The project is still alive! Just want to assure all of you that we have not forgotten about the Mortons Gap Muffler Man. By the end of June we ran out of time to work on the giant, and we had to store him for the rest of the summer. In early October we moved him to his final workshop before he returns to Kentucky.
The last few weeks we have been very busy working on him a little each evening and during the weekends. As I stated before, sanding is complete and we are now putting down first coats of primer to detect any holes or pitting. We have fixed most of these areas and are about ready to lay down the final coat of primer before painting begins.
We also have been working very hard on connecting the body parts and figuring out the best way to do this. Mark Cline’s extra parts are not an
exact fit and we found that one arm is larger then the sleeve it is supposed to fit into. When we got the giant, his sleeves were both cracked and split and therefore the arms easily slid inside. Now that we have repaired these cracks the sleeve holes are smaller. So we have fabricated a fiberglass plug that we will attach to the end of the arm and this plug is custom made to fit the sleeve hole. The idea actually came from the large 21 ft muffler men models and how their arms fit. We have also spent allot of time working on attaching the head and finally after a lot of cutting, we have got a real good fit. We are currently attaching a metal plate that will make it easy to bolt the head on.
After we attach the head and arms we will focus on painting. We plan to restore and keep the original lettering on the giants chest that says, “Implement Speciality Company”. We are hoping to take the giant back to Mortons Gap in mid November and will post a full report and pictures when we do.