Restoration

Imagine & Create…

The Restoration

The initial checks were better than we had expected and the mechanics also confirmed that despite being laid up for many years, she was in remarkably good condition.

We sat down with Mark and his father in law Robbie at Qualiti Conversions & started designing our plans for the layout.

 

Details of everything from fridges to colours. Table designs, livery and hand painted sign writing from aristcrat signs. In total, the restoration took over 1,100 man hours. Whilst far more than envisaged, this was down to the fact that we were quite specific on certain elements of the restoration.

 

Seating booths were created inside for up to 16 people using her original seats at tables that replicate the original destination blinds. The bar area was all custom made to accommodate 5 wine coolers, a separate double fridge, ice maker, hot water urn, sinks, water pumps electricity etc.

 

Two rear windows were removed & recreated in the exact size to replicate the originals so that the look of the bus was not compromised but allows these windows to open up as serving hatches.

The name “Tiger Lily” is in reference to her being a Royal “Tiger” and “Lily” after Geoff’s Grandmother, Lillian. Also, the Lily is synonymous with the 50’s to keep that vintage feel!

The Finished Result…

The team at Qualiti Conversions excelled themselves and on the 4th march 2016 we finally collected her and drove her back to surrey. Probably being the longest journey she had done in some 40 years under her own steam and she ran without fault.

She is now ready to start her new lease of life as our beautiful vintage bar bus.

Want to see Tiger Lily in person? Get her booked in for your event!