During the last 4 months of 2016, weeks 35 to 51, Crest volunteers Brett, Dennis, Gary, Ian, James, Mike, Rob, Stan, Steve & Wendy, under the supervision of Dave Lewis, undertook the following restoration work . . .
Mike completed the application of coats of bituflex to the foredeck ….
and later used a Teflon coated domestic iron to heat and smooth the bituflex …
Then, using the 60year-old rethreaded and cleaned copper bolts,
the replacement tabernacle was positioned and fastened to the foredeck …
Wendy fashioned, glued and sanded wedges for the rebuild of a section of the replacement rudderpost
Brett and Stan, with assistance from Wendy and James, prepared, steam heated, and fitted 4 replacement ribs on the port side …
and later removed 5 more ribs and prepared (cleaning, plugging and preserving) for the replacement ribs….
then steamed, shaped and nailed 3 replacement ribs portside aft ….
and then steamed and nailed 4 replacement ribs portside aft ….
…. and then chalked ribs which are to be removed later .…
Stan & Wendy removed 7 ribs, filled ensuing nail holes portside aft …. making ready for new ribs next week …
…. which were made by Brett who took spotted-gum lengths up to the Museum’s Maintenance shed, where with Eugene’s assistance, cut 22 lengths,
brought them back for thicknessing for ribs for portside aft …
and later, the trimming of replacement ribs (port side) ….
3 replacement stringers s’board side secured . .
and roved . .
Portside full length replacement stringer nailed.
First photo shows drilling the marked-in-pink-chalk nail holes at the bow – these holes could not be drilled from inside. All nails hammered from outside.
1 stringer to go before the replacement floors (engine bed timbers) go in.
Ian shaped and secured replacement section at bow of the 2nd plank . .
. . . and midway along the 5th portside plank
Lister Diesel ENGINE
Steve continues his magic on tappets and timing ….
… as well as fabricating the spacer (thus saving some $500) which fits between starter motor and flywheel.
On Tuesday 11th October, week 41, the rebuilt Lister diesel was started for the first time since 1987 … Dave wound the crank handle as many times as needed,
…. while the one and only Steve worked his magic on the fuel mixture.
Steve started on the propeller’s drive shaft ….
and cleaning up of potential replacement prop-shaft holder …
Project Donors and Sponsor
Donated Scaffolding On Tuesday September 20th, week 38, Dane, Kingfisher restoration supervisor, helped out Crest restoration with delivery and assembling of donated scaffolding courtesy of Shoalhaven Scaffolding Services.
IMB Sponsor visit
On Tuesday 23 November, week 47, Kellie of the IMB paid the Crest a visit
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