11/06/19 On a recent outing with 2210, a small leak was noticed on a pipe that runs from the middle of the bus to the coolant header tank at the front. The pipe runs along the inside of the offside and coolant was found on the floor below a join. On inspection, the join was badly corroded and the pipe from the join to the header tank fell apart. This meant that new piping was needed along with unions for both ends. However, at the header tank, it was found that a special union was missing preventing the system from pressurising properly. So things have gone from a simple small leak to a removal and replacement of the defective header tank and various other associated challenges. In order to access the pipe, we removed the seats along the offside and so the opportunity was taken to rub down and repaint the side skirting and seat frames. See 2210's page for more photos.
07/06/19 Southdown 510 has undergone some maintenance and preservation work recently. Visiting Portsmouth, 510 had some welding work carried out on a couple of weak spots identified in an inspection recently. Family friend Simon Davies carried out the work using his many years experience in working with buses from this era. The chassis is now protected and solid for years to come.
In addition, 510 has also received new fuel filters, a fuel tank clean and some repairs to the fuel lines following problems getting fuel into the engine.
Finally, on Saturday 1st June, Daniel took 510 to Romsey for annual MOT testing and we're pleased to report she passed.
A bit of a Southdown theme as 510 receives attention whilst a Leyland PD3 and Titan TD1 look on.
Bristol RE Mini - Running Day Sunday 3 November 2019
Our Mini - Running Day will again be taking place on Sunday 3 November based in Winchester City Centre with a focus on the Bristol RE.
See our 'Events' tab for further details.
Southdown 2210 & Royal Blue 1457 More work........
07/04/19 Bristol RE's PPM210G and LDV467F have been receiving plenty of attention this past couple of weeks.
LDV467F is almost ready to be dispatched for painting now that all chassis and engine work is complete. Last weekend, our attention turned to the inside where a good clean is required after three years off the road. Some years ago, Daniel and Richard painted the ceiling with cream paint however the finish was not particularly good. So last weekend, Heather and Daniel worked tirelessly using a combination of bleach, chemical spray and white spirit to remove the paint to reveal the original pattern at the rear of the coach. In the meantime, Jason removed a damage seat and did some other work.
PPM210G is currently off the road due to more electrical problems and some other minor defects. Over the weekend, friend of the family Colin ( a qualified electrician with many years experience on Bristol vehicles) came to Central Works to help out, Some faults were found in the wiring around the regulator and the alternator was found to have moved and shorting out on part of the engine. After some rectification work, the bus is now charging as it should rather than over-charging and risking a battery explosion. A water pipe has been replaced internally and new trim fitted however, problems have been found with the header coolant tank which now needs replacing.
See the vehicle pages for further details and images.
Southdown 583 MOT Pass
On Saturday 16th February, Heather, Daniel and Jason took Southdown 583 to Romsey for it's annual test. We are pleased to advise that she passed and is now fit for another year.