Another job cropped up when prepping the side for paint - the strip of wood which holds the roof ashfelt cover was rotten in places, so the section was cut out, and a new piece cut ready to be primered, painted and installed.
More progress as the other side has been painted. It has been a quick job as I'm not sure how long it will stay in the shed and I wanted to get it at least protected if it comes out soon. If it stays in, a second coat and more detailing will be done.
The nearly finished builders plate.
The handrails need to be painted white and then the chassis and step boards re-painted black.
Thanks Ian - but it is now due out on Wednesday. The other side and end have now been painted black and some minor touching in of the brown has been completed. Also a perspex window has been replaced with glass so the outside is now weather proof again.
As can be seen, it is very dusty in the shed, hence the "splodges" in the images - I will have to get the camera lens cleaned properly! I still have the inside to repaint but that can be done next week.
....... but then I had to check the axle bearings. These are the four big black boxes outboard of the wheels. The bottom half of the box is dropped to allow the "Oiling Pad" to be inspected.
This is a spring loaded steel frame with a string woven pad.
The ends of the string sit in thick oil in the bottom of the box, and it slowly acts as a wick to lubricate the steel axle shaft.
The actual bearing is a brass casting with a soft "White Metal" bearing cast onto the brass and machined to size and shape.
This is very basic as wagons usually travel slowly and have very little maintenance over periods of years. The main problem with these bearings is that water can get into the box and displace the oil - this can lead to a "Hot Box" and failure.
Last Edit: Mar 21, 2017 20:22:36 GMT by flyingphil