Tidying up the tatty wings…

One of the recent tasks has been to tidy up the front wings. These were previously removed at an earlier stage and as the chassis is now having some of its inner body panels refitted it won’t be long until the wings are required. Unfortunately they are in pretty poor condition with lots of (fairly large) holes in them and unlike modern vehicles they are not something that you can…

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The rebuild starts here.

  The chassis is now back from the powder coaters. I’ve said before that when you are restoring old vehicles, everything takes longer than you expect. I think the chassis work has been spread out over about three months. However, you can see from the gallery images above that the chassis looks great. It is heavily pock marked due to the corrosion and the bead blasting process but there are…

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The classy chassis

It had been decided to completely strip the chassis and have it powder coated for long term protection. We gave thought to many ideas such as galvanising but having taken advice from our painters it was felt that the powder coating would give the best results. You can see from the attached photos that the chassis was certainly severely corroded but generally fairly solid. Having it bead blasted would show…

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The big split

With the cradle for the body manufactured, the next stage was to separate the body from the chassis. This allowed the work to continue in two separate directions. Obviously it will allow the body to be worked on separately but it also allowed the complete stripping of the chassis. The question was how to lift the body safely with limited resources. The image to the right shows the result. Scaffold bars…

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The B series Block

The main thing that has been getting top attention over recent weeks has been the rebuild of the engine. The milk float has a 1500cc B series engine which, being a gold seal engine is obviously already a replacement. The engine has been completely stripped to allow for an intimate check of it’s condition. It was basically sound but with the cylinder head being sent to have new valves and seats…

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All right sparky?

One thing about restoration of old vehicles is that it is almost guaranteed to take you into new areas of expertise where you have never been before. In this case for me it was welding. As a young apprentice I worked in a garage that, at the time, was regarded as one of the biggest in Europe. This meant that there was always a decent selection of excellent tradesmen who…

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A new van joins the family!

A new arrival in the shape of another J-type… This one is in very good condition it has to be said and boasts a host of extras like windscreen wipers and washers, indicators and… A Heater! It has also had an engine change and now boasts a nissan engine which will probably aid reliability as a van which may be used as a promotional vehicle. It has already had the…

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Cooling system drained

Cooling system drained and removed. All engine mountings loosened and the engine and gearbox are now ready to be removed. Fuel pipes removed and clutch slave cylinder disconnected.

Electrics removed

The milk float has been stripped of all external light lenses, front and rear. Internal bulkhead removed. Flooring and seats removed and all electrical wiring. The wiring harness will be rebuilt and re-taped to original standards. The engine has now been rebuilt and the chassis powder coated. The engine has been re-installed in the chassis and the new wiring harness rebuilt from scratch. Work has now started on the inner…

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Morris JB Van

This site is the home of a current restoration project of a small collection of Morris J type and JB vans. The first to be featured was a Morris JB panel van with the overhead valve engine. Initial work carried out had been to replace the oil and filter (the oil filter is the screw on type – it was fitted with a unipart filter, part number GFE443, I have fitted…

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