1. monaco75

    monaco75 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Instead of rivets for re installing the ladders, I had some screws that I went with. I don’t have any correct sized rivets on hand for it. However the screws almost look factory correct.

    New battery cover installed, and apron re installed on the front truck. I had to add some super glue, to make a nice tight fit.

    I broke one of the truck retaining clips on the B unit. Waiting on new ones to show up now... ugh.

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    monaco75 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Although it was working before, one of the motors had stopped working. They seem to be testing fine. Must have been a bad wire somewhere...



    Got the motors cleaned out, fresh lube, and new brushes installed in them. Cleaned and polished the under hood parts. The E unit isn’t the prettiest, but it still functions great, so back in it goes. I’m still waiting on a few parts and decals to come in for the frame. Need to order a new horn and relay for her. Just put the old in for now, so the screws and hardware don’t get lost.

    The decal shop sent me over the artwork for approval. Looks like they have done a wonderful job so far. They used the original aged blue for color matching. The fresh new blue is a bit lighter. Having them redo the blue, and should be good to go after that.

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    Got most of her back together. Now to solder and test it out. I’m eager to get the shell and decals back to start the paint job!

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  3. monaco75

    monaco75 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    She lives!

     
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    Photo my father took

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  5. monaco75

    monaco75 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Finally got the shell back from the decal shop, along with the new decals to replace the original heat stamp markings on the shell. Looks like they did a good job! The blue on the decals is a little darker than the new blue, as they were using the original shell to go off of for color. Hopefully they won’t stand out too much.

    Both shells got a simple green bath for a few hours to strip the original paint. I used some epoxy to fill in the broke screw hole mount. Sanded it smooth, and drilled a new hole. When drilling and installing a new screw, looks like the epoxy cracked a little. Tried glueing it back together. Will see how it works/deal with it after paint.

    Gave the shells 3 new coats of Wabash blue. Came out good! No water in the system issues this go around with the air brush. The real fun starts now. Masking for the other colors will be fun. I picked up some thin (1/8” I believe) masking tape for the job. Will probably be a few days before I’m able to mask em up. This enamel paint seems to take a while to dry.

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  6. monaco75

    monaco75 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Got her masked up, and sprayed the gray tonight. Hot damn! Pretty tickled how it came out. Was fun masking that nose!! Got a little trash in the paint. When it drys I’ll try knocking it off, and touching up any areas it might have affected.

    Got the white stripes left that I’ll shoot in a couple days, then on to re assembly.

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    Why'd you plug the screw hole in the nose for, repairing a crack?
     
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    Awesome job masking the shell! Don't worry about imperfections they often came from the factory that way. They were only toys, ya know...

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