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« on: Dec 11th, 2017, 10:30am »
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Back at the beginning of the summer, I got a call from one of my train buddies asking if I wanted to help save an N6b. I presumed he meant the chassis we had worked on at Pemberton but that wasn't it. Seems that there was an older gentleman who acquired another N6b from CR back in the '70s. He had it moved to his back yard in Hainesport, NJ, not far from where the Pemberton car was also located. He wanted to use it for his HO trains, which apparently he did as far as storing them in there. By the time we got to it, it was in very sad shape. The roof was gone as was the walls on the street end of the car. We took it apart and had the chassis moved to a location where we could finish taking it apart and begin the restoration process. Well, as the summer progressed, so did we. The chassis is in paint awaiting the arrival of the sills beams so we can start putting it back together.
 
Here are some photos:
 
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« Reply #1 on: Dec 11th, 2017, 10:37am »
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Guess you can only post one photo per post. Here is what it looked like when we started.



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« Reply #2 on: Dec 11th, 2017, 10:39am »
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The interior:
 

 
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« Reply #3 on: Dec 11th, 2017, 10:41am »
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That's quite a project! The frame looks nice so far.


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« Reply #4 on: Dec 13th, 2017, 11:36am »
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Thanks. The wood for the sills has been ordered and should be on site in a few weeks. We are using rough sawn Douglas fir since that is the only way we can get full dimension lumber. The sills are 4" x 8" and 4" x 6".
 
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« Reply #5 on: Dec 13th, 2017, 6:26pm »
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Thanks Mr. Ed for saving another part of our railroad history. Boy, you sure did not have much to start with !   Great work and "thanks".   Keith

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« Reply #6 on: Dec 14th, 2017, 10:13am »
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You're welcome. It wasn't just me. There were five of us at the outset but lately just two of us. But we have a group of young folks that are willing to pitch in in the days we start to erect walls and the roof. Funny point is that from what information we can garner, this car was built in 1918 so we would like to have it finished in 2018. Huge goal but one that gives us something to shoot for.
 
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« Reply #7 on: Feb 16th, 2018, 11:36am »
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The wood order got held up and it arrived three weeks ago. So two Saturdays ago, we started cutting on the edge sill plate and got one fitted ready for drilling for the mounting bolts (which we have) and we should have it in place on the next decent workday.
 
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« Reply #8 on: Feb 16th, 2018, 1:02pm »
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Did anyone take photos?


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« Reply #9 on: Apr 2nd, 2018, 10:55am »
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Let's try this again. We did take photos but I am having trouble resizing them and getting the reply to post.
 
Saturday we cut out the wood for the rivet heads for the other side sill. We began drilling out the mounting holes when I broke the only 12" drill bit we had. Our next visit we hope to get that side done and mounted. Both sides will have to come off to get stained and preserved but according to the Thompson can the wood is too wet yet. It is drying but not dry enough.
 
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« Reply #10 on: Apr 2nd, 2018, 11:01am »
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After two failed attempts to resize, it is evident that I have forgotten how to do it so sadly, there will be no photos today.
 
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« Reply #11 on: Apr 2nd, 2018, 1:10pm »
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Mr. Ed,
 
IrfanView is a free image processing program that you can use on your computer rather than using our online photo resizer. It is pretty easy to use. Just be sure to Save As a different file name or work on a copy of the photo so you still have the original unmolested photo.
 
https://www.irfanview.com/main_download_engl.htm
 
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« Reply #12 on: Apr 16th, 2018, 10:47am »
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Thank you Henry. I'll look into it. What's puzzling is that I used your resizer in the past but as I get older, I get dumber.
 
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« Reply #13 on: Apr 23rd, 2018, 10:38am »
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Got a good day in last Saturday. Very time consuming chore is drilling clearance holes through the side sills to accept the down rods that hold the side wall in place. We are drilling 1-1/2" holes through the 7" height of the sills. 10 to a side. We got one side done and only have 7 more on the other side but the spade bits got dull so I brought them home to sharpen. Next day will see that chore get finished and then we can start on the center sills. Lots of holes to drill there as well but they are 5/8" so they should go quicker.
 
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Here is a photo of teh chassis with the side sills visible. The center sills are under the tarp.
 
 
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« Reply #15 on: Apr 23rd, 2018, 12:39pm »
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That's a lot of big holes!


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« Reply #16 on: Apr 24th, 2018, 11:24am »
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Yes it is. But think about the original build when they drilled all of these with a brace and bit! WOW!
 
Thanks for standing the photo up.  
 
And yes, that is another N6b chassis behind the one we are working on. That is the one that got this project started. We will take all usable parts off of it and then scrap what's left since it is such horrible condition. All of the edge beams are rusted through.  
 
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« Reply #17 on: Apr 30th, 2018, 10:24am »
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Sharpened the bits and found a nice set of Erwin spiral bits that cut through the wood like butter. Forgot my saw so we drilled the holes in the center sills to finish the day. It is starting to look like something. Nice to think that in a few weeks we will laying the first layer of flooring. The center sills are just laying in place in the photo. Have to cut them to length and seal them before we can bolt them down.
 
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« Reply #18 on: May 12th, 2018, 4:39pm »
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A beautiful day at the farm today. Got four of the center sills in place. The very center sill will require quite a bit of work since we have to drill new holes in the chassis as well as the sill itself. The ones we put in are darned near level with just s few spots requiring shims. I was going to take a picture but forgot. Then I looked at the last one I posted and you really cannot tell that they aren't bolted in place. Next week, center sill then it's on to flooring!
 
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