At 65 or so (she refuses to reveal her exact age), Sal was a bit overdue for a makeover. Although a stiff shot of 110 volts would get her giggling, she clearly needed a tune- up, as well as some transmission, paint and body work before she was ready to return to the spotlight.
The job of ascertaining what type of work Sal would be needing "under the hood" fell to Mark Hersey. He's the Lighting and Visual FX Technician for Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, involved in concert lighting, dark ride design and maintaining all of the park's animated pieces, to name just a few of his duties. We'll let him pick up the story from here.