In March 2020 the Coronavirus pandemic engulfed the world creating a major emergency. National lockdowns and government guidance were quickly implemented in reducing the spread of the virus which restricted movement. The intended onwards restoration of the vehicle was therefore quickly shelved until the situation around Covid improved. Developments in CRG163’s continued restoration are listed below in date order - most recent at the top. 

CRG163’s rebuilt radiator re-fitted

CRG163’s rebuilt radiator re-fitted

CRG163’s radiator is refitted following rebuild. 09.12.22.

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Collection of CRG163’s rebuilt radiator following refurbishment

Collection of CRG163’s rebuilt radiator following refurbishment

The collection of CRG163’s radiator following its full refurbishment - 11.11.22.

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Chwilio am le parcio addas newydd / Looking for new suitable parking

Chwilio am le parcio addas newydd / Looking for new suitable parking

Rydym yn edrych am le parcio addas newydd ar gyfer CRG163. / We are looking for new suitable parking for CRG163. (02/11/22).

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Wire brushing and painting

Wire brushing and painting

CRG163’s front cowl is removed so that wire brushing and hammerite treatment and painting can be undertaken in preparation for the return of the refurbished radiator. - 08.10.22.

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Radiator packed and delivered for refurbishment

Radiator packed and delivered for refurbishment

Radiator packaged and transported by car to Cropper & Jones, Ellesmere Port for full refurbishment - 07.10.22.

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We have a damaged radiator

We have a damaged radiator

From the leak found at the front of the vehicle recently, closer inspection has revealed a damaged radiator to be the issue - 02.10.22.

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We’re mobile but we have a water leak!

We’re mobile but we have a water leak!

At last we’re mobile but unfortunately we’ve got a leak - 19.08.22.

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New trafficators and emergency door lock fitted

New trafficators and emergency door lock fitted

New front trafficators (indicators fitted, near and offside - 16.07.22.

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Rebuilding and refitting of side lockers

Rebuilding and refitting of side lockers

Rebuilding vehicle side lockers, lower vehicle wooden framing that holds lockers in place and refitting of lockers on vehicle - 01.08.22 onwards

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CRG163 - 20 years of ownership

CRG163 - 20 years of ownership

CRG163 - 20 years of ownership: 09.06.02 - 09.06.22

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Rims and new tyres fitted

Rims and new tyres fitted

CRG163 with treated rims and new tyres fitted - 22.05.22.

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New batteries ordered and ready

New batteries ordered and ready

New batteries have been ordered and are ready to be fitted on CRG163 - 27.05.22.

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New tyres fitted on completed rims (wheels)

New tyres fitted on completed rims (wheels)

CRG163’s new tyres have now been fitted on completed rims (wheels) - 23.05.22.

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Completed rims (wheels) collected and transported

Completed rims (wheels) collected and transported

CRG163’s rims (wheels) have now been collected and transported locally in preparation for tyre fitment which will hopefully take place next week - 19.05.22.

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Rims (wheels) painted in National Bus Company grey

Rims (wheels) painted in National Bus Company grey

CRG163’s rims (wheels) have now been painted today in National Bus Company grey and drying. New tyres are ready and waiting to be fitted - 13.05.22.

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Rims (wheels) treatment for painting

Rims (wheels) treatment for painting

CRG163’s rims (wheels) have now been treated. Painting tomorrow, ready for Saturday - 12.05.22.

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Rims (wheels) sent for sandblasting

Rims (wheels) sent for sandblasting

CRG163’s rims (wheels) and old tyres are removed, with rims sent for sandblasting and treatment - 20.02.22

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We are now mobile!

We are now mobile!

Following the replacement of air pipes and batteries we are now mobile once again. CRG163 has now had a proper wash and the commencement of initial checks and assessment to see what now needs to be done. This includes side locker work, front indicator replacement and preparation for the removal of all wheels in order to sandblast all wheels before new tyres are eventually fitted - 22.09.21.

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Frankmann Trafficators & emergency door lock

Frankmann Trafficators & emergency door lock

Frankmann Trafficators and emergency door lock - 08.07.21.

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Nearside front fog lights x2

Nearside front fog lights x2

New Butler fog lamps arrive - 15.06.21.

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Cleaning commences

Cleaning commences

Cleaning has commenced. CRG163 is well into it's second restoration phase - 14.06.21.

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New Tyres - 9.00 x 20

New Tyres - 9.00 x 20

6 Dunlop tyres arrive. Special thanks to Dereks Tyre Services for finding them! 12.06.21.

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CRG163's new website launched

CRG163's new website launched

In June 2021, CRG163's new Website was launched with the intention to source parts to help restore CRG163 for the second time. The website quickly grew to include all things related to CRG163 including a bespoke web and email address - June 2021.

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CRG163's new home

CRG163's new home

In 2020, CRG163 was moved to a new home where she would have access to further facilities that would help on her second restoration phase - June 2020.

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Chrome headlamp surround bezels (ECW)

Chrome headlamp surround bezels (ECW)

Chrome headlamp surround bezels (ECW) were delivered on the 25th of January 2020. However shortly thereafter in March 2020 Covid 19 engulfed the world - January 2020.

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