ITV's Granchester

ITV's Granchester

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Sunday, 15 January 2012

The New Year has a slow start.

The New Year has a slow start or so it seems. Having paid for a new project vehicle one month ago you might be surprised to know it still is in the same place, about 215 miles north of me.
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.

 Here are pictures of me reassembling my Morris Minor propeller shaft.
 Each lob of the joint has been marked so it all goes together as it came apart to try to keep it balanced.
 About to fit the last end cap.
The last end cap nearly pushed in fully just a little further and then the spring retaining clip can be fitted into its groove.

 Some months ago, pictures of 629 BXE were posted on the photo sharing site Flickr. Almost at the same time a fellow J owner sent me further pictures, the one above being a close up of a rather sad 1960 GPO van with windows cut into one side. Its a shame that this vehicle was attending rallies in the mid 1990's and has now got into this state.

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.

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.