Out and about in North Oxfordshire.

Out and about in North Oxfordshire.

For all Morris J type Vans, Morris JB vans and (BMC 50's vehicles)Torque! e-mail fiftiesvehicles@mail.com. The copyright of any photograph on this blog-site will remain with its owner. No infringement intended.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

In storage for 30 years!

Yes SXH 241 a GPO telephone planners van has been quietly resting for 30 years and has recently surfaced.
Its in fair condition and is already under restoration with it's new owner who has already restored one J type, so he knows what to expect.
 I was sent the picture below as another example of that OUCH moment. The picture was taken in 1953 at the bottom of Booker Hill in High Wycombe.

A Leeds mini-bus has an OUCH moment.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Ouch, that's going to hurt in the morning.


A nice Morris J type, registered in Middlesex in March 1956 has come to a sudden stop.
Fairweather Ltd of London N 10, now need another van.

Friday, 23 August 2013

NZ J van for sale.







  • 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 so tough as bricks (North-South, 5 on the floor, 4cyl, configuration), Austin Princess Wiring loom and dashboard.
  • Needs bodywork, but this is certainly a good example at this price.
  • Collection is from Palmerston North and we will need 2-3 weeks notice as currently bring used as storage in our workshop.
Shipping is the full responsibility of the purchaser. If purchaser is outside Palmerston North, New Zealand we will prepare van for shipping from collection address.

Stunning original van, slightly modified but could easily put back to standard.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

The Buckingham Palace hire

R G Jones have just got around to updating their web site about all their recent major events they have tackled.
An extract from the R G JONES web site, it made me smile.
As Warrant holders, RG Jones participated in the exhibition (along with more than 200 others) while simultaneously providing sound reinforcement for the Gala concerts. Our stand exhibiting an original Morris J-type — the same as the one used by the original founder Ronald Geoffrey Jones back in the 1920’s.
I had no idea Morris J vans went back that far.

Friday, 9 August 2013

RGK 535 is for sale again.

The e-bay advert states, Well where do I start... RGK 535. (Fleet number U69871, chassis J/R 32354, as quoted in the POVC Telecom Vehicle Guide, great value at £10.) I've been wanting one of these for years. bought this in Feb but now have decided to emigrate and everything has to go.
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.



Sunday, 4 August 2013

OBL 432's last booked rally of 2013.

OBL 432's last booked rally of 2013. With the next six weekends fully booked on family and friends events I took the opportunity to attend a classic car gathering at the Royal Windsor farm shop.
Here are a few of the other vehicles that were there.
A massive turn out, far above expectations but the very good weather seemed to be the key.



























 Yes I was over come with the heat, I just had to take a nap in the shade of the van.





Friday, 2 August 2013

Check out this video for lines of New Morris J vans.

ALL IN A DAY.


Click on the picture to play the video.
Shame its not in colour....

http://www.britishpathe.com/video/all-in-a-day-reel-2/query/light+commercial+vehicles

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.