Originally Posted by TShort
I would be interested in some of the how you did it details…
Start by separating every part from every part. The big chunks went back on the trailer and were hauled to a sandblasting shop. Smaller stuff got a pass through my bead blast cabinet after protecting all sensitive surfaces, like bushings and shafts.
Next is repairing or replacing all broken or worn out parts. After ~80 years of airport apes, there will be some. Can't buy most of it, so it's all fabricated. The adjustment end plate in the brake photos is a good example. The pivot point had a large, badly worn slot. So, cut out that portion, weld in a new section, bore the correct hole.
Primer and paint is Richards single part industrial polyurethane. Brush on all the primer to really saturate the sandblasted surface. Sprayed most of the color.
If there's a catch, it's the weight of the parts. I used a Kubota with a front end loader to lift and position as needed.