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3640 - The Restoration
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3640 - The Restoration
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« on: Mar 5th, 2007, 2:35pm »
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Even though it is still cold out and the BM&R shop is not heated, work is still progressing on the 3640 by a couple of volunteers.  The cab has been sealed and a couple of portable propane heaters makes the work quite a bit warmer.
 
I finally got a real camera so I took some photos.  Sorry that they are a little washed out, I am still playing around with the settings.


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Re: 3640 - The Restoration
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« Reply #1 on: Mar 5th, 2007, 2:37pm »
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Both battery boxes have been completely rebuilt due to excessive root.  One of my first projects I did since I starting volunteering for the society was to sand and paint the battery box and grate on this side.

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« Reply #2 on: Mar 5th, 2007, 2:39pm »
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On both the engineer and fireman’s sides the rear most part of the long hood (directly under the radiator) has recently received new sheet metal.

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Re: 3640 - The Restoration
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« Reply #3 on: Mar 5th, 2007, 2:40pm »
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The rear pilot was taken apart in several pieces and remounted properly.  I will have to post a better shot of what was done to it later.

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« Reply #4 on: Mar 5th, 2007, 2:42pm »
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This weekend we reattached the handrails to the fireman’s side of the cab.  New sheet metal was installed to replace rusted steel, so new holes had to be drilled out (easier said then done).  If you look closely at pictures shortly after the 3640 was repainted by the Reading in 1974, you will see some damage was done to the cab right above where the handrails attach.  This was fixed by the new metal that was installed.

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« Reply #5 on: Mar 5th, 2007, 2:44pm »
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Close up up of one of the two reattached handrails.

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« Reply #6 on: Mar 5th, 2007, 2:45pm »
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The front drop step has been remounted to its proper height.  The Reading had their drop steps mount high but Conrail decided to lower them so we had to fabricate a new mounting.

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« Reply #7 on: Mar 5th, 2007, 2:47pm »
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With the drop step up…  Still need to move the locking pin for it up to the new height.

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« Reply #8 on: Mar 5th, 2007, 2:49pm »
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And from the pilot…

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« Reply #9 on: Mar 5th, 2007, 2:52pm »
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Work continues in the cab.  It will be a little while until a new floor is installed.

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« Reply #10 on: Mar 5th, 2007, 2:53pm »
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My newly assigned project is to dismantle the radiator grills and shutters.  Then I have the joy of needle scaling and sandblasting all 88 fins and the shrouds themselves!  It is going to take a little while but it needs to be done.

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« Reply #11 on: Mar 5th, 2007, 2:55pm »
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One fin down, 87 to go!

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« Reply #12 on: Mar 5th, 2007, 2:57pm »
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For all of you modelers out there take note – at some point the 3640 has had all but one fan shroud replaced.  You can see the original style in the foreground and the newer style on the later two.  No, we are not going to replace the shrouds back to the original style – you will never see the difference from the ground.  If anyone wants to make a fuss about the newer style fans they can find a set of them and then install them from sixteen feet above the concrete shop floor themselves….  The rear most fan needs to be removed to have some work done below it so we will have enough fun playing on the roof to get that done as is.

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« Reply #13 on: Mar 5th, 2007, 2:59pm »
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The DB fan is of the newer style too.  
 
That’s all for now, I’ll try to keep this thread updated so you can see the work progress.
 
-Mark


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« Reply #14 on: Mar 6th, 2007, 1:16pm »
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Wonderful stuff Mark.  Thanks.

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« Reply #15 on: Mar 6th, 2007, 2:54pm »
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Yes, keep us posted, please.  

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« Reply #16 on: Mar 6th, 2007, 7:45pm »
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Glad you enjoy it!  I only get up to Hamburg about every other weekend so updates will be a bit sporadic.  I’ll keep you posted.
 
-Mark


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« Reply #17 on: Mar 6th, 2007, 9:34pm »
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I might be able to show the rear pilot. This is what it looks like now it still needs some adjustments but its close.

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« Reply #18 on: Mar 6th, 2007, 9:44pm »
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Another View

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« Reply #19 on: Mar 6th, 2007, 9:47pm »
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What it was cut down to

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