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Sperry Searchlight Restoration, Part II

CORKY WELDS (30 K)

   John's good friend and neighbor Corky Bauer (a track inspector for Union Pacific) attaches the rear-axle brackets which had been cut off of the searchlight when it was mounted on the tandem-axle trailer.


CORKY WITH SLEDGE (28 K)

   Corky Bauer preparing to use a little persuasion to separate the generator frame from that of the tandem trailer.


HOISTING THE LIGHT (32 K)

   Joe Grier (a local heavy equipment dealer) operates a crane truck while Woodson County Sheriff's Deputy Bennie Bright (kneeling at right in green shirt) and John Atkin IV (left) guide the light into alignment with its original trailer.


HOISTING THE LIGHT (27 K)

Continuing to guide the light.


HOISTING THE LIGHT (29 K)

Another view of the alignment process.


ALIGNING THE LIGHT (41 K)

John Atkin IV aligns the light while Benny Bright gets tools to attach the light to the frame.


ALIGNING THE LIGHT (39 K)

   Joe Grier and John Atkin IV check the alignment of the light before releasing it from the safety of the crane truck.


MORE CUTTING (35 K)

   Corky Bauer prepairs to use the torch to separate the generator frame from that of the tandem trailer while John Atkin III observes the work.


ALIGNING THE FRONT AXLE (37 K)

   John Atkin III and Corky Bauer align the front axle of the generator before bolting it into place.


GENERATOR FREED! (34 K)

   John Atkin III and Corky Bauer plan out the next step after separating the generator from the tandem trailer. Note the rear axle for the generator ready to be attached in the foreground.


GENERATOR ON TRAILER (33 K)

The generator mounted on the tandem trailer after removal of the searchlight.


ATTACHING THE REAR AXLE (36 K)

Corky Bauer attaches the rear axle bracket to the generator.


ATTACHING THE REAR AXLE (38 K)

Corky Bauer still at work attaching the rear axle.


SHRINK-WRAPPED LIGHT (40 K)

   John Atkin III gives the shrink-wrapped light and trailer a final walk-around before leaving for the Military Vehicle Preservation Association's 2000 International Convention in Kansas City, MO, where the light will have its first official showing.


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