J27 - 17 to 21 April 2022

Sunday, 24 April 2022 00:00 Chris Lawson J27 Blog
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Sunday 17 April - Nigel Hall fitted the insulation and panel covering the stay repair to the J27 boiler. All cab fixing holes were countersunk with an M10 piloted countersink tool using a cordless drill. The pilot gave sufficient stability to make that possible. The bolts for the left hand side of the cab could not be found, but all other bolts were refitted after countersinking. Unfortunately, as a result of earlier attempts at countersinking using the mag drill, the left hand side number panel had a deep gouge across it. It was concluded that the sensible minimum repair would be to touch up the scratches and dent using an art brush, black paint, and the buttermilk which was used on the cab interior where the number is damaged. The hope was that the match between the latter colours would be close enough to last the season and enable a full repair to be carried out over the next winter maintenance period.

Monday 18 April - saw Ed Bolam and Arthur Jenkins continuing with work on the J27 cab side. The slacker pipe valve was still away for machining.

Tuesday 19 April -  Nigel Hall finished the J27 cab touch up painting, glossed the handrails and touched up the beading. He then sat down in the gantry with a couple of art brushes and painted into the scratches. He did not attempt to fill the gouge. The buttermilk gloss was a bit lighter than the number.

Wednesday 20 April - on the J27, Nigel fitted the driver's seat. The seat bolts go through the cab side - and number! These had been hidden by filler in the past and after fitting, filler was re-applied and after some difficulty in obtaining the required paint brush (the shed shop colouring by numbers kits with brush sets finally came to the rescue), the right hand side cab side got touched up with some black primer and buttermilk gloss. The black primer would be touched up with gloss the next day. Nigel finished off the afternoon using a wire brush in the angle grinder to burnish the couplings and draw hooks for dye penetration crack detection when the loco moves to the running shed for weighing and preparation for service. Now only the refurbished slacker pipe valve is awaited before a final steam test can be done.