June was such a busy month for Southern Counties with various shows. We visited Dover Transport Museum in the middle of the month and at then at the end was Preston Steam Rally. Both buses on the road this season have been Maidstone motors, 5137 and 5215. As for July, so far the focus has been on my buses, with work this weekend on MFN41R. Paul and myself have been stripping out the police bus conversion from the lower deck. This has revealed a few damp areas but now the vehicle can 'breath' a lot better and the internal air flow is greatly improved so this should soon dry out.
With all the cold wet weather, it hasn't really been the weather for working on the buses in bleak windswept yard. However, with a bit of a respite from the nastiness a few weekends ago, Claire and myself decided to give some of the girls a run up. Nuw was fired up and turned around as she has a rather leaky window over the stairs that was getting the worst of the weather. When it warms up, the mastick will be out to fix the gap in the rubber I hadn't spotted until now. As noted earlier, all of Nuw's seats have been lifted up and stored on the seat backs to prevent water damage rotting the side of the cushions. This does seem to be problem in Titans, not helped by the way the seat material covers the whole seat where as with our ECW Bristol VRs, they have leatherette trim at the side of the cushion which helps protect them somewhat from the damp. I had hoped to start working on Nuw's rear driver bulkhead but on checking our glass stocks, we don't have the part to replace the board behind the cab seat so this will have to wait.
7041 (MFN41R) was also given a run up and moved around the yard. Alas, she couldn't be driven all the way around due to it being a tad too muddy and I didn't fancy her sliding into a caravan or getting stuck! The usual leaky ECW windscreen has made the soft trim on the dash area a bit green. I removed this and the trim on the cab door to reveal the original 'MIND THE STEP' sign! It needs a clean up still but is very tidy underneath that trim. When the weather warms up I will attempt to sort out 7041's ball joint too, making her another step forward to an MOT.
Andy and me have been busy down the yard exercising the buses. I decided to video on my phone while Andy took them around. I hope you enjoy them if only for the sound effects!
MFN41R has finally arrived at our yard to join the rest of the collection. With help from Andy, she was picked up from Thanet Garage today (1st September 2011). The drive down to the yard was good highlighting some work needing to the steering and that will probably be it. 1st job on the list though is a good clean up inside as she is pretty messy inside. Also when collecting her we almost carried our first passenger. A large ginger cat had decided to to have a nap on the back seat and seemed most alarmed when I stuck my head in through the doorway to look for a broom handle to dunk the fuel tank with!
As stated below we have another new bus joining the collection. I'm pleased to announce I'm in the process of acquiring MFN41R, East Kent's first Bristol VR and latterly the Thanet Crimebuster then the Silver Safety Bus. I'm hoping to collect her within the new few weeks once the paperwork is sorted out. She will be DMS550's replacement in the collection.
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