GPO Vehicles

Make Morris
Model J2
Type 15 cwt Stores carrying Vehicle (Closed), Type 1 (Morris)
Body Builder Petrol
Use Stores Vehicle
Registration Number 573 BYY
Fleet Number Ranges 18140 to 18152 (570 - 582 BYY) 1960
18295 (415 BXY) 1961
18306 - 18311 (672 - 677 BXY) 1961
18475 to 18485 (660 - 670 DLF) 1961
18642 to 18668 (196 - 222 ELP) 1962
Date of picture May 1961

The fibreglass roof and fibreglass double rear doors are special fittings for the GPO.
The original, unmodified vehicle had a single rear door.
On later J2 variants the sliding front doors where replaced with hinged doors.

General description and facilities
This vehicle, which supersedes the 10 cwt. Stores Carrying Vehicle (Closed), Type 1 (Morris).  It is a commercial forward control van and is intended for use where the weight of stores to be carried is between 5 and 15 cwt.  No internal shelves or fitments are provided in the standard version although internal fitments similar to those available for the Minor-Type Van may be added if necessary.  Before non-standard fitments are used the matter should be referred to the Eng. Dept. (Cn3/3).  The roof of the body is of translucent fibre-glass material. Cab and body are separated by a waist-high bulkhead surmounted by a wire-mesh screen.  The cab is fitted with sliding doors and the body compartment has hinged double rear doors and a hinged single door on the near-side of the vehicle.


POEEJ Article - 1964


B 3604
Issue 1, 25.9.62

The 15-cwt. Stores Carrying Vehicle (Closed), Type 1 (Morris)

1. General
This Instruction describes the l5-cwt. Stores Carrying Vehicle (Closed), Type 1 (Morris). The vehicle supersedes the l0-cwt. Stores Carrying Vehicle (Closed), Type 1 (Morris) and is intended to increase the scope for improving the economic efficiency of centralized stores delivery pools. It is suitable for most subscribers' apparatus delivery work.

2. Description
A general view of the vehicle is shown above. The overall dimensions are length 14 ft. 2 in., width 6 ft. 2 in. and height 7 ft. 4 in. It is of welded pressed-sheet-metal construction with an integral chassis and the roof of the body is of translucent fibre-glass. Cab and body are separated by a waist-high bulkhead surmounted by a wire-mesh screen (Fig. 2), so enabling the body to be locked (par. 11) without restricting access to the cab.

Fig 2

3. Cab
Seats in the cab provide for one passenger in addition to the driver. The driver's seat is adjustable. Both seats tip forward to facilitate access to the engine equipment. The vehicle battery is housed below the driver's seat.
The vehicle log book, E.I.s and other papers can be accommodated in the parcel trays on either side of the instrument panel. Two coat hooks mounted on the wire-mesh partition, a fire extinguisher and driver's first aid kit are P.O. additions to the standard commercial cab fittings (Fig. 3).

Fig 3

4. Sliding doors
Under normal driving conditions the cab sliding doors should be kept shut while the vehicle is in motion, as a precaution against accidents. In foggy weather or when manoeuvring in a congested space it may be advantageous to have the doors open. In such circumstances the doors should be secured in the open position by the turn catches provided for this purpose.

5. Body
The main field of use for the vehicle requires maximum clear body space. Hence, the vehicle is issued without rack fitments (but see par. 7) to give 200 cu. ft. of load space. Ribbing is fitted to guard the sides of the body against damage from the load.

6. To improve the convenience and safety of apparatus delivery work, under conditions of traffic congestion, the double rear-door access to the body compartment is supplemented by a hinged door on the near-side. The rear doors are equipped with door stays which can be used when the vehicle is stationary to secure these doors in the fully open position.

7. Rack units
Racks may occasionally be necessary. Such requirements should be dealt with on a local basis, consideration being given in the first instance to the use of Minor Van fittings (see B 3606). If Minor Van fittings are unsuitable, special racks (see par. 8) may be constructed locally on prior authority being obtained from the Eng. Dept.

The R.M.T.O. must be consulted on the best method of mounting Minor Van fittings or special units in the vehicle. He will arrange for mechanics to help if necessary in fixing racks in position.

An entry in respect of additional fitments should be made on the vehicle tool list A 1112 and on the vehicle record card MTE 46X.

8. Special racks
if special racks are considered necessary, sketches of the proposed arrangements should be submitted to the Eng. Dept. (Cn3/3) for approval. Simple forms of racking are preferred and light slotted angle could possibly be used. It is, of course, accepted that the actual construction used will depend largely on local resources.

9. Maximum load
The maximum load that this vehicle may carry is 15 cwt. exclusive of driver and one passenger. If racks are fitted allowance must be made for their weight. 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 44.5 cwt. Weighbridge charges involved should be passed to Freight and Cartage.

10. Towing facilities
Provision is made for towing a trailer tool cart or other trailer with over-run brakes, to a maximum additional trailed load limit of 10 cwt.

11. Locking arrangements
The off-side cab door, the rear doors and the near-side body door are equipped with FP750 series locks. The near-side cab door is fitted with an inside turn button security catch. These locks are sufficient security when the vehicle is left unattended for short periods. For extended absences additional security can be obtained for the contents of the body by padlocking the nearside and rear body doors. A hasp and staple is fitted to these doors for this purpose.

Padlocks with Keys, 1.25 in. with 2 keys are the correct padlocks for this vehicle. It is advisable to keep all of the padlocks on a vehicle to one suite.

[NOTE:- Padlocks, 1.25 in. are sometimes of the spring self-locking type. To prevent the accidental locking of all the keys inside the van body, it is recommended that the padlock keys should not all be carried together.]

12. Lighting
A light is provided in the cab and another in the body. The control switch for the body light is positioned high up on the off-side of the cab and that for the cab light is on the fascia panel.

13. Spare wheel
This is housed below the vehicle floor on the off-side in a drop-front type of carrier. The front of the carrier is secured by a simple claw shaped clamping device.

14. Re-enamelling or retouching
The outside of the van has a synthetic enamel finish. Attempts to retouch any scratched or damaged parts should not be made by the staff using the vehicle. Work of this nature will be undertaken by the Workshop Supervisor/Mechanic-in-Charge, when necessary and during periodic overhauls.

15. Signwriting
Standard inscriptions for sign-writing are given in C 0015.

16. Speed limit
The speed limit for the vehicle is 30 m.p.h. except when towing a trailer (see D 0022).

References:- B 3606, C 0015, D 0022

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