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Bulletin 13 - 12th February - 27th February 2006

David Griffiths has been with us for an intensive three day work-in. He and his wife Pennie will soon fly back to Australia from their London base in early March after their 6 month UK visit. David is taking a last chance to turn a spanner before he goes back home. He brought with him some much needed CX spares which were dispatched by surface mail from Sydney by his son Gwilym in November and which arrived at Wood Green just before David travelled north. The Aussies really do have the just-in-time concept down to a fine art!

David takes up the story and the captions below are his as well:

Saturday, Sunday and Monday were to be serious work days - clutch parts from Turramurra Stores came into play - the clutch release and clutch brake mechanism was rebuilt, assembled to the gearbox and the whole mated to the engine. It took four of us - Paul, Davie, John and me to lift the gearbox onto a trolley jack. Albion used to build things solidly.

Some uncertainty now entered the proceedings. Brought from my collection in Sydney last September had been a newly relined clutch disc with 1/4" thick linings on the assumption that a sixty year old bus would have had its flywheel facing and its clutch pressure plate resurfaced several times, necessitating an oversize clutch disc. Instead the flywheel facing and pressure plate were found to be unusable, full of heat stress cracks, so replacements had been found in Scotland, amongst Davie's truck parts. Would there be room for these full-thickness parts and an over thick clutch disc in the range of adjustment available? Only one way to find out, although some rough measurements were taken to establish that it was not out of the question.

With engine and gearbox re-united and everything adjusted to suit, there was a millimetre or so of internal clearance of clutch finger pivot studs from the external clutch housing. Final adjustment must await the refitting of the engine to the bus and connecting up of the clutch pedal.

Left: An Albion CX19 owner from Australia, in Scotland to learn some
maintenance tricks, examines the original CX clutch throwout bearing
while Davie Philp looks on. It was seized so a replacement from an HD,
somewhat the worse for wear, was sourced. David points to a rusted in
lockscrew and the discussion is about how to release it. It was eventually drilled
out, the hole retapped and a new screw made from a suitable bolt.
Right: DG drills out the rivets from the friction lining on the clutch throwout
bearing chosen as a replacement.

The ball race in the replacement clutch throwout bearing has just been
repacked with red high melting point grease of a very modern formula (as used
in Volvo buses). A new felt seal is pressed into place by the Australian

DP and DG set rivets to secure the new friction lining, newly sourced from
Australia, to the clutch throwout housing.

Left: The thrust ring at the rear of the clutch throwout housing gets its thread
freed up by moving it to and fro on the withdrawal sleeve. By great good
fortune, a hand made tool for some other purpose, found in the workshop,
makes a perfect bracket to mount in the vice for holding the sleeve from
rotating. Right: After a great deal of checking that all was in order, DG refits the clutch throwout housing and clutch brake disk, visible to the left of the socket wrench.

Left: Thoroughly cleaned up and packed with HMP grease, the clutch spigot race is refitted into the flywheel. Surrounding it is the "new" flywheel facing from Davie's stock of HD parts.  Right: Carried from Australia in Rick Robinson's baggage, the clutch disc, newly refaced in the NSW Department of Government Transport workshops several decades ago, is about to be placed against the flywheel facing, prior to refitting the clutch pressure plate and its housing.

The clutch housing and its pressure plate secured to the flywheel. The engine valve rocker gear covers have been thoroughly cleaned and will be sent away for polishing. The engine will be steam cleaned again and painted.

Checking the action of the clutch release lever and throwout housing. as the
housing moves forward it releases the clutch and then comes against the
clutch brake disc, visible in the photo in front of the aluminium octagonal housing.
Synchronising these two actions is critical to ensure comfortable upward
gear changes.

Tightening the clutch housing securing screws after ensuring that the clutch
disc is perfectly centred between pressure plate and flywheel.

John and David adjust the clutch release fingers. On the assumption that the
pressure plate and flywheel facing would have had several resurfacing in their
lives, the relined clutch disc from Oz was supplied with 1/4" linings instead of
standard 3/16". Therefore there existed some doubt, after using an almost
new pressure plate and flywheel facing, that the disc would fit into the range of adjustment available - all seems well however. The clutch release pivot studs
just clear the inside of the gearbox bell housing by a millimetre or two.

The rebuilt gearbox has been successfully mated to the engine. John and David
fit new securing nuts all around the bell housing. With the newly overhauled water pump fitted the engine and gearbox are ready for a final clean up and refitting
to the chassis.

We would like to thank David very much for all his help and for the donation of important spares from his CX19 stock back home. David has shown that he is
not only capable of taking old buses to bits, but that he is even more capable of putting them back together again!  But anyone who has seen his two projects
in Turramurra will know that anyway.  David, you are welcome back here