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A vintage car park?

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Thursday, 31 January 2013

100 Years of Morris.

Now you will know or if you don't you do now that in the spring of 1913 William Morris's first car, the Morris Oxford was produced for £175.
To celebrate 100 years of Morris and the 65th anniversary of the launch of so many "new" models of car and commercials many events are being planned this year.
It is 65 years since the 1948 Motor Show, the first motor show after the war and a bright new era was dawning, remember "export or die".
So we have the big 65th anniversary J rally in Birmingham, being organised by the J register and a big two day event at Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire,
 ( www.cornburypark.co.uk ) the same weekend, 15-16th June. Many many car and van clubs will be there.

 Other clubs are still being added, all will be doing a display, what a sight this will be.
The Morris Isis, Cowley and Hindustan club, The 6/80 & MO club, The POVC and The Morris LCV group have all just announced they will be there! Still many more clubs have yet to announce their intentions. Check out www.morriscentenary.org.uk and  www.jtypevan.com for further details.
Will you be there?

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

The resurrection of Pippy.

The story of Pipe Perfection’s Australian Morris J Van.

Ask any plumber and he’ll tell you they stumble across all sorts of things as they visit their customers. That’s how Darren Clancy came up with the idea of restoring a J Van.

Darren was doing some plumbing work for Newtown car photographer, Peter Bateman, when he set eyes on the photographer’s Morris J-Type van. It was love at first sight – but the van was definitely not for sale.

“I decided there and then we’d have to get one,” recalls Darren. “Apart from anything else, a vintage van looked like a fun way to help promote our expertise in plumbing for vintage houses.”
J-Type vans don’t come on the market that often, but pretty soon Darren and partner Alayne had tracked one down near Cairns and a deal was done.

A van that earned its crust
Like most J Vans (as they are known), the Pipe Perfection van was put to work as soon as it was ready for the road in 1958. After arriving in Australia in CKD (Completely Knocked Down) form, it was assembled at the Nuffield plant in Rosebery in Sydney.

First delivered to Guest’s Bakery in Wangaratta, it was soon sporting the Sunnycrest livery after Guest’s was taken over. After long service – perhaps 20 years – ownership passed to the ‘Wang Rovers’ footie club, which used it as a their party van and mobile Esky. Worse still, it was painted in a glittering purple!

Luckily, the van was then purchased by J Van enthusiast (or custodian, as they like to be called) Steve Hartnell, who took it to Queensland and commenced restoration. Sanding back the hideous purple paint revealed the Sunnycrest red – and the van’s history literally came to light. While restoration stalled, Steve had painted the van the green it is today before putting it on the market in 2011.

Missing in action
After finding the van, the next hurdle was transporting it 2,500kms back to Sydney.
You might think that sending a truck to bring a small van back to Sydney would be pretty straight forward. Not so, as it turned out. The first truck driver refused to load the van because it had some parts in the back. The next trucking company subcontracted the job – and then the fun really began. “The van left Cairns as planned, but the trucking company lost track of it,” says Darren. “This went for about three weeks, at which stage we asked whether we should report it stolen from their yard!”

Meanwhile, the word went out among the J Van fraternity – which turned out to be the right move. Soon, Brisbane truck driver and J Van custodian Michael Freeman called Peter Bateman saying that he’d just seen a green J-Type going south over the Gateway Bridge! “This was the first we knew of it even having left Cairns,” says Darren. “Mike had some contacts and was able to find out where it was.”

Getting stuck into restoration
By now it was January 2012. Luckily, the local mechanic who services Pipe Perfection’s vans had done his apprenticeship on Morris vehicles and was able to get the engine running again. The radiator was full of rust and mud and had to be rebuilt. “I’ve seen some blocked drains in my life, but this rivalled any of them,” says Darren. Meanwhile, Darren and Alayne were busy sourcing parts from the UK, New Zealand and Australia – and where they couldn’t be found, had them custom made.

Replacement drum brakes turned out to be the hardest parts to find. Darren recalls, “We called, emailed and hassled people from Campbelltown to the UK with no luck, but the Peter Bateman located what we needed in the roof of a home in the northern beaches.”

Another challenge was rewiring the old girl. Unable to find an auto electrician who was interested in the task, Darren spent 30 hours rewiring the van, using some 20 metres of wiring in the process. “It was a bit like restoring the plumbing of an old house,” comments Darren, “If you can’t get what you need ‘off-the-shelf’, you have to use a little ingenuity to solve the problems that arise.”

Then it was time get a ‘Blue Slip’ – and after a minor setback on the first attempt, the Pipe Perfection J Van – by now named ‘Pippy’ by Darren and Alayne’s kids – was back on the road after a rest of nearly 30 years!

The finishing touch
There was one last thing to do before the J Van could start earning her keep as a mobile billboard. “We wanted to signwrite her for the business,” says Alayne Clancy, “But the modern livery of our other vehicles didn’t seem right. So we came up with the idea of using the old plumber’s wrench as a symbol and the slogan ‘Have a happy day’. And you know, that’s what our little van does. She puts a smile on the face of every one who sees her.”

