhood of the Golden Paddle

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Welcome to the group. Really nice to see a very old klepper being restored. As you will have seen there is a section for antique craft. It would be possible for a new skin to be made for you but I think you would have to send the repaired frame to the skin maker. There are members who have made their own replacement skins some advice might be available IF you need it.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:20 pm 
paddler

Joined: Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:57 am
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I have actually started the process of making a new skin already. I found some thick waterproof polyester on sale for 50% off at a fabric store nearby. I'm not sure how well it will work or last but the price was right for a first version. I ended up completely tearing apart the original skin and then I traced it onto muslin in order to create a mockup and a new pattern for the large skin pieces. Here are some pictures some notes on them below.

Here is the original skin laid out on muslin to create the muslin mockup of the new skin:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/iKV5WhqcuXfx3NdT9

I learned something interesting and that is fabric was only made in 36" wide bolts in the 1930's which is why the original hull has to have two thin side pieces attached to it:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/XJUGKLJUPz7Uo3kb8
You can see in the picture above on one side of the original skin it is still attached and one side it is taken off.

Here is a picture showing the scale of the skin on the new fabric:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/tE9zJ99YtvyG4K6MA

This is a picture of the skin partially completed:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/F58W6WiDM2jfd3H58

I still have to finish the side pieces and then add all the grommets and tabs to the new skin. It's definitely a long process to make a new skin but I think by the end it will be worth it.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:44 am 
Brotherhood of the Golden Paddle

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Very nice photos. you don,t need any assistance, it looks like you may be able to help others who are going to re-skin a folder frame. I have put skins on non folders, but these were put on with copper tacks. Where I had to work up each side, I found if I went up one side first I caused the frame to curve.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:47 pm 
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... It's definitely a long process to make a new skin but I think by the end it will be worth it.


That's right. Here are a few pictures of my last project: the restoration of a "GESA Spezial Slalom"

https://c.gmx.net/@334596834532002103/1 ... G_FxkRR9Nw

Rainer


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 11:08 pm 
faltbootemeister

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Very interesting thread, thanks for sharing.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:05 pm 
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Tyler - viewing your photographs - that is really good work. I am very impressed.

I really want to see the finished boat.

Jack

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