The restoration was completed in September 2004, with new ironwork on the doors on the far side of the van, copied from that surviving on the side of the van seen in the photo on the left.
A tribute to the energy of the midweek volunteers, the van looks pretty much complete, with the roof canvas fitted earlier in the week, and seen here on 25th July 2004. Some work remains to remake missing door furniture (ironwork), and final lettering.
The body sides and ends re-planked (with a double layer of planking as per the original design), and with corners (a double skin of metal) re-established. A signifiant amount of work has also been done to re-assemble the overhauled hand-brake gear.
The main structural components, the iron knees either side of the doors, and the massive end timbers are seen re-erected. These are amongst the largest original components of the van to survive. The new steel inner and outer corners are seen propped up against the underframe for painting.
The underframe received its wheels, springs and axle boxes in early September.
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