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1963 worldmaster

Postby simon007 » Mon Aug 18, 2014 6:23 pm

Hi guys, I have just brought a 1963 worldmaster, it is currently in Rotorua and I will be driving it too Central Otago, it has been converted to a house bus.
The lady that I brought it off said it will only do 60km/hr, Is this correct ?, some of my friends said it might have a two speed diff, did these buses have these ?. Any help would be great. Thanks Simon. :D
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Re: 1963 worldmaster

Postby crazyturbo76 » Tue Aug 19, 2014 2:05 pm

From my knowledge Worldmasters don't have two-speed diffs and were never fitted with such technology by Leyland. All Royal Tiger Worldmasters came out of the factory mainly with a 4 or 5 speed SCG semi-auto gearbox and yup, were only good for speeds round that range.
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Re: 1963 worldmaster

Postby mrobsessed » Thu Aug 21, 2014 8:21 am

Look under the axle, see where the tailshaft flange is. If it goes in at the bottom, it is a worm drive. If in the middle, another diff has gone in it at some stage. Every operator specified things differently, including diff ratio. It isn't impossible to fix, but as a house bus you aren't travelling too far, or in your case, too fast.
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Re: 1963 worldmaster

Postby simon007 » Mon Aug 25, 2014 1:26 pm

Thanks guys, I managed to get her home, the 1500km trip took 3.5 days, and the old girl never missed a beat, used on average 4km/ltr, which I thought was good.

I have another question,
The REGO for the bus is DK3247, by looking up that number it was in service in Dunedin as no:130 ( I think ) , before being sold to Newlands in 1981, does anyone have any pictures of what she looked like when she was in service, or any information. Thanks simon.
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