getting a nose job sorted

OK, progress continues and it’s great to see new metal and panels going back in as the repairs start bringing life back to the bus.

A new repair panel for the lower front nose is un-picked and the sections cleaned up and coated with red oxide primer to ensure there are no areas of exposed metal left to rust away from the inside.

A replacement panel and un-picked and treated with red oxide primer on the inside
A replacement panel and un-picked and treated with red oxide primer on the inside

The panel then gets welded into place…

The replacement panel gets welded in place as the nose structure get re-built
The replacement panel gets welded in place as the nose structure get re-built

before the front surface gets treated with more red oxide primer…

The replacement panels thin coat of primer is replaced with a good coating of red oxide primer
The replacement panels thin coat of primer is replaced with a good coating of red oxide primer

The process then gets repeated with the front section of the repair panel, first it is cleaned up and treated with red oxide primer…

A replacement panel and un-picked and treated with red oxide primer on the inside
A replacement panel and un-picked and treated with red oxide primer on the inside

…before getting welded into position

The lower front replacement panel is welded back into place…
The lower front replacement panel is welded back into place…

…then it can be bare metaled ready for the final finishing stages

…and then the thin coat of black primer is removed back to bare metal ready for final finishing
…and then the thin coat of black primer is removed back to bare metal ready for final finishing

The lower nose is now beginning to look like it should again!

The lower front is now beginning to take shape, all looking good!
The lower front is now beginning to take shape, all looking good!

Some more work on the cab steps. The inner repairs are cleaned up and coated in a protective coat of red oxide primer…

Repair area is cleaned up and painted with red oxide primer
Repair area is cleaned up and painted with red oxide primer

…prior to the new metal making up the inner section is welded back into place ready for further finishing.

Replacement metal is welded back in to rebuild the cab step structure
Replacement metal is welded back in to rebuild the cab step structure

The step begins to begin to take shape…

Outside cab steps are taking shape nicely
Outside cab steps are taking shape nicely

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