The following weekend Steve got to
work removing pipes, pedals and half the cab floor to enable the
steering box and column to be removed and it didn’t take him long before
he was calling on me to give him a hand to lift the whole unit out.
Tuesday a specialist had been found who could repair AEC steering
boxes and on Friday Steve was winging his way down
to Staffordshire with the unit in the back of his trusty motor.
Within a few days it was ready for collection – several components
had indeed seized / worn causing the excessive play but the
whole unit had been completely serviced and repaired ready for
another 40 years of use.
They even repainted the whole thing too – quality British craftsman
service again. Once back at the workshop a Saturday session saw it
refitted and all the pedals and floor etc reinstated.
Job done although another £400 lighter.
We’ve had plenty of visitors over the summer and it
has been great chatting to all who have shown an interest in what we
are doing. Mr Whitworth surprised us one Saturday by bringing
along Yelloway’s former chief mechanic – Mr Geoff Barlow. A splendid
couple of hours were spent chatting about life in the engineering
department all those years ago. We even
persuaded him to pose for a picture to add to our album.