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Morris Z Van

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1945 ex-GPO Z van

Garry kindly sent me over details of the '45 Morris van that he has restored in original GPO guise...

First registered to G.P.O. on 5th April 1945 & worked in the Cambridge area as a linesman vehicle, this van was employed for 16 years and was sold at Stevenage auction in 1961 to Mr Bert Parry for 7-10 shillings, he would regularly drive from Stevenage to Blackpool to visit family and friends.

Morris Z

Morris Z in GPO colours

The van was sold to Lawsons Heating of Harrow Middx In 1977. Whether not Lawsons had a problem with her I don't know but I can remember her being up on blocks out the back of the shop from about 1980 onwards.

In 1989 I was a partner in a local stationary business and we managed to purchase the vehicle for 1,500 & we had the van renovated to our company livery, and she was used for advertising & local deliveries. I left the company in 1991 and as part of my final settlement I got the van in 1996, by which time I had re-married & bought an old house and this renovation project came first, so "Delia" as she became known went back into storage, until 2003, with the house finished!

Out came Delia & we got her running again, & in 2003 we showed her three times. We were going to just re-spray and show her as an ordinary van. But after reading an article in Classic Van & Pick-up Magazine about how rare these G.P.O. vans are, and knowing that Delia was once in service we decided to put her back to full G.P.O. livery.

She came of the road in Sept. 2003 and the work started Nov 2003, with a total bare metal re-spray, engine re-build & fully fitted out and back on the road by May 2nd 2004 to do the London to Brighton commercial run.
Morris Z interior

The photo here shows a peek inside the rear of Garry's great little Morris 5cwt, complete with period equipment in line with its early use with Post Office Telephones.

The GPO Morrises differed from the usual Z series commercial vans in a number of ways, the most obvious being the rubber wings that they had fitted to them. The larger Morris J type, which was also used by Royal Mail and Post Office Telephones, also came with rubber wings instead of the usual steel affairs.

Thanks a lot for sending the photos and story over Garry, similar tales of restoration and old-car ownership welcomed here at oldclassiccar, click here to find out more about submitting your tales of grubby fingernails and late nights in the garage!

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