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 - we’re mobile!

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CRG163 - rebuilding and refitting of side lockers (01.08.22 onwards)

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

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CRG163 - new trafficators and emergency door lock fitted (16.07.22)

New front trafficators (indicators fitted, near and offside.

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CRG163 - 20 years of ownership

CRG163 - 20 years of ownership: 09.06.02 - 09.06.22

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CRG163 - rims and new tyres fitted (22.05.22)

CRG163 with treated rims and new tyres fitted.

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New batteries ordered and ready (27.05.22)

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

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New tyres fitted on completed rims (wheels) (23.05.22)

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

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Completed rims (wheels) collected and transported (19.05.22)

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

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Rims (wheels) painted in National Bus Company grey (13.05.22)

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.

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Rims (wheels) treatment for painting (12.05.22)

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

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Rims (wheels) sent for sandblasting - 20 January 2022

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

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We are now mobile! - 22 September 2021

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.

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Frankmann Trafficators & emergency door lock - 08 July 2021

Frankmann Trafficators and emergency door lock

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Nearside front fog lights x2 - 15 June 2021

New Butler fog lamps arrive

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Cleaning - 14 June 2021

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

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Tyres - 9.00 x 20 - 12 June 2021

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

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CRG163's new Website - June 2021

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.

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CRG163's new home - June 2020

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.

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Chrome headlamp surround bezels (ECW) - January 2020

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

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