Max uses macrocarpa a lot in his building work — it’s a wood that he’s very familiar with.
For the bus, macrocarpa timber was used for the framing, sides, and roof. The mac bearers on the bus are shaped to be the same as the original and the frame was bolted and screwed together. The woodwork was then sealed and painted black in keeping with the original buses.
“Mac is an easy wood to work with,” he says. “We use it a lot making furniture and boats. Oiled properly, it’s very underrated for handling the weather. It stands the sun and rain OK and doesn’t need treating.
“The more I use it, the more I like it, and it’s very easy on tools.”
It began when Brian Tegg … found a restored 1921 Model T Ford transport truck for sale in Auckland
Max seals the versatile mac timber with his own blend of Danish oil.
He makes it up from one-third boiled linseed oil, one-third turps, and one-third Bondall Monocel clear timber varnish.
This mixture soaks well into the wood and may require up to seven coats.
Lining up for the bus in the 1920s