J2 Morris Van

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We decided we needed a company Van as well as our Chey Pick-up Truck. Not that there is anything wrong with Chevy trucks, I've used one since I came to Canada back in the 70's. But I managed to stumble across a fairly unusual Van in Canada, lots of J2 Morris in Australia it seems though. The J2 Morris is a Uni-Body with a BMC "B" Type 1500cc then 1600cc engine fitted. They are a Cab-over style giving a lot more room inside for the outside length. It has just a four speed box and drum brakes of course. The front suspension is Leaf Springs with a straight axle, Leaf Springs on the rear. The year of the Van is around 1954 or so. It has sliding doors, for Driver and Passenger and a single door giving the rear access. These are pictures taken before it left the Yard it was waiting in before I found it.

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As you can see it needs a little work, as the adverts always say. You will notice the windsheild was broken which was a major concern for me. I did not rate the chances of finding a replacement very easily, fitting a different screen would be a lot of messing around, I thought. But as luck would have it I managed to find a screen on E-Bay in England. The only one I have ever seen by the way. It was a sign (A streak of lightening with a clap of Thunder in the background please)

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It was a chap I think in Liverpool who dealt with older parts and he agreed to ship it to me. I was natually a bit worried when the screen arrived that it would be in one piece. I had no need to be concerned the screen would have survived World War Two the way it was packed. It has never been used and is new old stock.  

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The Van came with no engine or transmission but as I am planing to use a MGB driveline as it is the same, be it a bit larger and later type block it will fit easily into place. The Tranny presents a bit of a problem though as the gearbox shifter is several feet behind the drivers seat. 

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But I have managed to find thanks, (to another guy who was actually looking at the J2 I got a week or so later than I did the deal.) The remains of another partial van complete with the engine, Tranny and Radiator along with assorted parts on the remains of a floor pan. Hopefully the gearshift will work for me. The front sides, roof and rear door and rear section are missing. I will post some pictures later.