Bletchley Park Vintage Vehicle Museum Preparation

Hi all,A long long time since I last had chance to post one of my details. Here is a long awaited write up from last year, where I had the privilege of preparing Bletchley Park “Home of the Codebreakers” vintage vehicles for their renovated exhibition.

I had 4 vehicles to undertake:
1946 Sunbeam Talbot Convertible, which featured in the film Enigma with Kate Winslet.
1938 Austin Six Ambulance, served in WWII and a 1980s renovation.
1938 Packard Six, served in WWII as a SLU vehicle (Communications), renovated from its war camouflage to it’s original colour.
WWII Ambulance Trailer, served in WWII.

Lots of history, lots of chrome and a tailored detail for each vehicle – a key customer request being NO WATER to be used under any circumstances.

Luckily being museum pieces, I used a waterless wash system to remove any dust. The bodywork was polished and protected. Chromework polished to the best they could (bearing in mind some chrome was pitted and original), plastics/rubbers rejuvenated, glassworks polished and quick tidies of the interiors. I completed this work over the course of 3.5 days staggered over a week.

Lets start with the Sunbeam Talbot:

Sunbeam Before

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Sunbeam After

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1938 Austin Six Ambulance Before

No befores of the Ambulance because it was already in lovely condition and had limited dust.

1938 Austin Six Ambulance After

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Next up was the Packard Six – the dustiest by a large margin!

Packard Six Before

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Packard Six After

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And finally last but not least, the fire trailer.

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Fire Trailer After

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Thank you for looking and reading as always, it has been a joy to have maintained these vehicles ever since!

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Adam
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