Taking the Lid off Bus Restoration

During June GKE's lower deck started to look like the real thing again. Timber decking was added to the platform, and all the stress panels were fitted in place.

New platform decking. The used ticket box and rear saloon panel are original. The stairs handrail has long been bent probably as a result of a rear-end shunt at some point in the bus's itinerant life around the farmyards of Britain. It'll recover... Anyone know where to find metal platform edging angle with the non-slip texture? No yellow edges in 1939.

New platform decking. The used ticket box and rear saloon panel are original. The stairs handrail has long been bent probably as a result of a rear-end shunt at some point in the bus's itinerant life around the farmyards of Britain. It'll recover... Anyone know where to find metal platform edging angle with the non-slip texture? No yellow edges in 1939.

Stress panels fitted, and floorboards cut and laid but not yet fixed pending work on the chassis components which is still to begin. The front partition is the original, apart from the pillars at each end, as is the ceiling support structure.

Stress panels fitted, and floorboards cut and laid but not yet fixed pending work on the chassis components which is still to begin. The front partition is the original, apart from the pillars at each end, as is the ceiling support structure.

Things then began to move upwards. Much of the upstairs trim had previously removed by volunteers Rob Murray and David Lawrence. Roy began by assembling "the easy bit", i.e. the plain 5-window side frames. 1930s Weymann manufacturing practice was to build double-deck bodies as two separate decks which were then bolted together.  The unfortunate bit was that the bolting passed through the outermost upper deck floorboards! GKE's floor was either rotten (at the edges) or woodworm-affected (everywhere else). Trying to replace two-layer tongue and groove flooring with the metalwork of both decks still in place was going to be tricky, as was dealing with aluminium roof sheets and end canopies with corroded edges whilst working at the full height of the bus. So, the momentous decision......