DC-3 Restoration activity update for the 1st quarter of 2018 by crew member Carl Cruff.
With the exception of localized aluminum fuselage skin re-polishing to address specific cosmetic concerns, all exterior restoration work is now complete. The final items finished this Quarter include:
The restoration team activities are now focused on several interior compartments. The rear cargo compartment sheet metal wall panels have been removed for reconditioning and/or replacement while the forward and aft bulkhead partitions are being stripped and cleaned prior to re-painting. The hydraulic system contained within the forward crew compartment has been disassembled allowing the removal and cleaning of the wall and floor panels. Cockpit interior work continues with the repair of the fixed and moveable window panels/gaskets and the stripping and cleaning of the co-pilot's bulkhead. These compartment renovations will continue during the 2nd Quarter as well as the initiation of the lavatory refurbishment.