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Update - 1st July

posted 6 Jul 2012, 02:08 by Derek Pattenson
Having finished off a tin of primer on the last visit, there's still no more available (and none in the SR paint store!) so this visit was a non-painting day for a change. Main task today was to see if the bolts holding the bonnet sheeting to the frames could be freed; I was expecting trouble as they've not been undone in at least 20 years, and quite possibly over 50 years; but surprisingly most freed up easily! A few were stubborn but eventually all but one of the 66 bolts were cleanly out. They've all been cleaned up and the heads ferriconed, and have been replaced finger-tight to keep moisture out of the threads.  The bonnet sheets are held down both by these 66 bolts, but also by two long metal pieces running the length of the bonnet, and these are screwed down by machine screws through to a nut at the back. These are NOT so easy to deal with; the screw heads are clogged up, and even in the one case that I managed to clean and turn, the nut is turning at the back rather than the screw unscrewing. So the next visit will be to drill all these screws out; it will be straightforward enough to replace them with new (metric) screws subsequently since they have their own nuts on the back, unlike the top bolts that are into imperial-threaded holes in the bonnet frame.
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