1955 Maltese Bus Bedford For Sale
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||£9,000 As stated
|For sale is this 1955 ex Maltese bus with original registration 2135 operating on the Zurrieq route (orange livery). The bus was purchased after withdrawn from service in 2011.|
I bought the bus in April 2015 with the aim of carrying out a full restoration. I’ve spent a year carrying out works on it when it was hijacked by another two projects, one being another bus which is nothing more than a chassis, and hence the reason why I would like to find a new home for this bus, since I simply don’t have the time for it, having carried no work on it over the past 4 years.
Works done so far:
• Sanded the inner roof wood structure, and re coated it in a protective primer
• Sanded the outer roof (fibreglass)
• Shortened the bus back to its original length, since the overhang was extended at some point in time
• Removed the decades of old paint and gum from the floor
• Sanded, primed and painted a good chuck of the metal structure
• Polished all the inner roof ‘formajka’ (I’m not sure what it’s called in English, but it is a sort of white thin melamine sheet)
• Blasted an painted all the seats steel structure.
Major things that need doing:
• All 4 wheel arches need doing
• The front and rear sheet metal parts of the bus need to be rebuilt, since its got too much dents and filler to salvage
• Re wiring
• I would also put in new side panels
Engine starts and drives on the dot, no issues at all. It presently takes diesel from a can, and needs to be started by a jump cable. The tank was removed and opened to clear off the junk from inside it, and all wiring was removed and I’m surprised it never caught fire when it was still in service. The bus is presently garaged (equivalent of SORN). I can also assist with transport, which would ideally be in something closed given the bus is dismantled, you wouldn’t want anyone stealing bits off it. Over the years various engines were fitted to the bus, which is normal of any Maltese bus, with the last engine being a Leyland DAF, and is also on air brakes. The asking price is pretty much what its cost so far.
Pictures 1,2 & 3 are the bus as I bought it
Pictures 4 & 6 are the strip down / frame restoration & painting
Picture 5 is the current state
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