4 to 6th
I (Richard) finally organised some leave from work and arrived
yesterday evening. Eager to press on for what will undoubtedly be my
last working stint on 172 this year an early start was made this
morning picking up where I left off the last time - underneath, in
confined spaces removing loose rust, grime and of course the skin
off my knuckles as usual! All cleaned up metalwork has been painted
either with silver or black (under seal) with particular attention
being paid to the boot framework and chassis behind the rear axle.
Mob handed today - myself, Steve and later Andrew Sharpe putting in
the hours. Distinct visual progress made today with (after adding
foam to the relevant areas) the final fitting of several more body
side panels (see photos). Steve finished off the rear near side
corner pillar and rails (well done to him - what a complicated piece
of woodwork that was!). Mid afternoon saw the arrival of Andrew
Sharpe (Owner of several vehicles himself) to help us make a start
on the myriad of wires which form the electrical system on 172.
Enthusiasm is a wonderful thing - myself and and Andy continuing
work long after the light had faded - finally giving up when the
fluorescent tube light proved inadequate!.
Corner pillar and new rear wiring
Bottom main panels and lockers refitted
Myriad of wires- where do I start with this lot?
Carried on where we left off yesterday. Steve fitted the fuel filler
flap before disappearing up the pub to watch the England game -
Andrew leaving for a bus rally in Glasgow leaving me to finish up
my working stint for this year and to tidy up!
off today. After a leisurely morning we set off for the Manchester
Museum of Transport tracing the former 77/78 route through
Rawtenstall, Bacup to Rochdale for a look around what was 172's
home - Weir St depot. After much reminiscing and pointing we
continued on to the MMT to view YDK590. Which although still a
superb vehicle - is showing some considerable damage to its paint
work. Leaving the museum we were both suitably enthused and
re-assured that the work we are doing and or aspirations for the
future are sound!.
Roll on next year when it is warm enough for this southerner to
return to carry on 172's restoration. (Richard)