Early June has
seen a busy couple of sessions in the workshop. After delivery of the
afore mentioned traditional lino we set too recovering the centre isle
and area from the driver’s seat to just beyond the front offside wheel
arch. This was another of those theoretically quick and simple tasks but
as ever, turned out to be a real ball ache! The old centre isle covering
had been removed sometime ago along with the adhesive but it was only
trimmed back as far as the floor seat rail. As there was no chance that
we would be able to get the seat rail up without snapping numerous
screws we had no option but to laboriously ‘hook’ out the remaining lino
which sat under the floor rail. By doing this we would be able to tuck
the new lino under the rail and hide the edge.
|Whilst I got on with this
Stephen built up the new floor traps, reusing the majority of the
components from the old ones. The finished result is very pleasing.
new floor traps
Once the centre isle was complete our attention turned
to the area from the driver’s foot well to just beyond
the front offside wheel arch. This area of grey lino had
been removed when we replaced the area of rotten floor
around the emergency exit and the piece of corroded
As lino is quite expensive it was imperative that an
accurate template was made of each of the areas before
waving the Stanley knife around! You only have to make
one wrong cut and that is Ł100 worth of lino ruined.
However, patience and accuracy prevailed and all 3
pieces finally glued into position as if they had been
Template being carefully measured
Floor trim going in place
aluminium beadings were then drilled and screwed into place covering the
joins between the two colours and the floor now looks rather splendid
after being just exposed wood for the last few years.
Saturday the 13th saw Peter once again give up some of his valuable time
to assist us in reinstating the front running gear. All the new
components (and those which Stephen had very skilfully refurbished) were
laid out and Stephen & Peter had a very productive couple of hours
jacking, bolting & bashing - stopping only for the prerequisite buckets
of tea! It was great watching them do what they do best and to see the
parts going back into place.
reinstating the front running
Meanwhile I just had to look on from the
sidelines as it all looked a bit too much for a simple desk jockey! We
owe Peter a great deal of gratitude for lending us a helping hand in
this area of CDK’s restoration. At the end of the session the new
springs were hung, the axle beam bolted up, the stub axles & brake
assemblies attached and the shock absorbers fitted. One more session
should see the track rod and brake chambers on, all the hub components
fitted and the new radiator and fan cowl back into its correct position.
And all this achieved without the aid of a pit! Well done chaps.
track rod and brake
Ebay has produced a dashboard switch panel to replace the damaged
original one which Mr Sharpe will in due course wire up for us and we
have managed to source some brand new seat fabric for when we get to the
Disappointing news this month though, is that one of the other surviving
ex Yelloway AEC’s has been scrapped (HVU 247N) and with it our only hope
of an original drivers partition screen. Shame.