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.
Work has stopped on 7980 due to all of our spares being placed on board her at Sandwich at detailed in October's Picture Of The Month. So far, all the lower deck seating has been rubbed down and primed and some of the frames have received the maroon top coat as seen in the gallery below. Work will commence on clearing out the inside and moving this to our secure store so we can resume with the lower deck.
Well I'm starting to grind back into life after a rather nasty cold winter and have booked the tests for 5137 and 7980. Both Bernard and me had assumed (wrongly) that 5137's MOT was in June, BUT we found out it ran out on the 27th March, whoopsy! She is now booked in for a class 5 on the 30th March meaning if she passes she will certainly be at the M&D event stated in a previous post. 7980 has her test booked for 15th April and I would really like to check her brakes before she goes up (they did smell rather warm in Hastings on the hills last year) but apart from that she should be ok.
Other little jobs that need doing involve all the fleet having a good clean out inside and out as well as:
7681: Swap F/N/S tyre. Install the opening front windows and tidy bodywork by August.
7980: Floors to be tidied and painted. Seats to be tidied. External bodywork carried out. Also start trying to source the front push out windows.
5137: T-Cut and wax bodywork for April 9th. Waterproof front screen area. Try to source a ticket machine for her.
T553: Resolve stuck leveling valves. Uncover destination area. Start on bodywork. Maybe give her a service.
1178: Source O/S windscreen and fit. Service (oil change and lube). Check brakes. Smoke test. MOT.
Both 5807 and DMS550 will be stored VOR (Vehicle Off Road).
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