Working at the bus garage
One of my many jobs
Another of my many jobs as a teenager was working at the Brighton, Hove and District bus garage in Conway Street. My job was not a very clean occupation; I was a chassis cleaner. When the buses came in for their five year overhaul they were stripped right down to the bones and refurbished. My job after the axles and all the other bits and pieces were taken off, was to scrape the mud and all the detritus from underneath and clean it ready for painting.
Learning to be a mechanic
It never took me long to finish my cleaning work as I was a hard worker. But more importantly, when I finished I was allowed to help the mechanics cleaning and stripping down axles, gearboxes and loads of other interesting bits of work. It stood me in good stead as I have been a mechanic all my life from then on. I have never had to take any of my long list of cars and lorries to a garage to get fixed.