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1945 ex-GPO Z vanGarry 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.
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.
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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