Since welding has been put on hold, plans are being made to proceed with wood work in the near term.
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The large angle pieces that are fastened along the inner sills will be tied to the angle steel on the end sills by a plate and spacer as shown in the photo on the right. They will be welded in place under the end sill and inner sill, as well as bolted through the end sill.
Monday, September 16, 2013
In this session, the pieces of steel for the X-
bracing on the ends of the car were prepped
for welding. They will be butt welded together, and the outer (accessible) corners were ground down to form a "V" to accommodate the welding material.
Then the two molding pieces separating the upper
and lower paneling on the end of the car were
This photo shows the X-bracing ready to be
installed next to the needle beams. Lenny
cut them prior to my grinding them for
welding. We hope to be welding them all
together next session.
The needle beams provide support for the
center of the car, and have been reinforced
This photo is of a drawing of the car showing
the needle beams under the car, on end,
crossing side to side under the sills. The
queen posts extend down to a truss rod that
runs almost the entire length of the car,
which when tensioned, will tend to elevate
the needle beams and support the middle
of the car. (Click on photo to enlarge.)
Monday, August 26, 2013
Next we began reinforcing the needle beams with steel. Earlier, Craig had spliced wood into the ends replacing portions that were rotted. The steel is a squared U-shape that will be recessed into the beam. Cuts were made longitudinally in the beams and the center routed out so that the steel will be flush with the wood.
We had to chisel out channels for the steel as shown in the photo at right. It was a very tedious process and Craig and I worked on it for quite a while. Greg ("shop foreman" at the Trolley Museum) contributed a mortise chisel as well as some labor.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
The upper plate will be welded to flat pieces of steel which in turn will be welded to the large angle steel that goes across the end sill under Lenny's feet. There will be shorter pieces welded to the longer one to make an X that will be over the framing and under the siding of each wall next to the doors. On the right Lenny is cutting a piece of steel while Glenn supervises.
Bob has removed the moulding from near the middle of the end panel above on the left and is chiseling out a channel for the steel to pass through. This piece of wood protrudes slightly from the plane of the remainder of the framing.
Next we drilled the holes for the retaining bolts for the end sills through the angle steel that was placed around the inner sills, using the existing holes in the inner sills as guides. The drill also marked the new end sills for later completion of the holes through them. Tom is guiding the drill, while Bob and I are applying pressure using Tom's patented ad hoc drill press.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
The second photo shows Bob and Lenny
clamping the plate in place. It was installed
with minimal forcing although I did wear
Another view of the plate in place. Tom is
applying a clamp in the center.
A little re-shaping had to be done to fit the
wood trim. The two ends were very similar
but not identical.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
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