||J and JB Types
||10cwt Van, Type 1 (Morris)
||U66436 to U66570 (NYH 280 - 414) 1953
U67526 to U67620 (OYF 224 - 318) 1953
U68429 to U64560 (PUL 480 - 611) 1954
U69827 to U69999 (RGK 491 - 663) 1955
U76000 to U76066 (RGK 664 - 730) 1955
U77490 to U77526 (SHG 573 - 609) 1955
U77961 to U80065 (TGC 666 - 770) 1956
U82474 to U82491 (YLH 74 - 91) 1959 (JB)
|Date of picture
This style of vehicle was the Morris Commercial J or JB Type. The
J Type was produced between 1949 to 1957 and the JB between 1957 and 1961.
The J Type is fitted with a 1476 cc four-cylinder side-valve engine, whilst
the JB Type had an overhead valve 1489 cc, BMC B-Series engine.
These GPO vehicles were fitted with front and rear wings made of rubber.
Because of this the headlamps and sidelights are fixed to the side panel.
TOOLS & TRANSPORT
Issue 2, 2.9.63
The 10-cwt. Van, Type 1 (Morris)
This Instruction describes the 10-cwt. Van, Type 1 (Morris). The vehicle has
been designed for use by two-man parties not requiring a ladder longer than a
Ladder, Extension, No. 5 (8 ft. 4 in. closed, 20 ft. extended). It is suitable
for many two-man jointer parties.
2. Facilities - Cab
Two seats are provided , one for the driver and one for a passenger. The
driver's seat is adjustable in the forward and rearward directions. The
passenger's seat may be tipped forward o removed to facilitate access to the
vehicle battery housed beneath this seat.
3. Mounted above the engine cover is a folding writing table
with a sliding support, which is pulled out when the table is extended to avoid
undue strain on the flap hinges. To gain access to the engine, the table may be
raised and supported by the hinged engine cover. Also the complete table may be
removed by loosening the two wing nuts which secure it just below the near-side
Later issues of this type of vehicle have the folding writing
table supported in the raised position by a press catch on the near-side
windscreen pillar and a rexine strap stowed under the table.
4. A padlocked compartment adjacent to the battery compartment
below the passenger's seat provides accommodation for all the vehicle tools,
with the exception of two long sections of the lifting-jack handle, which are
secured in spring clips alongside the passenger's seat
Situated behind the driver, and let into the top portion of the screen, is a
locker divided into two compartments, one for E.I.s, books and papers etc, and
the other for personal effects. Each is closed by a sliding door. The off-side
door is secured in the closed position by a bolt on the inside and the other
door may be padlocked.
6. Two hat and coat hooks are mounted on the wire mesh partition
behind the passenger's seat.
Lighting in the cab and body is controlled by a three-position switch mounted on
the screen behind the driver.
8. Sliding doors
For normal driving conditions the cab sliding doors should be shut, but in foggy
weather or when manoeuvring in a congested space, it may be found an advantage
to have the doors open and they should then be secured in the open position by
the turn catches situated near the bottom of the door.
The body is separated from the cab by a fixed wire-mesh screen to provide
security for the contents of the body when the vehicle is garaged, with rear
doors locked and the cab doors left unlocked.
10. A second floor is mounted 8 in. above the floor of the body,
with. a loose section between the wheel arches which can be removed to gain
access to the rear axle trap. The picture above shows the loose floor section
and axle trap removed. The space between the floors is divided into two
compartments, that on the offside will accommodate a Ladder, Extension, No. 5,
and that on the near-side such items as digging tools, pruning rods, and 5-tread
folding steps, etc. On the floor immediately in front of the near-side
compartment a Box, Tool, Jointer's may be conveniently accommodated to the
right. Rack units type A and B are fitted on the near-side of the body for small
items of stores and equipment.
11. The layout mentioned above is a typical one suitable for a
two-man jointer party. The vehicle is, however, equally adaptable to the
requirements of other two-man parties.
12. Behind the tent sections, if carried, is a convenient space
for carrying such large items as Generator Set, P.E.D.; Pumps, Portable, P.E.D.
and hose; Guard, Joint Box; and Lamps, Road, Caution, etc.
13. Maximum load
The maximum load that this vehicle may carry is 12 cwt. exclusive of driver and
one passenger. 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. This gross moving weight must not exceed 40 cwt. Weighbridge charges
involved should be passed to Freight and Cartage.
14. Towing facilities
To provide a fixing for a towing clevis, the rear bumper mounting bar has been
reinforced and holes drilled to accommodate the standard pin-type clevis. The
van will not be supplied with the clevis, but one will be fitted on request to
the R.M.T.O., provided:-
trailer tool-carts only are to be towed
the Area Engineer is satisfied that the facility is
the local terrain to be traversed is free from steep and
When the vehicle is carrying its maximum load and towing a
fully-laden trailer tool-cart (approximate weight 12 cwt.) a gradient greater
than I in 7 must not be attempted.
IMPORTANT - Applications for the fitting of the lowing clevis
must be restricted to those cases where it is essential that the towing facility
be provided, and in no circumstances must trailers other than trailer tool-carts
15. Locking arrangements
Yale-type ignition keys and barrel locks secure the near-side cab door and
rear doors. The off-side cab door is fitted with an inside turn button. As the
suite range of the barrel locks is limited, a hasp and Padlock, G.I., 1.25 in.
is provided on the rear doors to give additional security. Padlocks in the same
suite are provided for the locker above the wire-mesh screen and for the tool
locker. It is advisable to keep all three padlocks to one suite.
16. Spare wheel
This is housed below the vehicle floor, and to remove it the hinged rear number
plate should be slid towards the near-side to release a spring-loaded catch, and
then be raised out of the way.
17. Damage to paintwork
Attempts to retouch any scratched or damaged part should not be made by staff
using the vehicle. Work of this nature is undertaken by the Workshop
Supervisor/Mechanic-in-Charge when necessary and during periodic overhauls.
The overall dimensions of the van are: length 12 ft. 9 in., width 5 ft. 8 in.,
and height 6 ft. 9 in. If several vehicles have to be garaged together, space
should be allowed for gangways, etc., bearing in mind that this vehicle has
sliding doors which permit close parking.
19. The speed limit of the vehicle is 40 m.p.h. except when
towing a trailer (see D 0022).