October to November
Into the autumn and the list of outstanding tasks is
slowly getting shorter. All the upper stainless steel trims have now
been fitted – a relatively simple task on paper, just drill some
holes and screw. Like most things with this project simple tasks are
anything but. It has taken several sessions to get the trims located
and fitted making up a full set from the originals and those
replacement, undamaged sections we acquired some time ago. It’s a
good job we did get some spare sections as the area where the
mid-band meets the vertical of the rear window pillars required some
Adding the bright-work around the front light panel
aperture took a whole session too – offering up the individual
pieces as a ‘dry run’ left us scratching our heads for a while but
careful measurement and whole host of clamps resulted in smiles at
the end of the day as another section came to life.
Before the temperature dropped and the autumn dampness kicked in I
managed a session of painting finally finishing the cream on the
rear panel. The boot doors will have to wait until the spring now.
With the paintwork completed in this area Steve de-wired the rear
light units to enable the stainless ‘dishes’ to be fitted underneath
– even after drawing a diagram of which wire went where he still
managed to get them crossed! (tee – hee!)
Early November saw us trot over to Manchester Museum
of Transport to view their Yelloway and with the kind assistance of
Mark (aka EastLancsLeopard) came away with the correct size body
side logos, knowledge of how to re-instate the exhaust brake and a
damaged but usable driver’s partition screen (see pic). We will
still need to source some stainless steel tubing and create the
missing lower panel.
While Steve and Pete crawled around underneath HVU, I spent a couple
of hours carefully tracing the front and rear name glass lettering.
Accurate artwork will now be drawn up prior to us employing the
services of a local sign writer to apply the lettering to the inside
face of the panels. The ‘Travel Yelloway’ lettering on the rear
panel is actually gold leaf and as much as I would like to do this
myself I think handing it over to a professional will probably be
for the best! Thanks are again extended to Mark – promise we won’t
hassle you any more!
rear name glass lettering
An initial sample of our new window rubber has been
received but required some slight modification so we are awaiting a
second sample before ‘ok’ing the production run.
Finally, we had a great couple of hours showing off our work to a
couple of enthusiastic visitors and were ‘shocked’ at the conclusion
of the visit to be given sponsorship for the re-upholstering of our
seats. A magnificent gesture and gratefully received – thank you
again Mark & Alisa.