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.