Bulletin 6 - 19th
We've had a visit from the
HCVA - that's the Historic Commercial Vehicle Association of
Australia, most of whom we met on our visit Down Under last
year when we bought 1877. We have kept in regular contact
with them since our visit and have become firm friends.
David Griffiths and Robert Hood took a particular interest
in what we were doing on the 1877 project because they are
both owners of ex-Sydney CX19s back home. David is staying
on in the UK with his son in London for 6 months and will be
coming up to help us during the winter.
David has brought a number of spares with him from Sydney.
This included a brand new clutch plate which Rick Robinson
kindly agreed to put in his luggage, as David was in danger
of exceeding his baggage allowance with all the other spares
which he brought with him!
The mechanical units continue to receive attention. The
water jacket plates have been put back on again and the
cover for the timing chain has been removed so that the
chain can be closely inspected. The gearbox has been opened
up to have a look inside and there is no damage to any of
the straight cut gears, although second gear is well worn.
This will be due to impatient drivers not waiting for the
revs to die or due to unsympathetic downchanges. We'll
replace these gears if we can locate the parts and Robert
Hood will have some advice for us as he has recently done
the job himself.
Meanwhile Tam's men continue to make large strides in
restoring the bodywork and the entire nearside frame had
been substantially rebuilt by the end of the October, while
the seats have been removed to First Coach Trimming of
Dalmarnock, Glasgow for attention.
Aussie visitors. Among the
wheels and the oil cans are (from top left)
vintage truck restorer Phil Dixon, Secretary of the Albion
Club of Australia
and CX19 owner David Griffiths, CX19 owner and truck driver
HCVA members Alan Travers and Neil Munro, and Chairman of
Sydney Bus Museum, Rick Robinson.
water jacket plates have been put back on with new gaskets
from Australia by David Griffiths. A new set of bolts has
been fitted to
replace the hotch potch of semi-corroded and missing bolts
there before and which did not make a watertight fit,
water to run down the block. We discovered why one of the
missing. At some point in the distant past a bolt has
sheared and a
new hole had been drilled and tapped in the block adjacent
Then in the more recent past a new plate has been fitted
drill holes. The fitter has not realised that one of the
holes does not
line up and has just left that one out. To deal with this we
got a new
hole drilled in the plate and the redundant hole filled with
A lot of time was wasted over that!
is turned slowly by hand so that John can carry out a close
inspection of the timing chain. It appears to be sound and
is taken not to replace. If the timing chain breaks the
valves will be
The cover is taken off the
gearbox for inspection. John points out the
wear on second gear and if we can locate parts we'll replace
Vintage Vehicle Restorations
have replaced much of the nearside
uprights, because of heavy corrosion at the joints, as well
as a lot of