GPO Vehicles

Make Morris
Model 30cwt
Type 30cwt Enclosed Utility Van (Morris)
Body Builder  
Use Jointing parties
Registration Number GXL 229
Fleet Number U28727
Date of picture  

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B 2005
Issue 1, 18.5.44

The 30-cwt Enclosed Utility Van (Morris)

1. General
This Instruction describes the 30-cwt. Enclosed Utility Van, a few of which have been obtained as a war-time substitute for the 1-ton Utility Van. It is particularly suitable, for example, for a jointing party which has to be augmented, at times, for maintenance purposes when otherwise two of the smaller vehicles would be required. It may also be used for light overhead gangs, provided the ladder-carrying facilities are sufficient for the work to be done and poles have not to be carried.

2. Brief description
The body of this vehicle is of box-type, coach built construction, and is similar to, but longer than, that of the 1-ton Utility vehicle; it is mounted on a Morris Type CV 11/30 chassis (i.e. 30-cwt. type with 11 ft. 6 in. wheelbase). General views of the vehicle are shown in Figs. 1 and 2. (Note: These photographs were taken before the vehicle was repainted to P.O. standards.) The main facilities provided are as follows:-

(a) seating for 6 men (including driver)
(b) accommodation for carrying tools, stores, and ladders
(c) wiring drums
(d) towing-hitch for light trailers.

3. Seating accommodation
An upholstered seat is provided in the cab for the driver and for one passenger. (Note: More than one passenger in the cab is not permitted.) Seating accommodation in the body is sufficient for four men.

4. Accommodation for stores and tools is provided by lockers and a divided-rack unit. The locker situated below the seat on the near-side of the body (see Fig. 3) is accessible both from the outside and inside of the vehicle ; in view of its length, it is suggested that this locker be used for the storage of long-handled and digging tools. A small locker is situated on the off-side of the body and is accessible only from the outside of the vehicle (see Figs. 2 and 4). Accommodation for the smaller stores and tools items is provided by a divided rack fitted inside the body on the off-side (see Fig. 4). A cupboard is mounted on the seat, but its shelves are of fin. plywood and hence not suitable for carrying heavy objects. The bottom compartment of this cupboard can be used for the safe custody of copper wire.

5. Facilities for carrying ladders are provided by two trap-doors, one above the cab and one above the off-side rear door, which will permit the entry of two poling ladders or one “Ladder, Extension, No. 1 (or No. 2)”. The ladders are supported at
the rear by a mild-steel ladder bar, and should be secured at the front and rear by the two leather straps provided. Ladders must be at least 10 ft. 6 in. long to be carried in this manner; ladders exceeding 18 ft. 0 in. must not be carried on this vehicle. A third trap-door is situated low to the offside of the rear door to permit the entry of a “Ladder, Extension, No. 4 “, which should be secured in position by the two leather straps provided.

6. Wiring drums
Two drums for 40-lb. wire are provided, and they may be mounted either on a swing arm fitted with a spindle and fixed on the near-side rear corner of the floor, or on a second spindle mounted on the seat above the swing-arm spindle (see Fig. 3). When the drums are not required they should be stored in one of the lockers or rack compartments, and the swing arm should be folded back to the side of the vehicle.

7. Conveyance of cable drums
Sufficient space is available in the centre gangway to carry cable drums up to a maximum size of 3 ft. diameter, but skids for loading and unloading the drums are not provided.

8. Space for jointer’s tents
Sufficient space is available in the centre gangway to carry two jointer’s tents. When cable drums are carried the tents may be placed over the drums.

9. Poles must not be carried on this vehicle.

10. Carriage of cycle
A cycle, when used for official purposes, may be carried inside the body of the vehicle.

11. Writing facilities
A collapsible writing desk is provided at the forward end of the body.

12. Internal lighting
Small skylights, windows, and internal lighting (with black-out arrangements) give sufficient working light inside the body.

13. Accommodation for books and papers
Two pockets, fitted on the rear wall of the cab, will accommodate a log book and a book of weekly condition reports. E.I.s and foreman’s papers may be carried in the cupboard on the seat, or in the small cupboard built into the divided-rack unit.

14. Maximum permissible load
The maximum load the 30-cwt. Enclosed Utility Van may carry is 30 cwt. exclusive of driver but inclusive of passengers, tools, and stores. The rolling load must not exceed 4 tons 1 cwt. 2 qrs. A periodical survey should be made by the driver to ensure that surplus items are not carried and that the maximum permissible load is not exceeded. The load can be checked by weighing the van in its moving condition, i.e. with driver, normal passengers (if not available allow 1 cwt. 2 qrs. per person), stores, tools, racks, petrol, oil, etc. Any weighbridge Charges incurred should be passed to “G Other Indirect charges (II) Motor Transport 2 “.

15. Towing facilities
A ball-type hitch provides the necessary towing facilities for light trailers. This enables the vehicle to tow, independently of the load in the van, a jointer’s trailer tool-cart or other trailer fitted with ball-type coupling, up to a maximum rolling load of 30 cwt.

16. Locking arrangements
The rear door and the outside lockers are provided with padlocks. If replacement of these should become necessary, “Padlocks, G.I., 2 in.” should be requisitioned. The near-side door of the cab is locked by means of the internal handle, and the off-side door by means of a barrel lock fitted into the external handle. Budget locks are provided on the cupboard and inside lockers.

17. Garage space required
The over-all length of the vehicle is 18 ft. 6 in., the width 6 ft. 10 in., and the height 9 ft. 3 in. The ladders normally carried, when in position, increase the total length to 21 ft. 6 in. On this basis the space allowed for garaging should not be less than 23 ft. 6 in. x 9 ft. 0 in. (say 215 sq. ft.).

18. Guarantee period
The vehicles have not been obtained direct from the manufacturers and there is, therefore, no guarantee period.

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