Thursday, January 22, 2009


As the first post on this Blog, I wish to acknowledge all of the other restorations taking place by van owners around the globe. I almost feel guilty when I speak of restoring Bugly and I look at the condition of some of the other Morris J, JB and Austin 101 vans under restoration and repair. Taking Victoria in Canada as a typical example, her restoration will be a monumental task indeed. But I guess the body and mechanical parts are all made of steel, so what is missing can be manufactured. Thank God for people like Iain McKenzie of Fairmile Restorations! I too am looking at obtaining some parts from Iain, as I only realised the other day that Bugly has no rear wings! The assistance advice and guidance provided by other van owners is also acknowledged, in the manner of photos, measurements and advice. All help to make the restoration task a little less daunting.

Undeniably, my inspiration is Graham's LDG584. As can be seen by the photos that Graham posted on the MCJTV site, LDG was certainly transformed into quite a show-piece!


  1. Thank you very much for the honour of being mentioned on your blog and for your kind words. Let me be the first to wish you the very best of luck with your restoration, though honestly if my van ever gets to look as good as Bugly, I'll consider her fully restored! I envy you. She is indeed a real head-turner.

    All the best

  2. Thanks Tinworm, much appreciated. I am indeed fortunate that Bugly has very few structural defects, therefore the restoration will become mostly cosmetic. But before I start, I need to clean out my shed, because at the moment it just doesn't fit in!

    Cheers - Bugly

  3. do what I did! Build a she around her!