Actually, I was wearing gloves, but we'll get to that in a minute.
As usual, there was a lot going on at the Museum. When I arrived, the track guys were already mostly done with unloading a truckload or two of new ties for the next track project. That's always good to see.
And then I got a tour of the Kansas City PCC, courtesy of Frank Sirinek and Mike Alterio. Mike has fabricated a new spring-loaded passenger barrier as seen here. Its purpose is to keep people from trying to escape paying the fare as they enter the car:
If you want to exit, it springs out of the way. Mike engineered this new piece based on pictures. These were used when the car was in Kansas City, but were later discarded.
And there are new decals applied to the interior:
Frank points out where the backup controller will go:
And this will make more sense if you're familiar with Kansas City, I suppose:
I started working on the 36's truss rods again. Two of the four pins were loose, and these needed to have the holes for the cotter pins drilled out, since they were completely rusted. Here we see a before and after picture:
And after some work, they are ready for installation again:
As for the other two pins, repeated applications of Kroil and torque accomplished nothing, so it was time to do something else until Gerry Dettloff appeared.
So it was back to sanding down all the various surfaces in the 319's vestibule. I had to make some new molding strips to frame the dome light, and they look like this:
And some white primer on various surfaces, after sanding:
When Gerry showed up, things really started to happen. We were able to heat up the remaining stuck pin on the north side and get the truss rod free. It's a little worrisome having this blowtorch operating directly under my antique wooden car, but Gerry knows what he's doing and controls the flame carefully. I would really have like to take some pictures of the process, but it was much more important to help him and keep an eye on things.
Once the truss rod was detached from the car, you can easily see the groink at this end:
After heating up the rod at the correct point to red hot, it can be bent straight just with normal pressure. (Or at least "normal" for someone who is capable of amazing feats of strength!) Of course, you need to wear gloves and not get too close to the heated part of the rod.
And when we were done, the rod looks like this, lying on the sidewalk. The groinks have vanished.
Tragically, we then ran out of acetylene, so the other side will have to wait. But this has gone very well, and I really appreciate Gerry's help in fixing this problem.
And of course there were lots of other projects going on, but I didn't have a chance to check them out. That's why you have to be there in person.