January 14, 2006
You've probably noticed that some projects in these pages are not clearly trolley museum projects. Many of our members are active participants in East Broad Top and Friends of the East Broad Top projects. A good example is the current off-site restoration of the EBT 'M3', a homebuilt motorcar which has not operated in at least four decades. Nine people have contributed to the project so far, seven of whom are joint RTM/FEBT members.
The car was disassembled down to the bare frame, sandblasted, and painted. Just a few of the problems addressed to date are: broken and worn springs, bad wheels, bad axle bearings, broken rivets on frame and seats, rotted wood on sides, torn canvas, broken floor boards, and a bad radiator.
Most amazingly, the rare 1924 Nash engine and transmission, widely considered a lost cause, have been resurrected with the investment of over 230 hours by a master craftsman. Using Cadillac valves, Dodge valve springs, and even Toyota pistons (what would Nash think?) instead of unobtainable original parts, the engine has been reinstalled, tested, and runs wonderfully.
We're excited that this truly unique machine will again carry EBT passengers, and we're proud that some of our RTM members are the ones doing critical work to see the project through.
With the canvas sides removed, its apparent that there isn't a whole lot structure to the M3. That does not mean that its restoration is a cakewalk, however!