Chassis AEC Reliance
Chassis Number MU3RV793
Engine AEC AH 470, diesel 7.68 litre developing 112 bhp @ 2000 revs/m
Transmission Manual syncro; 5 forward / 1 reverse
Brakes Triple servo vacumn, mechanical handbrake
Body Number HV Burlingham Seagull C37C, No. 6569
Date of first registration 04/03/1956
Flights Coach Travel Ltd based at Long Acre, Birmingham has been in the coach business since 1913.
Flights ran a fleet of Burlingham Seagull coaches in the 50’s operating on inclusive holidays, express coastal services, daily tours and private charters. TOB 377 was purchased new in 1956 and in 1957 carried the Aston Villa football team to the controversial Wembley Cup Final, beating Manchester United 2-1.
The coach was sold in 1961 to Mulleys Motorways in Norfolk where it remained until the summer of 1996 when it was repurchased by Flights to be completely refurbished with its seating, interior and upholstery reproduced as when new. This superbly restored coach is now enjoying a leisurely retirement.
Repairs and Servicing
Geoff Flight delivers from Birmingham
Repairs to drivers seat frame and runners
Fit new original pattern marker lamps to front dome
Fit high beam warning lamp
Fit headlamp flasher switch
Check over vehicle
Fit two new batteries
Secure emergency door handle
Present for Class V MOT test
Fail on front brake imbalance
Adjust, readjust, send out to Arriva – Still fails!!
To Redfearn Travel for MOT pass!!
Return, clean and polish
Fit new securing bolts to rear wheel trims
Repairs to main door handle
Paint front chassis members
Refurbish front wheel trims
Check over and service
Fit new clutch pedal return spring and bracket
Paint headlamp surrounds
Removed rear wheel trims
Near side rear brake sticking, remove wheels, hubs. Clean re-adjust and re-assemble
Fuel up wash off
Engine over heating problems, examine pipework
Adjust throttle linkage and stop control system
Remove, flush out and re-fit radiator.
Here is a selection of photographs supplied by Barry Rennison:
Further investigation to over heating problems
As above, still overheating. No success.