Restoration update September 2009

It’s been a while since I posted on this site, but that does not mean I have not been working away. As I mentioned in the last post, I was getting Fire 32 ready to go to the sandblaster. I had quite a few welding and fabrication projects to complete before I took it to the blaster, the only problem being I had very little welding experience to  fall back on. There were several welders who said they were willing to help, but they never came through, so I jumped in with both feet and simply went for it. Here are a few of the projects I had to get through in order to get the truck ready for the sandblaster:

Hole in right side tool compartment.

Hole in right side tool compartment


Tool compartment welded

Rack in preconnect compartment


Left front compartment
BeforeSide discharges


There were several other projects that required patch panels, one that required a custom fabricated piece, and multiple holes that needed to be filled. I found that if the piece was flat in front of me, I could lay down a pretty good weld, but if the piece is at an angle, then I had some issues with getting a good weld.


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