An old and not original stretcher needed to be removed and will be replaced with a more substantial one. First the main part was cut out using the plasma cutter and the 8 nuts & bolts, some of which needed heat to be released, were removed. Where the stretcher was attached to the frame there was signs of corrosion and this was needle gunned, ground clean and given the red oxide treatment. A couple of bolts had to be heated and hammered out.
|LH side with some corrosion to be dealt with.
|Outside LH with bolts removed and cleaned.
|Another stubborn bolt!
|Bolts on RH side with corrosion still to be addressed.
|RH side cleaned with flap disc. Alan, Keith and Nick in conversation.
|I bet you couldn't do that again - wedge stuck in waybeam!