Project Start -- July 25, 2001
To tackle the restoration of the
stove I followed the same
principles of restoration I had established when restoring
principles, the first
thing I did was take the stove apart. Just as with
Maych, this was no simple task.
All of the bolts and nuts holding the stove together had 60 years of
accumulated rust. However, with enough penetrating oil and
the use of a good pair of vice-grips, they all eventually yielded.
I knew I would replace all of the bolts and nuts so I bagged the old
bolts and nuts and carefully labeled each bag with name of the part to
which they corresponded. That way, I had a good reference for size
when I ordered new bolts and a reference for which bolts went where when
I began reassembly.
I ordered all the replacement
hardware on the
Internet from Aaron's
General Store. To prevent future rust problems I ordered all
the replace- ment bolts, nuts, washers, etc. in stainless steel. It
was way cheaper to buy these in quanti- ties of 100. I wound up
ordering over 1000 pieces in all but hey, you can't have too many
fasteners around the shop. I still have quite a few and I still
use them from time to time.
Because the stove was so big and so
heavy I decided to take it
apart in my garage and then take the pieces to my workshop in the basement for restora- tion and re- assembly. I'd worry about how to get it back
out of the basement when the time came.
The next step was to clean and repair
any damage to the sheet metal. I'll chronicle that adventure in
the next episode.