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Van for sale on ebay.com

Located in Palmerston North, New Zealand, this van is for sale on ebay.com on 25. 11. 2013

Its current owner is the third owner since new, he remembers going to school in this van, even got to drive it too. Was owned by local butcher since new and current owner’s father purchased off him once he retired.

Repowered with Renault engine and Toyota older style 5-speed gearbox. Needs bodywork repair.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/131056331442

 

Morris J-type in New Zealand


Melbourne, 24th November 2013

The Annual HISTORIC COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SHOW was on in Melbourne 24th November 2013 and the J Vans got together in force. A lot of history was on display but no other brand had 5 of a kind!

The day was a bit damp, but we got 5 Vans – all different colours. From Left to right: John Brooksmith, Nicholas Fuller, Mike Slaney, Sandy Payet, Andrew Trollope

John Brooksmith

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An even older van?

For the rest of this week we’re keeping this message up, for all Australian readers of our Register Blog:

Gooday Boys
Next Sunday is the Historic Commercial Vehicle show again. We are looking for a better than last year’s 7-vehicle show. If we all turn up we will make it – so here is the call to arms!
The show opens 9.00 am, so if we all make it around that time or soon after, and see if we can get the same spot as last year, we can make history: THE BIGGEST J VAN DISPLAY OUTSIDE THE UK…
That should also get us a front page on the J-Register website, so we will be world famous.
It is also the 65th Anniversary of the J Van so it will be a fitting culmination for the year.
See you there, John Brooksmith.

On to news of a ‘new’ find in Australia. Early indications are that this is a contender for the ‘oldest surviving van’ title currently held by Tony Clipstone’s beauty. It will, however, take some verification. From the photos we can glean:

Early engine cover is a good sign, it can be seen in the back of the van. Round sidelights. It looks like the shock mountings are later. The front panel fitted in one shot obviously carries witness of a later Morris badge, not in itself much of an indication of age as they’re so easy to swap. This van also has the later chrome petrol cap rather than the screw-on brass one (which the Clipstone van has…)

I think we need the new owners to do the glass test on as many pieces as survive on the van. Locate the Triplex Toughened Glass logo etched into the surface of each piece (if original). Look for a dot below one of the letters in the word TOUGHENED. Original glass from 1949 should have a dot below the letter D. It’s not foolproof, but a good indication if all logos on a van are found and compared.

The Nuffield body number plate seems to be there, which may well help too.
My guess is that the van may have been in an accident and had repair work carried out that used updated components. Even if the Clipstone van loses its ‘oldest’ claim, I’m sure it’ll be a while before it loses its claim to be the ‘oldest running van’…
We are told that the van’s owners will restore the van with a respect for its history. Great to hear!

NEC Classic Motor Show stuff!

For the rest of this week we’re keeping this message up, for all Australian readers of our Register Blog:

Gooday Boys
Next Sunday is the Historic Commercial Vehicle show again. We are looking for a better than last year’s 7-vehicle show. If we all turn up we will make it – so here is the call to arms!
The show opens 9.00 am, so if we all make it around that time or soon after, and see if we can get the same spot as last year, we can make history: THE BIGGEST J VAN DISPLAY OUTSIDE THE UK…
That should also get us a front page on the J-Register website, so we will be world famous.
It is also the 65th Anniversary of the J Van so it will be a fitting culmination for the year.
Well done for last year – we will get some better pictures of a bigger display this year
See you there, John Brooksmith

And now to Classic Motor Show matters…

We enjoy organising our yearly stand at the NEC, but the reason for doing it is not to bring in new members (as is the case with many other clubs) as we realise that a lot of potential members are put off by a: the lack of vans for sale, and b: the prices that they fetch.

Our reason for all the effort is to see what comes out of the woodwork, such as this photo. It is of a Morris~Commercial milkfloat, working with Alton Dairies many years ago. A coachbuilt cab and interesting roof-mounted posterboards. The Hampshire registration dates from early 1951. The gentleman in front of the float is Arthur J Amory whose son spoke to us at the 2011 NEC show, and brought along this scanned print to the 2013 event.

