Wednesday, 31 December 2014

LUF828 - December 2014

Restoration work on Royal Tiger 1828 is continuously moving forward, with many of the smaller, time-consuming jobs being tackled. The winding mechanisms which raise and lower the side windows are hidden in the body-side and accessible only through removable inspection panels. These are made from a piece of shaped aluminum covered in seat moquette and are fixed to a wooden frame within the body. (The moquette covers the side walls of the vehicle; the inspection covers are designed to match-in).

The first picture shows one of the old covers on the left. The moquette is so faded and dirty the pattern can hardly be seen. A new piece of material is on the right and in the middle is a stripped cover panel.

This picture shows two of the wooden frames hidden inside the body to which the covers are fixed. They are shaped so as not to obstruct movement of the winding mechanism. The frame on the right is before repair, the one on the left after.

And there are lots to repair!

Substantial amount of work has also been carried out to the entrance steps. The complete unit is removable and so was rebuilt on the bench and is seen here after removal from the coach. The second picture is a close-up of the step-lamp fitting.

After many hours spent on repairs and polishing, the unit is as good as new! It is now in store pending refitting to the vehicle once other structural repairs have been carried out. The wooden treads will be fitted later.

Speaking of polishing, similar work has been carried out to the heater-pipe covers which run along the body interior under the seats. The finish achieved is quite remarkable considering their previous poor condition. The photograph below shows a close-up of one of the covers which fits over the wheel arch - hence the semi-circular cut-out. The second shows a batch of restored covers wrapped in clear plastic and stored until required.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

PUF161H - December 2014

After many months spent in cramped conditions rebuilding the engine, gearbox and wheel hubs, former Southdown dual-purpose Leyland Leopard number 461 finally left the storage shed in which it has been languishing for the past 15 years. Having at last got the vehicle mobile, it will move into our restoration workshop for a full overhaul. 461 is seen just minutes after leaving the storage shed.