ITV's Granchester

ITV's Granchester

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Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Yes that's me, as fast as I move forward, something else pulls me back.
The recent e-bay selling price of £11K for a project J type van seems to me to prove that there is now no room for a genuine enthusiast, big business has priced him out of the market for any project vans. I do wonder how soon a nicely restored van will be purchased and modified to suit the fast food market. Is it the forth coming Olympics or just the general seaside-tourist attraction sites that need all these  J type vending machines?
There has been no response to the recent requests for J parts. These items are not for me, I'm just passing on the requests as this site has 70 hits a day.
So, can you help fellow owners with these parts?
1. Internal door panels ( the sheet metal that the door hides behind) I could make some look alike wooden ones if I get desperate!
2. The central chrome strip that runs vertically down the grill.

For another J owner, 2x 15 inch wheel rims.

For another J owner, 5 plus 16 inch wheel rims, this guy will collect and is willing to pay £50 each! 
There must be some spare rims somewhere in the UK.

I have sourced a Crown wheel and pinion to replace the one in my J type. I have a 5.625 to 1 ratio back axle like most people, the new ration is 4.1 to 1. I have even found an enthusiast out there that has the correct factory gauge tool to set up the pinion depth!
Pictures to follow of the conversion, No I don't want to go faster, just reduce the engine noise for any given road speed and I find you can be in 4th at 20 MPH so by 40 MPH, your engine is already screaming.

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.