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#1261 OFFLINE   sierraman

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 01:26 PM

Presumably you'd fuck it up quite badly. It's an epicyclic gearbox, and those tend not to like the output shaft driving the works very much. Although saying that, there's plenty of mesh gear boxes that can't take coasting in neutral, because the oil pump runs slow and causes damage, so maybe there's that too.


In neutral it would stop oil supply to the gearbox, though it would still be turning, hence wearing the gearbox out quickly. Not just that but you'd be sat on the brakes potentially on a hill if you weren't using the engine braking, potentially depleting the air.
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#1262 OFFLINE   atlantean

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 01:46 PM

No, they could take it. It was mainly because the compressors were shite and you had to keep the revs up if you didn't want to run out of brakes. And there was a wee bit of engine braking too.

I used to know a fellow bus preservationist nut who used to coast in "5th"  down long hills in a preserved Atlantean, his theory was that if you kept the revs at high (not flat out) then the air pressure was fine and the mismatch in speeds between the wheel and engine ends of the drive train was minimsed. He certainly used to get 50(ish) from an Atlantean that normally did 45 without any major issues. The real killer for old buses is thrashing them downhill IN gear, that tends to seriously destroy the engine (esp. Leylands).



#1263 OFFLINE   atlantean

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 01:55 PM

Go for it!

 

But a couple of points....    old buses can be (relatively) cheap to run, but everything is heavy, changing a tyre will cause you to sweat (especially the inner rears!) , springs are a sod.....  Ideally get involved with some established preservationists so you have bodies to help. Working on a bus on your own is a difficult, thankless task.

 

Be wary of old coaches (Duple Doms and Plaxton Supremes especially) they can rot and fall apart to an amazing degree. Always (always) look in the boot and side lockers first, see what state things are in down there. Have a look along he side at the base of the windows, is the rear end sagging?

 

In general buses tend to be more robust than coaches body wise, anything bodied by Alexanders is a safe bet. 

 

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While it's likely to be a year or three away yet, I'll hopefully have my own vehicle to add to this thread at some point.  At the moment it's still at the feasibility, number crunching and seeing if I can get away with it without the rest of my family killing me.  Will also definitely require a significant pruning of the fleet as obviously I'd need to keep my resources both in terms of time and finances more carefully focused.

 

I guess I am quite lucky though that while it will require a little reconfiguring of our back garden, removing one tree (which I *really* want shot of anyway as it drops never-ending torrents of pine needles and sap on the cars and is undermining both the driveway and the footpath), we do actually have ample space to park a coach here.  Given the level difference between our garden and our next door neighbour's (they're a good couple of feet higher), it shouldn't result in them losing any light or anything...they'll just have to get used to seeing a couple of feet of roof poking over the fence.  To be honest that house seems to have a new owner about every six months anyway...

 

I also desperately need to get back into working with these vehicles.  Getting to go out and about in whatever First had on hand on a given day was always one of the highlights of my old job.  Few things were more satisfying than getting through a full four hours or so of driving around town with not a single fault registered by their DriveGreen system.  Really do miss that...even if it was mostly just clapped out Volvo B10BLE's that I was out in.  Their Bluebird AARE (used as the driver trainer) was a horrible thing to be a passenger on - but conversely was actually a lovely thing to drive.  Do wonder what it would do without the limiter on as well...it's restricted to 56mph, but you hit that like a brick wall on the open road.  Bit sad that I won't likely ever get to drive that again, but glad I did at least as it's quite a rare beast.  Sadly I moved away just before the older AAFE on a Q plate arrived...Would have loved a shot of that thing.  Will *not* miss the BMC 1100 pieces of garbage though...those are quite possibly the most utterly horrible things I have ever had the misfortune to be near either as a driver or a passenger.  They truly have no redeeming features whatsoever!

 

What I'll be looking for though will be essentially an equivalent (albeit hopefully in somewhat better order!) than our old school bus which was what really started the interest as a whole. 

