29 August 2016

Summer update #2

I love it when a plan comes together. The plan involved bringing together the pieces constructed for the platform and today (August Bank Holiday), that plan was meticulously implemented. The new back bar that has been constructed as a one-piece replacement for the original (flawed) two-piece arrangement, fits like a glove. A tight glove. One that needs clamps and levering to get into the exact position that you want it to. But once installed, the tolerance over the whole structure is within one millimetre. Which is pretty amazing. This is the exacting standard that I strive to achieve and right now I'm as happy as a pig in (I'll keep it polite) mud.

I owe a huge thanks to my volunteers and in this instance there has been an incredible amount of work done by Ken from the copies of the original drawings that the London Transport Museum allowed me access to.

It took all day to ensure that the components married up together, with minor adjustments here and there, but the platform structure is now all bolted together and can support being stood on. In fact, I jumped up and down (the joy came afterwards when I realized that it all worked) and the whole back of the bus bounced up and down on the rear suspension, the way that it should. Capital Radio once got an elephant to stand on the platform of one of the RTs that they owned and it broke off. Their platform was not constructed like this one. With the new risers and new, reinforced platform frame, I think we could do that stunt again and succeed. But we won't try. Me jumping up and down on it is close enough.

We're not finished, but we have passed a major milestone with regards to the platform area and the other bits will fall into place now. Rubber matting will be fitted but I need to get marine plywood as the base and it won't be the cheap stuff. The next restoration schedule for this bus is planned to be after I am long gone and hence the reason for going the extra mile.