7/6/2021

This week work has returned to the boot.  I made a template for the boot floor and then cut a piece of new lino for it.  Rebecca helped to glue down the lino, however we didn’t quite get it in exactly the correct position so some remedial work is needed.  I was annoyed to find the new lino had some cuts and scratches in it that were not done by us!  Having fitted the lino, I was able to fit the new steel sill (after painting the underside) that I made a while ago, then I hung the doors.  This revealed several fitting problems that hopefully I can overcome by shimming the hinges.

In between doing the above, I found time to paint the step light inside with some white paint and cut two rubber gaskets, one for mounting against the body and the other for sealing the lid to the base.  I also found some thin clear acrylic so I cut two pieces to form one thick piece for the small window in the light.  Still waiting for the brass hinge split pins to arrive.

30/5/2021

The wheelarch mudwing is now painted (first coat of madder red) and Abigail and I installed the flexible black piping that seals the joint between the wing and the body at the wheel arch. This enabled me to refit the curved beading.

Nearside rear mudwing replaced.

view looking towards the rear.

Whilst this work was in progress I refurbished the entrance step light.  This involved making a new base (complete with lampholder bracket) for the light unit as the original cast alloy one had corroded to the point of being unusable.  This is now finished in red undercoat and awaiting the final paint, white inside and DG red outside.  I also drilled and tapped the mounting holes for the assembly in the step bay.  I’m also waiting for a replacement for the small piece of glass through which the bulb shines.

 

16/5/2021

Having fitted the final nearside window, I was able to properly install the waistrail beading.  I am a bit unhappy with the positioning of it as it rises slightly under the last window.  I may try to correct this before painting.

With the beading done I fitted the inner wheelarch cover.  This required the manufacture of replacement mounting bracket from angle iron, screwed to the floor alongside the wheel opening. I also had to do some work on the beading around the border of the wheel opening which would otherwise be inaccessible after the wheelarch cover was fitted.

Rear wheelhousing repainted, step plate replaced and assembly reinstalled.

Next, I was able to install the outer wheelarch and mudwing assembly that I had made up previously (see entry for 29/4/2021).  I was surprised at how well this fitted.    The last couple of days have been spent in finishing the mudwing with filler and preparing the existing half-round wheelarch beading for refitting.

Restoration diary of a 70-year old AEC single-deck bus and the trials, tribulations and adventures of our 1966 Bristol bus.