On the weekend of the 7th & 8th July , MFN41R visited Lydden Hill Racing Circuit in Kent for the Classic Weekend. Not only was it a great weekend sleeping on the old girl but we had the pleasure of watching Cortinas, Minis, Angleas and Capris racing around the track. More pictures and a full report will follow soon.
We've added several new YouTube videos on our site. Please feel free to have a look at our work that goes on behind the scenes.
The last week especially has proven to quite busy with SKL681X now been moved to undercover accommodation for the first time in many years. She had been laid up with an oil leak and some bits had been robbed off her to keep the others going. However, this was all sorted and she now runs and drives very well with just the oil leak to fix now. Also an issue with Nuw the Titan which prevented her from starting was fixed and she now runs very smoothly. This was traced to a sticking slide bar in the Gardner 6LXB engine. PKE807M was also started and moved around although still lacking a throttle she was driven around on tick over speed. Again, a sticking slide bar and a further issue with contaminated fuel were resolved. All buses were run off an auxiliary tank which was lashed up to the back panel and contained all sorts of diesel injector cleaning goodies. The main tanks will also be treated for the annoying fuel bug which has a nasty tendency to clog up filters and pipes. So once again, everything in our collection is now running and moving by itself again after a fair amount of hard work.
Don't forget to visit our YouTube page on this site. We've just added several more videos of our buses for you to watch.
This year's run took place on Sunday 29th April. Due to various issues we ended up with three buses but they were three beauties. AEC Regent 6801FN, Guy Arab MFN898 and Leyland Leopard 273AUF. We also had well over 100 riders - our busiest one yet. Shame about the weather though....
Many thanks to all who came along and supported this year's event.
All pictures by Paul T.
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Paul's ex London Fleetline MLK550L has decided to develop a leak on the power steering hydraulic ram. As most of you will know, the power steering on a Fleetline is an 'aftermarket fit' as the original design didn't have this feature. Certain operators specified it though and later some retro fitted it - sometimes using the pesky Autosteer system. On the DMS it was a large hydraulic ram that provides the oomph to turn the wheel. We've speculated here at SCOC HQ if this is the same system as the Merlins and Swifts in London would have had too...
Anyway, Paul has managed to remove it and will see if it can be rebuild rather than replaced.
This years run is on Sunday 29th April. We've yet to confirm which vehicles will be in attendance but we're hoping for one of ours there too this year.
For more information please visit the dedicated page on this site .
Again, apologies for the lack of a regular or recent update. Unfortunately we are without a regular webmaster and work commitments, family commitments and actually fixing and working on the buses takes priority.
Currently we are preparing several vehicles for the forthcoming season. Paul's ex London DMS MLK550L , Jake's Bristol VRs MFN41R, PKE809M and Mercedes 708D N301XRP are all expected to be on the road at various points this year.
DMS550 is having work done on her interior with the last of the residue of the soft trim being removed and fresh paint being applied.
MFN41R is due a tidy up and work on her power steering system.
PKE809M is also undergoing interior work with rotten areas being replaced and sear frames being painted.
N301XRP is currently having her brake pipes replaced as the originals are badly corroded.
Here you will find out the latest news about our buses and future events we hope to attend. In addition we will add any interesting bus and coach related news we come across.
SOUTHERN COUNTIES OMNIBUS.
A collection of retired buses living in southeast England owned by a group of friends.