Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Tuesday - Buggy Blitz

Report by Dave Clark

Twelve in on another sunny day with the main concentration in the Workshop.

Starting first was Cheryl, initially sanding down wood filler and cleaning up the backs of two of the doors on SK 25451 ready for staining and varnishing. She then continued the lining out on the Cotswold side that Alex had begun on Saturday.

Moving across to the Skeleton Van, Richard Stone began his day putting back the brake link rods.

The next job was to continue adding leftover top coat to the insides of the metal framework to provide further protection. This is a great way to use up odd tins of paint - all this will be covered by the new plywood boarding so the paint colour doesn't matter.

Richard was later joined by Phil Hooton, who began applying the dark GW Grey top coat to the lower frame.

In the Upholstery shop Dave Dron strips down another seat frame from TSO 4614. Several of these frames were found to be rusty, and thus were cleaned up and given a coating of red oxide.

Later on he was sewing an old cover on to a seat spring frame to provide additional protection.
The main concentration today was in the Workshop, working on the Baguley-Drewrey Inspection Car. This is affectionately known as "Malcolm's Buggy" after Malcolm Walker, head of S&T. Initially it was how to remove the remaining doors, as each had an internal handle that prevented them from being eased off the runner, as was done with the first door. The answer was to undo the retaining plates at the top, and Malcolm Baker and Stu Howarth soon had all the doors off.

As with the first door, the remaining three had the same level of corrosion in the bottom section. No wonder they barely moved!

So once again, it was a combination of effort to remove the screws holding the back plate, with the impact driver in regular use.

Once removed, the wire bush and angle grinder were brought in to do the clean up of the rusty framework. Meanwhile Keith Lowe did more sanding down on the Cotswold side of the "buggy". And what was Dennis up to?

A quick go at partially restoring the buckled front metal sheeting using a jack and timber blocks. It is probable that the two buckled and rusting front areas will be simply plated over.

Dennis had previously freed up the sticking rollers, which will also enable better door movement.

One of the jobs I became involved with was removing the padded seating, some of which was ripped and gouged and held together with tape.

All the damaged seating was taken up to the Upholstery workshop, where Vivien began pealing the gaffer tape from around the driving seat backs. The look on her face says it all - yes, it was a somewhat unpleasant sticky job to say the least with some white spirit coming to the rescue.

Removal of all the padded seating will make sanding and painting the interior of the "buggy" much easier, so we had a go at removing one of the padded backrests. However the way it is attached prevented this so both rests will have to remain in place.

Finally a view of all the three doors, stripped down, cleaned-up and coated in red oxide.

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