East Texas Paint & Body's Kat Stilley sanding the surface in
preparation for paint & body work. Unfortunately,
they went out of business before completing the project. The
good news is their landlord was nice enough to drive to
Longview (from Houston) to allow me to rescue the
Telecruiser. Eventually, I persuaded my friend,
Bill Fishburn to take on the project at his body shop in
White Oak, Texas. If you ever find you are in need of
a quality paint and body shop, I highly recommend Fishburn
Paint and Body. They are good people.
The driver's compartment
Here is what the
engine looked like before a lot of work
The Engine after some (actually, a lot of) TLC
The Westinghouse Air Compressor that
supplies air for the brakes and horn.
Our good friend and neighbor, Matt Matthies, who is tirelessly
on the restoration.
Removing the old air conditioner and duct work proved to be a
huge ordeal. Shown is friend and neighbor John Morgan attaching
the AC unit to a boom arm on a heavy duty fork lift. It
seems that was the easy part. Getting the old unit loose
was an entirely different story. It did not want to go.
Eventually, it did come off, with a lot of "persuasion."
Now all we had to do was get rid of the duct work!
It starts to look better with all the roof junk removed.
Power-washing took of many layers of paint.
It seems it has had numerous color schemes throughout the years.
Power-washing uncovered a lot of interesting details like this
"Please watch your step" sign. We will make sure that this
one is recreated on the finished version. Somebody with hand
sign painting skills is going to have la lot of fun on this
There is a lot of evidence of its "golden past," but we
eventually had a big surprise. It was not originally
It seems it was actually a very dark green
below the belt-line and gold above. That would be a
fashionable late 1940's color scheme.
Better yet, the power washing revealed some of
the original lettering. Here you can clearly see the word
"television" on the side of the bus. To it's left is
evidence of a rectangular "DuMont" logo and to the right, in
Helvetica type, it says "Broadcasting." It
cool looking to not replicate on the restored version.