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Got stuck in to the body most evenings and the last couple of weekends which we now feel we breaking the back of it .Ali bulkhead was rotten so a copy was made ,this was screwed plus I bonded on with

Photo opportunity moved the body this evening over to our main workshop as this is the first Saturday we are not working so I can fit the top deck handrails.Paint is nearly there with a couple more co

Got a bit more done all this curved timber is up Daves street coming from a boat building back ground , don`t think I could of done these on my own.Flipped the roof over to remove and salvage the stee

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I have been researching London buses in WWI for many years and have written a book on it. I live in Colchester just a short way from you. I have seen your Daimler lorry at the Chalk Valley show. I would love to come and see it. I have drawings of the chassis and many photos of the Daimlers in service and the markings used. The Daimler buses were used by the Royal Marine Transport Company at Antwerp and then they were transferred to the army as the 16th Auxiliary Omnibus Company which used the Britannia penny badge which is incorrectly used in the Airfix kit of the B-type. Further detail in my book Ole Bill - London buses in the First World War. I gave a copy to Colchester Library so it should be easy to get it to read.

The London Transport Museum has restored a B-type bus and has some of the  moquette material to cover the lower deck seats. They would also have templates for the upper deck seats? Try writing to Chris Nix at the LTM. 

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On 11/18/2019 at 8:11 PM, Shruff’s Dad said:

I notice lance corporal pittock has not posted a. Picture of the old craftsmens apprentice curly haired brunette who also is good at shaping wood

To keep our followers informed Scruffs Dad is our resident “old boy  Dave with “Scruff “being his ferocious wood knawing hound.We also do a bit of care in the community and they let Dick out one day a week and Dave mothers him like the son he never had or wanted.
Here is a couple of pics of them machining up the roof boards 

 

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Roof taking shape with the first Layer of 1/2” boards being fitted followed by canvas being held down on a bed of canvas adhesive (baby poo ) which is best described as a sticky  semi runny putty .The canvas is painted which seals it and makes it shrink pulling it tight.Hopefully next week the second layer of 5/8” boards get layed forming the floor for the upper deck.

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Second layer of roof timber fitted, laid out the upper deck tread bars.Daves nearly finished the gingerbread beading which looks effective The upper deck steel support post is temporary to enable us to set out sides the sides as per the original Birch body as we only have a few key photos to work from.Some of the dimensions we have taken from some General bus drawings as the dimensions we have are very close between the two bodies.

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1 hour ago, PITT24423 said:

Ummmmmmm  that what I said ,but indoor credit control has a different perspective with "sell something" ! Got to be careful what you wish for .

Made me laugh - it rather looks as if all of us might have someone looking over our shoulders!

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Glass fitted along with the upper deck treads.Started the process to get some period moquette for the lower deck bench seats which looks promising.

Dug out all of my broken ,cut and knackered CB chassis’s .Idea being to make the correct wheelbase to suit the bus body and use up the best chassis components .

Dave made up the rear step just before Christmas which will get temporarily covered with ply whilst I make the stair.

Screws replaced 🥳 😉

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To keep up with team “Gosling “ swapped the rear cross member with one from the dwindling spares dept.All bolts swapped with not to much effort ,managed to scrounge a nice piece of ash which is being machined to repair the chassis where it has rotted through.

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Chassis just about ready for paint now all the cracks welded and rotting ash replaced with new ash.Lower deck seat bases finished ready for painting ,we have added a tool box which fits under the seat as the bus lacks storage which will get fitted once painted.

Dave has started on the upper deck which we are replicating from photos..

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Chassis all sorted which I cleaned down with a rotary wire brush in preference to sandblasting due to the ash between the steel . Top deck taking shape with Compo and Clegg testing out the seating plan 

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Due to the fact that all the CB chassis’s we have including the lorry have suffered from cracking with three out of the four breaking in two,we made the decision to fit Pullman bars to give some added strength this detail is featured in a couple of early photos including one posted here and have been lucky to get a set from a vast store in the West Country.Due to this detail we are holding back fitting the body to the chassis but hope to start  painting in earnest asap.Waldorf and Statan successfully fitted  the top deck side panels and now give a true feeling of what it’s going to look like.Just starting to think about the top handrail detail as no two photos are identical so as with the rest of the project we are using one works photo as the blue print with small and unknown details being incorporated from other photos .An original name plate appeared on a popular sales website but with the wrong chassis number this image along with another scanned repro plate think the engravers managed quite a close copy which we are really pleased with end result .

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Looking good, Duncan.  

I don't know how many of the original coach fittings you have, but there has been a nice 20's period Disturnal & Co. catalogue on ebay for a while.  The price is a bit a rich, but I reckon the drawings of the items are a lot older than the catalogue date.  I find these types of items interesting in that they give clues as to what things should look like.   It does not seem to be a sensible time to be spending cash, though!

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Dave has worked his magic for the seats with the first one successfully assembled.

Bit of excitement yesterday as a couple of long awaited crates turned up after a long voyage .Had to have a move around as the body had outgrown what Dave describes as his shed (so possessive) so a chance to photograph in the sunshine before being shoehorned into the other shed for painting to start in earnest.

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