Attention to detail!
Away from the main work site in Wicken in Cambridgeshire, several members have been hard at work on other vital parts of the restoration process. In particular, Graham Pearce has been very busy, and innovative, with the complete restoration of many of the "moving parts", particularly those fitted to the various ladder sections, at his garage in West London.
Initially, Graham had thought that he would manufacture just the new foot locker doors, however, he soon got the bug and moved on to a home made sand blast cabinet in which he has systematically stripped back all the moving parts in dire need of a complete repaint and the results have been remarkable.
Of particular note is the revival of the finish to the "Standard Inclinometer" which incredibly looks in better condition now than when it was on the run. This was achieved simply by sticking gaffer tape on the face and then peeling it off, followed by a scrape with a blade and then a final polish with soap and water, the plum bob was then powder coated and the whole unit is now looking better than new.
The hook ladder and fly ladder brackets were removed and Graham has blasted those, repainted them and fitted new leather inserts.
The foot locker doors have been completely rebuilt using marine ply, carefully cut out, then finished with new steel interior faces and some replacement hinges.
Even the original cable reel has been completely stripped, cleaned and restored.