|9. Get said legal lettering
made up and apply.
A supplier yet to be sourced who can make up the required
transfers – we already have ‘fuel’ and ‘water’ from our own
stock but need ‘emergency exit’, operator details and
vehicle weight etc.
10. Carefully varnish in logos & lettering.
We are hoping to apply
the large body-side Yelloway rising sun logos shortly.
11. Somehow get the ‘Yelloway’ lettering onto the inside of the
front & rear name-glasses and fit.
Local sign-writer located and we
hope to deliver the 2 name-glasses to him shortly.
12. Add light and trim fittings to rear panel.
See above. Brand new
‘coffin’ light lenses fitted.
13. Re-fit remaining door rubber.
Here we have come up with a problem. Well 2 actually. All those
years ago when Steve replaced the wasted steel framework at the
bottom of the front nearside pillar he didn’t take into account the
subtle curves of the body profile, replacing the metal with a
straight section instead of one with a slight curve to it. This
became evident when we couldn’t work out why the entrance door
wouldn’t close without forcing the door edge brush into a distorted
shape at just about the centre trim height. With the front
fibreglass moulding attached to this pillar and painted there is no
way to rectify the shape of the metal so a solution involving
altering the shape of the door brush, or how it mounts to the body
is going to have to be investigated.
Problem 2 centres around where the entrance door butts up against
the large vertical rubber which is attached to the first pillar of
the body side. Upon fitting this rubber the entrance door will not
fully close. Although the large rubber is very slightly misshapen
in one or two spots it is the correct rubber for the application so
attention has turned to the rubber on the door edge which we suspect
is not the correct profile. Inspection of a similar vehicle on site
would seem to lend credence to this thinking. Further investigation
is required but other outstanding tasks have shunted this down the
queue for now.
14. Replace all missing screws in luggage racks (window side) and
New stainless steel screws fitted.
15. Re-fit all windows.
In December we took delivery of our new window rubbers - from NuFox
in Middleton - for the side windows (at great expense!). The guys
there were a pleasure to deal with and are thoroughly recommended.
We had to pay for a tool to be made as this profile is no longer a
stock item, so if any other Plaxton Elite owner requires new rubbers
you may use our tooling for a small charge (contact us).
Previously we had purchased enough rubber to replace that for the
front and rear screens (still a stock item) although the centre
‘bar’ was of a different profile. Luckily this too is still a stock
item with COH Baines Ltd so a suitable length has been purchased.
May Day weekend has seen us take the plunge and after setting up the
trestles Steve gave a skillful demonstration on how to fit windows
(some assistance from myself just at the right times)! This really
is a tricky thing to do and I would recommend that it should only be
attempted by someone with the required knowledge and preferably
experience if broken glass is to be avoided. In our instance it will
also help to have an extra pair of hands too as the large body-side
windows weigh a ton and are not easy lift with the rubbers attached.
Saturday May 3rd saw us re-fit the rear screens -
after washing off 10 years worth of accumulated workshop grime
first. They put up a bit of a struggle for a while but we won in the
end. As can be expected for a vehicle of this age they are not
without numerous scratches.
Refit of rear windows
The roof destination box glass has also been permanently fitted,
sealed and the lock strip inserted. Unfortunately our route number
blind has torn, this being a paper one it has deteriorated with age
and a replacement will have to be made.
After an early start on Sunday the front screens went
in much quicker although the driver’s screen is showing signs of
beginning to de-laminate so a replacement will, at some point, be
required. The nearside screen, like the rear ones, is suffering from
quite a few scratches which it has acquired during it’s working life
– not from storage as all the screens have been living in WEB 410T
for the last 6 years or so.
Anyway, they are in and what a transformation it has made! New wiper
units have been fitted as the originals were past their best. The
next session Steve is hoping to seal the rubbers before adding the
chrome locking strip (lace) to finish them off a treat.
Monday and an even bigger challenge would be to fit the
first of the nearside ‘picture’ windows. At over 7 feet long
these are heavy buggers just to move around the workshop let
alone lift 5 foot up onto the trestles. We managed to fit
and cut to size the rubbers for the first 2 windows but
deferred attempting to fit them until we can find someone to
lend us a hand for a couple of hours as this will be a 3 man
Refit of new window rubbers
16. Re-fit wing mirrors.
17. Full interior clean up and polish.
Awaiting completion of
the window re-fit.
|18. Finish rebuilding /
re-foaming seat backs.
Several more seat backs have been re-built over the winter
months with 10 now having been completed and sent to the
trimmers. Work on the rear ‘five-way’ is almost complete. We
have had the first completed seat returned to us for
approval and although it looks great the trimmer hasn’t
quite got the lines of the material to line up centrally
with the headrests on the rear so before we take any more we
are asking them to make sure they get this correct. To say
they probably haven’t had to trim this kind of seat in a
considerable number of years, they haven’t done too bad. One
thing required to complete them is an aluminium beading which
runs down the edges of the shoulders - something we have yet
1 Refurbished seat set
19. Pay for re-trimming and fit seats.
See November 2013
20. New tyres.
21. Paint wheels.
22. Purchase correct pattern number plates.
Plates in Cornwall manufacture 1973 style plates with the raised
plastic numerals (amongst others) – thoroughly recommended as they
turned our order around in 24 hours! CDK has now got an
identity again after 10 years.
23. Get the steering wheel re-coated.
24. Final mechanical check.
Outstanding although a chance browse of Ebay earlier in the year
turned up an exhaust brake mechanism of the correct pattern as per
that fitted to HVU in the Manchester Museum. The one we previously
purchased we believe is for a Leyland Leopard and Steve had just
finished modifying it when I announced I’d found the correct type!
Steve has carefully fabricated some plates to attach the unit
in-line with the exhaust tube off the manifold and the tail pipe and
the completed unit has now been fitted. The airline to the solenoid
is still in place (but disconnected) so we just need to establish
how to set it up correctly with the micro switches.
Friday 9th May
After a short 3 hour stint all the N/S windows are now fully fitted.
A massive thank you to Mick Baker of Nationwide Coach and Bus
Glazing for his very kind help.
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Thank you Mick Baker
Thank you Steve Pye