To say I'm rather fed up with the situation is an understatement. My ears are being bent by she who must be obeyed. The sooner it arrives here the sooner a rather large amount of TLC (tender loving care) can be give to it.
On to J types, mine is all wrapped up, these recent frosts have slowed me down on vehicle maintenance and I seem to be getting more lazy in my old age.
One job I had tackled was the propeller shaft on my Morris Minor which I'm using to and from work as the MOT on the motor bike has expired and I have had little time to take it for the MOT test.
The propeller shaft seemed fine on the car but now and then when moving off I could hear a slight "ting" from either the propeller shaft or rear axle. I was worried that one of my half shafts was cracking up so I swapped the cars propeller shaft with the one from OLJ470 the project Morris Minor pick-up.
This seemed to prove the point that the noise was indeed from the propeller shaft as the noise has not happened again. What has happened is that this propeller shaft is out of balance and give a good resonance buzz at certain road speeds. So I have rebuilt my old one.
Funny old world, as I had just gained an e-mail from a fellow J owner telling me he had just managed to buy two universal joint on e-bay for £20 each, you know the original type with a grease nipple. These "RARE" items were in a 7 day auction.
I just had to upset him by saying he had been "done", I feel there are few bargains on e-bay now, every vehicle spare part has the word "rare" in its title.
I explained I had just bought two universal joints for my Morris Minor, these are the same as a J type, in fact used on most 1950's 1960's British vehicles it would seem. I paid £5.95 each plus VAT and p+p.
Yes my new universal joints had grease nipples as well. Got them next day as well.
Further recent pictures show the area where the van is located is now being cleared, the old fences which gave the van some protection are falling down.I doubt if this van will be there for very much longer, a scrap man or the local council will soon have no option but to remove it.
Who owns it? The last known owner was the well known Mr Chris Graham, who also owns a further 15/18 J types, many in similar condition to the above one. He lives in Leicester, but works in London. I'm told. I have no contact details for him and I have no idea exactly where this van is, I wish I did.
Could somebody please save this van. If I was nearer I know I would.