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Ribble Leopard 665 was rescued from a farm in the north of the Island in 1998. Following a complete rebuild 665 was re-tested and taxed in April 2011.

  • June 1998.  671 and 665 at a farm in Glenduff where they had been for ten years.

    June 1998. 671 and 665 at a farm in Glenduff where they had been for ten years.

  • 1999 665 after the rear panels had been removed.  The rear cross member was already missing!

    1999 665 after the rear panels had been removed. The rear cross member was already missing!

  • 2002 Steel work rebuilt!

    2002 Steel work rebuilt!

  • June 2003.  The rebuild continues.

    June 2003. The rebuild continues.

  • October 2003. 665 is mobile again.

    October 2003. 665 is mobile again.

  • November 2003.  N/S panels in place.

    November 2003. N/S panels in place.

  • December 2003.  With an enforced move from Tours site in Douglas 665 was hastily fastened together for a drive to alternative accommodation in the North of the Island.

    December 2003. With an enforced move from Tours site in Douglas 665 was hastily fastened together for a drive to alternative accommodation in the North of the Island.

  • Spring 2004.  Paint Stripping and riveting continues.

    Spring 2004. Paint Stripping and riveting continues.

  • 2007. Out on trade plates. 665 Repainted but not complete.

    2007. Out on trade plates. 665 Repainted but not complete.

  • 2008 Chassis grit blasting and painting.

    2008 Chassis grit blasting and painting.

  • 2011.  Wiring tidied up, engine and chassis painted.

    2011. Wiring tidied up, engine and chassis painted.

  • April 2011. MOT Tested and taxed!

    April 2011. MOT Tested and taxed!

  • May 2011.  On the road! Complete with seats!

    May 2011. On the road! Complete with seats!

  • REPLACEMENT O/S HUB TAKEN FROM THE THE CHASSIS OF 671 TO CURE THE BRAKE WOBBLE. DESPITE NEW BUSHES, KINGPINS, DRUMS AND SHOES THE O/S ALWAYS JUDDERED. WITH THE NEW HUB FITTED THE PROBLEM HAS BEEN ELIMINATED.

    REPLACEMENT O/S HUB TAKEN FROM THE THE CHASSIS OF 671 TO CURE THE BRAKE WOBBLE. DESPITE NEW BUSHES, KINGPINS, DRUMS AND SHOES THE O/S ALWAYS JUDDERED. WITH THE NEW HUB FITTED THE PROBLEM HAS BEEN ELIMINATED.

  • 24th March 2012.  665 stopped at the former White City site having been parked on Douglas promenade during the day as part of the 'On Your Doorstep Exhibition'.

    24th March 2012. 665 stopped at the former White City site having been parked on Douglas promenade during the day as part of the 'On Your Doorstep Exhibition'.