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Beware...slow moving vehicle ahead!

16 July 2017

Insured, taxed and ready to take to the road!

About to take the plunge and drive on the local roads...so beware any Redditch drivers for a slow moving van!

Have added lettering, both sides...just need British Railways totems on cream sides,back and front  to complete. Hope to get these sourced soon.

Looking to add mud flaps all round also.

For now van looks like this:-




Interior Reveal....

30 June 2017

Some photos of the interior....very little more to do here, just the odd tidy up.
As always the photos make it look slightly better than it is in real life..but I am happy with it.

In the rear have added lockable toolbox/seats built over the existing wheel arches.
Gear lever boot is off MGB..













The Great Reveal...well almost

23 June 2017

Drove 'George' out of the garage for the first time in ages and took a 'few' photos.
Just need to get paperwork in order, insurance, tax & MOT exemptions and then it's off to have some British Railways decals applied.










Almost there!

9th June 2017

So...6 years on and my Austin 101 JB type van (George) is nearing completion...just need to finish off a few things on the inside and get him running again!

A leaking fuel tank drain plug has 'stolen' most of the fuel in the tank over the last 6 months while away being painted so I need a couple of trips to the garage to replenish the tank.

The exterior is now complete...apart from the British railways livery and that elusive spare wheel clamp!

Here are the latest photos. Hope to get some shots outside the garage in the next week or so to see the full effect. Not any room in the garage to get a full view in one go. The light tubes cause a lot of bright reflections and close objects are reflected in the shiny paintwork.






 







More progress

16 May 2017

Front doors and all windows now added.

Also re-did seals on back door windows. Managed to take out glass without damaging seals as they didn't sit correctly in the first place. Glass was correct size but window opening in both doors needed enlarging slightly...just a few millimeters on depth and flange was a bit too thick in places. Used angle grinder to adjust. Seals sit a lot better now!




Progress update

3 May 2017
Just a couple more photos showing addition of windows to front and rear,number plates and front decorations.

Used 391 'S' shaped rubber section for all windows. Not the easiest to fit but managed with the help of a second pair of hands and a liberal use of washing up liquid.
Tip:- do not lubricate the glass edge before fitting the rubber....the rubber slides right off the glass when trying to fit it.

I suspect the rear window glasses are a bit to big. They fit but not totally happy with them.
Had to 'estimate' the correct glass dimensions as I didn't have a sample when ordering new glass.
Does anyone have the correct size for the rear window glass?...just width and height will do.





Back Home...let the fun begin

28 April 2017
Most of 'George', the Austin 101 JB type is finally back home from painting. I say 'most' because the front doors and front wings are still at the paint shop...promised next week.

Now I can start work fitting all the bits that have been scattered around the house for so long. So I am searching in the loft, under the beds, in cupboards for all those bits bought and restored over the years and tucked away for safe keeping.

Still missing a good front centre grill strip...the chrome one that runs vertically. I have a makeshift one that may do but if anyone has a spare please get in touch.

Anyway started by fitting the back lights, rear door badge and rear number plate light and fittings. Currently working on refurbishing an old spare wheel carrier and going to have a go at fitting the rear door windows next...wish me luck!

Here are a few photos.