 

The vehicle in question is shown below - I'm assuming somewhere in the late 80s to early 90s based on the vehicles in the background.

 

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By the time I first came across this coach in late 1997 she had lost virtually all of her brightwork aside from the front bumper, radiator grill and headlight surrounds, and was to be honest pretty obviously in the "oldest bus in the fleet for the school run" category.  That however didn't stop me in my early teens and encountering something of this era really for the first time, from being utterly captivated by the old girl.  In fairness as well...It's about the only school bus I know of that served our place at the time which never once broke down the whole time I knew it.  I think I last saw it in 2001 when it vanished, our default vehicle instead switching over to a late Volvo B58 Plaxton Supreme IV wearing the private plate GIB7513 (originally NSU640V), periodically with an early B10M based Van-Hool Alizee (waaaaayy too heavy body for the power unit) and a similar era Jonkheere of some description.

 

So my plans are - once I've figured everything out - and found one - to add as similar a coach as possible to my own fleet.  Imagine that'll be quite the journey to track down.


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#1264 OFFLINE   sierraman

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 02:55 PM

I used to know a fellow bus preservationist nut who used to coast in "5th" down long hills in a preserved Atlantean, his theory was that if you kept the revs at high (not flat out) then the air pressure was fine and the mismatch in speeds between the wheel and engine ends of the drive train was minimsed. He certainly used to get 50(ish) from an Atlantean that normally did 55 without any major issues. The real killer for old buses is thrashing them downhill IN gear, that tends to seriously destroy the engine (esp. Leylands).


Or quick shifts between gears. Damages the bands
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Posted 12 September 2017 - 03:23 PM

Thanks for the advice folks. Thankfully I've had some experience helping out working on this sort of vehicle as an old friend of mine used to do restoration and conversion work on them. That's also where I first had a shot of driving one at their place.

Definitely hear what you say about buses versus coaches in terms of durability, sadly a bus just doesn't hold the same attraction for me. If I were to go for a bus though it would have to be a Volvo B10M with an Alexander PS body - or possibly the far rarer Scania K.113 based one...only been on one of them once, but I remember that it went like the proverbial off a shovel. Or an Alexander RH bodied Leyland Olympian - only if it's the Cummins L10 engined version though...just the bassline provided by the exhaust alone would sell that for me. Sadly I think my neighbours might have something to say about something that size!

A lot of the attraction of a 70s coach over a bus is the glamour of it I think as that's something that has been so totally lost these days. While I greatly enjoy getting to spend time around or driving older buses, so just don't feel quite the same despite to actually own one.

Plus it's fair to say there's a certain personal attachment to the Bedford Y-series based Dominant II...I fully know it's not the most logical choice...but let's face it...the whole idea is pretty mad to start with.

Getting to know folks down this neck of the woods involved in this field is definitely something I need to do though...sadly everyone I used to know is 450 odd miles north of here so kinda starting from scratch there.

I reckon the sheer scale and weight of stuff on buses and coaches is probably the biggest surprise to folks who've just got involved...hence why I need to make some contacts...and to keep training my other half who I'm slowly turning into a petrol (or in this case diesel) head...

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 03:24 PM

Depends on how the restrictiors and quick releases are set up in the air feeds to the box. As they are a pretty unknown and much misunderstood part of those boxes, along with the correct operating pressure, they tend to get forgotten and missed out completely when they drop out during gearbox changes, hence crap gear changes on most things I've come across.
Re. Coasting a epicyclic. Just don't. There is a oil pump driven off a gear train inside of these that lubricates the internal gearing without a selected gear, the pump fails to turn and, well, you can guess the rest. Ever seen one seize? The central carrier drum can shatter, bursting the gearbox casing and spreading its innards across the road. It's a fucking big mess to clear up, I can assure you.
Compressors. Well if they are shagged out and it takes a lot of revs to build it up means you have a problem. A good leyland system should build itself up on tick over fairly well, especially if it has the later, slightly larger compressor as found on nat2s and tigers. Using a ton of air just to operate the brakes usually means excess travel in the brake components - possible causes are brakes not adjusted correctly and/or slack adjuster failure. Others could be leaks in the brake valve and brake diagrams.
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Posted 12 September 2017 - 03:27 PM

A lot of the attraction of a 70s coach over a bus is the glamour of it............

