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Chassis Frame This has been cleaned and painted and is in excellent condition.
Road Springs Although these springs are 88 years old, they have been enclosed in the house at Walton and have not been exposed to weathering. We have decided that we need to do nothing, just leave them on the bus.
Brakes and associated rods. All the brake shoes have been relined after the old asbestos was removed. The shoes have been refitted to the bus and the whole system is working OK. Even the handbrake is fully working.
Gearbox The old congealed oil has been removed and all is in good condition. The very unusual Rolls Royce brake retarder system on the side of the gearbox has been removed and the clutch unit inside sent off for a new lining (asbestos problem again!).
Prop-shaft and differential These items are in excellent condition although we need to change the oil in the differential. The half-shafts are perfect.
Bonnet and cab items Charlie from the IOW has made a bonnet using the old one from an EV chassis. Two panels from another old chassis have been bolted to the cab area. A front panel in poor condition has gone to a Company in Medstead (opposite MDOG Depot) who have quoted about £400 to make a new one. They will also do the nearside and offside wings. In all a possible £800 outlay. One Company quoted us £6000 for the same job! Previously, the then Chairman (Ray) with a team obtained as many spares as possible and this has paid off, as we have nearly two sets of everything. We put the best item on the Chassis and keep the other one as a spare!
Wheels and Tyres We selected 6 wheels for shot blasting and a firm in Bognor Regis collected them. They came back a week ago and they are now ready (Almost!) to have their tyres put on. We had to go to North Hants Tyres as they are special tyres only available from the USA. It cost us £4500, but we had to have them. They will soon be on the chassis!
The Engine This has been at fyfield where Graham Green has been working on the engine. We have been told that it will be ready to come back at the end of December. To have an original engine is a bonus.
The very latest project was to replace the floor covering in the front half of the lower deck centre isle. The original covering would have been mottled green (most of the flooring has this type) but we had lots of vinyl left over from 462s mottled blue floor, so we have used this. You will notice the difference when you next step on the bus, but it does look much better. All the beading has been replaced making it look nicer too.
Would you please renew your membership for the 1st March 2017, £15 or if you pay by standing order, can you check that it is still £15.
You can pay in several ways, by standing order, by cheque or by fast payment. The fast payment and standing order account is: 40-52-40 00015779. Cheques to Membership Secretary, ADORR Society, Cherrytrees, Grove Road, Ash, Surrey, GU12 5BD