After hiding for 30 years, restoration has started.

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

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Monday, 25 February 2013

Vintage vehicle auction. Perth, Tayside.


Vintage Vehicle and Machinery Auction


Saturday 9 March 2013, 10am.

Errol Airfield, Errol, Perth PH2 7TB Admission: £5 Adults - includes car park and catalogue (Under 16s free)
Catering and toilet facilities on site.

Call us NOW on 01821 642574 if you'd like to sell your vintage vehicle (internal storage available). 
Or Download an Entry Form
. All vehicle types welcome, including:
  • TRACTORS
  • SCOOTERS
  • MOTORCYCLES
  • TRUCKS
  • HORSEDRAWN CARRIAGES
  • COMMERCIAL VEHICLES
  • BUSES
  • MOTORSPORTS
  • IMPLEMENTS
  • DIGGERS
  • LORRIES
  • VANS

  • Early entry ensures inclusion in our online catalogue and nationwide advertising campaign.
  • All entries must be on site by Wednesday 27 February to guarantee inclusion in auction catalogue.
    Updates are made daily, visit our Auction Catalogue for lot details and images.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

J type sill panels.

MTR restorations have an Austin 101 in their workshop. One of the jobs being undertaken are new sills and door runners.
So I understand while making one pair they thought they would make a spare second pair.
Simple design but complicated by the tapering and gently curves of the body work.



Great work guys.

Monday, 11 February 2013

Yet more far flung vans.

I was sent a picture of a J van coming out of some trees.
From the registration number it was not hard to work out the van lives in Tasmania.
Sending the picture to the MCJTV vehicle owners group soon produced the information to track the van down.
Yes they have a blog site for their organic fresh produce. I have e-mailed them in the hope they can supply a chassis number, we await further progress.
Now another interesting "new" van is this
A Left hand drive, square side lamps Morris Commercial van in a car museum in Portugal. I'm trying to track down further details. After an hour searching on the WWW
I have tracked down some further details. Listed as a 1950 van.

Seems to be owned by a vehicle hire company, hiring vehicles for films,TV, weddings and corporate events.etc
On another note, this blog site had its biggest number of hit's yesterday, 120 people checked it out, or maybe it was me 119 times. Thanks to all for the support.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Far Flung J type vans.

Recently spotted on the Indian version of e-bay /exchange and mart, (mumbai.oix.in)
was this advert.
Shame the advert has expired as I wonder what the other views of the van were like and what if any details were given.
I will have to check this site from now on! Current exchange rate equals £8,824.00
 This is the first Indian van I've ever seen. Thanks to M.P. for the picture.


The recent J van advert on e-bay has disappeared , a cash sale maybe?
Turns out this is the old Colin Ellis van, RGK 535, a telephone utility van serial number U69944. It was sold on e-bay about 3 years ago in a similar state, they don't seem to have done any work on this since purchase.


Will it be restored as a GPO van, a normal van or another damn retro ice cream van?

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Side lamp castings.

A small batch of side lamp castings have been produced. There are a couple of restoration projects out there that need these elusive parts.
One or two restored vans also have need of these castings, as a slight knock to the headlamp can easily crack the aluminium at its narrowest part.
These castings will need cleaning up, and both the headlamp bolt hole and side lamp hole with have to be drilled/filed out.
Not too much of a "big job", aluminium is not hard to shape.
Selling at cost price, £28 each plus postage which on a pair would be £2.36. in the UK.
Happy to post to anywhere in the world but postage will be higher.
( Example Australia would be £7.60 for a pair )
Would it be worth having a spare one?
e-mail fiftiesvehicles@mail.com . First come first served.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

More e-bay sales items.


Armstrong Shock Absorber. Type AT7 / 1118 / C
New old stock. Metal is rust discoloured as can be seen in the photograph. Pulls open with no leaks.
Armstrong and Type number are embossed on the metal.
Suitable for the rear of Morris J type Vans 1950 - 53, chassis no. 001 to 17744.
J greetings card.
And saving the best till last.
 View of the dash panel, showing rotary ignition/light switch and the side valve engine with cylinder head removed.
 H.P. HO????SON Ltd, Heating Engineers, Bucks, Phone Bourne End ?????
Checking the local Telephone book, their no longer around.
Note Rubber wings, tyre pressures 22-24 painted on body work.
 Spot lamp bracket on the front and the headlamp mounting holes in the cab side.
GPO spec drivers seat base? and hinged mates seat.
 Might need a bit of filler.

 GPO spec ventilation grill insert in tray and opening windscreen.
 Body plate seems to be missing.
 Watch your step getting in.


Taken from the e-bay advert,

up for auction is my mates classic 50s Jtype panel van!

morris jtype panel van
for full restoration v5 in his name states build of manufacture 1950 many period parts still there has an 
unusual opening drivers windscreen all dash panels and dials are there gearbox & some engine parts 
are there chassis in good con needing miner repair to 1 outrigger theres a new old stock rear cross 
member not fitted and some spare front doors and wing rolls & steers freely but will need a trailer etc 
to remove cud deliver at buyers expence
this not a quick job it needs a lot of work but a very rare and interesting vehicle so well worth saving or 
using all the good parts to save another!
item located in our unit near bangor n/wales has been dry stored until last week space needed viewing 
recommended any qz mail me and ill ask my mate thanks for looking

item advertised elsewhere at £2500
so reserve the right to remove
deposit via paypal and rest on collection preferred open to sensible offers!!!

Monday, 4 February 2013

TV ad: Cadbury Dairy Milk: Joyville Special Delivery

The Australian Cadbury JB van is hitting the road and TV screens.


 The van has been restored and given a "striking " paint job.


The van as seen on promotional posters. Details of the advert are,
The Joyville-wacky commercial was filmed in New Zealand (so it’s alluringly pretty) and follows the Joyville driver in his Joymobile as he makes his journey to deliver three different chocolate creations, towing fifty thousand purple helium balloons behind him. Joyville surfers deliver life-sized chocolate surfboards. Joyville dog trainers present a giant chocolate sausage dog and an archaeologist accompanies a Dairy Milk T-Rex.
Watch the video here.

TV ad: Cadbury Dairy Milk: Joyville Special Delivery

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.