I thought I would start a new thread with the restoration of the telescope I just picked up from Steve Gorton. Due to the color of the OTA, it will be called the "Pink Panther Cave". Steve has had the scope for a while and was not interested in restoring it so he offered it to me at a very nice price. Thanks Steve!
Pink is an F/7 72" 10" Cave from the seventies. It does not have a DEC drive but does have slow motion controls for that axis. The Drive box on the RA axis looks very nice and I will hook a new power cord to it to test the motor soon. Gears are very clean. Should be OK I think.
The tube is the interesting part. It's, well, Pink! I've never run across a colored tube on a Cave unless painted by an owner at a later time. This OTA is definitely original pink. It has faded a lot, but the original color still show under the different item attached on the tube after I removed them. My new painter is matching the color as we speak. It's similar to the old T-Bird pink or Ford coral pink. It kind of grows on you.
The mount has a lot of rust on the steel shafts. They are soaking now. I have a feeling they will need a pounding to get them out of the bearings. We will see.
Parks has responded to an email I send about the pink tube. They had me send a picture to see if they could identify it as there's. I'm guessing "Who else's would it be?" DavidG responded in another thread that Parks and Cave would take special request for colors. This would be the first I've ever heard of.
Steve said he would talk to the guy he bought it from.
"I got Pinkie from a guy in Madison, who said he had been storing it in his
basement for 30 years for his brother-in-law. He knew nothing about it, but
I have emailed him today for the story and background about it. Will let you
know if I hear something."
So I will await for that information. You can chime in here if you find anything Steve.
So off we go on another restoration that will be a little unconventional in color. If you have any other suggestions of how to paint the mount, let me know. This will not be an original Cave color scheme. I want to do something very different.