Work Day 22nd August 2020

It’s difficult to present ‘we have done some more painting’ as anything other than boring so for this blog I want to pick up on how thorough we are with the restoration work we are carrying out. Currently, we are repainting the internal LCP cabin walls and the roof bracing bars. The original paint has aged, has plenty of knocks and bumps, is engrained with dirt  and probably cigarette smoke as well from the early days. The LCP walls are being repainted in the original colour which is Cockpit Green (Eau De Nil).

The sleeves that fit over the roof bracing bars have taken a bashing (literally) over the years and show damage from what looks like club hammers used to knock them in to place. To refurbish we file off the damaged surface, rub down, prime bare metal and re paint. The accompanying photo shows six sleeves under restoration.

The set screws that lock the sleeves in position. See the accompanying photo that shows two of these screws, an original and one partly restored. The task here is to straighten any bent screws (the club hammer again), clean the threads with a ¼” UNC die, apply corrosion treatment and finally prime and top coat the knurled ends.

Refurbishing the LCP light switch. One option is to replace the metal cased switch with a current equivalent from B & Q but the obvious problem is that it would not look like the original, a design which is no longer available. Again it is rub down, treat the corrosion, prime and repaint, see the accompanying photo.

In the next blog I am hoping to show the same items but in their refurbished condition.

Pete H

Work Day 15th August 2020

Hello all, at last we are back with work days having been able to get access to our equipment again. It was hot in the hangar but needs must!

The immediate task was to get on with finishing preparation of the inside walls of the LCP for painting. This included the roof braces and cleaning out the joins between the roof sections and the cabin walls. Two of the eight roof braces cannot be removed as the anchor points on one end roof section are not offset as they should be, the other end roof section is OK. See the accompanying photo showing the roof brace anchors with a brace still in position as the securing pin cannot be extracted. The same photo shows the brace anchors on the other roof section with the correct anchor point offset.

The roof braces are now ready for painting and corrosion treatment has been applied to the steel end fittings as seen in the accompanying photo. The steel adjusting nuts will not be repainted.

The two LCP thermostats and their frame have also been removed to enable that section of the cabin wall to be painted. These thermostats and frame do not appear to be originals as the frame is only attached by two bolts with the top of the frame ‘floating’. See accompanying photo.

A second photo shows why the thermostats needed to be removed! The extractor fan still works from the H & V switch on Z Rack.

Next week, or sooner, I’ll look at refurbishing the LCP roof light reflectors in situ. They are discoloured and pitted with corrosion, being steel.

Pete H

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