This winter has seen a
welcome break from restoration work - something we haven't had for 11
years! Other than regular security visits it wasn't until late February
that any working visits have been made to the work shop. After charging
the batteries CDK was started (first time of course!) and
left to tick over for an hour with no problems. We are reluctant to take
the coach out on a run though until the roads are free from salt, no
point ruining our paintwork! We will need to go for a proving run soon
as an MOT is required in April prior to the start of the rally season.
This year we hope to take CDK out to a few events and those in the diary
at this stage are Llandudno Sunday 01 May, Trans Lancs at Heaton Park
early in September and Show Bus in late September. There will no doubt
be a couple of others too but as work also needs to start on WEB we
can't be 'playing out' every weekend !
One of the outstanding jobs on the list to completed
CDK was to have the steering wheel refurbished as the coating had worn
away leaving just bare steel. Not a cheap undertaking but it really does
add the 'as close to original' condition we are aiming to achieve. The
pressed aluminium AEC centre cap that we had was very battered but
several hours of careful restoration work by Richard has seen it
returned to a presentable condition. A brand new one was seen to sell on
ebay over the winter for £100+!