AEC Swift BPH 106H
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AEC Swift

I have found a number of articles and diaries published on the web to be a useful source of information on suppliers and methods, so here is an attempt to offer information on suppliers and materials that might be of value. It is ironic that one of the most informative web sites covering vehicle restoration is devoted to diesel railcars, but many of the bodies were put together by companies who had built buses in earlier times, and nobody built finer engines for traction than AEC or Leyland! This is also an attempt to give good publicity to companies who have helped, and might appreciate a bit more custom.

  • HMG Paints Ltd., Manchester.
    Tel. 0161 205 7631
    Distributor in the North West.
    Deeside: M+P Enterprises, Saltney, Chester.
    01244 677123
    One-pack etch primer
    BDX primer-undercoat
    Fleet polyurethane enamel
    Matched shades:
    Dark Chinese Green (Interior Grey) - MPE 20138
    London Country Green (Exterior Livery) - MPE 20139
    Standard shades:
    Canary Yellow 10E53
    Magnolia 08B15
  • W.Mannering (London) Ltd.
    Tel. 0208 461 4400
    Weatherstrip (glazing rubber) made specially to pattern for Park Royal Vehicles (PRV) SM/SMS window mountings.
    Contact me as I have enough available for a second vehicle. We are also investigating the application to other PRV bodies of this era, and it certainly fits a 1965 Panther Cub. Note that this is not a stock item at Mannerings.
    Rubber & Plastic mouldings, extrusions, gaskets, matting, sheeting & strip
  • Namrick Ltd., Hove, Sussex.
    Tel. 01273 779864
    Imperial sized nuts, bolts, grease nipples, taps and dies, split pins, roll pins etc.
    Sapphire Products, Nechells, Birmingham.
    aka Rivet Supply Company of Chiswick
    Tel. 0121 326 6000
    Aluminium, mushroom-head rivets for the entrance step and wheel-arch panelling. Rivets in every conceivable material and conformation.
    They even understand Routemaster rivets in Monel! Now incorporating the Rivet supply Co. of Chiswick.
    Avon Stainless Fasteners, Unit 10 Riverside Business Park, St Anne’s, BRISTOL. BS4 4ED.
    Tel. 0117 972 8560
    Stainless steel, raised csk screws for body panelling, 4X30mm
    Stig Fasteners, based in the North-East.
    Tel. 01325 364767
    Excellent range of fasteners, all in stainless. I sourced 4BA raised-CSK for my bell-pushes.
  • Simmal Ltd., Bamber Bridge, Preston.
    Tel. 01772 324277
    Stockholder of aluminium sheet and extrusions.
    Checkmate patterned sheet, 2mm thick for the entrance and exit step areas. Will deliver throughout the North-West and North Wales (for a charge). In order to spread the delivery cost I also bought 1.5mm and 1.2mm sheet guillotined to size to put into stock. Great, prompt service - download their useful catalogue as PDF.
    Perchcourt Stainless, West Bromwich.
    Tel. 0845 330 6729
    Specialist branch of Europe's leading stockholder of stainless alloys, dealing with tubes, plates and fittings for specific markets.
    1.25" (32mm) x 2mm Stainless (304 alloy) bright-polished handrail tube.
    Servmet (North West) Ltd., Oldham.
    Tel. 0161 626 4145
    Supplier of aluminium sheet and extrusions to the vehicle bodybuilding trade. Plus lots of fittings (etc).
    1" Beading with and without lip, and wheel-arch beading.
    Will also supply Checkmate and Tread-plate, but only in whole sheets.
    Imperial Engineering, Cheshunt.
    Tel. 01992 634255
    Supplier of remanufactured and new parts for Routemasters (etc).
    Re-manufacture of worn brake camshaft and new bushes.
    Note: contact me first as I have spare bushes left over from a minimum order quantity.
    Metalfast Ltd., Bredbury, Manchester.
    Tel. 0161 494 3636
    Also at Swindon, Birmingham, Huntingdon.
    Aluminium tube (3/4") for destination blind tension rollers.
    Multifoil Ltd., Marsh Barton, Exeter.
    Tel. 01392 221255
    Thin, soft aluminium strip that tucks under the roof domes behind the gutter.
    Note: contact me first as I have a good deal left over from a minimum order quantity.
  • PSV Transport Systems Ltd., Hoddesdon, Herts.
    Tel. 01992 479950
    Found me a replacement unloader valve, though I wanted a repair kit, and a fuel shut-off solenoid.
    The Brake House Ltd., Perivale, UB6 7JJ.
    Tel. 0208 998 4009
    Brake-shoe cam-rollers. Specialists in relining brakes and clutches, famous for Routemaster knowledge.
    CV Airbrakes Ltd., Coventry, CV6 4DG.
    Tel. 02476 638377
    CV Airbrakes
    Anything to do with air-brakes and air-power. Suppliers of new and pattern parts, and refurbish anything they cannot source. Also represented in Mold, North Wales. Found me a pair of new Type24 brake chambers.
    Part-used: Trevor Wigley, Barnsley.
    01226 723147
    You name it, these people are worth asking for it!
  • Howley Quay Motors, Lymm. 01925-268866

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