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78Z
05-02-2004, 12:19 AM
Got to drive a 50s double decker bus today. The clutch/gears hard (crash box - no syncos). Steering is interesting.

https://img65.photobucket.com/albums/v197/arthurdent/garagetour2004/bus.jpg

here is the controls

https://img65.photobucket.com/albums/v197/arthurdent/garagetour2004/bus1.jpg

littledeucecoupe427
05-02-2004, 03:40 AM
That is so cool! graemlins/thumbsup.gif

aeronca65t
05-02-2004, 05:45 AM
I'm not going to even ask how it handled...

How did this happen? (are you planning a career change?) graemlins/jester.gif

Xracer
05-02-2004, 11:23 AM
"Some think of a Lagonda,
Some like a smart MG.
For a bonnie Army lorry,
they'd lay them down and dee...
Such means of locomotion
seem very dull to us,
The driver and conductor of...
a London omnibus!"

From a song by Flanders & Swan.

waltesefalcon
05-02-2004, 07:56 PM
Wow, that is just too cool.

Cheers, graemlins/thirsty.gif graemlins/driving.gif
Walter

Bruce Bowker
05-03-2004, 08:03 PM
Cockpit looks like a nightmare. Must have been a great experience few will get enjoy though.

Basil
05-03-2004, 08:29 PM
I there some sort of vacuum cleaner in that cockpit?
Basil

Bruce Bowker
05-03-2004, 09:21 PM
I think it is a breathing device for London smog. Looks a lot like the old double hose scuba regulators. images/icons/grin.gif

Steve
05-03-2004, 10:30 PM
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Xracer:
"Some think of a Lagonda,
Some like a smart MG.
For a bonnie Army lorry,
they'd lay them down and dee...
Such means of locomotion
seem very dull to us,
The driver and conductor of...
a London omnibus!"

From a song by Flanders & Swan.<hr></blockquote>

Wonderful!!!!!!! I thought that I was the only one who appreciated Michael Flanders and Donald Swan. "At twenty miles an hour in the middle of the road"............ images/icons/grin.gif

Steve
05-03-2004, 10:33 PM
You are lucky man to play with that....I bet I'm the only member who played with British police cars though, lights, two-tones.......by the way, that bus has a license plate that suggests that it is of 1968 vintage.....interesting. Definitely a fifties design though. These things soldiered on for years!!

78Z
05-04-2004, 12:22 PM
yeah it was great fun. Not sure what all those hoses are for - I was too busy trying operate the gear box!

FF17355
05-04-2004, 12:46 PM
The hoses are windshield demister pipes,they were the closest thing to heat that was in the cab.
Its a Leyland PD3,the gearbox was syncro apart from 1st,but you did have too change slowly or you would beat them images/icons/frown.gif

FF17355
05-04-2004, 12:56 PM
If you think the steering is heavy try putting 100 teenagers on it in close traffic with tight turns.
A lot easier to drive than a Spitfire!! You were high enough to see where you were going.
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rovernut
05-04-2004, 01:42 PM
THat would be fantastic to try..........How did you ever get the opportunity.......Brings back all those "On the Buses" episodes.....Yes sir Mr. Blake

78Z
05-04-2004, 01:49 PM
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by rovernut:
THat would be fantastic to try..........How did you ever get the opportunity.......Brings back all those "On the Buses" episodes.....Yes sir Mr. Blake<hr></blockquote>

a guy in our local club owns one (he is an ex-London bus driver) and was good enough to let everyone have a try!

Roger
05-05-2004, 04:34 PM
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Steve:


Wonderful!!!!!!! I thought that I was the only one who appreciated Michael Flanders and Donald Swan. "At twenty miles an hour in the middle of the road"............ images/icons/grin.gif <hr></blockquote>

Me too...Hold very tight, please. Ting Ting

tony barnhill
05-05-2004, 11:04 PM
Hmmm....converted to an RV w/modern Rover V8 power?