Out and about in North Oxfordshire.

Out and about in North Oxfordshire.

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.

Friday, 27 April 2012

For sale (again) in Uruguay.







Here are the sales details.
ES UN FURGON DE 2 TONOS DE COLOR, PUERTAS CORREDISAS DELATERAS, CON BISAGRAS PARA CARGA ATRAS.
FACIL DE PONER EN MARCHA. VA CON 2 MOTORES ANDANDO Y 2 CAJAS.( AL MOTOR LO SACAMOS PARA
VER SI ESTABA EN BUENAS CONDICIONES. Y RESULTO QUE LOS 2 ESTAN BIEN)
LA DOCUMENTACION, ESTA CON LAS CHAPAS VIEJAS. HAY QUE ACUALIZAR LA DEUDA Y LUEGO SOLO PAGAR
LA MITAD DEL AFORO DEL FURGONCITO QUE SON UNAS POCAS MONEDAS)
SOLO OFERTAS EN EFECTIVO
POR DUDAS PUNTUALES DEJAR MENSAJE DE VOS EN EL 096390767.

SINO IR A VERLO DIRECTAMENTE A TABOBA 3967 ESQUINA MATAOJO 

Or Translated by Goole,
VAN IS A 2-TONE COLORDELATERAS sliding doorsHINGED BACK TO LOAD.
EASY STARTWALKING WITH 2 MOTORS VA AND 2 BOXES(AS WE GET TOTHE ENGINE
SEE IF IT WAS IN GOOD CONDITION. AND RESULTED THAT ARE WELL 2)
THE DOCUMENTATION IS WITH OLD SHEETSACUALIZAR BE DEBT AND THEN JUST PAY
HALF THE CAPACITY OF FURGONCITO ARE A FEW COINS)
CASH OFFERS ONLY
SPECIFIC QUESTIONS FOR YOU TO LEAVE MESSAGE IN 096390767.
BUT GO DIRECTLY TO SEE CORNER Mataojo TABOBA 3967
  • Año: 1951
  • Cant. de puertas: 3
  • Color:
  • Combustible: Nafta
  • Dirección: Mecánica
  • Kilómetros: 100000
  • Modelo: comercial
  • Transmisión: Semiautomática
  • Versión:
  • Único dueño: 
http://auto.mercadolibre.com.uy/MLU-31176668-morris-commercial-_JM
So if your interested in this 1951 J, please give them a call.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Drive It Day, did you?


 For "Drive it Day", the Wolseley popped out for a picnic at the local country park.
Here are a few pictures of some of the other cars there.










All the recent spare time I have had has been put to use on the Wolseley's paintwork.

 As it was.
As it is now.
I have managed to find an old bush and a half used tin of black paint. A couple of coats of paint later, It has improved the look of the back end of the car, it even has a bit of a shine, another couple of coats should see that part of the car done.
The next part will be the roof and then move onto the rear wings. Both these have many dents and scrapes so will need some panel beating and a skim of filler. After those I will move onto the door's and due to the limited space under the carport one side will be tackled at a time.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Animal rescue and a vehicle rally.

While walking our dogs the other night we entered a field having just crossed a main road, while walking around the field it started to rain and then a hail storm broke out. After about 20 minutes and being soaked through we turned back for home. Leaving the field by the same gateway as we had entered we spotted a cardboard box with brown packing tape all over it.
When we got near it meowed.
Yes somebody had dumped this 8 week old kitten in a sealed box in the rain by the side of a main road.
It has been named "Roly" I cannot think why.


 Took the J van out to a vehicle get together, its first trip in many months in fact well before Christmas was the last big trip out. Here are a few off the very interesting vehicles there.



















Friday, 13 April 2012

Update on recent sales.

An Austin 101 was recently advertised in a couple of classic magazines.
The advert was,
1960 Austin 101 pick-up.
Restored.
1622cc engine fitted.
New tyres.
MOT.
Tax exempt.
£3500.
Gloucester.
The vehicle sold very quickly and is with the new owner in the Bristol area.
The new owner (W.G.) of the Martin Walter mini-bus that sold recently on e-bay has made contact, we have exchanged a few e-mails and the new owner assures me "that the van is NOT going to be cut, no high top extensions / ice cream conversions. The main objective is to have a van that remains authentic, without damage to the original body. But it will be out and about, hopefully raising the profile of the our family business and that of the J van, if we can save some of the abandoned vans we see pictures of on your blog that would be a bonus".
What good news this is, the owner is also going to be doing a blog on the restoration of the van.  As soon as I know the detail of this I will post a link to it on this site. One of the first items he is looking for is a 3 speed gearbox, as the van is missing it,so if you can help, please let me know.
I have had a couple of people comment on the J van currently on e-bay, looking at the spare doors that come with the van, they both seem to think that there is the remains of a GPO partition in all the bits. Could the whole van be a GPO Postal vehicle? If anybody out there is viewing this van, please obtain the chassis number.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

A 1953 part restored J type van. E-bay again.






Morris J Van part restored but complete mechanics, engine was running ok before work began some time ago, original new BMC panels including, sliding door panels, front grill, back door panels, wheel arches, near side and off side. Also includes spare back axle with higher ratio Diff for improved road use. 
Deposit £200.00 through paypal please for winning bid, balance on collection.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Morris-J-Van-1953-Part-Restored-/230775769007?pt=Automobiles_UK&hash=item35bb4ec7af#ht_500wt_1146

Just appeared on e-bay is this part restored van, the seller states 1953 so is that date correct, it has a "B" series engine in it, if this is original then its a later van.
Looks a great project. I wonder if the seller could locate the chassis plate, by the radiator filler cap. It does have a clutch master cylinder, which again points to a later van. My JB van is currently the earliest JB on the road and that dates from April 1957.
I wish I had some spare pennies..

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Yes that's me, as fast as I move forward, something else pulls me back.
The recent e-bay selling price of £11K for a project J type van seems to me to prove that there is now no room for a genuine enthusiast, big business has priced him out of the market for any project vans. I do wonder how soon a nicely restored van will be purchased and modified to suit the fast food market. Is it the forth coming Olympics or just the general seaside-tourist attraction sites that need all these  J type vending machines?
There has been no response to the recent requests for J parts. These items are not for me, I'm just passing on the requests as this site has 70 hits a day.
So, can you help fellow owners with these parts?
1. Internal door panels ( the sheet metal that the door hides behind) I could make some look alike wooden ones if I get desperate!
2. The central chrome strip that runs vertically down the grill.

For another J owner, 2x 15 inch wheel rims.

For another J owner, 5 plus 16 inch wheel rims, this guy will collect and is willing to pay £50 each! 
There must be some spare rims somewhere in the UK.

I have sourced a Crown wheel and pinion to replace the one in my J type. I have a 5.625 to 1 ratio back axle like most people, the new ration is 4.1 to 1. I have even found an enthusiast out there that has the correct factory gauge tool to set up the pinion depth!
Pictures to follow of the conversion, No I don't want to go faster, just reduce the engine noise for any given road speed and I find you can be in 4th at 20 MPH so by 40 MPH, your engine is already screaming.

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.