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Altered/modified/remodelled/refurbished & Butchered buses.

Postby Denv12 » Wed Apr 09, 2014 12:08 pm

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Quest Tours Leyland-Lewis Bros.Modified using some Austral Tourmaster parts and panels.This bus had a Leyland 401 turbo engine.It was sold of some time after December 1985 when BusCoach sold of the Quest Tours bus fleet.
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I'm starting a new topic here on altered/modified/remodelled/refurbished and butchered buses and coaches.
Companies like Lewis Brothers in Adelaide made some big changes over the years to various buses and coaches.There were others throughout Australia too so lets include as many as possible.This post is all about those good ones and bad ones.The ones we forgotten about and didnt know about.This topic covers the lot.This topic is for everyone.If you have any photo,magazine articles that fit in here please add to the post.

In the first photo there are 2 Quest Tours buses.The AEC in the background.1 of them was shortened by BusCoach in 1985 when the bus(one of them) was sold and shortened by cutting off the rear most section.It was used for those ladies Tupperware type parties where they were held on board.The vehicle was short enough to be parked on the owners driveway.

The Lewis Bros bodied Leyland was modified using Austral Tourmaster parts and panels.The bus had a 401 Leyland turboed engine.I drove it on charter on a few occasions in 1985.It also had power steering.
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PMC bodied Volvo,mobile show room.
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Freighter Lawton half bus half freight.Possibly a factory built original.
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Inside OPS1 ice cream vendor.
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OPS1 converted to mobile ice cream vendor.
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Start with one of these.....
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Remove the body.OPS1 body without chassis.Take at Sims Metals,Wingflield,SA in mid 1960s.
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Now you have a chassis.OPS1 Leyland without body,ready for alterations.
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Extend the chassis,move the engine forward....
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New Freighter Lawton bodied Leyland OPS1.
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Re: Altered/modified/remodelled/refurbished & Butchered buse

Postby Looselion » Sat Apr 12, 2014 9:57 am

Here's a less than radical modification...
This dear old girl was built new by Watt Bros on a Commer Avenger/TS3 for Rex Law's Redline, in 1957.
By the turn of the decade Rex had tired of the constant (dangerous) curved windscreen breakages and had flat glass installed.
As was his bent, he never seemed to consider any such front engine vehicle that couldn't benefit from shoving the engine in the back!!!
So 12 went into the Redline workshops and emerged with the give-away rear top air-scoop, and panelled-over front grille.
She'd found herself now powered with a Ford Thames 'Sputnik' motor for some reason only known to Rex. His success came from his constant drive to experiment and invent, which was of course, as is so often the case, his Achilles heel.
Unfortunately I have no idea if he originally intended to go the extra mile and have her "forward controlled" which would seem the ideal point of the exercise. Anyway, by this time there was that first wave of eight new Dennings happening, so maybe this relegated 12 to the "surplus" list.
This photo was taken when 12 passed into the hands of Ford's bus service, in Lismore (from memory - maybe I need to be corrected on that - senility and all that!)
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Re: Altered/modified/remodelled/refurbished & Butchered buse

Postby Denv12 » Sat Apr 12, 2014 10:02 am

Looselion wrote:Here's a less than radical modification...
This dear old girl was built new by Watt Bros on a Commer Avenger/TS3 for Rex Law's Redline, in 1957.
By the turn of the decade Rex had tired of the constant curved windscreen breakages and had flat glass installed.
As was his bent, he never seemed to consider such a front engine vehicle as couldn't benefit from shoving the engine in the back!!!
So 12 went into the Redline workshops and emerged with the give-away rear top air-scoop, and panelled-over front grille.
She'd found herself now powered with a Ford Thames 'Sputnik' motor for some reason only known to Rex. His success came from his constant drive to experiment and invent, which was of course, as is so often the case, his Achilles heel.
This photo was taken when 12 passed into the hands of Ford's bus service, in Lismore (from memory - maybe I need to be corrected on that - senility and all that!)


Thanks Looselion.This photo is just the photo that belongs in this topic.Thanks for sharing.I can understand the reasoning for altering from fronmt engine to rear engine.There seemed to be a lot of it over the years.
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Re: Altered/modified/remodelled/refurbished & Butchered buse

Postby Looselion » Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:33 pm

Here's the Watt Bros 33 seater body from the original Redline Leyland Tiger Cub, fleet No 14, as installed by McCulloch Bros of Warwick on a front engine chassis.
The body was sold to McCulloch's in early 1965 and the original Tiger Cub chassis was refurbished and rear engine converted, and issued to A B Denning for new bodywork.
The result was the 41 seater Redline No 55, delivered in August 1965.
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Original Redline No 14 body installed on front engine chassis by McCulloch Bros, Warwick.
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