Friday July 16th
Steve's 31st Birthday today - I pick up Richard (who's been
travelling up country from Torquay since 6am) at Manchester
Piccadilly Rail Station and head off to Carrington - wads of cash
stuffed in our pockets!
When Richard first sees 172, he just stood staring with his mouth open
and a rather amusing "It's a Yelloway" stare in his eyes, I wouldn't
have missed that look for all the tea in China! 172 was again started up for Richard's benefit and the sale was agreed - 172 was now
'The proud 'New Owners'
Sunday July 18th
Pete took us to
Carrington to collect 172- and I will openly admit that my nerves
were getting the better of me! Destinations were set to "Yelloway"
and "Clacton-on-Sea" in memory of our Grandparents.
Moving Day- This is us leaving
----- and 172 arriving at her New Home
Monday 19th July
Strip down begins - 1st job was to remove a
nearside window and take out all the seats.
Interior before removal
1st Blood drawn - Richard
forgot that metal is sharp!
All seats removed
Tuesday 20th July
It's amazing how many
screws we had to remove to take off all of the chrome trims - I was
ready for a bath at the end of the day.
Time for a Bath!
Thursday 29th July
We have had a very busy day today- I've taken out
all remaining nearside windows to reveal two quite rotten window
pillars, then it was time to very carefully remove all the nearside body panels to reveal- Yep you've
guessed it, tons of rotten ash frame work- nearly all the pillars need
replacing either in part or in their entirety and horizontal rails need replacing from the waste rail down -
Parked inside the newly finished shed.