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.
Last Tuesday, me and a friend headed down to a top secret location in East Sussex to collect a load of Bristol VR seats that fellow preservationist Mark Terrill had for sale. Whilst there we had a quick look at his buses which included OCD768G and WUF537K. What an amazing collection of vehicles, which like our own features rare buses. WUF for example is the only flat screen duel doored VR left (as I always say) unless you know any different - and you know I'd love to be proved wrong. The seats are of the later VR type as fitted in 7681, 5137 and 7980 but will prove very useful when we come to fit the seats back in 5807 (one day!). For now I'm going to use them to tidy up 'Nuw's' interior.
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