A vintage car park?

A vintage car park?

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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

J/R 30530 is for sale in Nz.

Note: This vehicle IS advertised elsewhere so it’s first in, first served.
See pictures attached, more coming in a couple of days.
Original Drivers and Workshop Manuals included, not very often this happens, along with any previous written history from previous owner if we still have.
I'm the third owner since new, I remember going to school in this van, even got to drive it too.
Was owned by local butcher since new and my father purchased off him once he retired....
Repowered with Renault engine and Toyota older style 5-speed gearbox (tough as blocks)
Needs bodywork repair, but this is certainly a good example at this price.
"As Is, Where Is" applies
Located in Palmerston North, New Zealand

Questions asked so far:

Can you please me whether this is in running order??
Close, but not quite, not been started for years, but was running on the road for years with the current repower configuration.
What's the situation with the rego and W.O.F. please??
No to both….. Plates dead and no WOF due to rust. Certainly repairable, but would take a lot of $/Labour.

Was your current repower ever certified when registered with the current plates on the van????
When it hit the road it was just before the certification law passed that meant all repowered vehicles needed a full certification to today’s standards so has no cert plate.

What is original under the van, i.e, drive axle, diff or brakes please???
All standard, incl. brakes and steering, except for the following:
1. Engine
2. Gearbox
3. Altered driveshaft (diff standard)
4. Austin Princess wiring loom & dash (to try to keep it more ‘British’)

Where is the majority of the rust??
Where body mounts to chassis maybe rusty as body slightly dropped on chassis at rear. Door apertures have some rust, but vehicle has been kept indoors since it went off the road. Roof and exterior are basically visually sound.
Original Factory Dimensions:
Length, 12' 5" (3.785m)
Width, 5’4" (1.626m)
Height, 6’7" (2.007m)
Wheelbase, 7' 2" (2.184m)
*Ground Clearance, 8" (20.3cm)
Turning Circle, 420" (10.67m)
Net chassis weight, 13 1/4 cwt (673 kg)
Net van weight, 20 5/8 cwt (1048 kg)
Max permissible gross load, 35 cwt (1778 kg)
Nb: * Van may sit a little higher due to springs being releafed when originally went back on the road and weight may differ due to replacement engine & gearbox.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

A working J type van.

P.W's J van earning its keep delivering bread for the Poppy & Rye artisan bread shop.

Friday, 15 November 2013

The NEC show.

By now the Classic car show at the NEC is in full swing, setting up of the stands have been under way for the last few days.
Here are a couple of pictures of the J vans arriving on Wednesday.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Getting popular.

The Facebook page for the Morris J type van is getting popular, I'm told its popularity has increased by 313 % since last week with an additional 938 people visiting the site.
Talking about popular, I'm told the Beatles were a cult group, I thought they were a type of German car, still we all make errors.
I was sent the following scan, with the question "is that a J type in the background?"
I don't know from such a bad picture, if anyone finds a copy around their fish and chips do let me know if it is indeed a J Van.
A nice early J van has been immortalised. Its a very good model I'm just a bit worried by the write up.
LYM is the 2nd oldest van in the UK and was registered in early 1950.

Friday, 8 November 2013

Two new J type vans.

Now to all web users this maybe old news but a Facebook page was set up by three J friends.
Myself, Chris Barnes and Sam Diamond. The page is called "save the Morris J van" to spread the word to the Billion Facebook users around the world, all about our cute J vans.
It recently made contact with a Nz owner who is customising a J van body shell, all the other parts from the van did go to a good home and not just binned, I'm happy to say.
The "page"also made contact with the owner of the van in Norway and many restoration pictures were shared. I'm pleased to announce the "Facebook page" has had another result. Two vans in Oz, unknown to exist till now have been found and contact is being made as we speak to purchase these for preservation.

So if you or somebody you know has a Facebook page, become friends with "save the morris J van" and have up to the minute latest J type news every day.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Some more period pictures.

Some more period pictures, from the e-mails I get these seem to be well like.
Speaking about e-mails, I seem to be having problems, 80% of them end up in the spam folder. 
 Local van driver of the year competition.
It would be nice to have a colour picture of this one. From the shine on the paint work this is its first day of service.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Coach built J type Laundry van.

One of the best if not THE best, stylish coach built J type bodies I've seen.
Made by Griffiths & co in North Wales for a local laundry firm. Just needs some stunning sign writing to set it all off perfectly.
Talking about stunning, have a look at Charlie's progress on his Left hand drive Canadian van.
The 5 year project is nearly at a point to reunite the body with the chassis, check out his blog, the link is here. http://www.victoriajvan.blogspot.co.uk

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.