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Front Streetside View
Molly is a classic Toonerville II complete with original mahogany wood trim outside and in, brass buttons, lamp house, and bell. How fun is that?
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Image JPEG image 1101 at TARC
We picked up 1101 in December after a Thanksgiving auction. This is what twenty five years of service will do. Not bad overall...
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Image JPEG image The Girls Board 1101
Cindy, Mom and Carolyn view the world from the balcony as we pick up 1101.
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The sanding station
We planed the wood where possible to remove the old polyurethane finish, stain and patina, and sanded the pieces to prep them for new stain. Cindy and Sarah sand wood newly removed from the planer. Where am I? Well, working hard taking the picture.... (Actually, at that time I was taking wood off the skirt panels and running them through the planer.)
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Image Troff document Preparing for the next coat.
The wood is taken from the drying oven and stacked to await the second clearcoat.
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It gets prickly
As we work our way around the exterior, we begin to appreciate how much character the mahogany adds to the trolley overall. After removing the skirt wood and the middle wood, the whole trolley looks like a porcupine. All the pop rivets that held the wood on are sticking out of the skin. A crew clips the rivets and punches them back through the outer skin. I know... TMI...
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Working on the Artwork
Carolyn copies the original banner artwork to develop the new Louisville Trolley artwork. We really are trying to preserve as much of the original feel as possible and work the new stuff into the old. We do hope you like the final look.
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Metal Meister
Metalwork is a science and an art. Throw in a polar pop, rust, dirt and some rock & roll and you can get a feel for what is going down as Randy sets up his welding rig to stabilize some of the framework steel. Man, he is good!
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When Sparks Fly..
Sarah decided that dremel tools are for sissies. She wants a real grinder that shoots sparks ten feet. Randy is hard at it. Thanks so much.
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Rivetting 101
Sarah and Richard are the first to arrive at the party. This is how you hang wood with your eyes at half mast. Not sure if they had breakfast, but they eventually wake up.
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