Valley Truck has the
body work almost complete on the Futurliner. It will go to their
paint shop at the end of the week.
Ed, Wes, Dick and Marty got out the side aluminum trim. They spent
the day figuring out how to go about the process of installing the
side trim once the Futurliner returns from the body shop. They tried
several methods and discovered the small trim would not fit into the
Dick, Don, Ed and Wes working on trying to figure out how the trim
More men are brought into the process of trying to figure out how
the trim goes together.
A couple of hammers are brought out to intimidate the trim pieces
into going together. Even that didn't work. The head scratching will
continue next week.
Bud Dinger work on sanding down some of the aluminum letters for the
side of the Futurliner.
Today we continued doing the preparation of the letters for final
buffing. Bud and Don did final grinding with the 320 grit DA. All
final buffing was done by Ron. We discovered that after final
buffing some scratches showed up on some of the letters and they had
to go back to have the scratches removed by more grinding and then
back to Ron. Ron completed the buffing of all the letters today.
Don takes his turn at sanding letters.
Ed and Dick are working together on some trim pieces.
Howard and Wes worked on counter sinking the mounting bolts for the
front rubber bumper sections.
Mike purchased all the rubber blocks necessary for Jim to begin the
construction of the rear rubber section that is missing from our
Futurliner. First Jim constructed a metal box to mount the rubber
onto. This box has flanges in order to fasten it to the rear of the
Futurliner. Next he started the process of cutting the rubber bumper
sections. He had Mike purchase four different thickness' of rubber
starting with 1" thick pieces. These he plans to cut out
forming the letter "M" and using rubber adhesive stacking
the sections to form the bumper section.
Art Miedema sanded and metal finished the interior door that
separates the rear generator area from the display area of the
Futurliner. Next he primed this door on both sides.
Art Miedema mixing primer for painting the door.
The 350 trim clips that had been primed now needed their final coat
of paint. Howard patiently dipped each clip into a container of
black paint until they were completed.
Here Wally Snow is either having his feet X-rayed, looking at a
peep-show or doing some sandblasting. Wally had taken home the
Hydramatic gear selector mechanism. This is mounted in an 18"
box that stands next to the driver's seat. Wally blocked out the
"high - reverse" position mechanically and worked on
installing internal limit switches. Today he gathered up the two
original cables that attaches from this selector box back to the
Hydramatic transmission. Then he started the process of freeing up
Mayton, Project Director
4521 Majestic Vue, Zeeland, MI 49464
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