1. Wartburg353W

    Wartburg353W Loyal Comrade

    IMG_4195 (1024x768).jpg IMG_4197 (1024x768).jpg IMG_4199 (1024x768).jpg Eric's posts about accessories and stuff that came with his Trabants has gotten me going. My cars both came with treasure troves of spare parts and accessory items which the owners accumulated over years of caring ownership. First picture is a pair of stamped steel wheel chocks in the package- looks like Czech maybe? and second is an emergency windshield for use if you are on the road and your windshield shatters. You unroll the sheet of vinyl across the windshield opening and trap each end of it in the doors so you can get home. Third picture is of the replacement light bulb set for each car. In Europe a driver can be subjected to a roadside safety inspection at any time, so many cars carry a set of bulbs for quick repair to avoid a citation, which often had to be paid in cash on the spot.
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    JASONCHAD Trabi Meister Forum Donor

    Great stuff! I love the replacement windshield.
  3. trabant601

    trabant601 Loyal Comrade

    Yes, it really is. Those bulb sets look completely different than any I have ever seen for Trabants. I'll dig out one for a picture.
  4. Justin

    Justin Founder Moderator

    Where do you even find some of this stuff? It's pretty cool nevertheless
  5. turbofiat124

    turbofiat124 Premium Member Forum Donor

    I posted about an item I found on Ebay.de which Phi replied as being a temporary windshield:


    I remember Tungsram brand household 120V light bulbs back in the 1970s. K-Mart sold them as their "cheaper" alternative to American made bulbs before China and Mexico started making light bulbs.


    Hungarian and Yugoslavian made products seemed to be the only two Eastern Bloc countries allowed by the US government to sell their products in the United States during that time. Maybe due to good relations perhaps. You never seen anything sold in the US back in those days with CCCP or DDR staped on them.

    I remember the PEZ dispensers K-mart sold were made in Yugoslavia. I have a Hungarian made wind up alarm clock made by "MOM" that came from K-Mart that was made in Hungary.

    Look just like this one except all chrome and in like new condition but stopped working:

    In order to pry the back off it you have to unscrew the alarm and time winding knobs and one of them just spins around. Perhaps one of the springs is broken so it's non repairable anyway. I'd probably have to cut the knob off which would make the clock useless if I did get it working again. Or replace the winding stem. I'm not a clocksmith so forget that.

    I'd like to see if it's a simple fix. Last time it quit working I sprayed the whole inside with WD-40 and it worked for a couple of years more.
  6. trabant601

    trabant601 Loyal Comrade

    If it is already broken, dig in and maybe you can fix it. I tried to get the DDR Ruhla clock like this going again and have to keep the back easy to get off. A flick of the flywheel dealio in there and it starts ticking again and sometimes goes all day. Woohoo. I just picked it up to snap a pic and it started ticking. I think I need to clean it is all. IMG_20130809_204233.jpg IMG_20130809_204240.jpg
  7. turbofiat124

    turbofiat124 Premium Member Forum Donor

    One idea might be to remove the guts and go with a battery operated system if the hands could be transplanted to the new mechanism. But that would do away with the alarm feature. But at least make the clock useable as a desk show piece.

    I actually used to use this alarm clock until it stopped working as a second backup alarm. My other clock is battery operated with a motorized bell which get's me up but only goes off for about 2 minutes then stops.

    The trouble with me is I am NOT a morning person so I set the alarm for 5 am then hit the snooze button several times before finally getting up at 5:30. Sometimes I am so fatigued I hit the snooze button one too many times and it doesn't alarm after that.

    This has caused me to be late for work a few times and end up getting a call from the staffer at 6:30. My solution was to run a jumper wire across the test circuits on a smoke detector, connect that to one of those AC to 9V adapters and plug that into one of those wall timers and set it to go off at 5:45 as a last resort.

    And it did it's job several times. Then when my wife and I got married and she got to hear it go off one morning she did not like it at all and haven't used it ever since.
  8. turbofiat124

    turbofiat124 Premium Member Forum Donor

    OH, found a photo of the clock.

    Attached Files:

  9. trabant601

    trabant601 Loyal Comrade

    Thanks for motivating me pick up my Ruhla. It is working fine now.
  10. Wartburg353W

    Wartburg353W Loyal Comrade

    Hungary requires you to have a first aid kit in your car, but there are/were different ways to comply with that law. Here is the basic kit that came from the car dealer (Merkur) and another one that is a much more complete kit in a large box. I don't know if you can see the lettering on the lid, but it is marked "B" which leads me to believe that there were different levels among these boxes, i.e. A, B, C etc. 20130817_162151 (800x600).jpg 20130817_162209 (800x600).jpg
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  11. turbofiat124

    turbofiat124 Premium Member Forum Donor

    Yeah the red box looks just like the one I have. See my "artifacts found in trunk" thread
  12. trabant601

    trabant601 Loyal Comrade

    The East Germans had required things too. Does anyone have that list? I knew it included at tow rope (Abschleppseil) It is not required in BRD but in many eastern nations it is still required. Make your trunk look right and get a rope in there. See that picture in my introduction, the one holding the hood down, good thing it was there in the trunk to be used in this way.
  13. Wartburg353W

    Wartburg353W Loyal Comrade

    And this is the kit I bought to keep in our minivan while I was in Hungary. Hasn't changed much but note these things: Instead of "B" it now lists the German DIN number that it complies with. Also, the supplier is listed as Homasita KFT. Which is like the English term "Inc."- something decidedly not socialist. 20130819_151141 (800x600).jpg
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  14. trabant601

    trabant601 Loyal Comrade

    that is a beautiful artifact. I love the plastic cover. Is that original? btw. I am quite serious about that. I hope you never need to open it.
  15. Wartburg353W

    Wartburg353W Loyal Comrade

    Yes unfortunately the old red kit I have used to have shrink wrap too but it has fallen away. Not to worry about this one however, I'm sure Homasita has plenty more. It's a really cool auto accessory shop. My dad visited it with me on one of his visits and found mudflaps that fit his Buick perfectly and he could never find any that were right here at home!
  16. Wartburg353W

    Wartburg353W Loyal Comrade

    Here's the trouble light that came with one of my cars; it appears to have been home made with household wire and some random auto bulb socket. The plug fits the weird little outlet in my cars though, so that's a plus. 20130821_164524 (800x600).jpg
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  17. trabant601

    trabant601 Loyal Comrade

    DIY looky looky under the hoody. Please use it as a party light when you drink a Wernesgruener.
  18. vdubbin

    vdubbin Loyal Comrade

    My First Aid kit has never been opened, and never will be opened. It acts as a G-Meter, and slides about if I get too lairy cornering…

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  19. Wartburg353W

    Wartburg353W Loyal Comrade

    Yeah, there's no good place for those things. They slide around no matter where you try to stow them. And they never have any use. Perfect!
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  20. trabant601

    trabant601 Loyal Comrade

    I sure hope I never count on one of those 30 year old DDR bandages. Yikes.

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