............Bedford Y-series based Dominant II......


Sorry, does not compute. (Couldn't resist that one ;-) )

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 03:35 PM

Why does the front end of this look funny?

 

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#1269 OFFLINE   sierraman

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 07:57 PM

Or held against creep with the brakes in gear while the driver takes the fare, until the flywheel oil seal goes.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 12:54 AM

New Bradwell, Milton Keynes this morning.

 

A quick internet check says Leyland, MOT expired 28 July 2017, taxed 1 Dec 2017, 10450cc.

 

That'll be one of the dozens of Leyland (and later Volvo) Olympians with Northern Counties Palatine bodies that East Yorkshire bought new throughout the 1990s. I remember them when they were new and impressive so it's sad to see what that one's been reduced to.

 

Here's how it looked in its heyday.

 

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:51 AM

From the internet another photo marked Leeds paintshop 2013. Then it had slightly different branding.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:48 AM

Maynes of Manchester use to run them, or something very similar. Great seats, much nicer than the later moulded though plastic affairs.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 11:57 AM

That'll be one of the dozens of Leyland (and later Volvo) Olympians with Northern Counties Palatine bodies that East Yorkshire bought new throughout the 1990s. I remember them when they were new and impressive so it's sad to see what that one's been reduced to.
 
Here's how it looked in its heyday.

 
East Yorkshire have just bought 18 MCV Evoseti busses (see http://www.busandcoa...-double-decker/ and https://cbwmagazine....cv-volvo-fleet/) which will replace some Wright bodied Volvoss - are these destined for the play bus market (as above)? What are MCV buses like for reliabilty, build quality etc? Apparantly the purchase was based on having an MCV on loan a couple of years ago (so sometimes it is worth having loan buses).
  
The mocquette (sp?) is fantastic.

 

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 12:44 PM

Zelandeth, on 12 Sept 2017 - 4:23 PM, said:snapback.png

A lot of the attraction of a 70s coach over a bus is the glamour of it............

............Bedford Y-series based Dominant II......

 

It could be far, far, worse, it could be a Willowbrook Spacecar (007) bodied Bedford.  These really were a total bag of shite, I know of one episode where a drive had to ask the passengers to get off  and walk up a hill because it wasn't capable of climbing it loaded.  Even when mounted on a Reliance or Leopard chassis, it turned a decentish coach into a complete pile of shite.  Handling, performance, everything went down the pan. We weren't sad to see them go.

 

As for Duple, I remember back in the late 70's, early eighties that they used to build the basic body frames in advance of the NBC orders.  They would stack them in the rear of the yard at the back of their plant in Blackpool.  When the chassis from Leyland or AEC came in they dragged the bodies back inside and mounted them on the chassis and finished them off, they were going rusty internally before they were delivered to the operator.



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Posted 14 September 2017 - 06:25 AM

Sorry, does not compute. (Couldn't resist that one ;-) )

I think that's glamour in the autoshite sense......



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Posted 14 September 2017 - 06:26 AM

Or held against creep with the brakes in gear while the driver takes the fare, until the flywheel oil seal goes.

No...... just bloody no.....

 

Anyone caught doing that just needs to be slapped.



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Posted 14 September 2017 - 03:52 PM

Or held against creep with the brakes in gear while the driver takes the fare, until the flywheel oil seal goes.

 

The Leyland National used to rock back n forth & all its passengers too when you did that - quite funny when seen from outside the bus 


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