The new year has got off to a steady start with good progress being made, however, more hands are urgently needed to get 240 FLM to a state where she can be driven to her new, but yet to be found, home.
2 working parties attended by Colin Farrington, Steve Houston, Trevor Barnwell & Pete Weight, supported as ever by Lady Julia & Peter Russell saw continued work on the red oxide painting of the chassis, which is now about 95% done as far as we can without a pit- further work was done on wire brushing down the ladder sections and applying the hammerite.
Bank holiday Monday and a site visit was made by Dave Porter (the welder) to measure and check on exactly what materials are needed to repair the 3 damaged rounds. repair the broken hydraulic lever bracket and weld on a new plate over the rotten rear section.
Meanwhile, both Colin & Graham Pearce have been busy away from Wicken:
Colin has begun making new box sections for the nearside lockers and Graham has constructed a home based sandblasting cabinet and has been putting the first of the small parts through it with excellent results.