ITV's Granchester

ITV's Granchester

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.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Hi all.

Seasons greetings.
I hope you have a fantastic time in the next few weeks.
Just to let you know we will be shutting this blog site down for a few days/weeks, sort of maintenance and a bit of tidying up. Keep all the great pictures coming in and we can have a bumper posting soon.
All the best the J gang.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Quick update.

The Morris JB bread van that was for sale in Australia went for $25,000 about £13,280.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Another Australian van has come on the market.

Up for sale is an old 50s era Morris Austin van,
They've become a rare and collectible vehicle and would be a great project for someone who wants to restore this back to original or convert to a rat or hot rod
I bought this from a deceased estate and was informed that it was running prior to being stored over 25 years ago
It is complete and has a few spares, there is rust in the body but the chassis structure is good
The van is located in Sydney at Rozelle
I'm willing to help with transport and loading if required
If you want any further information call Mike 0419 800 700
Check out e-bay Australia.









Saturday, 6 December 2014

New grill centre strips are now available.

http://bessiesvintage.bigcartel.com/product/austin-101-van-unchromed-grille-centre-strip

Yes follow the above link to buy a newly made centre grill strip. These are ready to be chromed and fit beautifully as they are made by a van owning engineer.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

For sale on e-bay Australia.









J Van Morris Commercial 1954
Ex Abbco/ Bakery Fleet
Fully restored with original paint and patina intact
New tyres, New brakes complete replacement, New wheel bearings
New vintage wiring harness complete replacement - professionally installed
New exhaust, Reconditioned radiator
Original workshop manual and drivers operational manual - both in excellent condition
Reupholstered drivers and passengers seat
This van is rust free as it has been in undercover storage for the last 35 years
It would be the ultimate business promotional vehicle as it gets attention everywhere it goes
Full Queensland Registration until march 2015 - everyday driver
If you have any questions about or would like to view this unique vehicle please don't hesitate to contact me on 0448055499 (Paul)
This vehicle is located on the sunshine coast.
* The original cover for the engine is included in the sale but is was not in place during the photos.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Spoilers.

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.