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  1. Is that why there was a bit of hose in there? Basically somebody didn't realise the cam was back to front so put the hose in to operate the pump and give the car full throttle.
  2. Time for more B&W pics from the past, around 1970/1 I believe. We'll stick in the north Derbyshire / South Yorkshire area but look at Booth and Fisher, an operator swallowed up by South Yorkshire PTE in 1975 but which operated both local services and excursions from it's depot in Halfway (now the depot of Trent / Barton's TM Travel). B&F were massive AEC operators in later years, most bought new, but did have other makes so we'll start there. CEX491 was one of 5 Albion Nimbuses (nimbi ?) with Willowbrook bodywork that were new to Great Yarmouth Corporation. B&F also purchased three other Nimbi from Welsh Operators. Another oddity was 9575F, one of a a pair of Bristol SC4LK with ECW bodywork which had been new to Eastern National in 1958 Surprising purchases were a pair of dual purpose Willowbrook bodied Ford R192s in 1970. DWA402H is seen here on hire to Sheffield United Tours , they lasted only 4 years. Apart from these, almost all B&Fs single deckers were AEC Reliances with various bodyworks, but they had a pair of very rare (again bought new) Park Royal bodied Monocoaches (basically a semi integral Reliance), here's WRA 12 which is now preserved. Alongside it is 518GRA, a Roe bodied Reliance new in 1958. Another Roe bodied example was 843URB new in 1961 but following sever accident damage it received this dual door Marshall body. It's seen here on Arundel Gate in Sheffield on it's regular haunt. Also Roe bodied, but purchased second hand from Donny Corporation in 1970 when just 9 year old was 8630DT. Nice bit of history in the background (that's a pit for our younger readers). Also purchased second hand was TCY662, a Marshall bodied Reliance new to South Wales in 1960. I was involved in her scrapping and several mechanical components were swapped onto 1322WA, my Plaxton bodied Reliance now owned by the South Yorkshire Transport Museum. Finally the newer stuff, Those were the days.
  3. Two Simcas, fourth row, between the mini and the MGB Roadster, that's without looking closely (yes it's a Bond).
  4. You're from Barnsley then with six fingers....
  5. The Routemaster refurbishment was done at Mainlines Rotherham depot (Midland Road), some of the painting was subbed out locally in Rotherham.
  6. Ha,ha, I remember being presented with an EU document to read (before I retired) that was about changes to the way chemicals were to be classified. It was something like 1200 pages, and unlike you, where it's interesting as it's something you want to learn about, this wasn't.
  7. Generally means the thread is "fucked", on either the bolt or the bit you're screwing it into.
  8. Was it for some sort of sensor, oil temperature possibly or even a pressure relief valve? I'd fit a short bolt with an O ring in it for the time being, then start gooogggleee ing.
  9. Taxi for @Richard_FM taken 5 minutes ago.
  10. What did they say to you when it came up with that impressive* fail list ?
  11. Magee's Ales were from Bolton, so somewhere that way I'd guess.
  12. I think that's a better description than mine as looking again it appears there are bigger gaps between 17 and 50 suggesting a two stage operation as you described.
  13. I've been looking at that diagram for ages and think I now understand how it's supposed to work. The main switch (ignition key ?) connects power from the battery to pins 15/54 on the glow starter switch. When you activate (pull) the switch it connects power to pin 19 then to the glow warning light, the inline ballast resister and the glow plugs. If any of those are faulty the light doesn't come on, unless there's a short somewhere in the system (deliberate or accidental). Now here's my understanding of the clever bit because at the same time as you connect up the glow plugs you also connect pins 17 and 50 together which should pull in the starter motor internal relay to turn over the engine as the supply for 17 is from the glow plug warning light. The warning light isn't a bulb though, it's a wire, a wire that heats up when power (12v) is applied. As a wire heats up its resistance increases, so I think what happens is that initially all the power heats the warning light (which heats the glow plugs) then as it's resistance increases it gets to a point where the power finds it easier to get to earth via the relay for the starter motor and therefore turns over the engine. By then the glow plugs are warm and bingo. Obviously there should be a delay when you pull the starter before the engine starts. If it's instant somebody has been messing with the wiring to bypass the glow system. Hope this helps (and is correct).
