Up at the big House.

Up at the big House.

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Monday, 30 June 2014

The team here brings you yet another J type van.

1959 Morris J Van complete and straight, excellent restoration project.
Motor runs, no brakes.
Mainly surface rust, some rust in sliding doors and between guards and body.
Please note vehicle is situated in Orari north of Timaru and I am in Dunedin so will attempt to answer any questions as best I can.
Restored examples of these vans are exceeding 30K.
This vehicle is dereg'd.

Viewing recommended.














Apart from the non standard oil gauge carburettor and throttle linkage it seems to be a very original van, what a great project van.
A 1957 built van chassis 37408 registered in NZ August 1958.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Another previously unknown van survives.

Found on the Mexican e-bay trade it type web site.

Mg Panel Morris Commercial

Vendo mi camionetita panel Morris Commercial MG 1954 acabala de restaurar, solo conocedores, factura original y tarjeton, motor nissan funcionando, transmision manual...........
es un auto de capricho


There is a mention of 1984 in the write up, maybe that's when it was first customised.
A bit of a snip at $80,000 mexican dollars. Any takers out there?

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Latest WWW pictures.

Various J van pictures found while surfing the WWW.
 Where in the world?






 Nelson, New Zealand.




Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Auction news update.

Up for auction last ~Sunday 15th June, 
Sale details,
Lot 145 A 1961 Morris JB type 10 cwt GPO planners van, registration number 328 BXY, blue. This charming JB type GPO van has been in the current family ownership since 1970. At that time it had been painted blue and converted into a caravan. It was then used for the next 15 years to tour the UK and attend hippy festivals!! At one of these occasions in Hyde Park the roof got dented by a reveller standing on it. From 1985 to 1993 the van was laid up. In 1993 the van was restored by E C Claydon in Essex and there are some photographs of the restoration in progress. Post restoration the van was laid up again until recently being recommissioned and MOTd ready for sale. The van is offered for auction with some receipts and photographs of the restoration, Post Office vehicle books, JB News from the 1990s including issue one, summer 1994 where 328 BXY featured on the front cover, postcards and a manual. This rare ex GPO van is now ready for the next owner to preserve or sympathetically restore. RF60, V5C, MOT to June 2015, tax exempt.
 Sold for £13000.00

Thursday, 12 June 2014

New owners livery.



The well known Austin 8172 NO chassis JB/AR 38109 registered 5-Sep-1958 has changed hands. Its has had a major rebuild and is now resplendent in the new owners livery. 

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Austin 101 for sale.

A project Austin 101 has just come onto the market.
Here are a few pictures of the progress made so far.







The following is my verifiable outlay so far (in terms of parts and third party labour)
Initial purchase price 551.00
McKenzie inner arches approx 30.00
McKenzie front valance 58.00
McKenzie front valance top panel 14.00
engine work by third party 90.00
re-core radiator 217.38
newly forged leafsprings all round 634.50
bush shackle 9.40
wheels shot blasted and re-painted (900 two-pack)by third party 100.00
fitting tyres to wheels 50.00
petrol tank repaired 60.00
POR15 25.00
starter motor 59.00
hydraulic pipe kit (made to measure) 104.12
rear shocks 44.99
engine mountings 11.48
12.59
side lamps 82.00
front shocks 47.52
classic tyres 497.10
king pin set 44.00
pull off springs 42.65
brake shoe re-lining 88.00
wheel bearings 24.45
front wheel cylinders (MG TD/TF) 99.35
two mater cylinders 105.00
misc bushes from NTG 9.40
Grand Total £3,110.93

PLUS
other expenditure for which I can't find the receipts:
clutch plate, clutch cover and thrust bearing,
ex-stock, brand new and primed Austin 101 front panel
handbrake cable
track rod ends
etc
Any price finally agreed upon would have to cover at least the outlay so far on parts. I do not know how to quantify the work done to get the van to the stage it is at now. Have a look at how far I have come, by looking back through the blog. What we have now is a rolling chassis with engine (run on test bed but needs finished carb and exhaust), gearbox, prop shaft, breaks (hydraulics to be completed), wheels, tyres, shocks and leafsprings. To go on to it we have a front scuttle on which I have done lots of work, but which is not yet finished. Also have lots of metalwork done on inner arches, steps etc.

I also have lots of other parts: doors, wings, inner wings, sliding door runners, cab back, floor supports, floor panels, headlamps (originals and replacements), etc
Further picture here. http://tinworm.blogspot.co.uk

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Custom 1958 J van project for sale in NZ.




An advert on the Nz Trade me site,
Listing on behalf,any Q please contact owner on 027- 3573721
1958 Morris van that has been converted to a pick up, has a steel flat deck.
Comes with . . . .
Holden injected 304 (good runner) complete minus alternator.
700R trans with T/ Converter, shifter, starter motor, drive shaft ect.
Stage 4 ecu and full plug in wiring loom for motor & trans.
Chassis is a L300 with all brakes, pedal box, brake lines,diff,shocks and booster.
Body has glass, lights, grill badge, f/bumper, ect and is in very good condition for its age.
We have a local contact in Nz, so we hope to know the chassis number shortly..

Monday, 9 June 2014

Another new van found?

Hot news, another new van found in Acatlàn, Puebla, México.
Picture posted by Citiall Vega on the Facebook page "save the Morris J type van", we have asked for further details and are hoping for a reply very soon.
If this is a previously unknown van, it will be the 8th Left Hand Drive van known to survive.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Car friendly wildlife.

Even the local Robin is interested in the old Wolseley sitting in the driveway.

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.