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 . 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!