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1936 Titan double decker

Postby qldkeith » Mon Jan 02, 2017 11:08 am

Hi, my names Keith, I live on the Capricorn coast and used to drive double deckers for Maidstone & District Bus co in Rochester, Kent in the early 70's. I thought i'd share pictures of my running 1936 Titan double decker bus that i've owned for the last decade and driven around my garden!

Will make a great restoration piece, deserves better than its current situation, looking for ideas and options?
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Re: 1936 Titan double decker

Postby Fleet Lists » Mon Jan 02, 2017 11:22 am

Thanks for the photos.
What is its history?
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Re: 1936 Titan double decker

Postby qldkeith » Mon Jan 02, 2017 11:25 am

I don't know much of its history, it was used as a holiday home for many years in Byfield QLD before I owned it, I haven't found any route numbers or similar but it may have been painted green and yellow at some point.
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Re: 1936 Titan double decker

Postby CCCC » Mon Jan 02, 2017 12:39 pm

nice.
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Re: 1936 Titan double decker

Postby Fleet Lists » Mon Jan 02, 2017 1:44 pm

It looks like an ex Sydney one and the green and cream (yellow) tends to confirm that but all the Sydney ones are dated in the forties as far as I know. A lot of them finished up as motor homes in Queensland - see
http://fleetlists.busaustralia.com/stad ... earch=LO1E
http://fleetlists.busaustralia.com/stad ... earch=LO1Y
http://fleetlists.busaustralia.com/stad ... arch=LO21Y
http://fleetlists.busaustralia.com/stad ... earch=LO2E
http://fleetlists.busaustralia.com/stad ... earch=LO2Y
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Re: 1936 Titan double decker

Postby boronia » Mon Jan 02, 2017 2:40 pm

Is there a builders plate with a chassis number? Usually in the cab somewhere.

Also the chassis number should be stamped on the chassis, near side, near front spring hangers (may be painted over)
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Re: 1936 Titan double decker

Postby LB608 » Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:11 pm

there could be a number painted black in the drivers cab,may be painted over,in the early years they were painted Red & Cream,then green & Cream, if it was built by Commonwealth Engineering ,& has had overhaul the body plate can be in one of two places on the back platform next to the conductors bell,or up stairs next the handle for the emergency exit,it has been modified near the front, it looks like a 1500 series
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Re: 1936 Titan double decker

Postby CCCC » Mon Jan 02, 2017 11:27 pm

Fleet Lists wrote:It looks like an ex Sydney one and the green and cream (yellow) tends to confirm that but all the Sydney ones are dated in the forties as far as I know. A lot of them finished up as motor homes in Queensland - see
http://fleetlists.busaustralia.com/stad ... earch=LO1E
http://fleetlists.busaustralia.com/stad ... earch=LO1Y
http://fleetlists.busaustralia.com/stad ... arch=LO21Y
http://fleetlists.busaustralia.com/stad ... earch=LO2E
http://fleetlists.busaustralia.com/stad ... earch=LO2Y


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Re: 1936 Titan double decker

Postby qldkeith » Tue Jan 03, 2017 9:38 am

Thanks for all the added info, i'll have another good look for the plates soon, great seeing the video of other busses!
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Re: 1936 Titan double decker

Postby LB608 » Tue Jan 03, 2017 4:58 pm

The Drivers Cab if hasn't been been painted over should be cream & the fleet number should be black the numbers about 2 inches High should be to the right of where the sunvisor is/or was, under the fleet number will be a date in half inch numbers that is the date it was last overhauled
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Re: 1936 Titan double decker

Postby boronia » Tue Jan 03, 2017 7:51 pm

The radiator appears to be a pre-war type,
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Re: 1936 Titan double decker

Postby Bedford-29 » Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:31 am

Could be this one a 1936 Leyland TD4c 1238.Picture from the Ken Magor collection
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Re: 1936 Titan double decker

Postby LB608 » Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:10 am

Chris you appear to be correct
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Re: 1936 Titan double decker

Postby Bedford-29 » Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:35 am

Keith did you purchased this bus from Byfield if you can remember as there was 1432 a 1937 Leyland TD5 located there
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Re: 1936 Titan double decker

Postby qldkeith » Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:21 pm

I bought it after it had been towed away from Byfield, as it had a fixed starting handle this leads me to believe its no later than 1936, and appears to be identical to the above Leyland TD4c.
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Re: 1936 Titan double decker

Postby CCCC » Wed Jan 04, 2017 9:38 pm

Good blog on the restoration of one at Sydney bus museum
http://leyland1379.blogspot.com.au
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Re: 1936 Titan double decker

Postby Bedford-29 » Wed Jan 04, 2017 11:37 pm

Keith it came from Byfield it`ll be 1432 the 1937 Leyland TD5 with a Waddington body that I mentioned
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Re: 1936 Titan double decker

Postby Dave Wilson » Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:12 am

I think this is ex 1636 -check the bottom of the windcreen frame to see if it has a number stamped on it.Maybe 1432.Definitely a TD-5
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Re: 1936 Titan double decker

Postby Tae Moran » Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:35 pm

Hi Keith!
I have just purchased a Titan Double Decker that we believe to be between and 1947-50 Model. Its between Rocky and Gracemere! I was wondering if you might be able to help me with any oil specifications as I am having trouble getting it out from where it is. It has had water through it so want to make sure that the diff oil is still clean and what I might need to replace it with should it not be.... I am trying to figure out how to get it to a point where I can transport it up to our cattle station. Just really having trouble finding any specs that will help me get our gorgeous girl moving from the swamp that she's in :-( I'd really love any input (or info on transports that can help - my poor tow truck guy is shaking his head a little...) from any other members who might have experience in this department too! Thanks so much :-) So glad I stumbled across this forum!
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Re: 1936 Titan double decker

Postby DiAmOnD T » Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:29 pm

It will have a worm drive diff which needs an additive to protect the brass crown wheel. You can just fill it with an 80/90 diff oil to get it moving but then change it out later. Engine oil needs to be a mono grade 50
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Re: 1936 Titan double decker

Postby Tae Moran » Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:30 pm

Thanks heaps Diesel Guy, depending on the cost of getting my girl home I may need to pick your brain further about the additive - it might be cheaper to get the engine going and drive it back on a permit :( Tow guy is talking police escorts and Ergon permission - I'm a bit nervous.....
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Re: 1936 Titan double decker

Postby CCCC » Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:07 pm

Tae Moran wrote:Hi Keith!
I have just purchased a Titan Double Decker that we believe to be between and 1947-50 Model. Its between Rocky and Gracemere! I was wondering if you might be able to help me with any oil specifications as I am having trouble getting it out from where it is. It has had water through it so want to make sure that the diff oil is still clean and what I might need to replace it with should it not be.... I am trying to figure out how to get it to a point where I can transport it up to our cattle station. Just really having trouble finding any specs that will help me get our gorgeous girl moving from the swamp that she's in :-( I'd really love any input (or info on transports that can help - my poor tow truck guy is shaking his head a little...) from any other members who might have experience in this department too! Thanks so much :-) So glad I stumbled across this forum!


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