When T953 was being scrapped in Canterbury you may recall me telling you I saved a couple of seats for DMS550. That night I brought them home and they spent a couple of night in our front room. Our three cats made use of them whilst they were here and the seats became Mk1 Leyland Cat Bed!
More new pages have been added to the site, well two old ones and one new one to be honest! I've moved the Picture of the month archive and DMS survivor pages onto the main menu bar to help open the site up a bit. The new page added is 'So you want to own a bus...?' and is aimed at people who are maybe thinking about entering the world of bus preservation. As you will no doubt see from this site, bus preservation is not easy task especially when on a bit of a budget as we all are these days. You put so much into it and the real joy you get is seeing the vehicle turn heads as you drive along a street. If anyone does have any questions about bus preservation please get in touch, I'll always be happy to offer any advice I can. I will be adding a page with buses I have owned in the past on to the site soon.
I must say a huge thanks to Maurice Bean (7980's former owner) and Dave Atkins of Dover Transport Museum (5137's former owner). Thay have just relocated to a different parking site and cleared out the old one making a lot of Bristol VR spares available for us. We now have a good selection of ECW glass, some transfers to use as patterns, some internal trim and a spare wheel. All this is stored safely on 5807 locked in the bonded upstairs section along with the Titan glass and seats we got with Nu.
I've added another YouTube video of EFN178L, only this time of me being successful picking her up from Dover last Sunday!
Well this is it, the launch of the new look website. The site had outgrown the original format with only a limited amount of pages that could be displayed in the navigation. That was fine when it was the 2 buses (SKL681X and MLK550L) but since then 'Jake's Buses' has morphed into 'Jake and Bernard's Buses' with firstly TFN980T joining, then my PKE807M.
I hope your like it. I think it will be easier to navigate around on and it also means more pages can be added as time goes on. In fact two more pages already, one for 1178 and another for T553.
The National 1178 has now finally joined the rest of the fleet and work will commence getting her ready for next season. She drove back from Dover very well - 60mph at one point. She will no doubt prove very handy for those long distance trips and shows next year.
Tomorrow, Claire and me are off to the yard to start work on mucking out Nu the Titan. After many years as a hard working school bus she really needs a skip next to her when we start sweeping her out.
Good news also that EFN178L our 'new' Leyland National has been fixed by FotEK and will be winging it's way into our collection next weekend (fingers crossed!) in the mean time I've posted a video of her on YouTube when Bernard and me went to pick her up last time but were foiled by the dreaded air leak.
Yesterday (Sunday 12th) Claire and me went down to Sandwich and started work on DMS550 for the first time for many months. All the woodwork under the windsrcreen that had rotted has been replaced with seasoned treated hardwood. Some replacement panel were acquired from DMS1968 and one of these have used in the centre dash panel. It looks rough but isn't patched like 550's original one. Whilst Claire started cleaning the glue off the inside roof panels (from the soft trim) I was fitting the panels on the front. This proved tricky as the person who had offered to replace all the woodwork had not fitted a lot of of it properly and this all had to be re cut and refitted. Moral of this story is it you can do it yourself then do so and don't let muppets near your buses! She's coming on slowly and will look better with the panels on and the front platform finished off. Once this is done I can start working on the mechanics and get her a service.
I now have really nice blisters on my right hand doing up the screws that hold the panels!
Good news is that 7681 passed her test today at Canterbury. She drove perfectly there and back after spending last night in Thanet (it was an early test!) showing that keeping her mileage down this year has helped iron out some of the little problems she was having. Next year of course is 681's big three oh birthday and also 10 years of her being in my ownership so around September we will certainly be holding an event of some kind, probably around Thanet. Over the winter I hope to tidy her up a little bit and sort out the opening front windows. I was thinking about getting 'EK' stickers to go over the NBC double arrow too as this would show how she would have looked post privatisation before receiving the 'new' maroon and cream livery. It would also compliment 7980 and National 1178 (when she arrives!) too. The jury's still out on that one though.
Elsewhere, fomer copshop 5807 will be off road for the next year or two. She still has the tendancy to throw a wobbly when she get warm which I will be getting fixed in the next few months if it proves to be the fuel pump. Not only that she is proving very valuable as a store room / office / canteen too. I'm keeping her mobile with little trips around the yard but her upper deck in now full of VR and Titan spares.
DMS550 is still slumbering in the garage at Sandwich. Everything is there to complete her but it just needs putting on! Again, this winter I'm hoping to progress on 550 and maybe move her towards an MOT too.
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Owner of 5807, 5809, 5137, 7656, 7681, 7041 & 40301
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