The Toaster has been the one and only focus in the shop for the past few weeks. By this coming weekend, she will be completely finished and we are looking forward to handing her back to her stewards. I thought I would give you all a taste of some of the things we have been working on.
The Toaster came to us mostly taken apart. Unfortunately, it came without any deconstruction photos. Only one Ziplock baggie was labeled. It read, "stove connection" and contained one screw and a pipe clamp. We sorted it all out and figured it out. Both Wayne and I love jigsaw puzzles. Three dimensional ones are really fun.
Every part was glass beaded to remove all the paint and rust. My favorite, PPG K36 primer was used for its incredible filling properties. We then shot the parts with a brass paint and topped them with a dull lacquer finish. They are not as clear a brass color as the tinted white metal was, but they look 11,000% better than before. If I could find a source for all new plastic lenses they would be absolutely perfect.
The gas lines were made new again, too. A little hint folks: if you disconnect a gas line, cap it off or put tape over the end. By taking a few seconds to do this you will save a few hours of taking EVERYTHING apart to get to the spiders that crawl in the pipes and the grit that gets into the open fittings. Spiders and grit plug up the orifices in the appliances. Just a suggestion you should take seriously.
In my next update, I will post final finished photos of this trailer. She is very close right now and will be leaving us this weekend.