On Saturday the final preparations were carried out so that the repainting of the door side of the T86 cabin can be carried out The tasks included the removal old sealant and mastic that was used when the wooden rubbing strips were fixed to the edges of the cabin roof. These wooden strips are not being replaced until all other restoration work on the T86 has been completed.
The main cabin roof is alloy as are the cabin walls so the removing of sealant etc. on the alloy sections was not difficult, just time consuming. See the accompanying image.
The pedestal roof section was a different matter as the steel pedestal roof overlaps the alloy cabin sides and has suffered from heavy corrosion over the years as water was trapped under the wooden rubbing strips. One challenge was the sheared bolts that secured the wooden strip to the steel section, sheared as they were rusted in place and could not be unscrewed. The sheared bolt stubs protruded from the top edge of the cabin walls, these stubs have now been ground down. Two images show the restoration of the steel roof overlaps.
All wasted rivets were removed, wasted steel filled, corrosion treatment applied and new rivets fitted.
Next Saturday is all about yet more painting, hopefully it will be to top coat the main section of the T86 roof and complete the door side of the cabin. There are also repainted covers that can also be fitted.