Monday, 23 September 2013 16:59

NY’s Carubba Collision Refurbishes Historic Kiddie Boats

Carubba Collision of Buffalo, New York, has again demonstrated their support of the Western New York community by making certain that a unique part of American history was preserved. The Carousel Society of the Niagara Frontier was in the throws of a major refurbishing project of the historic Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum Kiddieland Testing Park when the need to refurbish six antique, early 20th century kiddie boats, which were part of the carousel rides, were found in dire need of repair.

That’s when Carubba Collision stepped up to the plate. Six of these kiddie ride boats were brought to Carubba Collision for extensive body work and paint repair. The boats were dented, rusted, corroded and in extremely poor condition after decades of neglect.

The boats were completely sand blasted and stripped of all old paint and rust. They then were then set- up in the body shop where each boat body was straightened, body filler applied and then sanded to original shape.

They were then moved to the paint department where they were finish sanded, primed, re- sanded and re- primed to insure a high quality base for painting.

Each boat was then moved into the paint booth where they were masked for one color, painted, dried and then re- masked for the second color and painted. After painting was completed each boat was pinstriped with accent color and the special HERSCHELL CARROUSEL graphics were applied.

The total time expended by a ten man Carubba Collision team was nearly 300 man hours. The completed boats were then delivered back to the Museum in North Tonawanda, NY.

“We are proud to donate our services and support this wonderful organization and help preserve a unique part of not only the great history of the Niagara Frontier Region but also an important part of American history and culture “ stated Carubba Collision President, Joe Carubba.

The National Register of Historic Sites nomination concludes: “The Allan Herschell Carrousel Factory achieves significance as one of only two surviving manufacturing complexes associated with the production of carousels during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. With its architectural integrity intact, the factory is a unique link with this bygone industry, which once provided one of America’s favorite forms of recreation.”

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