ITV's Granchester

ITV's Granchester

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Thursday, 15 September 2011

My latest trip out.

I recently took the JB van to London. The trip was to assist a fellow JB owner with his restoration. He had been working "blind" as the vehicle he started off with was very poorly, so many parts missing and corroded.
Vital measurements needed to be taken from an actual vehicle as having only vehicle pictures to work from did not give a true idea of how a J type is constructed.
Driving up the M4 motorway to London, traffic rather light.

Earls Court, roadworks and we moved forward about two vehicles at a time with each changing of the traffic lights.

A posh London restaurant on the corner of the Kings Road, at least something nice in the window.

Battersea Power station can just be seen over the distant trees. Yes more heavy traffic.

An interesting tyre supplier, they stock remould Taxi tyres in 16 inch. ( why they want to break shock absorbers, I do not know) I think the sign writer meant Brakes, not Breaks. Just me being very picky.

A full lunch was provided as a thank you for bring the van to the restoration workshop.


Is that the MI5 building I spy ahead?

Over Vauxhall bridge on my way home, more heavy traffic as one day cricket at the Kennington Oval.

Mini cab driver gets in the way of the London Eye as we crawl home. Still the JB got me there and back and a very interesting day and I hope a few more J type friends made. Thanks to "Bob" for making me very welcome on the day.

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.