Flood relief: tunnel heroes want to auction a fit Fendt tractor

They actually wanted to be finished with the Fendt tractor in a week. The good piece, 52 years old, was given to the “Tunnel Heroes” from Dernau. It was to be auctioned off at the Wine Blossom Festival in Dernau on April 23rd and 24th. But it’s not that far yet. Instead, the seven mechanics from all over Germany will be presenting their work in progress in Christian “Pep” Gläske’s hall on the main road in Dernau. They have prepared a presentation up in the railway tunnel, with videos and wine sales. A trip to the Ahr Valley next weekend is therefore worthwhile.

The schedule could not be met

The magnificent seven had come together after the flood disaster in the Ahr Valley. During weeks of work, they repaired one farm tractor after the other. Some had been five meters deep in the water. They got 15 pieces back on the road for the winegrowers, who urgently needed the vehicles for the wine harvest.

The “Tunnel Heroes” from Dernau – Wolfgang Behner is second from the left – are restoring a 52-year-old Fendt.

However, their ambitious schedule could not be met, as Wolfgang Behner reports. He is one of the “Tunnel Heroes”. The Uckerather talks about the many thousands of working hours that they have already invested in the Fendt in the Gläske hall. Behner goes to Dernau regularly. First, he and his colleagues completely disassembled the engine, subsequent work was more complex than expected. “We beat out the liners and had to reinstall the pistons and connecting rods. We went through the clutch right away.”

The procurement of spare parts also turned out to be more difficult than expected. Instead of one day, they waited four for urgently needed material. So they decided to completely disassemble the vehicle. They separated the hull from the rear axle. All surfaces, every little screw or line, fenders and rims, engine block and driver’s cab were sanded.

“After the paint was off, we primed and then repainted with synthetic resin paint,” reports Behner. “Anyone who buys it now will get a completely new tractor,” he promises. Even the rear tires have been replaced. The old ones would still have done it, but once it was on, the “Tunnel Heroes” found a sponsor for it too.

“It’s a lot of fun to see the Fendt again and again,” enthuses Behner. Presumably on July 15, one day after the anniversary of the disaster, the vehicle is to be offered via a global auction platform. Behner’s hope: “There must be at least a high, five-digit amount to get around. The proceeds go to the flood victims.


Source: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger – Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger by www.ksta.de.

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