What to Bring
Preliminary Restoration Agenda
- wear work clothes and comfortable shoes
- Snacks, not mandatory
- Take a look: Ambulance examined, Ambulance now, -&- Screen Captures
- Amberwolfy's AARG ideas
- Loosen/remove straps
Save buoys/boat-fenders [all lost in transit--get replacement bumpers]
- Lift tail off of cradle--5-person job!
- Remove cradle brace to get to door, ratchet out the bolt
- Get a spare tire
Paint tail cradles DONE!
- Install the last tail-cradle steel cross-brace
- Sew sleeves or upholster tail-cradle pads
- Examine lights wiring for short-circuit
- Replace jack--something like this one
- Reattach wings
- Unload wings (inside ambulance)
- Drill X's marked on wood
- Screw in 5/16" studs (half wood screw, half bolt)
- Find bag of 12 studs, washers, nuts
- Slip a nut onto bolt half
- Ratchet screw half into wood
- Lift wing
- Slide bolt-halves through holes in ambulance
- Add washers and nuts inside
- Tail fins -- finish replication
- Reinforce and Reattach tail.
- In such a way that it is removable for transportation.
engine stand bolted inside the ambulance, pipe to support tail?
- reinforce bulkheads--bolt tail bulkhead to body bulkhead?
- mono- or bi-pod under the tail to support extra weight?
- 3/4" plywood arched-strips for backing -- DONE!
- Cut and fit cardboard first
- Trace cardboard onto plywood
- Cut plywood with jigsaw
- Fiberglass repair around backing -- DONE!
- Redrill holes
- Lift tail [many people, supports, or forklift]
- Bolt tail to body [use large washers on both sides]
- caulk seams to prevent leaks
- Rhino bedliner sealer on the inside of the ambulance (stop the fiberglass from flaking off)
- headlights -- DONE!
- body and tail -- DONE!
- caduceuses -- DONE!
- touchup overpaint around caduceus
- Lights: 2 headlights, 2 7" rotating red siren lights, blinking red/green port/starboard lights
- Power source: 12V car battery
- diameter of each light?
- Pilot's chair
- racing chair -- BOUGHT!
- reupholster red
- telescoping, swivel base
- Cockpit windows --
DONE! [cracked in transit, try again]
- Front grills -- install
remote/button-operated hydraulic/pneumatic opener -- [deemed structurally unsafe]
glue-inject and press to re-shape fraying edges
single layer of fiberglass
- replace door -- DONE!
- Tail access hatch cover--re-create and replace -- DONE!
- Replicate (or locate) engines
- two cylinders (95-gallon haz-mat drum) high on the sides
- two little rotating cylinders on the tail
- two little rotating cylinders on the sides of the nose
- Replicate landing gear with removable coffin/body-pod platforms
- Cockpit flight controls and instrument panels
- TV-DVD/laptop for showing episode, Done the Impossible, our own story
- back-lit milk glass (frosted glass, fiberglass) pane for BDH's to sign
- in cockpit behind push-button-to-swing-out "monitor"
- laptop, photo printer, laminator, punches, clips for making ID badges on the spot
- blue/green screen, digital video camera, laptop for making "flying"-in-the-ambulance vids
- medical charts, pilot/medical license: name, date, DOB, location
- picture in casket => DOA (Dead On Arrival)
- picture in cockpit => pilot license
- picture in vest => medical license
- St. Lucy's paramedic vest replicas
- decals -- Got 'em!