04 March 2019

Project 'DNF' - No.5 Refit

Today, the cab repairs continued.  We have almost reached the stage where the rotten bottom frame has been replaced with shiny new metal.  Once that is done, it will be on with the tin work, which will be a bit trickier
Out in the yard, the engine cover received a dose of energetic interior decorating.  It is nearly ready for some Dulux Brilliant White and some ceiling lights! 
The battery isolator switch is now affixed to the inside edge of the engine bay.  A sign will be needed on the outside to notify of its location.  Being close to the engine, the cable runs should be quite short.
No more odd bits of scaffold will be called upon to assist with mooring.  Eight extension pieces have now been machined and flogged into the ends with a large sledge hammer.  A good tight fit.
We also extracted the starboard fuel tank.  Some modifications are needed to incorporate a diesel filling point.  The old side entry pipe has now been cut off and a welded plate inserted.  Getting the tank in and out is very tricky and actually it exited through the cab floor area!

During the day, our hydraulics man paid a visit to record, in detail, the numerous pipe fitting sizes and runs.  Hopefully, some new parts can soon be added to the rebuild.