Phase I of Refurbishment
When we purchased the car, it was situated on Jon Clark's siding in Commerce, California. The B end truck was disassembled and a rebuild of this truck was in progress. We decided to have Jon Clark complete the rebuild of this one truck and prepare the car for cross-country movement to Delaware Car Company on Amtrak. Here is a summary of the major tasks that were completed by Jon Clark between April 1999 and September 2000:
-- Completed the rebuild of the B end truck. We encountered a significant delay in finding an equalizer to replace one equalizer that had been condemned, due to a crack, by the Amtrak inspector. We ultimately purchased two (9' Canton I beam UP profile) equalizers from Dave Varilek and had them reclaimed by Northern Rail Car Company. One of these reclaimed equalizers was installed in the B end truck; we retained the other as a spare.
-- Replaced one condemned wheelset with one good wheelset procured from Monad Railway Equipment.
-- Removed the inoperative R-12 air conditioning compressor assembly and condensor assembly. Replaced them with a remanufactured R-134A compressor & condensor assembly, of modern design, procured from Monad Railway Equipment. Bill Martin and Ray Eiser worked with Jon Clark on completing this task.
-- Tested the car's plumbing system. Completed limited repairs so that the car would have two working sinks and two working toilets for our use on the trip east.
-- Cleaned the interior of the car to make it presentable for our use on the trip east.
-- Completed a variety of minor repairs and tests required for the car to pass Amtrak's "one way move to shop" safety inspection.
This is the newly remanufactured R-134A compressor & condensor assembly which replaced the older R-12 equipment.