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Restore Along Part 14 Handle With Care

Welcome back to Part 14 of our Restore Along with Julia, detailing her ongoing process of reconstructing Tulip the Featherweight! Today, Julia tackles some delicate challenges and finds a missing part of Tulip a home. In case you missed it, you can read the previous installment here: Restore Along Part 13: A Mystery or Two Julia begins today's work with a couple of baggies worth of parts - her granddaughters will be visiting later in the day, but she has time to get a few parts clean before they arrive!     Starting with Tulip's stitch indicator plate, Julia gently rubs...


Restore Along Part 13: A Mystery or Two

Welcome back to the Restore Along of Julia and Tulip. Catch up on last week's installation here: Restore Along Part 12: Red Paint & Clean Parts Last time Julia purchased all the paints required for Tulip's future Soul Red Metallic paint look. There is a lot more to be done before Tulip is ready for a new coat of paint, so today is all about getting more parts from the "dirty" drawer in the "clean" drawer. First up is Tulip's Handwheel: Julia cleans the Handwheel with dish soap*, but it is still pretty dirty, so she cleans it again with...


Restore Along Part 12: Red Paint & Clean Parts

Welcome back to the Restore Along with Julia and Tulip. We hope you have enjoyed following along and learning more about Julia's process. Julia has been carefully cleaning every piece as we get to see to see Tulip's inner workings up close. If you missed us last week, catch up on the story here: Restore Along Part 11: Look At That Shine   Today Julia Heads to the auto paint store. Julia has been putting this off. Committing to the Soul Red Metallic paint, both the color and the specific paints and process required to apply them is exciting and...


Restore Along Part 11: Look At That Shine

Welcome to Part 11 of Tulip's restoration. Last week, we saw Julia continue to work on varnish and organization of Tulip's parts, and a noticeable new shine to Tulip's finish as a result of Julia's hard work. If you missed it, you can catch up on the last installment of Tulip's restoration here: Restore Along Part 10: The Case Of The Missing Washer After seeing how much better Tulip is starting to look, Julia decides to double down on the varnish work today. It's hard work, but the payoff is pretty immediate: Look at that sine! Julia also spends time...


Restore Along Part 10: Varnish Work

Welcome back to the Restore Along with Julia and Tulip. We're on Part 10 already, and Julia has made so much progress. Today she will take a break from cleaning the small parts and focus on Tulip's varnish. If you are joining in on the fun with us today, you can catch up on the last Restore Along here: Restore Along Part 9: Progress and Innovation Today's work begins with a surprise: Julia turns Tulip to the side to start stripping the extension bed, and a small washer falls out. Even after completely disassembling Tulip, this part had escaped Julia's...


Restore Along Part 9

Note from Julia: First, and most importantly, my thanks to April and Carmon Henry for allowing me to share Tulip's makeover. I know it's not something that's usually shared on their site. My original post was just some of my notes to myself from a few days' work which I shared, but I didn't think there would be much interest. Thank you to those who are following the makeover and cheering us along the way; Tulip, and I appreciate it! This is my first total tear down, but it won't be my last. We are happy that Julia has taken the...


Restore Along Part 8: Picking the Right Red

  In our last Restore Along update, Julia started to narrow down her choice of paint for Tulip's new look and made tons of progress stripping down, tearing apart, and cleaning up Tulip. If you are joining us, catch up on the last installment of the Restore Along here: Restore Along Part 7: Adventures in Varnish Today, Julia goes to a few more dealerships that have piqued her interest. Porsche and Audi are strong contenders for carrying the perfect red for Tulip, and Julia reviews their most dazzling reds. They fall flat for Julia, however, and she moves on.  At...


Restore Along Part 7: Adventures in Varnish

Julia and Tulip are back for part 7 of the Restore Along. If you are just now joining us, you can catch up on the previous installment of Tulip's process here: Restore Along Part 6: Removing the Varnish Today's work is a little bit of research and a whole lot of cleaning. Removing Tulip's original varnish is Julia's priority and after last week's tests, rubbing alcohol is her cleaner of choice. It's hard work - see the used cotton balls and swabs piling up.  As she cleans the years of grit and grime and the clearcoat from the machine, we start to...


Restore Along Part 6: Removing the Badge

Welcome back to the Restore Along featuring Julia and Tulip. Thank you for following along with the series! This installation sees Julia removing Tulip's badge and testing out various types of paint remover on the machine's painted surfaces. If you are just joining us, you can catch up on the most recent installment here: Restore Along Part 5: The Head and The Base Today's work begins with removing the two badges on the front of the machine.  Julia has been putting this off, thinking of the best method to detach the badges without damaging them. She decides that sanding down the sides...


Restore Along Part 5: The Head and The Base

Welcome to part Five in The Restore Along with Tulip! Today, Julia will show us how she finally was able to separate the head from the base of the machine - a process that began in Part Four. If you are joining us, you can catch up with our series here: Restore Along Part 1: Introduction of Julia & "Tulip" Restore Along Part 2: Stripping Down Tulip Restore Along Part 3: The History of Tulip Restore Along Part 4: Preparing to Separate the Hull In last week's post, the pins that held the column to the base were proving to...


Restore Along Part 4: Preparing to Separate the Hull

First, we would like to thank you all for joining us for another installation of Tulip's restoration! It has been such a fun project to follow along with Julia as she takes the tedious steps of the restoration. If you are joining us, you can catch up on the progress on our previous Restore Along Blogs: Restore Along Part 1: Introduction of Julia & "Tulip" Restore Along Part 2: Stripping Down Tulip Restore Along Part 3: The History of Tulip Julia's biggest hurdle of the day is getting the upper and lower body of the Featherweight apart. Julia attempts to...


Restore Along Part 3: More Disassembly

Thanks for joining us in Part 3 of Tulip's Restore Along!  For those of you who are just joining us, this Featherweight (endearingly named Tulip) is in the process of a full restoration.  Julia and her husband, Mark, found and rescued Tulip in a small antique shop in Kentucky and began the journey to restore her. We are lucky enough to join in on the fun and follow along on Julia's adventure. You can catch up on her story with the first two Restore Along blog posts below: Restore Along Part 1: The Introduction of Julia and Tulip Restore Along Part 2: Stripping Down...


Restore Along Part 2: Stripping Down Tulip

Welcome to Restore Along Part 2: Stripping Down Tulip. Julia has done an incredible job in documenting each step she has taken in the restoration process, and we are happy to share her story! If you are just joining us, you can catch up on the last installment of our Restore Along here: Restore Along Part 1: Introduction of Julia and Tulip As many of you may recall, Tulip is the poor little Featherweight that Julia and her husband, Mark, rescued from an antique shop down in Kentucky. Julia's Featherweight is named Tulip, after the state tree, the Tulip Poplar....


Restore Along Part 1: Introduction of Julia & "Tulip"

  Today, we are pleased to present the beginning of this story as our first installment of the "Restore Along" featuring Tulip, the Featherweight.  You'll get to see how Julia LaForest (Tulip's owner) lovingly restored her Featherweight from the very beginning all the way to the end, with a new blog post showing each step as she shows us her restoration process.  But, first things first - we must tell you about how Julia came to find Tulip, and how she came to enjoy a life filled with travel, adventure, and joy with her husband, Mark. Let's dive in! Julia visiting...