Tuesday, 29 July 2014

2722CD - re-seating project

As with car 1749 (below), 1722 was fitted with 28 luxurious Chapman style reclining seats in 2 & 1 configuration when new in 1961. Whilst 1749's seats are green, 1722's would have been in the more traditional brown.

One of our long term aspirations has been to re-seat 1722 as originally built, and this project has now commenced. The first job has been to dismantle a set of frames donated to us several years ago. Not only do the frames require modification as they are not wide enough, several castings are missing and will have to be re-cast from molten aluminum. Those parts which are immediately recoverable are being cleaned and primed in oxide primer and pictures of this work will follow. The two pictures here show the old frames coming apart


972CUF - Phase 1 complete.

The first phase of renovation work on this bus, which included re-building of the engine, gearbox and front axle assembly is largely complete. The last remaining part of the jigsaw, the gearbox, has been lifted into position and connected up. As a result, the bus has been successfully driven under its own power round the site.

The views here are of the gearbox in position prior to dressing and lifting, and once again after being fitted. Formerly fitted to car 1749, the box is a Leyland type GB124, refurbished in-house in 2010 and converted to fit a vertical engine (as type GB112).

The next phase will be to refurbish the rear end of the chassis, including axle and brakes.


CCK368 - A postscript July 2014

The 'red wrecker' as it has become known, has been sold by its owner and has gone to the West of England Transport Collection. Seen here being collected by the new owners on Sunday 27 July.

As part of the deal, its place has been taken by NLJ268, a 1953 former Bournemouth Corporation, Leyland Royal Tiger PSU1/13 with Burlingham B42F body. Also owned by Chesterfield Transport and converted to a mobile staff canteen, the vehicle was latterly used as a shop by the Bournemouth Transport Museum. The bus will shortly go under cover and be used as a mobile store.

Monday, 28 July 2014

749DCD - July 2014

After a couple of outings on private hires, 1749 is settling down nicely. We chose Sunday 27 July at the annual Worthing seafront bus rally as the official public launch, and friends of the project joined us to toast the vehicle. The coach is seen glistening in the sun.