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  1. I grabbed one of the boulder chairs we had talked about last year. Stripped it down to bare metal, sealed it with a rust inhibiting primer, and then painted it with a few rattle cans. I "dumpster dove" for replacement fiberglass seats (not included with the bb chairs) at the abandoned Tamiment Resort which has a wrecked Hall lift from the same era. Some advice: Those fuckers have a TON of paint on them, at least 20 layers. Citra-strip was as effective as throwing sand at the tide, would recommend mechanical means of removing the paint, either media blasting or grinding, a flap disk on a grinder worked for me but expect to go through a few. If you detach the chair body from the hanger arm, or the restraint bar from the chair body, reassemble everything before painting. Otherwise you'll scratch the shit out of everything. If you do plan on separating the chair and the hanger, cutting the bolts is probably the way to go. There's so much paint in the threads of the bolts that it's nearly impossible to unscrew the nut, even with a ton of paint stripping.
  2. None of the quad chairs are up for sale, thats a shame.
  3. 3 or 5 depending on how you look at it. The east mountain lifts were two lifts sharing the same towers, same as the triples. The quad is on its own.
  4. Also, crotched just announced an online auction for some old chairs, jfbb can’t be far behind
  5. Looks like construction is well-ish underway at frost. Old east mountain lift and the triples are completely gone, the bullwheel is off the load station on the quad and the haul rope is just tied off to the station. wonder how many of the chairs will go to auction, figure there’s got to be 500+ of them total that have come down or will come down soon
  6. I think this improves things a lot though. In the last few years JF has typically only run 1 lift at a time for the sets of lifts that share towers. Having a quad running full time vs. a single double or triple will up capacity and help with lines for sure.
  7. At keystone a photo on the phone or state passport app worked fine to get into the lodges, assuming its the same at jfbb
  8. I didn't find any lead. I made a lot more work for myself starting off with a weak chemical stripper. A few hours with an angle grinder with a flap disc would brought it down to bare metal pretty easily. Media blasting might be good on the seat itself, lots of weird angles, but definitely not necessary.
  9. Haha, unfortunately I haven’t heard of any ski-lift-chairs-and-coffee events. but all seriousness, haven’t worked with metal before, just asking stupid questions to get good directions. My restraint bar has spots where it’s rusted through, that’ll take bondo, but the rest I’ll treat some other way
  10. Decided to start fishing with hand grenades, busted out the grinder and flap discs. Coming across a lot of pitted rust, anybody have any advice on what to do? Part of me wants to just prime over it, but not sure. I feel like grinding it out and using bondo to flatten out the divots is a little extra. Also, lmk if I should move this to a general thread.
  11. Yeah, bought it for my parents. Hoping they don’t want it so I can have a second porch swing
  12. Starting to pull some paint off and the chair is finally in 3 pieces. Four bolts hold the seat to the hanging bar and the restraint bar isn’t mechanically fastened, you just have to pull it off of the pins that hold it in place. Starting to see some metal poke through but the citristrip largely just ate through the outer 1-3 layers of paint. In hindsight, the airplane paint remover you can buy at autozone and the like would’ve eaten this paint a lot quicker, but that stuff is crazy toxic. I’m also on a well, doing this work outside, and airplane paint remover needs to be neutralized by water before handling and I want none of it going into the groundwater
  13. All I want to do for now is strip the paint and rust, get a protective primer on there, and paint it. Eventually it’ll hang or be a bench but in the meantime rust has already done enough damage on mine
  14. Now that the weather’s a bit warmer and my schedule has started to calm down I thought I’d start to work on the chair. The bolts holding the hanging bar to the seat are painted pretty tight, as are the bolds securing the restraint bar to the seat, so plan for now is see how far a chemical paint stripper can take me. I’m trying citristrip and will leave it on for the full 24 hrs. By my count there are at least 6 coats of paint on these things. I’ve tested a few times for lead and haven’t found any yet but am still a bit afraid to strip with a disk and have airborn paint dust.
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