Just to appreciate the degree of hard work and dedication put into 908 over the years by I.O.W. Bus Museum members, this was the condition of the bus when discovered in the Netherlands in 2009, prior to towing it back to the UK.
What impressed me was the straightness of the ECW body after spending goodness knows how many years standing in a field. They knew how to build them in those days! This photo also shows the difference between the 7'6" chassis and the 8'00" wide body.
As purchased the main mechanical problems seemed to be that the Gardner 5LW engine was well and truly seized. The bottom part of the radiator was also missing, rendering it useless, as a result of a previous accident in Holland. The bus had been inadvertently been driven into a high kerb and this may have contributed to the demise of the engine, or maybe not.
The replacement Gardner 5LW, was described as being recently overhauled, cost about £800 and was purchased courtesy of Ebay, having come out of a boat at Falmouth. The present radiator (I believe) came courtesy of another museum member.
Photo taken by David Daniels, summer 2009, Echteld, Netherlands
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