After hiding for 30 years, restoration has started.

After hiding for 30 years, restoration has started.
Royal Mail Tin Worm Delivery?

For all Morris J type Vans, Morris JB vans and (BMC 50's vehicles)Torque! e-mail fiftiesvehicles@mail.com. The copyright of any photograph on this blog-site will remain with its owner. No infringement intended.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Loss of two J type vans.

I have heard from the MCJTV site that two J type vans have recently been sent to the crusher in Australia. The owner had to move out of rented accommodation rather quickly and advertised them but within the week they were already on their way to the scrap yard. Such a shame, I urge all J owners to e-mail phone or better still drop into all their local scrap yards and pin on their wall a picture of a J type with the words wanted Dead or Alive, reward given to finder.
My progress has been slow, the J van has been in constant use these last few days of light traffic while the schools are still on their holidays. The motor bike will be out next week for sure.
I have gained thanks to the generosity of a fellow J enthusiast the correct mild steel door top for the Morris Minor pick-up I'm slowly building. To fit the frame to the door with the out side handle, inside linkage, window winder you need to fit the items in the right order. Needless to say I fitted and removed the frame four times before I got it right. I can now rehang the door correctly on its hinges. I also need to paint it as you would think they would send me a green one, well they did in a way, under the bright red is GPO green so that's now about 10 donor vehicles that have supplied parts for this Frankenstein pick-up.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

J types move with the times!

Goodwood Revival is advertising itself with the aid of the Kenwood van on Facebook.
The Kenwood van won't be the only J there, another invited van will be H.P. 5003 NX.
Watch out for them and no doubt a few others.


Monday, 15 August 2011

Pictures of the 1951 Festival of Britain show.

P.W. in the white shirt, fending off traffic wardens.

1951 RT just parked up and being iconic.

 
A vanderlised (pun intended) J type, a rare Martin Walter mini bus now butchered body work to sell overprice ice creams.

Ex GPO van made into a pick-up then sold on and re-bodied to sell overprice fish and chips to the tourists. £10.50 per portion!!

Must have been two much salt on the chips, to have two ice cream vans on site.
Thanks to G.S. for the above pictures. G.S. has been very busy with his J type recently and has sent more pictures of his project. Check out his blog here. http://myh238.blogspot.com/
Also Tinworm has made contact, seems he had not been watching any J type blogs for a year or so, he has missed out on some fine stuff in that time. It's good news that he is back on his project. Check out his blog to see what his progress is.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

A local Sunday Classic vehicle show.

Took the van to The Chertsey agricultural show today. Mainly to see all the farm animals being judged. Also not forgetting all the horse jumping, carriage driving, heavy horses, ploughing and a troop of Knights of old doing a jousting display.
A good turn out of vehicles, shame there were just two commercials. So many bright and polished to an inch of their lives classic cars, reminded me of a vintage supermarket car-park.
The van loaded up with chairs and enough picnic food to last us for a 3 day event.
Still the van did sterling service and having got there by 9am as the main roads in the area were due to be closed while they did a practice Olympic cycle road run and there would be chaos was the warning. On the morning news they were warning so many people could be watching the cycling event the whole area was going to be grid locked. Not so, we sailed to the rally with out a hitch and did not see one bike anywhere.
I think Britain is rather bored by this Olympic hype, an event we cannot afford to host.

An interesting day and I had half expected "Blackshed" a fellow J type van owner to be there as this show is on his door step. Even a fellow classic car owner mentioned that there was "one of these vans in the village" and I'm sure "he will be down shortly". Well after a seven hours on the rally field we made our way home and nearly ran over "blackshed" walking his dog, a quick hello and off we went.
There is not much about the J type van on Blacksheds blog, due to him having many other splendid toys to play with.  No doubt it will be on the road shortly and I would like us to get our two vans together.
Check out his blog here.http://blackshed1.blogspot.com/

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Images trawled from the internet by C.Bo.

Thanks for these images C.Bo. You must have plenty of spare time!

Dutch J type.


Postal J type in the background.

Lyons delivery van, so much sign writing!

Manchester police.
The copyright of any photograph on this blog-site will remain with its owner. No infringement intended. These images were sent to me and I'm more than happy to credit the photographer if they make themselves known.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Funny old J type world.

It's a funny old J type world, for small group of vehicles we have so many "different" type of owners. We have a couple of wheeler dealers, a few van customiser's, a couple of true enthusiasts but who have turned "strange" and the motley rest of us.
Business people who buy vans and turn them into ice cream and fish and chip vehicles while existing ice cream vans are for sale and there seem to be no takers.
A rough ice cream van moved from Scotland to be a static van outside a chip shop but it would appear that it has been re-sold and has gone back to Scotland to be out side a restaurant.
Now the pictures below are of a well known J type in New Zealand, why has this van not been saved?
Located in Golden Bay, its not hard to find, what is wrong with it? Come on save this van. If its all about money buy it and export it to the UK and live for a few years off the profit....





Nice Fiat steering wheel and instruments.

Even the grill chrome is good.
 Below is another van having a repaint, its coming along well.
The owner request his details are kept private.
From one of my recent postings, nobody it would seem is interested in the GPO stamped tyre. Also having only had two replies which both agree the chassis is from a Morris Y type van.
Two more links have been added to this site which you might find interesting. They are the Car and Classic web site for vehicle sales and the Old Classic van forum site, do take a look.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Currently on e-bay is a J type van petrol tank.



http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260827807286&ssPageName=ADME:B:EF:GB:1123
Also on e-bay by the same seller are a pair of GPO rear doors.




http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260828234319&ssPageName=ADME:B:EF:GB:1123#ht_500wt_1023

I met up with P.W. last weekend and he informed me that his J type TSL 577  has had some work done to the engine and a new clutch fitted. Shortly after the re-build the fan belt parted company.
The van has been invited to take part in the South Bank celebration of the Festival of Britain 60th Anniversary over the August weekend of the 13/14 TH. Look out for the van if your in London that weekend.

Monday, 1 August 2011

The SU's J type van out and about.

For all you vehicle people that also do Facebook check out their page here.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-SU-Carburetter-Company/194187013968933?sk=wall

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.