After hiding for 30 years, restoration has started.

After hiding for 30 years, restoration has started.
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Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Latest vehicle work.

During our brief heatwave, it hit 29 degrees here I have only been able to spent about 2 hours on my fleet since the beginning of the month. I just had to pick the hottest day to try and move this project forward.
I have found suitable rope hooks for the 1954 Morris Minor pick-up's tail gate and have fitted the new petrol tank. At long last as you might remember I ordered a new van/pick-up tank but received a saloon one, this was replaced promptly by a van/pick-up one (it's the filler neck that is different between saloons and commercials). The new tank looked alright but when fully un-packed it was found it had been made incorrectly.
I have now fitted the new replacement tank and new sender unit. Slight faults were found on fitting this tank, the outlet union thread were slightly "mashed up" and it was hard to get the threaded petrol pipe union to "start".
Also one of the threads on the sender mounting ring  was stripped. The final slight problem was the breather pipe from the top of the tank to the filler pipe, this copper pipe was in place but the soldering around the pipe ends was poor and hardly held the pipe in. Also if the tank was very full I'm sure it would start to leak as the petrol sloshed about.
Anyway the tank is now in and wired up. I hope to continue with the door repairs at the weekend.

New rope retainers fitted, not that they will ever be used but it does fill up the holes where the missing hooks were.

Monday, 20 June 2011

My one and only "proper" vehicle rally.

On Sunday 19th I was out and about in the J type. Doing my best to get in the way while I drove to the start at Henley on Thames about 15 miles away. We then did a nice road run of about 50 miles to have a static display at a steam railway. I then had a nice little late afternoon drive home of a further 30 miles.
Here are a few of the 80 other vehicles taking part on the day.



Funny, no cars in front of me but plenty behind.

The 1919 Leyland doing 12 MPH, yes we caught it up.

A down hill slope so with the road ahead clear we sailed past.


















The best vehicle in the show, what do you think? It just had to be the this excellent J type.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Further pictures from Gaydon.


All on its own with just a rainbow for company.

Somewhere over the rainbow is a pot of gold! Picture by E.D. owner of Jb (704 HCV).
 What have I been doing on the fleet, no time I'm afraid to wield the spanners but I did order a new fuel tank for the pick-up as now all welding has been finished.
I was unlucky to be sent in error a car fuel tank so had to send that back. The replacement tank arrived and all looked good at first till I noticed the outlet pipe, its in the wrong place, the top and bottom pressings have been welded together but 180 degrees out.
So its got to be sent back again, slight problem they are out of stock of these tanks so till another batch are made I will have to wait.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Another van for sale on e-bay.






http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180677211351&ssPageName=ADME:B:EF:GB:1123
Quote
"Up for a very rare auciton is my fathers morris j type van. the van was restored less than 12 months ago its paint work is very nice sprayed in a oven for a better finish the van is a 1954 and had lots of new body panels. please dont email me ring him on.07943073246. ask for peter."

Also on e-bay is a postcard size picture of a Martin Walter mini bus. A nice period picture, shame the registration number cannot be seen. Strange place to mount the indicators, in the grill panel.

A list of chassis number and registration dates.

J/R 010 10/1949--J/R 649 1949--J/R 755 1/1950--J/R 1061 12/1949--J/R 1102 12/1949--J/L 1518 1950--J/R 1612 03/1950--J/L 2935 1951--J/R 4491 11/1950--J/R 6050 12/1950--J/R 6187 1/1951--J/R 10916 12/1951--J/R 10972 1/1952--J/R 14776 12/1952--J/R 145931/1953--J/R 15455 1/1953--J/R 16261 03/1953--J/R 18124 1952--J/R 19902 12/1953--J/R 20658 02/1954--J/R 21720 12/1953--J/R 23555 1954--J/R 24274 1954--J/R 25618 12/1954--J/R 25079 1/1955--J/R 25741 05/1955--J/R 29869 11/1955--J/R 30963 11/1955--J/R 3183110/1955--J/R 32465 11/1955--J/R 33340 1/1956--J/R 35466 1/1957--J/R 35671 12/1956--JB/MR 37200 06/1957--JB/MR 39547 12/1957--JB/MR 39012 1/1958--JB/MR 39648 1/1958--JB/MR 42533 1/1959--JB/MR 42677 12/1958--JB/MR 43367 1959--JB/MR 45648 1/1960--JB/MR 45693 12/1959--JB/MR 46009 02/1960--JB/MR 47648 12/1960--JB/MR 47907 12/1960--JB/MR 48069 01/1961--JB/MR 48219 01/1961
Approximate Production data for each year.
1949 750 vehicles -1950 5347 -1951 5051 -19524098 -1953 5027 -1954 6000 -1955 6894 -19563169 -1957 3284 -1958 3131 -1959 2965 -19602516 -1961 362
Total produced 48620


Ardingly Vehicle Show 12/7/09. Picture taken by Clive Barker.