September & October After what has seemed like ages, CDK's engine rebuild
began on Sat 24th September. An early start saw the return of the
"Duracell Bunny" aka Pete and progress was somewhat swift to say the
least. By lunch time both heads were back on, water inlet and
outlets refitted, tappets set (cold) and air inlets refitted.
Air intake being
New head gasket being
Both cylinder heads back
on and exhaust manifold
After lunch Pete's attention turned to refitting the
pipe work from the air tanks to the blow off valve, so now all we
have to do is refit our new throttle linkage, fill her up with oil
and water and then go for a start up! Watch this
Refitting blow off valve
Also during September, Steve went back to Paul and
the lads at Trailways in Walsall to collect the re-skinned
emergency door and the final off-side panels - what a splendid job
they have done. Richard has continued with the repainting of the
roof but with the cooling temperatures now occurring and the varying
humidity levels it is likely that work on the repaint will now stop
until the spring next year. Advice from the paint supplier stated
that it is inadvisable to apply paint when there is a chance that
water may be present on the surfaces being painted. Cold metal
surfaces and warmer moist air = condensation. After all the effort
put in so far we don't want to compromise the finished result by
Saturday 1st October
Big day today as it's BUS START UP!!!!
It is a really big THANK YOU to Pete from us both -
we wouldn't have been able to do this without you!.
Pete having a well earned break
Saturday 8th October
After last weekend's elation with CDK's newly rebuilt
engine being started up, our attention has this weekend turned to
hanging our recently re-skinned emergency door. After a few
choice words and an hour with the hacksaw, the window aperture was
cut out followed by the door lock & handle position being drilled through the skin.
Some minor alterations are required at the base of the door to
enable clearance of the step covers but other than that it fits a
treat. As it was still unseasonably warm for the time of year the
door was given its first coat of etch primer.
Richard filing off metal burrs
A quick visit to Deanfield Commercials over in
Clitheroe this week saw us returning with the gaskets that were missing
from the air intake manifold, a new and spare water pump flange and a
new crankshaft oil seal. Yet again thanks to Charlie and Andrew for
Saturday 22nd October
Continuing on from last weekend's fun, the newly
purchased crankshaft oil seal and water pump flange have now been
re-fitted. Tentative enquires have been made to obtain a new
fan driveshaft coupling, as the rubbers in the current one are
perished and need replacing... Also obtained this week has been a brand new un-loader
valve, thank you Ebay!
Making water pump gasket
Other tasks completed include the removal of the air
tank drain bolts which were a bugger to get out without damaging the
tank (they were very seized). It was funny watching "sludge" drip
from them, but now they too are cleaned out and new bolts with
drain valves fitted.
We have also made a start on refitting the pipe work
for the saloon heaters... A weekend off for the end of Oct will see
the team having well earned rest.