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Saturday Update on CA&E Car 316

March 12, 2022 6:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

It was a real cold Saturday morning at the Allan C. Williams car barn, but the restoration artists don’t let a little cold slow them down!

Joe C. decided to tackle the onboard tool box, which stores the car's emergency equipment. It had been partially stripped of paint, but that was about it.

He completely disassembled the box, cleaned and stripped the remaining parts, and rebuilt it back to like new! He didn’t have to use one new piece of wood.  That's a real artist of restoration.

Manny is continuing paint removal on the north bulkhead wall. Very slow going to do it right.

So Manny is now moved over to the door and you can see behind him, he finished the wall. Mike is working in the north vestibule stripping paint. He must have drawn the short straw, because it turned out that those panels have the most paint of anything. Brown, blue, red, green, then wood. We are trying different techniques and tools to see what works best.   The archeology of paint layers!


Fred Biederman was assigned the bathroom to finish the removal of one last wall. 

Here Jeff Bennett is using the razor edged contoured stripper to get into the tiny corners of the crown molding. Another crazy slow job, getting the old paint and varnish off, without gouging the wood.

Being that Saturday was so cold, John and Thee, in the foreground, joined everyone in 316, where the heat was pumping in, and worked on stripping the side walls below the window sills.

Fred Lonnes came in from his track work to warm up. We are planning some extensive track work again very soon and Fred has taken the lead on managing it. He’s obviously in awe of our work, or maybe he is looking up to Mother Nature asking her to turn up the heat!


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