Wednesday 9 October 2013

Fire Truck. Gas pedal clean up.

Small update from my last few evenings work...

The gas pedal on the cab looked in a pretty bad state, plenty of wet shoes and cold storage had caused the surface of the pedal to to turn a lovely glowing rust colour. I wasn't sure if I would need to spray this black to 'hide' any damage but as things got this has turned out nice :)
The metal backing plate was also sanded back, primed and sprayed in black, I with I had shares in black spray paint as I have used lots of it in the past year or so.

Pedal ass'y as found on the cab
Eek! elbow grease required, anyone got some!
A good bit of cleaning and polishing later...

Gripped up, with metal plate sprayed. Mmmm.
That's all folks! Only a quick update as time permits, the next update will hopefully be of the cab cosmetics complete, minus the monitor which will require a lengthy post as I've got some work to do retrofitting an LCD monitor ;o) a CRT monitor to replace the missing 23" Black and White which would have originally been installed.

Thanks, Mart.

Thursday 3 October 2013

Fire Truck. Main cab, Work begins...

Moving on from the rear seat, its time to get the main cab on the road so it can put out some fires! Work carried out so far in no particular order.

  1. Cab stripped out of all components and thoroughly cleaned.
  2. New Leg levellers fitted and the cab had none, no doubt this had caused some of the damage around the bottom of the cab.
  3. Laminate sides glued back on.
  4. Small repair to a bottom section of the cab that broken off.
  5. New T-Moulding fitted.
  6. Top and rear section of cab re-fitted back into place with glue and original nails.
  7. New power switch fitted as the last one had been home to some wasps and I think they ate most of it!
  8. Wire loom had a bath and some new connectors fitted as the plastic had become brittle and snapped off the locking lugs.
  9. Power brick stripped and cleaned. All five fuse holders replaced as the old ones had gone brittle, both the internal metal and the plastic cases broke off when opening the holder to check the fuses.
  10. Steering assembly stripped and cleaned
Time for some photos...
Empty cab full of grime.
All the innards.
    I thought about taking the whole cab to bits but decided against it!
    After a clean up with paint on the transformer and new fuse holders
    Damage to the laminate side. New screws adding strength to the base.
    More T-Cut applied to clean the sides.
    Steering assembly stripped for maintenance.
    There's plenty more to do but things are moving on nicely, more soon.