||Oxford Mk V Traveller
||General Purpose Car, Type 2 (Morris)
||Used by the Post Office for a number of
purposes including executive conveyance and engineering.
||18153 to 18174 (719 - 740 BYY) 1960
|Date of picture
TOOLS & TRANSPORT
Issue 2 (25/09/1962)
General Purpose Car, Type 2 (Morris)
This Instruction describes the General Purpose Car, Type 2 (Morris) and its
facilities. It has been specifically adopted to meet the requirements of Eng.
Dept. and Regional Headquarters where journeys are frequently necessary. The
vehicle is normally supplied for use on duties at these headquarter only.
The vehiclele is a standard dual purpose type, of B.M.C. manufacture. It is of
welded pressed-sheet-metal construction and has four passenger doors, plus rear
access for the loading or unloading of equipment.
3. There are two versions in service. The earlier version,
referred to as Model A in this instruction, differs from the later version,
Model B, mainly in external appearance. A general view of Model A is shown
in Fig. 1 and of Model B in Fig. 2. Details quoted in brackets refer to
the Model B.
Fig 1 - Model A
Fig 2 - Model B
The overall dimensions are: length 14 ft. 2.5 in. (14 ft. 10 in.), width 5 ft. 5
in. (5 ft. 3.5 in.) and height 5 ft. 3.5 (5 ft.)
Bench type seating of passenger car standard gives adequate comfort on long
journeys for up to four officers. A fifth officer can reasonably
accommodated on the rear seat for short journeys.
The rear seat is arranged to fold for maximum stores/equipment
carrying space. To fold the rear seats, pull the rear seat cushion upright
by means of the slot in the back of the cushion. Release the seat back by
pulling on the release cable located at the back of the seat back (on model B
the seat back is simply pulled free) and fold it forward until level with the
floor. Take care that the slots in the seat back engage with the pins on
the base of the seat cushion.
The front seat is adjustable.
6. Stores accommodation
With the rear seat in use a floor area 3 ft. 5 in. (3 ft. 3 in.) long x 4 ft. 4
in, (4 ft. 2.5 in.) wide is available at the rear for the carriage of equipment
and stores; the capacity of this space is approximately 26 cu. ft. With
the rear seat folded the capacity is increased to approximately 30 cu. ft. and
the length of the floor area to approximately 5 ft. 2 in. (5 ft. 1.75 in.).
Caution:- Care should be exercised when loading and unloading heavy items or
items with sharp protrusions, to ensure that the interior fabric lining is not
damaged. Concentrated loads should be placed on the equivalent of 1 in. wooden
boards arranged across the floor area to distribute the weight.
The maximum payload that can be carried on the vehicle is 9 cwt. inclusive of
the driver. If in doubt a simple check can be made by weighing the vehicle
in its moving condition, i.e. complete with contents, personnel, full petrol
tank, etc. The gross moving weight may not exceed 33 cwt. (32.5 cwt.).
Weighbridge charges incurred should he passed to Freight and Cartage.
8. Spare wheel and vehicle tools: Model A
The spare wheel is carried in a compartment beneath the rear portion of the body
floor, access being gained to this compartment by removing the panel carrying
the rear number plate; the panel is released by turning both handles mounted on
the panel. Two covered retaining chains suspend the removed panel clear of
the aperture giving access to the compartment.
The vehicle tool kit is housed in the spare wheel compartment.
Two webbing straps are provided to secure the tool roll to the floor of the
9. Spare wheel and vehicle tools: Model B
The spare wheel is carried in a tray beneath the rear of the vehicle and the
vehicle tools in a small compartment at the extreme rear of the body floor.
Access to the spare wheel securing device is via the tool compartment. The
spare wheel tray is lowered by turning the screw located in the bottom of the
tool compartment anti-clockwise, using the vehicle starting handle. The tray is
raised by turning the screw clockwise.
10. Log book and first aid kit
Two compartments let into the fascia panel can accommodate the log book and
similar items. The driver's first aid kit is located in the near-side
Adjustable quarter lights are fitted in the front door windows for ventilating
the vehicle without draughts . All side door windows are openable and of the
12. Interior lighting
A roof-mounted interior light is provided. Switching of this light is
controlled by a combination of an automatic switch mounted on each front door
pillar and a manually operated switch integral with the actual lamp fitting.
The act of opening either front door switches the lamp on and closing the door
switches it off. With both doors closed, the lamp is controlled by the
13. Locking arrangements: Model A
The two near-side doors and the rear off-side door are locked by pushing their
inside door handles forward. The driver's door, the rear door and the
spare wheel compartment are locked by means of the ignition key which is of the
small Yale type.
14. Locking arrangements: Model B
The front doors, rear goods door and petrol filler cover are locked by means of
the ignition key which is of the small Yale type. To lock the front doors,
turn the key slightly towards the front of the car, return it to the upright
position and withdraw it. To unlock the doors, turn the key slightly
towards the rear of the car, return it to the upright position and withdraw it.
The front doors can be locked without using the key by pushing the interior door
handle downwards prior to closing the door and holding the exterior push button
depressed as the door is shut. The rear passenger doors are locked by
pushing the interior handles downwards.
Do not drive the vehicle with the rear goods door open as exhaust fumes tend to
be drawn into the vehicle interior. In addition, with Model B the rear
number plate is not displayed when the bottom door section is open.
16. Sign writing
Standard inscriptions for sign-writing are given in C 0015.
17. Re-enamelling and retouching
The outside of the vehicle has a synthetic enamel finish. Attempts to retouch
any scratch or damaged part should not be made by the staff using the vehicle:
work of this nature is undertaken by the Workshop Supervisor/Mechanic-in-Charge
when necessary and during periodic overhauls.
18. Speed limit
The General Purpose Car, Type 2 (Morris) is classified as a dual purpose vehicle
and is not subject to any general speed limit (see D 0022).
The General Purpose Car, Type 2 (Morris) is not suitable for towing any type of
trailer nor for use as a power unit, and officers are forbidden to use or
attempt to use the vehicle for these purposes.
Attention is specially drawn to B 0012 as general purpose cars have frequently
been subjected to unauthorized modifications. Furthermore, modifications which
alter certain features of the vehicle layout or facilities could bring the
vehicle within the speed limit for goods vehicles.
Demands for this vehicle for duties other than those mentioned in par. 1 should
be treated as demands for non-standard vehicles and should be circulated via the
Eng. Dept. (Cn3/3) using form A 18. Similarly, when a Region proposes to
introduce a General Purpose Car, Type 2 (Morris) to duties other than those
mentioned in par. 1, via the vehicle replacement program, form MTE 73 and any
associated papers should be referred to the Eng. Dept. (Cn3/3) before the
requirement is firmly advised to the RM.T.O.