Today Alison and Hugh and I did some rot removal on the Crew Cab. Seems that a new piece of ash is required for one of the upright frame pieces, together with a few other bits. Some of the old floor can be re-used here.
We found some bad corrosion underneath the trim strips that reinforced the sheet steel of the cab – it looks like most of these will need removing and replacing.
We found a pair of brackets on the front wall, about 6″ from the roof, with the remains of a leather belt that obviously secured some equipment there. It must have been firefighting equipment because the leather belt has a lovely quick-release buckle. Possibly a BA set – any ideas? [Dave Needham and others suggest this is where a rescue line would be stored]
We will probably wait till John is back next week (?) to help test-fit the cab, probably using the ladder itself as a crane jib.
Alison has made some superb new leather straps for the stirrup pumps, and is working on new leather straps for the K2 rear doors. See www.alisonandhughshandmadethings.co.uk for more examples of their fine work.