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I like Bristols (and AECs) !
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KJA299G



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:57 pm    Post subject: I like Bristols (and AECs) ! Reply with quote

Hello everyone, first time poster popping by to say hello. My 'fleet' consists of a 1951 AEC Regent III, now finished; and the current money-sink is a 1968 Bristol RESL6G.

The AEC was new to Rochdale Corporation Transport and has a pre-selector gearbox, so hello to any Daimler or Lanchester owners here; the Bristol was new to the North Western Road Car company which was once a pretty big company serving the eastern half of Cheshire, the south and east of Greater Manchester and the whole of the Peak District.

I'll give the occasional update on progress with the Bristol: at the moment the radiator is out for overhaul, which should cure its chronic cooling problems.

Paul

Rochdale 235, Trans Lancs Historic Vehicle Show, Manchester, September 2014 by Paul Williams, on Flickr

North Western 299, St Helens, July 2018 by Paul Williams, on Flickr
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum, always good to hear from another large-vehicle enthusiast Smile

RJ
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum....

I used to drive for London Transport, so 'learnt', and drove 'in anger' AEC RT deckers.... my route only getting RMs on Sundays.

Bristol REs of many types were driven later, as I drove for United Auto, EYMS, and some small firms in between.
Rams it home how much of an old fahrt I am when I espy vehicles I used to drive for a living, now in museums and shows....
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome aboard, no need to sit in the back row with a first post like that Cool

Very nice. I need a bigger garage......
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The AEC is superb, would love to travel on that.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great pics there Paul, nice to see another bus enthusiast on here. Do you keep them inside? A real downside of bus ownership is the storage considerations.
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KJA299G



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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2019 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Goodness, I just realised I haven't done an update!

The cooling system on the Bristol was goosed: a breather pipe that was meant to prevent airlocks was blocked, and this resulted in a complete lack of water circulation; which meant a blocked radiator; which meant chronic overheating. So the radiator was sent off for specialist repair, at a cost of oo-er-don't-tell-the-missus.

Bristol RE radiator, September 2018 by Paul Williams, on Flickr

This left a gaping hole at the front that gave me an opportunity to get rid of the muck of fifty years...

299, radiator-less, September 2018 by Paul Williams, on Flickr

...and to paint all the metalwork in a fetching shade of Hammerite named 'wild thyme' which is surprisingly close to the original spec.

Say ahhh... North Western 299, October 2018 by Paul Williams, on Flickr

The radiator came back looking like new and was installed, finally curing the cooling problems it's had for at least twenty years and probably more.

North Western 299, November 2018 by Paul Williams, on Flickr

This enabled me to gather my fleet together for the very first time.

My fleet, December 2018 by Paul Williams, on Flickr

Next problem: not charging. This was a puzzle because the charge light went out as soon as the engine started, and only came on when the engine stopped. This took some time to track down until we discovered that the charge warning light had been disconnected from the charging circuit - and had been connected in parallel with the oil pressure warning light! Presumably this was done during its latter days in service, when drivers probably reported it for not charging and the garage fitter fixed the problem by making sure the light went out when the driver expected it to! So at this moment the 24v alternator is at an auto-electrician.

My guess is that at some point, it has been started on a battery trolley or booster with no batteries on the bus. Then if you disconnect the battery booster, the alternator diodes go puff... Okay with a dynamo, but very not recommended with these new-fangled alternator thingies.

I'll swing by again with an update but feel free to comment or ask questions, or make suggestions.

Paul
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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2019 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting update, thanks, any photos you have of your bus rebuild(s) would be very welcome here!

RJ
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KJA299G



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Getting there slowly...

(Click on pics for bigger version)

Comedy air filter set up on preserved North Western RE 299, January 2018 by Paul Williams, on Flickr

A bit of an improvement by Paul Williams, on Flickr
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