We also had hints of other possible survivors which we can chase up, and conversations with one or two new owners of vans which have recently changed hands.

All in all, a great show!

KAA-200-Morris~Commercial


NEC Show and other matters…

First a message from John Brooksmith for all Australian readers of our Register Blog:

Gooday Boys
Next Sunday is the Historic Commercial Vehicle show again. We are looking for a better than last year’s 7-vehicle show. If we all turn up we will make it – so here is the call to arms!
The show opens 9.00 am, so if we all make it around that time or soon after, and see if we can get the same spot as last year, we can make history: THE BIGGEST J VAN DISPLAY OUTSIDE THE UK…
That should also get us a front page on the J-Register website, so we will be world famous.
It is also the 65th Anniversary of the J Van so it will be a fitting culmination for the year.
Well done for last year – we will get some better pictures of a bigger display this year
See you there, John Brooksmith

And now to the Classic Motor Show…

We had four vans on display; Gary Sumner’s SLO 234, Gordon Wilson’s YLH 449, Ray Herritt’s 495 YUB and show regular – and club ‘office’ on such occasions – 5003 NX. We had also created some photo ind information boards which were well received. We had large photos of the Wythall, Melbourne and Sydney 65th Anniversary displays which many show-goers scrutinised.

Our thanks to those who managed to get their vans to the show, and to those Register members and friends who were able to attend. We were sorry to hear of Ray King’s ill health, his GPO Planning van was missed. Maybe next year. Get well soon Ray.

One man at the show who had talked to us at the 2011 show brought a print of a photo of his father’s Austin 101 milk float, we’ll put it on the blog over the next few days. Bill McMahon brought an interesting J-type clock to show us, which we had not seen before.

Gary (Sumner) brought along a few examples of personalised mugs and keyrings that his wife Heather makes, we will show examples of these in a blog post tomorrow.

It was a great show and we look forward to doing it all again next year.


Set-up day!

The job’s done. Four vans in place, some info boards including photos of the three big J-gatherings this year, in celebration of the 65th. Thanks to Peter Bateman for the two Australian photos.

Thanks too to Mike Herritts, Gordon Wilson and Gary Sumner for bringing along their fine vans. It’s great to see them together.

3-J-types-NEC

 

 

 


Set Up Day is here!

Today is the day for the J-types to converge on the NEC. Hopefully all will be in place by mid-afternoon. We’ll post a photo later!

Last year’s set-up day…

Tipper ReMorris J/B tipper truck on the J-type Register stand at the NEC Classic Motor Show 2012


NEC set-up day tomorrow!

Tomorrow we’ll be setting up the Register’s stand for Friday’s first day of the 2013 Classic Motor Show. Hopefully we’ll be able to post a photo tomorrow evening.

Gray Southard sends in these street scenes to add to the archives. Thanks Gray, see you at the NEC.

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Joyville!

Wow! This fab tin turned up at Register HQ today, courtesy of Peter Bateman. What a mad addition to any collection of ‘all things J-type’.

Cadbury's chocolates tin in the shape of a Morris J-type

Cadbury’s chocolates tin in the shape of a Morris J-type

joyville-6

Cadbury’s Joyville J-type van!


Ice Cream van photos

We’ve recently added some photos to the History section of the website (see History button on top bar, or click this link http://www.jtypevan.com/history/specialised-vans/ice-cream-vans/) showing surviving genuine ice cream vans.

We’ve also photos from our archives of vans that are believed not to survive, click http://www.jtypevan.com/history/archive-photographs/ice-cream-van-archives-2/

There is an historical significance in being able to compare the various styles of the different coachbuilders around in the ’50s and ’60s which is our reason for creating the galleries.

Whitby Engineering’s modern-day recreations are not included in either of these galleries, but do appear in galleries under the Morris and Morris~Commercial buttons.

Heres’s a taste of what’s to be found…