As work continues on the other buses at some pace, Bernard has decided that now is the time to move 1178 undercover so that her restoration can be completed for next year. We have decided to remove the complete windscreen so the whole front end can be sorted out. Also this will give us chance to remove the wheelchair door and install the emergency window again. She will also have a service too.
This year continues to fly by so quickly. As stated in Picture Of The Month, Nuw attended Deal Motor Show on 25th May, the full report can be seen here. We really enjoyed this show and I took some lovely pictures of Nuw heading to the event stuck in traffic. Paul and myself have also started stripping out 7681's rear end in readiness to get to the leaking oil seal in the prop shaft. Along with 1178 that's our two big projects started now. The parts for 1178's metal work are being all sorted out by Paul and will hopefully be fitted by us when we get time. I'm hoping this month to put 5137 up for test again now that the brakes have been sorted out (back in March). The delay in sending her back for test was trying to find a local test centre to avoid the 100 mile round trip to Maidstone which although the guys there do an excellent job and are really friendly, the cost of 50 litres of full pushed up the price somewhat... Anyhow, I think we've solved the problem but I'm not saying anything else for now. Apologies in advance if the website goes a tad quiet over the next few months, Claire and me are moving home so things may end up a little bit all over the place but we'll do our best to keep you informed of things as and when they happen, and don't forget that both The Bamford & Sea;y Bus Collection and Southern Counties are on Facebook where you'll find additional news and additional pictures.
Our sister site at Southern Counties Omnibus Collection has been updated with news and pictures of the recent work on Leyland National 1178. At the same time I decided to get our crew room on 5807 operational giving us somewhere to sit in the dry and have a hot drink or hot food. This now done but still needs completing. It's one of those jobs that isn't connect to keeping the buses on the road but still needs to be done.
Andy managed to refit the front panel on the National that literally fell out. Investigations revealed that the bus had received accident damage on this near side corner which had probably popped the rubber off of the lip. We do have an original Pay As You Enter sign but if was too small to fit so the original, which broke in half when it fell out, was refitted with some washing up liquid and sealant!
I have started working on our National 1178 (EFN178L) with a view to put her up for test after Nuw goes up. This will probably be sometime in June (all being well)! I've started stripping down the area around the wheelchair door to see whats involved in putting a standard window and panel back in and I must say, she looks pretty good. Oddly enough, the rusty bits are what was put in there to support the door and aren't original to the old girl - this was similar to DMS550 where the window had been put in where the front doors were.
I've been busy getting 5137 ready for her MOT as THIS GALLERY will show. Hopefully when finished she will look a lot fresher and brighter and all ready for the M&D 100 event next month! In between all this I've managed to get Nuw's leveling valve sorted out. It's only a bodge job for now but she sits nice and level again. I also gave 1178 a quick run around the yard. Her batteries are shot so she has to be jumped to get her going but once she's up and running she's very smooth.
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.
We have some new arrivals in the Bamford Sealy fleet. New to East Kent Leyland National EFN178L which was owned by Fiends of the East Kent until earlier this month. 1178 was saved and restored by Carl Underwood after working in the Nottingham area for GK Kinch as a mobility bus. She is currently restored in the 'de-reg rhubard and custard' livery the same as 7980. 1178 needs a new drivers side windscreen and a few electrical jobs done and she should be fit for an MOT. We're hoping to get her out and about this year - something she's sadly missed out on for about 4 years. We also have a limited run of shares available in her if your interested in becoming a part owner. CONTACT ME for more information on this.
Today Bernard and me picked up new to London Transport Leyland Titan T553 (NUW553Y, HIG5681) which was really off the radar and somewhat out of the range of our collection you may think? Well, no not really. NUW worked for Stagecoach when she left London and was converted to single door and 'provincial' style destination panel so as she stands she is more Stagecoach than London and makes a very tidy bus. These Titans worked everywhere in the Stagecoach network when they left London, from Bluebird in Scotland to East Kent and everywhere in between! We may use a little 'artistic license' here, after all, the Stagecoach stripes aren't really a classic enough livery for a preserved bus! NUW will be appearing in a 'heritage livery' of a Stagecoach subsidary that operated the ex London Titans, and no, it's not the old East Kent livery! NUW laterly served with Roberts Coaches of Wingham who of course ran former T953 as HIG5682. This was subject of a recent NEWS post so I won't recap apart from saying NUW was VERY close to heading off to the scrap yard too. In fact only a last minute phone call at 0715 that morning saved her from being driven off to scrap at 1000. They don't get closer than that! NUW comes with an MOT and is ready to roll. She needs a damn good clean out thugh having spent 6 or 7 years taking the local cherubs to and from school.
Both buses bring new technology into our fleet, air suspension and dodgey electrical systems (7681 please take note!) so this should be an interesting learning curve. Look out for new webpages on the site for both buses coming soon to this site.
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