Good news is that T553 or Nuw as she is known has passed her MOT. Paul (owner of DMS 550) came along on the test and ended up helping fix a rather annoying oil leak caused by a fractured pipe to the gearbox. Nuw will be at Dover Transport Museum tomorrow (Sunday 17th) and at Preston at the end of the month.
Yesterday, Andy and myself took Bristol LH coach 3131 to it's first MOT since Bernard acquired her. Unfortunately she failed on several small things which will be easily rectified. Bernard decided to get her serviced too at the same time so she will be ready for the next season. This was the first real drive I've had of her and after getting used to the gearbox I've discovered what a joy she is - although my left knee still aches from the heavy clutch! She also proved to be very fuel efficient - obvious really as she has a smaller engine - which will make her ideal for longer distances.
Due to an electrictal fault that affected several lights and the screen wash unit, Nuw failed her MOT last Wednesday. Apart from those very minor glitches, Lee, the MOT tester reckoned she was a very good bus and she passed the brake test well - so it's not all bad news. Tony from FotEK is going to give me a hand this Friday to blitz the problems before she goes back up the following Wednesday (1st). Although it's always a pain to fail the MOT at least (especially with a new bus to the collection) it gives you a 'heads up' on any faults.
Yesterday Nuw our Titan was being worked on for her MOT. The battery panel flap which had fallen off was screwed back on and the drivers seat was replaced with something less thread bare and more authentic. She just needs a clean inside and the spare seats removed that were being stored in her and she should be ready. I've checked all the lights, buzzers, bells and fittings and they all seem to work ok. The upper deck rear emergency exit needs to be wedged shut as the buzzer keeps going off as the bus moves so this is another little job that I will have to do. Once tested work can then start on painting Nuw's exterior.
Good news indeed that 7980 has passed her MOT and will be on the road again this year. Catch up with her at Preston Steam Rally and Herne Bay to name a few.
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.
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