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It takes more than 'saying' it needs to be rebuilt for a project of KD184's magnitude!
For a major restoration like that, a endless flow of money is required, as well as a dedicated team of individuals - myself and Stephen are frequently down, but it needs a much larger team to get it complete in a realistic timescale.
Aside from that, the resources in the yard in Cork are presently limited. Limited mainly as we have been waiting for the sheds to be erected before filling them with tools and equipment.
And also, other vehicles have to come into consideration. As Michael stated, time has to be allocated to each vehicle for periodical maintenance and if possible a quick run around the grounds.
I never stop being amazed by this Pain fella. Expert on everything. Do you remember the old joke? Whats that smell? Sniff Sniff! ITS BULL %^&*.
KD 184 was taken off as the gbox packed up, and MG106 was towed in from Fermoy, Why? cos the engine packed up! A liar needs and long memory and Pain my nasal chum you dont have one.
I never cease to be amazed by some of the comments on this board.
KD 184 had a gearbox problem when withdrawn but as far as we know it was really low oil as she seems fine now since we worked on her. But what does it matter? Stephen worked on her, got her going and she goes.
Equally we got MG 106 from Capwell and as far as we know she does not have an engine problem. Having said that we have not started her recently but she was got for spares to keep 56 and 76 running and she will fulfil that function perfectly.
But I think snide comments are out of place especially that 184 is running again following Stephens rebuilding of E 106 and getting R 913 on the road again. Very few people could achieve that and we think it is a major achievement as these are major historic machines as indeed is KD 184. His expertise on the older engines is, in my view, unrivalled.
Tom Fordes comment that Stephen is a liar is totally unwarranted and should be withdrawn. We do not propose to be complete experts on the previous history of our machines but we always on the web tell the truth as it is.
It is inevitable that in dealing with previous histories one will have incorrect information as one person will say one thing and one another but we do strive to be accurate. Memory plays strange tricks and certainly when it comes to dealing with events twenty years ago about buses many peoples - including my own - memory can not be 100% and all one can do is try and sort through available information, much of it coming from peoples memories, and try and arrive at the the truth. The fact that one gets something wrong does not mean they are lying.
We only wish that people like Tom Forde would stop making nasty remarks and come and help us here then things would move a lot faster. He could always help in the rebuild of 184.
Stephen Payne has worked miracles here since he took over as Chief Engineer and we certainly in the museum appreciate it.
Perhaps Tom would enlighten us as to what his particular gripe with Stephen is and what it has to do with the restoration of KD 184.
Congratulations on getting 184 going again , I too had this bus written off as wreckage , I must say I look forward to seeing her as I remember in service at a rally at some point in the future (I spent a lot of time with KD 184 during her service life) who knows , once work gets underway I might even come over to pitch in myself if needed
Well done to all involved
P.S. you should take great pleasure at the jealousy being stirred up by having the only surviving non-Dublin KD
Folks, my dad worked in Bombardier and GAC and I have fond memories of these buses. Congrats and well done on KD184. These are my favourite buses of all time and have become a bit of a bus enthusiast. Your site is one I keep an eye on and i am a fan of the excellent work you all do with K series buses. Looking forward to more updates in near future and would love to one day see a KD / KC / KR / KE lineup together. 2 (kr+kc) done, 1 (kd) running and 1 (ke) to do.