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Withdrawal symptoms!!!

20 Dec 2016

So what happens when your van is away at the paint shop for a few weeks and you need something to do?

1. Buy and erect a shed.
2. Move all the non essential bits and pieces, from the garage, into the shed.
3. Clean and paint the inside of the garage.
4. Put down a new interlocking tile floor.

The result is:-

Garage is single size measuring 5 x 2.5 metres.

Tile flooring is from Barkley Plastics, High Gate St Birmingham.
Sold as Plasfloor in 200mm square PVC interlocking tiles at 4.5mm thick.

Just lay them in place and tap them with a rubber mallet to lock together.

Took 5 hours to lay this floor complete including cutting all the edge tiles.
Laid on to the existing concrete floor.

Used 13 square metres of tiles (325 tiles)

These tiles are Dark Grey in the centre section and Light Grey the rest.
Other colours available.

Have painted the concrete floor edge and up the wall, one brick high, with grey floor paint before laying tiles.

Hopefully they will prove durable...certainly look much better than the previously  painted floor.

Austin 101/MorrisJB Records at Gaydon

15 Dec 2016

It came as quite a pleasant surprise to read in the Morris Commercial, Autumn 2016. magazine 'Recalling' that the British Motor Museum Heritage Trust at Gaydon has surviving production records for 1957-61 Austin 101/Morris JB vans for Chassis numbers 36048 to 48368.

As my van's chassis number came inside this range I duly sent away my cheque and a month later got a Heritage- Certified Copy of the Factory Record.

In my case I knew my van was registered on the 27th  January 1960 from the log book. What I didn't know was the date of manufacture.

The Heritage  Record showed my van built on the 22 December 1959 and despatched on the 31 December 1959.

Now I have the choice to MOT or not!

First I have to get the van back from the paint shop where it has been on 'low priority' since mid Sept 2016... but it is getting there!