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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
20 April 2017 Two days after the 'Custard' came the 'Blood' . Actually BS381C -540 Crimson The 'Custard' is my attempt at a British Railways cream...could not find a definitive answer to the question of a spec for this cream any where...not even the National Railway Museum in York!. My 'cream' is Piaggio Yellow Sahara Y0131. Looks pretty good in the flesh....but I am sure some railway expert will put me right! Here are today's photos....camera phone not that good with red on some shots! Van should be complete from painting in the next few days after back doors are fitted and odd marks cleaned up.
April 2017 After 6 months in the paint shop it looks like my van is about to emerge into daylight once more! While I was in no hurry to have it back over the winter, now that spring is here I am very keen to start putting it all back together. Within the next 2 weeks I should have it delivered and the fun can start. Here are a few photos of the first application of top coat. I am sticking with the British Railways, Blood & Custard, livery. The photos show the 'custard' colour applied all over. Soon the 'Blood' will be added from the waistline down.