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Restoration of the Adler Favorit 8/35 PS: Two are better than one

Adler Favorit 8/35 PS restoration
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E in the 1960s Herbert Kessler from Mühldorf attacked a kind of travel bug at the Inn. The thirty-year-old at the time did not have a special goal in mind, he just wanted to escape the increasingly hectic everyday life: 'The cars were getting faster and faster, it seemed to me that everyone was suddenly in a hurry,' remembers Kessler. He didn't want to follow this trend. At least in his free time, enjoyable travel should be the main focus, and in his opinion the only suitable vehicle for this is a classic car. But where do you get it from? There was no such journal in Germany at that time.

It should be an incomplete wreck

So he simply asked the customers of his brother-in-law's Fiat and Hanomag workshop, where he had worked as a master mechanic for five years. The research paid off. One of them knew about an eagle in Mühldorf and immediately offered himself as an intermediary. During the viewing appointment, Kessler came across an old vehicle without wheels, jacked up in a dilapidated garage, covered with dirt and dust from the crumbling ceiling paneling. In addition, the headlights and the carburetor were missing, and the mice had raged inside.

Kessler was not put off. He bought the wreck and in an adventurous operation made it into his garage on Saturday mornings. The eagle rested in front and behind on a towing axle, and the load was pulled by a Fiat Neckar, which the broker of this purchase was driving. When a police patrol appeared, he got weak knees because Kessler, who was running at the end of the train, had to hold the eagle so that it would not fall off the towing axle. But the police officers evidently missed the daring of this company - everything went well.

Kessler now faced a new challenge: a restoration. 'In addition, I had no documents or books about the car and there were no parts dealers,' says Kessler, emphasizing the difficulty of his task. But he did his best and went to work with enormous zeal. From five to seven in the morning and from 8 to 11 p.m. in the evening, he toiled in the garage, often on his knees due to the lack of a lifting platform, which he remembered as particularly troublesome.

Mistake of a restoration beginner

In the passenger compartment he first removed the traces of the mice. Thanks to thePrevious owners used protective covers, but the interior didn't look too bad, but new covers were essential. Kessler used any red fabric for this. 'Back then I didn't know what to look out for.' He found it astonishing that there were only two rust perforations to be welded in the rear area of ​​the body, which was separated from the chassis.

The condition of the chassis was also pleasing. As the mileage of the car was only 10,940, there was no wear and tear on the wheel suspensions and the kingpin. Of course the brakes were tight. In order to be able to remove the drums, Kessler had to have a special puller made. Incidentally, one of the special features of the Adler Favorit is a hydraulically operated brake that was not yet common at the time.

Time-consuming search for spare parts

Kessler also ensured the function of the central lubrication again, because it enabled him Keep the wear of the lubricated components at the previous low level. He dismantled the cylinder head on the engine, poured oil into the combustion chambers and, with a lot of patience and careful heat treatment, got the stuck machine to turn again. However, he had to honing the cylinder liners. Because he did not remove the side camshaft, he was not embarrassed to have to set the unknown timing.

When setting the valves, he built on his experience, which also helped him with overhauling the ignition distributor. He replaced the missing carburetor with a model from a Ford, but had to make a suitable intake pipe.

In general, the search for missing parts turned out to be extremely time-consuming, especially since he often did not know what they had to look like due to the lack of a template, as in the case of the wheels. Kessler had underestimated their procurement. In the evenings he often went to look for the neighboring communities. So that his wife didn't always have to stay at home alone with the two all too lively little daughters, she took a seat on the back seat with the three-year-old. And instead of the passenger seat, there was the pram with the six-month-old baby in the Kessler's Fiat 850.

Help out of the mess

The salvation turned out to be that earlier agricultural trailers were built from the axles of scrapped cars, and so the old wheels survived. Kessler got hold of two wheels from a trailer, and found two others in a pigsty through a tip from a blacksmith. They weren't optimal, only later did he get better copies by buying another eagle. He found headlights on a farmer's hayloft, but they actually belonged to a Ford. Years later, by chance, he met a Ford owner who had installed Adler headlights, and so the two of them exchanged.

The eagle was painted in againOriginal color, and then the whole family went on numerous tours and events. Kessler was also involved in the filming, but this winter excursion led over roads that were strewn with salt, which did not do the body well.

Everything should get better during the second restoration

Kessler, meanwhile matured into a classic car expert and co-founder of the Mühldorfer oldtimer friends, decided to restore the eagle again. In doing so, he eliminated old mistakes and, for example, replaced all cross-head screws with contemporary slotted screws.

This time he devoted himself more intensively to the engine. A specialist company provided the pistons with new piston rings, and based on a tip from his brother-in-law, he got to grips with the high oil consumption caused by centrifugal losses by installing self-made baffles in the crankcase, for which threaded holes were already provided at the factory.

Since this second complete overhaul, the eagle, whose wooden floor inside and the running boards and rubber pads are still in their original condition, has been running bravely kilometer after kilometer. It often carries its owner far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and that is exactly what Kessler values ​​in particular.

Details on the Adler Favorit 8/35 restoration

  • Place /year of purchase : Mühldorf /1968
  • Condition of purchase: vehicle was not ready to drive and incomplete, body and technology were relatively well preserved.
  • Background: The vehicle belonged to a professor from a family of braid makers; it was driving So every day for lessons at a boarding school in Burghausen, during the war the car was hidden at 10,940 kilometers.
  • Scope of restoration: vehicle dismantled, rust damage removed, interior refurbished, radiator and bumpers chrome-plated, engine started, chassis and brakes - if necessary - overhauled, missing parts taken care of, paint in the original color. Later all non-brand parts were replaced by Adler parts, interior covers were renewed during the second, true-to-original restoration, windows made new, water pump overhauled, piston rings renewed, oil consumption reduced due to centrifugal losses with the help of self-made baffles
  • Duration of restoration: 1968 and end the 80s second revision
  • Expert support and spare parts suppliers: Autolackiererei Peters, 84453 Mühldorf, phone +49 (0) 8631 7069; Autosattlerei Anton Dandl, 84453 Mühldorf, phone +49 (0) 8631 6292
  • Costs: Were not determined by the owner
  • Market value in good condition: around 27,000 euros, according to Classic Car Tax


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