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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

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

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Bit of excitement today ūü§©ūü•≥ .Ran out of time tonight to unpack for a full inspection, but for plastic tyres they look great as I had my doubts .I‚Äôm sure once they get some dirt they will look spot on and nigh on impossible to tell the difference. So big round of applause to the guys down Cornwall ask for Nigel¬†¬†http://www.jobel.co.uk/ ¬†ūüėĀ

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Thought we had better get some paint on the wheels before the damp weather sets in .  We now know that the odd back wheel is Daimler as we have been shown pictures with this wheel fitted to CBs. After blasting the foundry name and date became evident as June 1914 

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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 coats of white are needed.

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Had a productive morning with Basil as he chose to come into work instead of domestic chores which meant we got the job done in half the time . All the windows got a lick of undercoat ready for topcoat next .

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Nibbling away at the list.A local museum wanted to scrap some axles so via Owen we collected the Tilling Stevens axles and will have this as an option to use as a donor for the diff when the time comes. 
 

The first class seats are coming together and have managed to buy the correct patterned Moquette cloth  which is winging its way to us. These are being done by a friend who does upholstery for yachts and involved  a bit of horse trading as they are very good at what they do.The base foam is a dual layer with the blue foam being dence  to absorb the shocks and the white forms to your backside.This layer is not as effective as normal due to us choosing to use synthetic horse hair to give the seats a more authentic shape and feel.886271AE-03DD-400B-9223-83CD4E3351A1.thumb.jpeg.ff735462a21b77c5a7ec8b60832a295b.jpeg
The upstairs seats are now all primed and we are all agreed in that they are b........s to paint due to the slatted seat bases.

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Slight deviation but local bus historian Bill Ward came across a early postcard titled “Changing the guard Mersea Strood “with a Daimler bus . Mersea Island is where we live and in both wars was a restricted area with a checkpoint on the only road onto the Island known as the Strood which is covered by the tide. 

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Started to turn our attention back to the chassis as it had it‚Äôs share of ‚Äú not quite finished jobs‚ÄĚ to see to . One of them being to sort out the Pullman bars which we decided to add to give the chassis some added strength as mentioned earlier in this thread. The downstairs seat cushions are done and currently hiding beneath their protective plastic covers.¬†

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You are doing a fantastic job but I notice that the Chassis Bars are slightly more agricultural than the ones on the the chassis of my 1929 20/25hp. Rolls-Royce which I  finished wire brushing the outside of today. 

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Nice Rolls , needs a bit of English patina looks hardly used .

We had a couple of photos only to work with  ref the bars and the cut off ends on a dead chassis to determine position plus the added knowledge of where they break as every chassis we have was either cracked or snapped . So all additional strong points positioned to meet this end 

I wanted corroded turnbuckles and whilst on the search we located some in the Western section stores as they were the from a similar sized chassis with the saddles being a similar style and match to the info we had plus i  didn`t want to go to the expense of patterns and casting as potentially you won`t see them clearly if and when the wooden side rails are fitted.

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Flipped the chassis over so we can start making the engine mounts the front spring hangers nudge bar and fuel tank were all from the box of lovelyness which arrived earlier in the year . 7BC05B8A-8C06-42B3-BD99-259FD5F6B0BA.thumb.jpeg.40bde6fb84b88374e1abfbadb7ed1f82.jpeg

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After a bit of trading the front spring pins were dropped off as  all the originals were well past their best The rear pins are next weeks instalment I’ve been told. 

Rear engine mount took a bit longer than anticipated to fabricate due to the mating surface being curved. Temporarily fitted the bulkhead to check out the handbrake lever is set it so it just stops short of bulkhead in the off position.Just got to find a period rusty gearstick.  

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