After a bitterly cold winter it was time to bite the
bullet and go and see what 'Jack Frost' had done to CDK.... as back in November we were busy connecting mechanical
bits and bobs back together to allow us to so some engine running
checks, this was all running superbly and confidence was high. We
were at the 2nd radiator flushing stage by the 2nd week in November
but hadn't put in any antifreeze, then November 16th arrived and out of
the blue came a very sudden -11°c and you just know were this is
Many frantic afternoons were spent laid on my back in
sub zero temperatures trying in vain, as it turned out - to avoid
disaster, having disconnected every water hose. It was very evident early on
that things weren't good. No antifreeze means frozen water, frozen
water expands, seals and gaskets give way and expense will follow!
How much will be anyone's guess?
Thankfully the radiator is fine, the engine block
isn't cracked but a now expensive engine rebuild will follow due to
CDK's head-gaskets failing...That's life, we learn by our mistakes
and in our usual state of mind, it's nowt we can't sort out! Later
in the week we will again travel to the Midlands and return with our
off side locker panels cut, rolled and folded ready for refit...
watch this space.
Thursday 17th Brilliant trip today down to Bloxwich in the West
Midlands to visit the A-Team at Trailways Limited who have assisted
us in the folding and rolling of the two required off side engine
bay locker panels and also the boot valance panels for both sides of
the bus. Well done Paul.
New locker panels
New boot valance panels