It is a 1950 telephone engineers van. I wanted to find a chassis cab to convert into an Ice cream van (yes Mr J type, AN ICE CREAM VAN) Aimed at Me? Just because I like originality.
As with all UK J types the history of this van is well known, when the heating engineer company in Bourne end finished with it, they retired it to their orchard for many years (they are still around, in business and I have spoken to the owner who remembers driving it up until the '70s!!)
The chassis is really good as is the cab area. The 2 rear doors are usable and I have acquired 2 spare ex royal mail side doors which are included. The body is very poor and if restoring to standard both sides will need replacing but it is a pretty straight forward job and the interior ribbing is all in situ and good nick. The roof panel is loose but intact. The engine was scrapped by the previous owner but this did not concern me as I was going to install a modern 3 cylinder diesel.
I have the original crank if someone who needs it which I will gladly give to them.
The V5c is in my name.
This van needs restoring in whatever guise is your cup of tea. A usable ice cream/vending van is worth around £100K so well worth doing.
Located in Suffolk.