GPO Vehicles

Make Morris
Model J2
Type 15 cwt Stores Carrying Vehicle (Closed), Type 2 (Morris)
Body Builder Petrol or Diesel
Use Stores Carrier
Registration Number  
Fleet Number Ranges 18955 to 18995 (647 - 687 GPO) 1963 (Petrol)
19096 to 19101 (641 - 646 GXF) 1963 (Petrol)
19477 to 19511 (BYM 312B - 346B) 1963 (Diesel)
19512 to 19521 (BYM 540B - 549B) 1963 (Diesel)
200012 to 200162 (DYV 849C - 999C) 1965 (Petrol)200163 to 200206 (EJJ 1C - 44C) 1965 (Petrol)
200564 to 200623 (GLU 72C - 779C) 1965 (Diesel)
200735 to 200834 (GLU 994C - 999C) 1965 (Petrol)
Date of picture November 1963

This van has ear type indicators.  They can be found on the rear top corners and just below the wing mirrors.

General description and facilities
This vehicle has been developed as a light stores carrier and supersedes the Type 1 version.  It is a commercial forward control vehicle and is intended for use where the weight of stores to be carried is between 5 and 15 cwt.  No internal racks or fitments are provided but may be added if necessary; the standard Minor-Type Van fittings should be considered in the first instance, but non-standard fitments may be used provided that prior authority is obtained from the Eng. Dept. (Cn3/3).  The cab and body sections are separated by a waist-high bulkhead surmounted by a wire-mesh screen.  The vehicle cab is fitted with hinged doors and the body compartment has two hinged doors on the near-side of the vehicle in addition to a hinged single rear door.



Issue 1, 24.4.64

The 15-cwt. Stores Carrying Vehicle (Closed), Type 2 (Morris)

1. General
This Instruction describes the 15cwt. Stores Carrying Vehicle (Closed), Type 2 (Morris).  This vehicle supersedes the Type 1 version and the 10-cwt. Stores Carrying Vehicle (Closed), Type 1 (Morris).  It is intended for use on the lighter element of the work of centralized stores delivery pools and is suitable for most subscribers’ apparatus delivery work.

2. Description
A general view of the vehicle is shown above. It is of welded pressed-sheet-metal construction with an integral chassis.  Overall dimensions are: length 14 ft. 4 in., width 6 ft. 2 in. and height 7 ft. 1 in. Cab and body sections are separated by a waist-high bulkhead surmounted by a wire-mesh screen, so enabling the body to be locked (par. 10) without restricting access to the cab.

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 behind the passenger’s seat.

The vehicle log book, E.I.s and other papers can he accommodated in the parcel tray on the off-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. 2).

Fig 2

4. 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. 6) to give 200 cu. ft. of load space. Ribbing is fitted (Fig. 3) to guard the sides of the body against damage from the load.

5. To improve the convenience and safety of apparatus delivery work under conditions of traffic congestion, double side doors are fitted in addition to a single wide rear door.  Both side doors can be secured flat against the near-side of the body so as to minimize any obstruction of the pavement (Fig. 3). The rear door is equipped with a door stay which can he used when the vehicle is stationary to secure the door in its fully open position of 900.

Fig 3

6. 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 these are unsuitable, special racks (see par. 7) may be constructed locally on prior authority being obtained from the Eng. Dept. (Cn3/3).
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.

7. Special racks
If special racks are considered necessary, sketches of the proposed arrangement 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.

8. 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 he made for their weight. If in doubt about the weight of a load a simple check can be made by weighing the vehicle complete with contents, personnel, full petrol tank, etc. This gross moving weight must not exceed 46 cwt. Weighbridge charges involved should he passed to Freight and Cartage.

9. 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 14 cwt.

10. Locking arrangements
The off-side cab door, the, rear door, the double side doors and the vehicle tool compartment are equipped with FP 7/50 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 near-side and rear body doors.  Hasps and staples are fitted to these doors for this purpose.

Padlocks 1.25 in. 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 keys inside the van body it is recommended that the padlock keys should not all he carried together.]

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. Vehicle tools
A small locker to the near-side of the instrument panel houses all of the vehicle tools except the long handled items which are secured in spring clips on the cab side of the bulkhead.

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 (luring periodic overhauls.

15. Signwriting
Standard inscriptions for signwriting are given in C 0015.

16. Speed limit
See D 0022.

References:- B 3606, C 0015, D 0022 (Cn3/3)



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