Out on a film set

Out on a film set

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Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Classic van and Pick up.

In the current edition of Classic van and pick up there is a brief write up of the J vans history, I think a couple of typo's have crept in but here it is in full so have a read and then go out and buy a current edition.




So Seasons Greetings, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
The joint writers of this blog are both away over the Christmas period, normal or abnormal service will be resumed in early January.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

1000's of J type vans found in Australia.

Yes you read it right, 1000's of J type vans are flooding the shelves in Australia.
A picture of one of the recently found J type vans, seems it was a Cadburys  Chocolate delivery van from the faded sign writing and traces of chocolate and wrappers found inside.
The chassis number is un-clear but it seems to be a late production van. Further details of the van will be released as soon as I've finished eating.

Monday, 9 December 2013

June 1952 J type van for sale.

“This is a 1951 Morris J Type, dry stored for the past 38 years, still fitted with its original 1500cc side valve engine, 3-speed gearbox and back axle. The van is rolling easily, steering is working, gearbox is selecting all gears, but the engine is not turning. No major rust problems and the chassis is sound. Condition overall is very good. This is a genuine unmolested Irish van, ideal for restoration. The van is located in Co. Cork"
I just love the early front Morris minor bumper used as a rear bumper, some handles, gauges, glass etc are missing but are readily available. The nearside step looks a bit suspect but it is a good project. First registered in Dublin in June 1952.






Asking price is 3500 Euro's. 

Saturday, 7 December 2013

The bad flooding on the east coast of the UK.

Sorry to hear about the bad flooding but its nice to see that some old vehicle owners braved the conditions and coped.
Is that a water cooled HRD?

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

What's been happening?

I've not posted much of late, also the joint author of this blog site has been rather quiet of late.
There has been many things going on in the J type world but I've not posted the details as I've not had the hard facts.
Most peoples restorations seem to have stalled and it seems the Oz and Nz owners are putting us to shame.
I've been busy doing overtime at work and I've had little time for much else.
The JB van was almost required for some filming but in the end an ambulance got the part.
It was through that enquiry that my Morris Minor was offered a part.
A days work for the BBC, a 1970's spy drama. So at short notice I dug the car out of storage and over two frosty nights I overhauled the brakes as I knew it would failed its MOT, that why I had stored it when the last MOT had expired.
I took the car for the MOT and it passed, so on the same day I applied on-line for its free Tax disc which arrived 4 days later.
So Monday 2nd December saw me fall out of bed at 4am, get in the car at 4.25 am and drive up the motorway to Birmingham, a distance of about 110 miles to the UNIT Base, for a coffee and a small breakfast.
I was then whisked into Hair and Make up, that was a laugh, as the guy said "not much to work with, is there" so after a quick comb I was ejected. Off I drove in convoy with ten other period vehicles to Birmingham airport. A mornings filming and by lunch time they had finished at that location. All the cars were released to go home, then two unlucky ones were selected to be used at the next location and they filmed to 7 PM. I'm glad I was not selected, so half a days work and a full days pay, result.
With the early finish I was able to do the return trip home in daylight.
Here is one picture from the filming with the 1960 Morris minor saloon right in front of the camera.
My Morris Minor saloon, centre stage, it's the first car I purchased and I've owned it now for 41 years.

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.