Progress January 2022

Week Two

The week started with more prep work on 5668’s water tank with grinding back the welds on the newly fabricated length of trim capping, holes marked and drilled for the cab floor support angle

and various other parts being weld prepped such as the floor to back panels angle seen here which subsequently had mastic applied before being bolted in position ready for riveting.

On Sunday, all the holes in the above joint were reamed through prior to being riveted

with this shot showing the finished product prior to painting.

After that, it was the turn of the final run of rivets in the back panel where access is severely limited.  This involved Kelvin passing the hot rivet to Henry inside the tank (you can see has hand waiting to take the rivet) who places it in the hole, Jerry then grabs the end of it, pulls it fully up and holds it while Henry positions the pneumatic holding up tool to anchor it so that Paul can knock it down.

Once that job was completed, the floor support angle was riveted in (involving the same process) after which the rear splasher plate sections were offered up, trimmed as necessary, clamped into position and tack welded

Prior to being fully welded on the outer joins.

Once finished, the tank was, once again, lifted upright and ended the day looking like this.

Week One

After ten days of fundraising at the Santa Specials we let the team have Christmas off but it was back to business as usual by New Year’s Eve.  The water gauge float for 5668’s tank has been refurbished and, after a test to check it did actually float,

the new support rod was heated and bent to shape before being trial fitted.

On Sunday it was back to riveting beginning with the tank being laid on its side and the bottom angle holes reamed through.

After that, the rivets were put in along the entire length

After which the tank was lifted upright again and then laid down on the other side (quick to say but not to do given its size and weight).

This enabled us to put in the rivets holding the inner rear panel, back panel and floor together which was a slow business given the very limited space available to position the holding up tool.  This involved passing the rivets though the fairly small oblong balance hole in the base to one person squashed into the end of the tank who would put the  rivet through the hole and position the end of the holding up tool against it.  Another person lying on the top of the tank then applied the holding force to the back of the rivet (which he can’t see) through the inspection plate hole in the tank side while a third person knocked it down.

Another job started was the welding together of a new capping strip for the top of the tank.

Finally, a Happy New Year to everyone following and supporting this project.