J vans in Australian ‘Street Machine’

For those interested in “old cars – made good” , have a squiz (look) at the September issue of Australia’s Street Machine magazine. Oz readers can go to their local newsagency but this digital age allows ‘away types’ access through the web. I was very surprised JB 41717, my ex ABBCO Bread van, was included in the magazine’s hallowed pages but this is the 300th issue and I had been there, with the van when it started in 1982.

You might think I too would love a V8 J? Too right, mate One day.
or FACEBOOK – streetmachinemagazine

Peter Bateman Sydney Australia August 2013

J-type in Australian Street Machine

J-type in Australian Street Machine 2

Van for sale in New Zealand

A J-type van has gone on sale on ebay, see photo.

New Zealand Ebay J-type for sale

It has been modified/customised along the way, but seems to be a very restorable van. Currently fitted with a Renault 1300cc motor mated to a Toyota gearbox, the advert also mentions an Austin Princess dashboard and wiring loom!


Oxford Diecast’s new 00-gauge j-type

Oxford Diecast’s range of OO gauge models has been increased by the addition of this lovely model of the Facchino’s J-type Ice Cream van, YHT 511,  in Whitby Engineering’s collection of preserved vehicles.

At approximately 2 inches long, this is a little model with some amazingly accurate detail – for instance, the word MORRIS can be read on the tiny grille badge! It has also been correctly modelled with only the passenger side door, a modification made by previous owner Gary Sutton when he rebuilt this ex-Verrechia’s of Bristol ice cream van.