The End of Everything

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Re: The End of Everything

Post by saintjamesy89 » Tue May 22, 2012 7:32 pm

Is that the twin front axled one on ebay? Like from the italian job? Saw that on there last night. For a practical road-trip style machine, the lynx or lance etc I think would be better than a National, but the national's do look nicer!
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Re: The End of Everything

Post by Dollywobbler » Wed May 23, 2012 9:50 am

Ha! I wish! The one I was looking at was more like £800. My mate Sam Glover is selling the one on Ebay. It's epic.

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Re: The End of Everything

Post by saintjamesy89 » Wed May 23, 2012 10:07 am

It looks sooo cool, but tatty. Still I wouldn't mind getting back upto scratch - would just need a large covered storage area, plenty of money and time!
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Re: The End of Everything

Post by mat_fenwick » Wed May 23, 2012 10:14 am

Dollywobbler wrote:My mate Sam Glover is selling the one on Ebay. It's epic.
Is that the one that was on Practical Classics a few years back? Road trip to India or something similar...
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Re: The End of Everything

Post by Dollywobbler » Wed May 23, 2012 10:32 am

No. I think he only bought this last year. The India bus, IIRC, was just a reader and it didn't have a double front axle.

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Re: The End of Everything

Post by docchevron » Wed May 23, 2012 2:26 pm

We have a Lynx, it's entirely hellfire, although if you do get a Lynx, you need to be handy with a welder. Very handy. The chassis is indestructable but the bodyframe is, erm, not.. although it's all easy to do box section steel.
I'm welding up ours (I say ours, it's my mates) at the moment. I'll bung some piccies up at some point.
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Re: The End of Everything

Post by Paul296 » Wed May 23, 2012 4:32 pm

Get on board . . .

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Re: The End of Everything

Post by saintjamesy89 » Wed May 23, 2012 5:06 pm

You say the L10 is the best with the ZF box? I've never driven one or anything but through reading and watching youtube videos, I quite like the idea of the Gardner 10.0L, not knowledgable about gearboxes but I do know that I don't like the Voith screech!

I'd want to turn it into a black and gold euro-cruiser 8) that'll sleep a few and seat a few more in style 8)

Few more years until that happens though, for a start i'm only 22, and i'd have to get the required licence etc, then it's storing the thing! Storage is what put me off the idea of a Leyland olympian/Bristol VR/MCW Metrobus MK1 (with the squiffy windscreen bottom :thumbs: )
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Re: The End of Everything

Post by docchevron » Thu May 24, 2012 1:58 am

the L10 is a weapon mate, multivalve 10 litres of diesel perfection.
As for transmissions, they simply do not get better than the mighty ZF ecomat unit, Voiths are truly terrible things!

I bought my first bus at 18, which was a VR, it lives on, but not with me, never really wanted it, but it was the earliest surviving Badgerline VR and it was destined for the scrapyard the following day, so I bought it.
Over the years had all manner of crap, including a Mk1 National, which was utterly rotten (as they all are now), a half share in a VR and a very lovely Bristol RELH coach with the Gardner LX 10.45 and ECW coach body derived from the MW.
I had that for 10 years and had no intention of getting rid of it, until the Lance came up. The Lance is now far rarer than the RE (infact it's damn near unique now, probably for good reason!) so I flogged the RE to a mate, for a loss that makes the Greek economy look healthy.
Shame actually, there was a Metrobox in the yard until very recently, it went for scrap in the end, but it could have been done, even still had the original Rolls Royce Eagle engine...
Storage is best done via a friendly farmer really, otherwise it gets extremely expensive, and these days the licence is quite a PITA since after 2014 you'll need a CPC aswell as a licence. God love Brussels!
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Re: The End of Everything

Post by saintjamesy89 » Thu May 24, 2012 10:03 am

Hmm I do have a few friendly farming friend types, thanks for the tip. My mate stores his routemaster in a campsite (motorhome rather than tent type) that a friend owns for not very much apparently.

If storage isn't the issue then I think i'll be more open minded about what I purchase, still a way off yet mind so all I can do is look and learn...

Perhaps a good way to get a licence is to be a bus driver? I have 6 points on my licence atm, so won't be able to do that until they come off in 2014. Do I remember reading that you are a bus driver Doc? What's it like from the inside?
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Re: The End of Everything

Post by mat_fenwick » Thu May 24, 2012 10:20 am

saintjamesy89 wrote:Do I remember reading that you are a bus driver Doc? What's it like from the inside?
Oh, he loves it! Lives to work apparently, in fact I remember him saying that you meet the nicest people when you drive a bus. Or something like that... :lol:
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Re: The End of Everything

Post by Caffiend » Thu May 24, 2012 12:35 pm

mat_fenwick wrote:I remember him saying that you meet the nicest people when you drive a bus.
Link. Now please.

I just know it will be the BEST EVER r^Ha^Hn^Ht^H lovely fluffy shiny pink story about how their colleagues and the general public are wonderfully intelligent, unsurpassingly generous and caring, unfailingly polite and consistently high-competence.

Not that I currently need any inspiration to have a pretty good go at creating one of those myself at the moment. I do need a good laugh though :D (and a hug ~sob)
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Re: The End of Everything

Post by sdelasal » Thu May 24, 2012 6:59 pm

was cliff richard and 'summer holiday' the inspiration for all this then?

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Re: The End of Everything

Post by docchevron » Fri May 25, 2012 2:09 am

good god no! I grew up around engineering, my dad being an engineer, so I grew up loving anything with an engine, it jut transpired that I really like dirty great diesel engines!

Oh yeah, i fucking LOVE my job, I actually do, if I could pick my own route and never have to pick members of the public up it would be perfect!

Tom, getting a licence through a bus company is not a bad idea, but bear in mind you'll be expected to stay for an amount of time, it's 2 years with our lot, if you leave before that you'll have to pay back a percentage of the cost of the licence, which isn't cheap these days what with the CPC and such.
All that said, hooning about in 12 meter buses with lots of power is still rather good fun and I've been doing it for 14 years now. Largely I think because no one else in their right mind would give me a job!
I wouldn't be too worried about points on your licence either, we have drivers with 11 points
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Re: The End of Everything

Post by Mickey taker » Fri May 25, 2012 8:51 am

great job if you dont mind the great unwashed and the smell of piss and puke on a friday night.
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