It has been decided that for the time being I will take over the site progressing the restoration of Barton 854, I will still be doing the painting Freddy Curry will still be doing a splendid job on the bodywork and Dave Wheatley will be doing the rest.
Work has come to a bit of a standstill for the past four weeks as Freddy is off sick so me and Dave are doing what we can on 854. We have cleared the area around the buses so we can work better but as the pics below show things go wrong.
Now that the barrow is mended we can finish clearing weeds away and carry on restoring 854, get well soon Freddy we need you.
Work is still slow on the bus what with Freddy being sick and the Rally season is in full swing,but Dave managed to put the top deck window back.
Wednesday August 31st
I have started work on 854 again as myself and Justin have finished Midland General Bristol R.E. 274.
The red panels under the top deck are receiving a final coat of paint this will now be ongoing during the week as there are still a few rallies left to do
Thursday 14th July.
Now that the lower panels have been undercoated I have started to apply the first coat of gloss, being that the bus is kept outside its going to be difficult to keep dust away but I dampened the area down, the following photo's
show the bus with its first coat of gloss.
As the rallly season comes to a close more time will be spent on restoring 854, the pics below are taken in October showing progress to date.
The next two pics shows that Freddy rebuilds his demolition jobs.
A new floor has been fabricated by Dave and part of it has been fitted once that has been done the front of the bus can be put back , then it will not be to long before the bus is completed,as another bus is on the cards for restoration a new page will be opened up for this so keep looking at this site.
The above two photos are of the now located lower deck seats, but the cushions are not the right ones for the bus they will have to do until we can come across some original Barton moquette,these were fitted weekending 14th November.
During the winter months work will be slow on the restoration work on 854 but as work progresses and Dave is getting excited as we near the finish he has had something else to excite him he has had new windows fitted at the front of his house. For those of you that have not seen them a picture of them is shown below.
Now that the holidays are over, Christmas and New Year done with its time to carry on with 854, weather permitting. The cab has had its final coat of paint and the floor has been completed, once the paint is dry the steering wheel and seat can be refitted.Note
The next major job is to strip all the front of the bus down from beneath the upstairs front window and rebuild It all down including the front radiator cover and the side lights. Again this is subject to the weather.
8th Feb 2012.
The winter weather is slowing progress on the exterior of the bus, but there still is plenty to do inside,this is the joys of working outside.
Winter time slows the progress of the outside but the jobs left on the inside are very time consuming, take the refurbishment of the stairs what a fidldling job, but as the following two photos show its worth the time.
At last the front wheels have been refitted after nearly a year,we thought the bus may have took root.
The bus is now mobile.
Whilst fitting the front destination a bit of a disaster has happend, the nearside corner panels frame was found to be rotting away, this panel was to replace the Cave Brown Cave heating system that was fitted to the bus when it was new. The replaced panel had been cut short and over the years water has found its way in thus causing the rot, all this will have to be replaced with hard wood.
Dave has now got the moquette for his seats and that and the downstairs cushions are now with a seat trimmer.
PUBLISHED ON 25th APRIL 2012.