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Here is the current update on the Milwaukee 649. Steve has removed many of the window frames on the south side.
In doing so he has also cleaned the car body frame, primed and top coated each opening. He also manufactured eleven new white oak lower wood frames in the museums wood shop. They were made because many of the old pieces were badly rotted and discolored.
He then took them home sanded and applied clear spar urethane to them. The next two weeks were devoted to gluing them in the interior of each affected window. That phase of work is now completed and we are waiting for new glass for the window frames.
New glass will be purchased in the next budgeting period of 2019. Then the process of reinserting new gasket material into each frame can begin.
A long range shot of Steve working on the window frames
Each one has to be removed inspected then set as side for next year
Steve is removing all old excess materials on each removed window frame.
This shows a sizeable gap on the coach siding. The old temporary repair has been removed and now we are waiting for new steel and welding time. This will also happen next year.
Steve is custom fitting new interior wood pieces after having been made in our museum wood shop.
Howard just finished spraying the red bottom stripe on the southern side of the coach.
This article first appeared on www2.irm.org
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