Despite no diary entry for some time, we have not been neglecting
our project! The last two months have, once again, seen most
activity centred around completing the rebuild of the back end – a
job which has taken a little longer than anticipated. Nevertheless,
the boot sidewalls have been fitted following some finishing to the
sheet work – a liberal coating of ‘Shultz.’ being applied to the
exterior faces. With those in place the new flooring was next to go
in with plenty of sealant to ensure the boot area is water tight.
The installation of the boot floor has afforded us with some much
needed storage space!
Attention then turned to getting the rear fibreglass moulding to
fit. A simple task you would think but has, in fact, taken many
hours to achieve. The moulding has required a great deal of repair
as many areas were cracked from wear and tear and accident damage.
Hours have been spent building up damaged areas with resin and
matting – subsequent trial fitting revealing that the thickness in
certain places where it met the framework was critical to achieving
a perfect fit.
Rear framework rebuilt
1st fit of back fibreglass
To make sure what we had done was faithful to the original design we
made a trip to see HVU 244N in the care of Manchester Bus Museum – a
worthwhile exercise as it brought to light that a few adjustments
that were needed. Many thanks are extended to Mark at the museum for
sparing us his time. With reference photos to hand, some fine tuning
of the wood framework was undertaken and eventually the moulding was
offered up again - all the time consuming ‘fettling’ finally
yielding the result we were looking for. It fits like a glove! Now
that we know it fits we can fill all the old screw and nail holes,
give it a finishing rub down and prime it ready for final fitment.
Once in place the hinges for the boot doors can be attached and the
doors themselves hung. A couple of galvanised steel panels still
need to be made for the interior of the boot and a small number of
wood fillets around the name-glass panel aperture – upon fitting of
these the back end is pretty much complete (at last).
The remaining new aluminium side panels have been made – some of
which have been fitted. After many months (3+ years!) of seeing
exposed framework it is quite satisfying when it gets covered up!
Stephen has also found somewhere to get the two offside engine bay /
battery box access panels re-made – something we cannot do
ourselves. Once these come back and are fitted the only body panels
not yet replaced / refitted will be those on the cab side – a area
which must remain exposed until the rewire is finished.
Fitting of offside side panels
We are rather pleased to now have in our possession a full set of
original body side and boot door transfers ready for applying when
CDK gets its repaint – a day I very much look forward to!!
Finally, WEB 410T is also not being left out – recent acquisitions
towards it’s eventual restoration have been 2 new windscreens, a
rear name glass (to replace that which is currently missing) and a
number of exterior trims.
Looks forlorn but not forgotten