- Dennis 'E' Success
Above you see the engine we are going to use for the restoration of the
Dennis E. Thanks to donations from members we were able to send the engine
to Sebastian Marshall at Byfleet where it was stripped down to basic parts.
Above right you see the four pistons and below is the sump.
Also from those donations we have acquired four brand new oversize pistons
for the engine. With the new pistons the engine can be fully restored and
Sebastian has told us that it could be "up and running" in a couple
of months time.
The Trustees realised some time ago that without a working engine the
project would fail, so, with a working engine and the proper radiator it
is all systems "GO!. It is easy to say this, but your Chairman has
now to co-ordinate an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for around
£20,000 for funding the restoration of the chassis alone.
At a later date we will need to apply for around £40,000 to restore
the Strachan & Brown Body that will eventually fit onto the Chassis.
In 1928 and around that date the chassis of vehicles were made separate
and the body "clipped on with 6/8 clamps.
The other information we have is that the Dennis E Engine was very reliable
and they were used on all vehicles up to 1937. We think that we will possibly
have the best Dennis E Engine in the UK and those that drive will be looking
forward to driving the bus soon!
The cost so far is £1740 and we anticipate another £2000
will be needed to get to the running engine stage. Later in this newsletter
you will find ways you can help to fund this project!
Two more photos of the Dennis engine parts. On the left is the crankcase
and on the right is the main block with the valves. The large round object
on the right of the picture is the clutch, unfortunately the wrong one,
but we have another one! The trustees took a very wise decision when two
old Dennis E engines became available and we bought them some time ago.
- Progress with Dennis Loline 462 EOT
- After some 14 years we have at last been able to see the end result
of this rare Dennis Loline III.
The bus looks splendid with all-over advertising, just as it was in 1962
when the bus was new. To add to the fun you will realise that this bus
is 50 years old this year! Below is the Chairman.s favourite advert, Abbott.s
that was seen a lot in A&D times. Derek has started the painting of
the lower deck ceiling, so we should be finished soon.
- Do You Shop OnLine? Read on!
- For the past year some of our members have been Shopping Online
and we have received over £50 donated by the shops and businesses
they have used. The best of this is that it has cost our members NOTHING.
There are thousands of shops online, well known and famous and all you
have to do is register. As we are a Charity when you shop we get a donation!
To Register go to:
- www.everyclick.com When asked, type our name
as shown at the top of this page.
- Air Operated Door
- The doors on Loline III buses are operated by a complicated air system
that allows the ram - shown here on the garden seat - to push the door
shut or open. Pressurised air going into the left side pushes the door
ram out and in the other end pushes it open. We had a problem in that the
door leaked air and basically did nothing. After 50 years the seals had
hardened and needed replacement. We took the ram to a firm called PIRTEK
in Guildford and after 4 weeks they found some new seals. They replaced
the 4 seals and the ram was tested and works perfectly! There is a picture
of one of the seals below.
- Annual General Meeting
- It.s that time of year again where the Society has to have a meeting
where all the members are invited to come along and express their views
of how the Society is being run. Early in 1996 I walked into Lloyds Bank
in Farnham clutching a £1 coin. I needed to have a bank account just
for the rescue of the Dennis E Buses. When I filled in a form to open the
account in the name of the Society, there was one Chairman, one Secretary,
one Treasurer and one member, Funnily enough, they all had the same name!
So I paid in the now warm £1 coin and in about a week I got a paying
in book and even a cheque book. Well, we rescued the buses from the woods
and later rescued even more. Money was coming in and this has continued
ever since. That is the story of how the Society began. I never did get
the £1 back - call it a donation! By forming a Charity it is essential
we have the AGM so as to keep the Society on the right tracks. The AGM
is being held at Medstead Depot hut at 2pm on the 25th March. I shall be
Ray Le Mesurier-Foster, Chairman
A Centenary Bus Running Day
The next big event in the Aldershot & District Calendar is on the
27th May 2012. 100 Years ago (1912) the Bus Company was formed and soon
expanded into a very popular and friendly bus company. ADORR Society will
be playing its part by providing two buses (we hope!) for this important
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