2nd December the boiler with rear tender attached arrived on the back of a lorry complete with the fire bars and all the old components that had been replaced.
The original tool box had been fitted on one of the original hangers - the other missing, was replaced with a new one.
While waiting for the large parts of the roller to come back home we also sorted out the brass name plates and the 2 front driving lamps, plus the red rear one from another steam enthusiast.
On 3rd December the smoke box doors were fitted - another small step towards the final restoration.
All the small jobs done!
The headstock was lifted by Stuart White in the loadall - to be marked and fitted in the correct position.
Once the headstock had been drilled and fixed onto the front of the roller the front rolls could then be positioned.
The pin from the top through the headstock was a very tight fit in one place but with a little persuasion from Mr Nick Gilbert this went into the correct position.
The next problem was to get both holes to line up so that the locking pin from front to rear could be inserted - without the rolls rolling away.
Earlier on Friday 2nd December Adam Giles, Stuart, and Dean had painted the tender in primer to protect it from corrosion.
The boiler section was painted in heatproof matt black and with the front rolls looked more like a roller than just a heap of parts belonging to anything.
On Saturday 10th December, with the sun shining, the rear tender had undercoat applied - although the picture only shows some of the tender painted it was almost completed before the sun went down.
In the meantime the rear axle was strapped up and lifted by the loadall ready to be fitted.
By the end of the day, and in the dark, the roller had 3 rolls fitted - the daylight had gone so it was decided to carry on bright and early the next day.
The right hand rear roll was harder to fit - it has a differential and also had to fit to the gears. Done with a spade and a little digging out.
And on Sunday 11th December, in front of an enthusiastic crowd, and with a little persuasion, the roller [was] moved - she looked fantastic in red and black.
14th December Mr Alan Osborn started on the outlining of some of the parts. A very steady hand and plenty of experience is needed to do this, fortunately this gentleman has been doing this for over thirty years.
Nathan Skinner painted the underneath of the boiler black, being a young lad and quite fit he could get into positions his father could not.
15th December Stuart White and Nathan started fitting the lagging across the outside of the boiler using poplar that another steam enthusiast had cut for us.
16th December made sure the lamps fitted where they were supposed to fit and the steering chains were adjusted to fit correctly.
18th The outside edges of the wooden roof were painted with a coat of crimson lake paint so they had a chance to dry before the sign writer came back.
21st December and Alan [Osborn] spent the day finishing the outlining and sign writing, now all the roof needs is fitting without any damage.
Alan [Osborn] at the side of the Wheel hub with W Allchin Globe Works Northampton in the middle and the name badge “Northampton”.
28/29th December Mick Hooper and Simon started fitting the crankshaft bearings - we had to fit the crankshaft before the roof as there was not enough clearance with the roof on to put the crank in place.
Between Christmas and New Year saw the crankshaft in place - it was all hands on deck as time was running out to get the roller back in one piece - even our visitors polishing some of the metal.
Julian touching up and giving some of the parts their final coat - it was lovely and warm in the shed.
30 December - 5 people manoeuvring and one person in the loadall - trying to get the roof in the right place.
Thanks go to Adam Giles, Nick Gilbert, Dave and Stuart White for their help with this task, and yes it was a task and a half. It's a heavy and bulky wooden build made by Mr Dave White with carpenter’s hands, no pattern to follow, only pictures and it fitted perfectly. Well done Dave!.
After working well into the night finishing off the small parts it was up and out of the house by 8am ready for the rollers big day. The weather was cold but dry - unfortunately it was a little sticky underfoot due the previous day.
The roller was towed out of its shed so that the visitors could view the roller on the tarmac.
At 1.40pm the sun finally shone on the William Allchin Steam Roller and made it the star of the day.