Friday, February 22, 2013

Bugly is Famous!!!

Well ... Bugly has had her advertising debut in Cadbury's Joyville 'Special Delivery' campaign. Here's the link to the video clip ... . Joyville Special Delivery . ... and here's a few photos of Bugly under wraps before the filming ... . . . . . . . The Cadbury flyer ... .

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The new Bugly ... the first update ...

I had an email from Bugly's new owner Brent today, along with a couple of photos. Brent says: "Everything has been going really well, the TV commercial date was pushed out till next Friday so it has given us a heap of extra time which was well needed. She is looking awesome, the body and inside has been completely guttered and the body rust cut, mended, shaped and bogged. They have applied the first layer of primer which has filled all the holes and they are currently sanding back so it looks perfect, they will apply another primer coat today and give it a final sand and then paint. Damien who is now looking after the build has done a really good job finding a heap of new parts. Will keep sending you pictures / updates"
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Thanks for the update and the photos Brent. I will keep updating this site with the new information, but at the same time I will still maintain a degree of confidentiality for Brent though.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Bugly is off on another adventure!

Well ... as you can see, it is over twelve months since I updated this blog. This was simply because I hadn't done any more to Bugly to advance the restoration. BUT ... I did see on various forums both in Australia and the UK a request from a person in Sydney Australia wanting to buy a Morris J Van. I replied to this request a little over two weeks ago, and an agreement was reached. Bugly is all packed up, and tomorrow will start the first leg of a trip back to New South Wales. I say 'back to New South Wales' as this is where she was built in 1959, before moving interstate at various times to Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory. And Bugly's future? Bugly is going to be professionally restored, and will play a leading role in a major advertising campaign. I can say no more, except that in her new role, Bugly will be appreciated by many many thousands of people. Good luck Bugly, we really will miss you. I will post photos of Bugly in her new guise back on this site from time to time.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Morris JB Van workshop manual

Listed on eBay at the moment at item number 120756308330 is a workshop manual for the 1958 Morris JB Van. It is for sale in Australia for a "Buy It Now" price of $11.50 plus postage. These manuals with their invaluable information are a must for the JB owner.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Morris J-Vans for sale

I received an email this evening from John of Melbourne, Australia ...

Bugly, sorry I dont know your name so Bugly is it for the moment, my name is John and I have the two J vans that Andrew Blacklock used to own, I am in Melbourne and I wish to sell these two vans as I now have three of them, two too many, so if anyone is interested my email is jrp289 at hotmail.com . Thank you.

If I remember correctly, one of Andrews vans was under restoration, and the other was a parts van.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

No progress for a while

I have made no progress on Bugly for a while. Instead, I have been working on Dennis, the F1 fire engine ... check out the Dennis blog!

I HAVE been starting Bugly up every weekend though, and giving the engine a little run. I am really waiting on Darwin's wet season to finish, so I can paint HOWD the Toyota Hilux ute. I just can't paint HOWD yet with the wet and the humidity. HOWD is taking up valuable space in the garage, and stops me moving Bugly into the prime spot for the panel work required. Not long now though, the wet season should finish in April. We have had a record rainfall this season, with over 2.5 metres of rain mainly from October/November, so is a LOT of water. Mid February saw Tropical Cyclone Carlos over Darwin ... it was only a Category 1 cyclone, so not very windy but a lot of rain fell ... about 750mm from this alone.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

New website and forum


There is a new website called "Old Classic Vans and Pickups" which is dedicated to classic vans, pickups and utes that were manufactured in the UK in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. This will include information of vehicles such as Austin, Commer, Standard, Fordson, Thames, Jowett, Morris etc. The site is free to join, and includes a members forum. Website owner Gary would love to have you look around!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Panel steel for Bugly

I have been spending a bit of time lately studying the various choices in panel steel suitable for the panel repair work on Bugly. I have decided to use zincanneal, so next Saturday I will be picking up a 2440x1220 sheet of zincanneal in 1.15mm thickness.

Zincanneal is a Bluescope Steel trademark, and is a variant of galvanised steel, still being treated by the conventional hot dip galvanising process. Straight after galvanising, the product is specially heat treated to make an iron/zinc alloy at the surface of the steel. As this steel is reasonably corrosion resistant it is used a lot in automotive body panels. That's apparently why they don't rust as much these days.

Sounds perfect for what I want!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas wishes

To all who are restoring J-vans, to those who would like to restore a J-van, and to those who have absolutely no intention of ever restoring a J-van, a very Merry Christmas to you all! May the jolly ol' fat fella be kind to you all, and stick something under the tree that you really really wished for! And may 2011 be kinder to you than 2010 ever was!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The new door shut sections

The "door shut" sections lie across the back of the front wing, and extend from the front of the door opening to the bottom of the step. The outer face extends the swage-line along the side over the wings, so is visible to the outside. The section that the door slides into is also visible when the door is open.

The first photo (although an upside-down shot) shows the part that will form the swage-line, and is the finished face it the new panel.


The next photo is a view of the top of the door shut section that will be visible once the door is opened.


And the final photo shows that the individual sections were not clamped tightly together before welding. This will allow the ingress of dust, dirt and moisture into the intenal box-section part of the structure, promoting early rusting and deterioration. Installation of this item will require the welds to be ground off, the pieces clamped up tight, and then rewelded.


All in all, these parts were poorly manufactured by Fairmile Restorations. Unlike Charlie's "Victoria" J-van however, at least I can use the new items. Was it worth waiting 23 months for what ended up as second-rate items? I think not, and in fairness to other J- or JB van restorers I could not recommend Fairmile Restorations for the supply of panels.