Frank and I don't always agree on everything, you may be surprised to hear. He doesn't like to do wire-wheeling, and I really dislike needle chipping. But that's good. When it comes to underbody prep, such as on the 319, he does the needle chipping and I do the wire-wheeling. It's called division of labor. The job gets done and, just as Adam Smith predicted, everybody is happy.
Frank recently finished most of the needle chipping on the north side of the 319, seen here from the south, so I pulled the car outside today to wire-wheel all those surfaces and give them a first coat of primer.
If the car's outside there's better light, and I'm not depositing grit inside the barn.
I was going to trace the stencil for this ominous date, 5-57, but it'll have to be next time.
It would be hard to see the difference between before and after. But this truss rod is ready for primer. Behind it is the cover for the field tap control. I'm thinking several of these covers, such as for the reverser, the motor cutout, and maybe even the contactor box can be taken to the shop and done there over the winter.
After painting, it looks like this. Ready for gloss black.
Meanwhile, in our favorite urban improvement project, the B&G department are making real progress on the paver blocks going into this one section of the street scene.
Later in the day, I found Dave himself doing the work, helped by Andy Choutka. Dave explained the complications involved in trying to recreate a lost art. He's carefully looked at pictures and read books, and one of the best sources was Frank Sirinek, who remembered watching men install these blocks in Chicago about 1942. It takes careful alignment, and just watching him started to make my back hurt. But Dave wants to make sure the end result lasts a long time, so he's taking great care to get everything right.
Among other things, Tim is working on recreating the correct period third-rail beams for the 24, using photographs as a guide, since none from this era have survived. The one shown here is incomplete. There's more to come, such as the spring-loaded sleet scraper.
And it was back to work in the vestibule of the 36. This window sill, for instance, had very badly cracking paint, so it's down to Pullman Green or bare wood, whichever comes first.
And several parts of the vestibule pocket door have the same problem, so it's being carefully stripped with a heat gun. It takes a while, but I'll have all winter. When I'm not on vacation.
There weren't that many people out today, but nearly every one I talked to commented or complained that there were so few blog posts while I was away in Colorado. It's like withdrawal symptoms. If that's happening to you, maybe it's time to see a doctor. Or you can always try the over-the-counter medicine that comes in 1.75L bottles. Tell them Dr. Hicks sent you.