Vintage bus restoration is a long way removed from modern industrial production methods. PD2 1349 has a Leyland metal framed body which incorporates a large quantity of wood inserts. All have to be shaped and carefully aligned so that when the panels are fitted the bodywork appears totally smooth. A current challenge is creating the semi-circular sections which encompass the wheelarches – bear in mind these are created from straight pieces of wood. The technique involves marking the curvature on cardboard and then cutting wood into sections to match. After that is the time consuming task of planing and shaping each piece of wood until a smooth curve is achieved. We’re fortunate to have a volunteer who has the necessary skills and is making substantial progress. The picture shows the first stage of preparing the wood along with the template. Alongside is a reminder of where we’re heading.