ITV's Granchester

ITV's Granchester

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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

The best vehicle to transport penguins?



The excellent BBC "Call the Midwife" featured the mix and match J van HCT 7.
This programme is filmed in Chatham docks, while the old house was in North London but a purpose built film set has been built in Surrey, Longcross to be exact, rather a long way for the Norfolk owner to keep bringing his van to site.
The best van for penguins? Why, The J van, NUN better, that's why.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Late Postal van now in safe hands.

A recently rescued JB postal van has now arrived home to a new dry secure workshop.

Monday, 20 January 2014

A cold snap.

No rain this weekend but a cold Sunday night and when I came to use the J van for work it was both frosty inside and out.
Even the cobwebs inside the cab had frost on them.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Spares saved.


 Spare front axle, two drums and two back plates plus brake and clutch pedals saved from the scrap- man.
These parts were given to me some weeks ago and have been bouncing about in the back of the van all this time, now in storage in yet another rented garage.

Saturday, 18 January 2014

A waste of time!

Today I got up early and took the van off to Slough, It had to be there by 9.00am. A Dr Who event was being held at an hotel.
 There the van parked up outside the hotel, the traders awaited the crowds inside in one of the function rooms with all their Si-Fi goods for sale. Tickets cost £25 to get in and then more money to spend on all that loverly merchandise.
One slight snag, a very poor turn out, yes plenty of people in the hotel but not there for the Dr Who convention. I left just after 11am. You could not even blame the weather, it was dry for once!

Friday, 10 January 2014

A Morris JB grill badge is for sale on e-bay.


Morris Commercial J Type Van from 1949 –1961, 1950s Bonnet Badge Extremely Rare
The name MORRIS is shown on the front of the badge.
It is made of pressed metal angled to fit above the radiator grill on the front of the van. Would have been chromed with red background around the letters.
Saved from a red scrap ex Post Office Morris Commercial J-type 10 cwt van in the early 1970s.
Stored for 40 years.
Needs re chroming - still some traces of red paint on inside edges of badge.
Rear retaining pins in place.
No damage to shape
Ideal for a Morris J type Van, restoration project or just for display.
 These are rare, so should fetch around £70.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Custom van update.

Some years ago, a picture appeared on the web of an early J type van, location unknown but the write up was in french.





Further details and pictures have been found on an Australian custom car forum site.
Seems apart from some of the body work everything else will be modern, so it would seem there are some very early J type vans spares going begging. (square side lamp model).







Thanks to Gray for finding these extra pictures.

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.