16 December 2015

All systems are 'go'

The riser replacement is getting ever closer. The bus has been lifted and propped on blocks. Supports have been attached to the rear bulkhead pillars with high tensile M12 x 130mm bolts and they rest on new railway sleepers. A test has been done to lift the bus from the blocks and allow the supports to take the strain of the body. It was a successful test, although the riser is yet to be fully split from the body. A longer time period is needed to ensure that the swap out of the riser is completed, rather than chancing it by leaving the body propped up - it's just a case of being cautious. All the preparation is now done.

As if this wasn't good enough news, the steering wheel is back from being refurbished. Originally coated in plastic, it had become brittle and sharp where it had cracked due to age. Electrical tape was used to stop fingers from being sliced open and make the driving more bearable (it really did spoil the fantastic experience of driving as you'd constantly find yourself moving your hands to a different part of the wheel that was more comfortable). The plastic was stripped off, the cast aluminium wheel was sandblasted and baked in an oven to remove impurities and then coated in nylon by a company called Nylospray. The end result is superb and stated to be more hard wearing and longer lasting. So this should still be around and not need replacing decades after I am gone.

Christmas is just around the corner and it will be a good opportunity to crack on and get loads done. I'll take Christmas Day off, as I think I've deserved one day off. I'll leave you with a link to a larger version of the picture of the riser area in case you crave more detail.

1 comment:

  1. It's good to see so much work being done, excellent progress.