As a matter of interest, Pippy has become perhaps the most travelled (including being towed) J Van in the world. It went from Wangaratta to Darwin and then on to Cairns then back to Sydney!

About Morris J Vans
It is not known how many J vans worked in Australia but thousands were assembled at the Nuffield (BMC) plant in Joynton Avenue, Rosebery in Sydney. Although the plant is long gone and has been replaced by a huge apartment development, new streets such as Morris Ave and Wolseley Ave serve as reminders of the area’s past. So does the area’s new name, Victoria Park – the name of a racecourse that occupied the ground before the Nuffield works.

Large customers included the NRMA with 101 J-Types and the Gas & Fuel Corporation, while many bakery fleets across the country relied on them to deliver fresh bread to homes and businesses.

John Young

About Pipe Perfection
Pipe Perfection is Sydney’s only plumbing expert with a money-back happiness guarantee. Being based in the inner west, Pipe Perfection has built up specialised expertise in taking care of plumbing, drainage, roofing and gas installation and repairs for the vintage houses so popular in the area – with an old-fashioned commitment to punctuality and courtesy. Need a plumber? Call Pipe Perfection… and have a happy day!
Many thanks to Susan Attwood for sending me this story and pictures.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Pipe Perfection Plumbers J Van at Australia Day CARNIVALE

Australia Day, 7 J types on show.
The Pipe Perfection van is looking good. ( Reg CJA 15N)

 Slightly more cubic inches than a standard J van.
More pictures to follow shortly

Spotted this weekend, out and about in Enfield North London is Austin 101 499 FYD.
Registered 10th December 1959 in Somerset, a long way from its first home.
Many thanks to Paul Gold for taking the picture.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Another period picture.

I often feature period J van pictures but for only the second time it is a picture of OBL432 coming into Brighton on the 1986 HCVS London to Brighton road run.
I don't think it was entered but was just a supporting vehicle, joining in and doing the run.
See more of the entrants pictures here on the excellent Nick Spencer's Flickr file
Thanks for sharing this picture Nick.
On e-bay currently is a J van back.


Tuesday, 22 January 2013

A date for your rally list.

Being organized by the J type register.
Contact http://www.jtypevan.com/ for further details.

Friday, 18 January 2013

The first snow of 2013.

The first snow of this year was due to hit us early this morning, I left for work late, but no snow anywhere.

By 8am there were small flakes.

By 8.30 am
By 10.30am a good dusting.

By 12.00 pm

Time to go home, a quick brush off and we were ready for the trip.
The plastic sheeting stuffed in the grill had been put there in haste as for the last couple of trips the carburettor had been icing up.

Even the Wolseley 6/80 under the car port got a good covering.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Pickford J van is for sale.

I'm told the restored Pickfords J van is for sale, for once NOT on e-bay, eliminates the www dreamers.
Advert states,
For sale..................in Classic Car Buyer

1954 Morris J Type van for sale in Pickfords livery.
70,000 miles.
Very good condition, but not concours.
Selection of spares included.
Owned and well maintained for 6 years.
Tel: 01768-341215

The above pictures are NOT from the advert but were taken about 3 years ago.
Looks a good one.
Is it me or is the rear door badge on the wrong door?
Sorry, picking holes again

Monday, 14 January 2013

A covering of snow.

The J van had a covering of snow on it this morning, I was going to Bike it into work today but changed my mind.
Woke the J up and trundled into work.
Very cold this morning, not helped by the frozen sliding window that was open slightly and would not close.
Still the J van did what it was designed for , it was out and about and getting in the way of other drivers, all hurrying to work but despite their best efforts they had to join the crawl.
Talking of J vans out and about, below is a short video of another J now road legal and is out and about.

Friday, 11 January 2013

If your into Custom Vans.

Take one very rusty J type van, spend hundreds of hours and Dollars on it, build a custom chassis. Up-rate engine, gearbox, suspension, electrics, wipers etc.
To suit the new width, widen the front and rear wings by 4 inches.
Give it the "Rat Look", matt black paint.
It might not be your "thing" but in a way the rusty starting vehicle may well have been scrapped by a normal restorer, so in a way this process of customization has saved this vehicle.


Vehicle:1953 MORRIS J-TYPEAsking price:$45,000* Firm
Body :VANMy Car is:rodded
Engine Size:5 LitresCondition :perfect
Engine Cylinders:8Fuel Type:LPG
RWC:YesFuel System:GAS
Registered:YesTransmission:TURBO 700
Rego Number:BKX72ADrive:Right Hand Drive
Colour:BLACKInterior Colour:GREY

Features, Options & Modifications


  • So Price for a 1953 MORRIS J-TYPE , $45,000*
    Current exchange rate,  £29,461 plus shipping back to the UK.

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.