A vintage car park?

A vintage car park?

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Monday, 1 December 2014


The recent J van video has been removed, seems we might be in breach of copyright.
As if my 90 people a day viewing this blog are going to make a great deal of difference.
On a nicer note, one of my regular hirers wants my van for two days display indoors, and we can re-use the signs we have used before.
I just had an odd hour to myself at the weekend so I thought I would change the faulty starter solenoid on the van.
Easy job, disconnect the battery, lift up the floor and set to with the spanners and screw drivers.
It was not to be, easy to get the wires off the terminals but the small bolts holding the solenoid to the started motor would not undo.
Nothing for it the starter motor had to come off. Two bolts removed but I cannot get the motor off as the oil filter is in the way, its a screw on modification so that was easy, just annoying. So with the starter motor now in the garage the problem could be attacked, the bolts had been welded to the bracket!
So after a couple of strokes with a hacksaw the solenoid was removed. Two more holes were drilled and the new solenoid was mounted in place. I just need to to refit it. After that it was a good idea to do an oil change and fit a new spin on oil filter.
Well it all works, so that's a good thing but while I was under the van I felt I was not alone. Seems my regular friend wanted to help with the repairs.

Yes its my friendly Robin advising me from the edge of the tool bag that I need a 7/16 AF ring spanner for the starter motor bolts. He got rewarded for his help with a few meal worms, he does work cheap.
Spot the J van, yes behind the land rover. Many thanks Boris for the picture.

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.