This week’s work summary is once again focused on the offside frame. The panel to the immediate rear of the front wheelarch was removed to enable frame repairs to continue; this included the step ironwork for the cab entry. All the side-rod lower extensions have been removed, a small amount of heat being required to release the the through bolts that pass through the ends of the floor bearers. Exposed metalwork above the floor line had been treated with Vactan. A removable section of the frame around the fuel tank filler has been unbolted to allow access to other parts that needed to be replaced and to allow easier removal of the fuel tank.
All of the window verticals and the waist rail have now been dowelled and all rust screws and nails hopefully removed. The horizontal rail above the windows remains to be finished and painted. The new woodwork of the wheelarch frame has been painted, along the with the sections of the frame joints that are awaiting new flitch plates. The remaining flitch plates, including the wheelarch reinforcement have been made this week and are in the process of being painted ready for fitting. I also removed the beading above the (incorrect) cab mudwing. I had hoped to save this and reuse it but at first sight it appears too far gone.