The first phase of restoring 972 to revenue earning capability has commenced! The vehicle is currently registered as 'historic' and cannot be used to convey passengers for hire. In order to meet exacting VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) standards, the bus will undergo a full mechanical overhaul and internal refurbishment, adding to work already carried out by its previous owners. The first phase sees the engine removed for rebuilding and fitting of a refurbished gearbox. Whilst this takes place, phase 2 will commence involving refurbishing the front axle and brakes.
Seen below are pictures of the bus having its radiator removed, the engine being partially stripped down ready for removal and finally the engine out of the bus. Look out for further reports on repairs to the engine.