Leyland Leopard Plaxton Panorama Elite

VUB 396H

Heaton Park, Manchester, 2014. Both photgraphs coursity of Scott Hall

Photgraph courtesy of Scott Poole

Details

Chassis Leyland Leopard 
Chassis
Number 
PSU3A/4R 7000732
EngineLeyland 680 6 cyl mid mounted 11.1 litre underfloor developing 130 bhp
Engine Number
Transmission
Leyland pneumocyclic 5 speed semi automatic
Brakes
Air assisted
Steering
Manual
Body Plaxton Panorama Elite 11 metre
Body
Number 709155 C53F
Date of first registration March 1970

About

The Leyland Leopard was new to Wallace Arnold Leeds Ltd and entered by them in the 1970’s British coach rally. The coach returned to supplying dealer Jack Hughes of Cleckheaton in 1975, remaining in storage until purchased by Fairfax Travel of Melton Mowbray in 1987. The Leopard was used by Fairfax Travel and subsidiary companies on local tours and excursions, until it was withdrawn from service in 1997 and restored for preservation and occasional use.

Purchased by Classic Connections in Jan 2011 and re-painted into original livery, March 2012.

Ownership

Wallace Arnold Tours – April 1970
Jack Hughes (dealer) Cleckheaton – October 1975
Dry Stored unused – May 1987
John Penniston (Fairfax) Melton Mowbray – May 1987
Re registered VRY 562M June 1982
Re registered 001908 May 1987
Midland Fox (Fairfax Foxrooms) 351 – June 1986
J Penniston West End Travel – October 1993
Re registered TIB 8792 Nov 1993
Re registered VRY 562M Jan 1998
Alan Tucker (Rutland Coaches) Melton Mowbray – January 1998
Rumsdrive (West End Travel) Melton Mowbray – September 1999
Preserved – September 1998
Restored to WA Cream Livery – September 2004
Re Reg VUB 396H – September 2004
Neil Millington – September 2010
Jonathan Dodsworth – 18th January 2011
Classic Connections – 1st April 2012

Servicing and Repairs

September 2010
Jonathan Dodsworth calls regarding Leopard
Collect from West End Travel at Melton Mowbray
Test run in vehicle

November 2010
Remove 2 seats, fit 2 tables – Downseat from 53 to 49
Fit smaller wiper blades
Check heater blowers and fans, wire in table lamps
Repairs to drivers footwell body panels

December 2010
To Sewells for speedometer repairs
Check engine mountings
To Arriva for steam cleaning

January 2011
Sell to Jonathan and Jane Dodsworth, Boroughbridge

January 2012
Repurchase from Dodsworth’s

March 2012
Check out paint spec and advise Express Coachworks at Pickering

April 2012
Collect from Express after MOT and repaint
Wash and check over
Fit new saloon clock
Secure and seal N/S rack blower box
Paint interior mirror backing

May 2012
Fit chrome beading insert to window surrounds

June 2012
Investigate oil leak at o/s/f compressor passing oil
Drill out and tap towing eye bracket

July 2012
Fit new full width rear mudflap
Fit and wire in new hazard warning light switch
Service vehicle including gearbox oil
Fit micro switch to emergency window

August 2012
Obtain and fit new engine stableizing shock absorber and modify bracket
Reconnect low air pressure warning buzzer
Obtain and fit new micro switch for emergency window, and fit new warning buzzer
Fit plastic insert to alluminium side trims

September 2012
Repairs to n/s/r top marker lamp

October 2012
Fit new centre saloon heater, bleed system and road test

November 2012
Repairs to rack blowers, clean out and reseal
Repairs to door lock mechanism

January 2013
Fit new loud speaker grille to saloon

February 2013
Clean floor with spec, lino cleaner
Take for weighing & correct unladen weight figures on side of vehicle
Pre MOT inspection
Note compressor passing oil
Remove compressor
Refit compresser after overhaul
MOT Test. Pass Class 6

April 2013
Repairs to boot lock

May 2013
Polish bodywork & clean windows

July 2013
Repairs to near side air box on rack
Fit 24-12v converter & 12v socket

October 2013
Fit new destination blind
Fit new glass for above

November 2013
Take down to M & H for front grille repairs & rear name glass repairs
Collect from M & H & wash off

December 2013
Repairs to leaking fuel pipe
Deep clean, seats & floor

March 2014
Fit new “Leopard” badge to radiator grille
Renew leaking oil switch
Pre MOT inspection

April
MOT test class 6 Pass

June 

Repairs to door air pipes

February 2015

Pre-MOT inspection and service

March 2015

MOT class 6 pass.

Fit chrome badges to rear panels

April 2015

Repairs to damaged rear panel

Clean and Polish ready for Llandudno

June 2015

N/A

July 2015

Refill steering box with oil

Check end float on gear box output shaft

August 2015

Clean and polish for Leeds running day

February 2016

Pre MOT inspection

Check oil levels and grease round

Check alternator drive coupling and report

March 2016

MOT test class 6, pass

 

Gallery

Damian Sharples (02/09/12) & ‘Iantherev’ (5/5/13)

Misc.

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‘Drive it day’ Outside Lowfields road, Wallace Arnolds last depot. Elland road, Leeds United Lowfields road stand in the background. 27/4/14

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Lunch at the Bridge Inn, Walshford 27/4/14

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Photo 2

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Outside the County Hotel, Llandudno, both subjects owned by Wallace Arnold. 4/5/2014

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Llandudno 2

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Landudno 3

Photographs Courtesy of Colin Ashby

Round the Great Orme with driver Brindley.

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What a happy crew!

Two panorama elites at the end of the Great Orme road run.

Two Panorama Elites at the end of the Great Orme road run. Pictures Courtesy of Phillip Thornes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leopard approaching Harrogate on Trans-Pennine run. August 2012

Leopard approaching Harrogate on Trans-Pennine run. August 2012

Heaton Park, Manchester, 2014. Both photgraphs coursity of Scott Hall

Heaton Park, Manchester, 2014.
Both photgraphs coursety of Scott Poole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictures coursety of Colin Ashby

Pictures coursety of Colin Ashby

 

 

 

 

 

Over looking the sea

Over looking the sea

Now, what do all these controls do and which one is reverse?

Now, what do all these controls do and which one is reverse?

 

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