The original ’44 Kübel used a 1,131cc engine that made 25hp. In later years, many, like Roersma’s, had ’54-’60 36hp, 1,192cc VW engines swapped in, which will accept all the early military shrouding and is a very good visual substitute while providing a power boost. According to Dave Crompton, as many as 50 percent of all existing Kübels are running 36hp engines. It’s a very beneficial mod to reenactors like Roersma. Yes, the crank on the engine compartment cover is for hand starting.