Car Preservation & Restoration

Here are some images of our car acquisition, preservation and restoration activities. Choose different cars from the drop-down list to see a particular car's restoration photos. Most of the time, clicking on an image will result in a larger version being displayed.

The jacking had to be carefully coordinated to prevent wracking (twisting) the car frame, which is relatively flexible.

In actuality, it was securely supported on two lengths of 4x4 steel tubing. The height allowed plenty of clearance to easily move the trucks into place

In the distance, a volunteer guides chains pulling the truck into place.

Here the wisest volunteers puzzle over strategy for shifting the second truck from outside the truck...

Using wedges, chains, lining bars, a skid loader, and a selection of choice words, the truck was finally beaten into submission, and the car settled comfortably onto its trucks.

The car was relocated to Carbarn 2, where it will be stored until early next year when it will go to a contractor for the next phase of its restoration.

While progress is slow, that day is unquestionably drawing closer with each volunteer hour put into the car! The retrucking is certainly a milestone in the process.

October 4, 2003:

An RTM volunteer models two shiny new wheelsets ready to go under #172 when truck and motor work is completed in the near future.

The contractor's work on 172 is nearing completion, with the second motor finished, the wheelsets complete, and much of the truck frame repair complete.