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Volunteer Work Day

June 5, 2010

by Tom Gaylord

Working on the Indian

We had an excellent turnout, and lots of fun stuff got done during the day! Billy Cheshire is spearheading a drive to get some of our vehicles into the Luling Watermelon Thump parade on Saturday, June 26th. The discussion centered around several of the model Ts, plus maybe the Indian and Al's tribute bike. Looks like a "Go"! Part of the day was spent starting and running the Ts, along with teaching Billy how to drive one!

In addition to the efforts above, Doug Hortvet, Al Sumrall and John Bush were working on the Indian motorcycle. The Whitakers were helping Roger with the rear end of the Model T Speedster! Al also installed a "show piece" copper fuel line (non-functional) on his tribute bike - the PFM Flyer!

Starting work on the gas pump

Fuel Pump Refurb - Carl Canga has lust in his heart for the ancient fuel pump and wants to adopt that as a personal project. He and Dave Miller began disassembling it, and took the unit completely apart during the course of the day! I have to hand it to them... I'd have never made it that far!

Searchlight Overhaul - John Bush has appointed himself "Searchlight Czar" and drafted several volunteers to begin stripping and refinishing the searchlight. Very good progress was made, especially considering that John wasn't able to devote the full day to this project!

Meyers - the Meyers was noted to be in need of some cosmetic TLC at last annual. Dave Orloff, Dave Edgerly, Chili and Roger Freeman spent much of the day erecting the top wing's center section as well as a fair degree of engine work. They removed and cleaned the spark plugs, set valve clearances, and replaced all the rubber oil drain lines between the rocker boxes. They also repainted the engine case! When you see the airplane next I am sure you'll "ooohhh" and "aaahhh" over the powder-coated struts on the airplane. The bird is looking sharp again!

PFM HQ - Terry Bledsoe is working on plans for a new set of steps and "porch" for the museum HQ building. We have several PCs donated, and one of them was carried inside, but not set up yet. Terry installed a new lockset for the building.

Stripping parts off the Tommy

Thomas-Morse S4C Scouts - both T-1 and T-2 saw work resume on them this workday. Art Caballeros will also work on the project once the Meyers is completed, or as he has time in between. The fuselages were set up, and Tom Miller and Dave Larson started stripping fittings off T-2. This airframe needs clean-up and varnishing, but is otherwise in very good shape, since it is a new restoration. Don vacuumed out several years worth of mouse nests in a drawer so we have a place to stash Tommy parts. Ron Marcotte and Duncan Charlton went to work surveying the turtledecks for the two airplanes for damage, effecting repairs, and finally coating both units with varnish. Tom Gaylord and Jeff Basham worked to document T-1, removed the belly formers / stringer assembly, and removed and cataloged various parts, including the instrument panel. The panel in T-2 is more authentic so Roger measured up and will laser cut a new instrument panel for T-1. Since T-1 is an older restoration and has been flying for some 30 years, the fuselage is in need of serious cleaning and has many bits and pieces needing repair. We need wood workers!!!