  14. That's one of Northern General's home made SE6s made in the 1930s.
  15. 1936 or 1937, given the history of that NS bus in the picture.
  16. Subsidary of East Lancs set up by them in the Neepsend area of Sheffield in 1964 to take advantage of tax / rates relief available. When the reliefs ended, so did Neepsend (1968).
  17. Right, more B&W pics I took half a century ago, this time in Chesterfield, a small council owned fleet then that was full of interesting buses, and was until Stagecoach bought it, here's some pics I took on a visit back then. New as London Transport RW1 in 1960, this AEC Reliance with Willowbrook body was part of an experimental batch of three vehicles. All three passed to Chesterfield after just three years and stayed until withdrawal around 1979/80. Of the three, this was the only one scrapped, the other two were bought for preservation. An interesting selection of chod in the background. Chesterfield's own Reliances included these Neepsend bodied dual door examples. Despite being manual transmission they were surprisingly pleasant to drive for a shift, and easily "chuckable", says the man who had his conductor swearing violently at him when he deliberately put an empty one sideways around a corner out in the Derbyshire sticks on a very, very, very snowy and cold winter night. In 1993, Daimlers' Roadliner was voted the worst bus ever built in a poll in 'Classic Bus', even knocking the Wulfronian into second place, so you can imagine how 'wonderful' a Neepsend bodied example was, and Chesterfield had bought ten of them in 1967! They did sound marvelous though (when not broken) with that American built Cummings V6 in the back. After the Roadliners Chesterfield went for something more* reliable, buying Leyland's Panther model with both Neepsend and Northern Counties bodies, this is one of the later ones in Sheffield Bus Station. I remember fetching one out of Chesterfield's Stonegravels Depot and 'dabbing' the brakes just before the automatic doors. Boy was that a surprise for me as it stopped stone dead, something generally unheard of with Leyland's products. It was an even bigger surprise for my conductor that day as he'd just got to the back of the bus to check for lost property when it stopped. There was a loud scream as he took about three steps to cover the full (36') length of the bus before bouncing off the windscreen and ending up in a pile on the floor next to me. These two Leyland PD2s with Weymann bodywork are seen inside Sheffield Corporations East Bank garage (now First Olive Grove) next to one of the Corporations Weymann bodied Regent Vs, whilst on hire to the Corporation due to a temporary vehicle shortage; a euphemism frequently used by operators following the unexpected visit of the man from the ministry. Whilst many operators were switching to rear engined Atlanteans and Fleetlines, Chesterfield bought a batch of these Weymann bodied Daimler CCG6s in the mid 60's. The second C in the designation indicating that they were fitted with constant mesh (ie crash) gearboxes. Why this is sideways I don't know, but it's a Northern Counties bodied Leyland AN68.
  18. Classic building, part of it is now Wetherspoons the "Albert and the Lion".
  19. Carbs and point ignition systems are far easier and simpler than computers and fuel injection. They take a bit of getting used to if you're young but are the sort of old school technology you can adjust with a screwdriver and a big hammer.
  20. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/314080042499?hash=item4920a11e03%3Ag%3A1R8AAOSwalZi2IQJ&LH_Auction=1 Fuck me, somebody's good on the special effects.
  21. That must have been a very, very rich person to be able to drink a pub dry in your country !!!
  22. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/295111616741?hash=item44b605e8e5%3Ag%3AWdYAAOSwbjxi3u7t&LH_Auction=1 "TEMP GAUGE WARMS UP HALF WAY AS IT SHOULD" Well, it is in Donny....
  23. More the opposite way, we were coming north around the roundabout on the A38 on the top side of Derby "at a rate of knotts" in our preserved AEC coach when we heard a loud bang and Dave, who was driving, noticed the nearside locker door flapping open. We pulled up and realised that the wheel brace and associated bits had just fucked off into the undergrowth at high speed. We had a look, but somebody else no doubt now owns a very big wheel brace set.
  24. Ian's bus stop lists RM 1577 and RMs 1923 to 2121 as being built with illuminated adverts, but that was before LT swapped the bodies around, so yours, mine or @Yossguess is as good as anybodies. It is / was kept at Coach Services on the industrial estate to the north of Thetford
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