The winter months are upon us again and it is
now too cold to be working in the shed. Attention once again has
returned to the cleaning / repairing and labeling of all of the
smaller parts removed from the interior and exterior of CDK. What
better way to spend your Boxing Day than sat at the dining room
table surrounded by hundreds of dirty fittings! Cleaning these up
now will speed up their re-fitment when the time comes.
Earlier in the month we had our second delivery of metal work
courtesy of Northern Pipes and Tanks Installations this being the
sheet galvanized walls and steel structure for the replacement of
the boot area. This will give us our first major task for the 2006
season. Also in this consignment was the front wall and floor for
the front nearside locker. Once this is fitted the remaining
body side panels can be re-attached and therefore completing the
rebuild of the nearside as far as the rear wheels.
Since the last report further progress has been made on the full
re-wire of CDK - Andy Sharpe once again giving us his valuable time
and expertise. Virtually all wiring has been traced and labelled and
is in the process of being replaced like for like. Much of the
original wiring was in a poor way with many additional wires not
connected to anything as a result of modifications and repairs made
over the years. Andy has done a superb and very professional job and
we owe him a great deal of gratitude. One tricky job on the list is,
however, the removal and overhaul of one of the roof rack blower
motors. This will no doubt result in much cursing and swearing due
to the very restricted access to these machines - definitely a job
for a warmer day when you need to be able to feel your fingers.
Ever since the inception of this project; at the back of our
minds has always been the desire to obtain an ex-Premier Travel
vehicle to partner our Yelloway. Premier Travel shared the operation
of the 77/78 service we so fondly remember and we had been lead to
believe that it would be highly unlikely that we would be able to
find a vehicle still in existence of the required make and body
style. Well - after a little casual research we have managed to
locate no less than five that would fit the bill perfectly!
It is early days yet but contact has been made with the owner of a
1979 AEC with Plaxton Supreme IV bodywork and outline permission has
been agreed for us to purchase it for preservation. So eighteen
months into our first vehicle we are now lining up the next one!
Early in the New Year it is hoped to arrange a detailed
inspection of the Premier to ascertain its mechanical and structural
condition before a final decision is made. Also under examination is
a possible storage location close to our current site. More details
will be posted as soon as we have them. This is very exciting for us
both and Richard especially as this was the chassis/body combination
that he had originally wanted for the Yelloway (not that he's
complaining about what he's got!). Yes we must be mad but if we
don't act now we might never realise our dream.