Saturday 20 April 2013

Fire Truck. Rear seat clean up.

If you didn't see some of the original pictures posted when these Fire Truck's were put on ebay a few years back, below are two photos of the cab that is now in my possession.

The Rear seat section
A quick dust and it'll be perfect.
I decided to tackle the seat section and see how well it would clean up. The Control Panel turned out ok, next up was the main seat.

First up was the leg levellers on the cab, they were only threaded with a single nut on either side and as you can see below weren't very straight anymore they had sunk into the plywood under the load of someone heavy playing the game in its past life!

Original leg levellers bent up.
My solution to this was to put some large flat washers either side of the plywood to spread the load over a greater area. Photo below, hopefully this should now do the job better than the original.

New washers on the leg levellers spreading the load over a greater area.
As I've mentioned before, the artwork sides of the cab are actually a laminate which is stuck to the main plywood cab. This has now come loose and the sides are 'flapping' about. I need to glue these back on so I don't damage them when moving the cab about. This will hopefully be done in the next update.

Laminate side coming away from the cabinet.
As for the actual cab clean up, I decided to go down the T-Cut route which is a polish for cleaning cars. It turned out really well, I'm very happy with the results. Photos below:

Front view, CP and coin door removed. 
Oh yes! This is clean.
Bad photo, but more of the same.
I really have to look into getting some new T-Moulding now as this is going to let the cab down as it is pretty heavily marked. I don't want to stick the side laminate back on without removing the T-Mould so this would be a good reason to go for new and make the cab really stand out.

Also as you can see from the photos, the coin door is removed and the metal plate that connects the seat to the main cab has also been removed. I will post updates when I have cleaned and re-sprayed these items. More to come soon if the sun keeps shining, I've had a great day today working on the cab, thanks for reading.