The T222 project comes to a close

Well, about a week ago, we revealed a completely restored T van! And what a surprise many got.

The part of the project we kept a secret, was that it was going into an original T van advertising livery. There were 3 to choose from. The donor and the YVG discussed these options, and it was decided to go with W. Angliss & Co Imperial interstate chilled meats.

Since you last saw the T van on the blog, the van was primed and the ends wagon red. This post will show what happened after that. So.. let’s begin…

After the wagon red was completed, all the doors were rehung, door locks refitted, drip edge above the door fitted, way bill holder fitted and new nuts for the bolts on the body were purchased and fitted.

North side doors and locks fitted
Way bill holder

When all the way bill holders were fitted, we ensured we used period slot head screws, but also that the slot heads all lined up the same way.. a small detail that’s usually overlooked, but a sign of good tradesmen who take pride in their work.

Drip edge fitted above the doors.

Once everything was fitted and masked up where required, it was time for some colour. The first colour to be applied was the “Antique White” as the primary colour of the van.

North side sprayed with the top coat

The white isn’t that much different to the primer, they are both essentially an off white.

Once all the white was complete, came the painstaking task of marking and masking the stripes and diamonds.

Lauren putting the final bits of masking on the diamond.

Being a timber van, you’ve of course got all the grooves for the joins. So simply running a bead of masking tape and bobs your uncle wasn’t gonna work. Once the lines were masked, we then cut every groove, pushed the tape into the grooves and then when this was all done, run an extra piece of masking along the same line.

Doing this prevents overspray from getting in the grooves. The process took a little longer, but reduced the risk of overspray and extra touch ups.

South side ready for some more colour

Once the van was all masked, we started off by spraying the red stripe on each side

Fletch “cutting in” around the masking

The first thing we did with the colour, was run a quick spray around the edges to essentially “seal” the tape and reduce bleed when the heavier final spray went on (it worked!)

Riley spotting while Fletch starts the second coat of red

Once the red was done, we masked it up and started the blue. The same process was done with the blue, “cut in” around the tape, hinges, locks etc before the proper spray run started

“Cutting in”

Then came the Joy of marking all the locations for the stencilling. This didn’t take very long though as we had a scale drawing of the livery which we could refer too.

While our Signwriter, Paul Blake from Mort signs was designing and printing all the stencils, we moved on to starting the roof.

Lauren with the fun job of scraping

When 222 was converted to a works van in 1974, it had its hatch lids, frames and Ice troughs removed. They then fitted a corrugated iron roof, so the old canvas was of course in an extremely bad state.

A few solid days were spent on the roof scraping as much of the old canvas and adhesive off as possible.

We tried a method of removing the adhesive by getting a heap of water soaked blankets and dropping it over the roof for a day. This actually softened most of the adhesive and made it so much easier to remove!! Of course, it didn’t get absolutely everything, but hey.. who’s gonna see it under the new canvas!

New canvas!

We then moved on to the new canvas. There’s a few groups out there that have apparently discovered the next best thing for roofing.. But we decided to stick with the traditional VR method of Canvas.

Once the canvas is cut to size etc, we roll it back up into position, and start applying the contact adhesive, and slowly roll the canvas out, smoothing out as much of the creases as possible. It’s a Slow process, but that’s life.

Now, before we could paint the roof, our stencils arrived!!

Paul makes it look easy..
Ready for colour

Instead of heaps of masking and mucking around with 3 colours, we decided to roll the colour on for the letters. It worked out much quicker, which is what we wanted as our 6 week window was rapidly coming to a close.

Now for the satisfying part!!

And there we have it!! A livery not seen for 60+ years.

But wait, there’s more.

Once all the signwriting was complete, it was back onto the roof. It was time to paint the roof!! For this, we use a roof tile paint. It’s thick, flexible and waterproof.. prefect!!

All Painted and currently having the trip rails installed

The last job on the roof, was installing the “trip rails” and the hatch chains.

Rails and hatch chains completed
Ready to go!!

One final touch to the van before it was released

Logos of our paint supplier and Paul from Mort Signs

Then, as most of you have seen on facebook.. it was done

Possibly one of the most extensive restorations of a goods wagon in preservation!! It has been a massive project, but totally worth it.

Many thanks go to all the volunteers who helped out through this extensive restoration, The Anonymous donor for making this possible, Paul Blake from Mort Signs for supplying the stencil stickers, Chris Pearce who supplied Paul with the artwork, Kelvin from Carboline Coatings for supplying all the paint, Shane Lennon for supplying all the timber, Peter Skilbeck and Michael Swyrydan for donating the Ice Troughs and Steamrail Victoria for supplying us with the roofing materials.

A few final touches and fittings are needed before it’ll appear on our goods train, so keep an eye out for it the near future.

The YVG are always working on exciting and unique projects! If you would like to support us in our ventures, please consider donating – http://www.vgr.com.au/donations.php

If you or someone you know is aged between 15 and 35 and interested in joining the YVG, Contact Fletcher for more info – yvg@vgr.com.au