Today I started restoring my SE3 G&G. I already had this engine for a few months, but didn't yet had the time to start working on it. From all the engines I restored, this is the most dirty and ugly engine. It seemed like it had a hard life. It will probably take me quite some weeks before I'm finished with this one. There are several things that needs atention: - the filler plug needs replacement. - whistle needs replacement, at least for the metal parts - the firebox is quite rusty, crap falls off everytime I touch it:
So i've stripped it down for a repaint:
stripped down firebox
There are still same traces of the rust there was (like little holes/dents), I hope you don't see them anymore after the repaint. - the burner lost it's metal piece that's on top of the wadding, there where just some pieces of rusted metal left, that fell right out, I have to see what to do with it now, it still works perfectly, so I'll probablyonly give it a polish, but if there ever shows one up on ebay, I might replace it.
- the baseplace was totaly bubbled, Chips of paint fell off everytime I moved it. What was wrong with it became clear after a stripping of the paint. I used a paint remover to do the job. This is realy nasty stuff (all kinds of warnings about permanent health damage on the outside of the can :shock: ) If you ever use it, wear potective clothing. Anyway, with this stuff the paint becomes soft, and you can just pull it off. FAter I did that, it became clear to me that the basepalte had a lot more rust than I expected:
stripped down baseplate
The piece at the right (where the firebox normaly is located) is how it should be looking. So this baseplate now needs a lot of sanding, and a fresh coat of paint. With all the engines I repainted before I used spray paint, with this one I am going to try to use just a can of paint, to see how that works out. Besides all the painting, there's ofcourse a lot of polishing to do. I've already started with the boiler:
The faceplate is giving me a hard time, but with a few minutes of polishing everyday, It will get there.