there are times when original is not always best…

So 2016 has started off being rather wet thus far, hardly the motivation kick up the backside I sometimes need to get out and get stuff done on the bus! However, some jobs are a bit of a must, even in this weather! Big plans to try to crack on and get an interior sorted for this years Ninove event in Belgium on 13th March, so lots needs to get sorted if this is to happen, first thing being making the bus water tight!

original is not always best – these cab door rubbers are a long way past their use by date
original is not always best – these cab door rubbers are a long way past their use by date

A lot of the original rubbers used on the bus windows, doors, lights etc. are pretty shot now  through a combination of age and exposure to Californian sunshine! Most have dried out, cracked and shrunk over the years!

missing vertical divider bar and rubber on the cab door
missing vertical divider bar and rubber on the cab door

The driver’s side cab door had its vertical divider bar and rubber missing, so it was not hard to see where rain might just find a way inside!

the waterproofing seal of this window rubber has long since past!
the waterproofing seal of this window rubber has long since past!

At best, some rubbers appeared to be more just keeping the glass in place, although surprisingly most still retained a degree of water tightness!

some of the old rubbers have gone way past their best by date and will need replacing…
some of the old rubbers have gone way past their best by date and will need replacing…

Although with this weather and not having a nice large dry garage to work in, it was not a job I really want to attempt outside, just in case I run into any unforeseen issues, so looks like I need to make myself best friends with the guys at Resto Classics to see if I can get the work booked in at their nice dry workshop!

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