Mr Kelly Ashton in Australia has found and purchased another J van.
J/R 23000, dating from early 1954 was found on a farm. Its in poor shape and will yield some parts for other project vehicles around the world.
This is a "new" van to me so this makes it van 303/304 to survive, so about 0.623% of the production is still with us, I thought they were rare, but they seem to be getting more common.
I hope he passes on as many numbers as he can so I can to fill up my J van Data-base.
This is an old Tip Top Bakery van possibly 1953? (I make it early 1954)
One of the vans Kelly use to own has been having a full restoration, the van looks stunning.
History of the vans is, JB/MR 43576, Ex Lindfield Laundry,1960-1971 Old guy in Duffy's Forest, 1971- 1974 Gerry Swan 1974-76, Tim Sparks 1976-78, Geoff Mellor, 77-79 Kelly Ashton, 79-94 Geoff Newham, 1995-
Both these items, pictures and words came from the MCJTV forum group, open to J van owners only, so they all know what their talking about. Owner drivers and restorers, if you have a J van, I urge you to join the group.
I've been busy of late, plenty of work at work and now the nights are drawing in hardly anytime to do any vehicle work at home. Apart from today when I gave the van a second coat of paint to the off side. I became a mass murderer, as I have to do all my van jobs out side I managed to kill about 20,000 flying bugs, they must love the smell of thinners and paint.
The van is looking better but I wonder what the overnight rain will do for the finish?
Right onto the next subject, a GPO van for sale on e-bay.
Link to the advert. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Morris-JB-J-Austin-101-GPO-Van-/290994734588?pt=Automobiles_UK&hash=item43c0a345fc
No need to repeat the advert, its a nice GPO van, in good usable condition, use it or improve it.