Recycling at Longmorn
When dismantling the cab, we noticed that a curtain rod with curtain rings had been fitted to each side of the cab. There was however no trace of the curtain. It looked as though this might have been a modification by the staff at Longmorn. When the curtain rings were cleaned up on the grit blaster, they were found to be made of copper.
Recently Jim, who works for Forsyth’s (they make most of the copper stills and fittings for Scottish distilleries) caught sight of the rings and recognised what they originally were. Apparently they are made by winding copper wire onto a former and then slitting lengthwise to produce the rings. The rings are then linked together to form a piece of “chain mail” about 1 metre square. This is then fitted inside the copper still and rotated to knock back any foam generated by the boiling wort.
|Some of the foam-busting curtain rings|
Recycling at Aviemore
These leftovers have been machined into 3/8 inch dome head rivets suitable for Queen Anne’s cab. Tests have been carried out, and they can satisfactorily be cold riveted. The original rivets were simply flattened to a “pancake” shaped head on the reverse side, and suitable rivet dollies to do this have now been machined. Riveting will be done using the hydraulic riveter, which is basically a big G-Clamp with a power-operated hydraulic ram.
|Bolts on the left, rivets on the right|
|Cab strip and angle sections painted|
|Feather-edge strips with protective oil coating|
|Battery Box after cleaning up a bit|
The toolbox had been repainted with beige paint, which was removed using a hot air gun, revealing the original “Ruston Green” colour. The toolbox lid was warped, and was flattened using clamps and a hot air gun. The rotten lower halves of each side were cut off and new sections attached using a half-lap joint and Gorilla Glue. A new bottom board was made and reinforced with steel angle brackets so that the box could be fixed slightly above the floor. All original screws and nails were removed and replaced by brass screws. A new battery compartment door was made from wood reclaimed from an old T&G door and fitted with new hinges and a catch. The many holes and imperfections were filled with two-part wood filler and the whole box painted in grey undercoat.
|New bottom sections and battery door fitted|
|The restored Battery Box|
|Another view of the box|