1955 Traveller, VAS 788

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1955 Traveller, VAS 788

Postby Alex_Posch » Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:34 am

Hello!
As I'm new to the messageboard, I'd like to introduce myself to you. My name is Alex and I'm from southern Bavaria in Germany.
A year ago, I bought myself a 1955 split screen traveller and restored it. I bought it from a german guy whose brother lived or is still living in Leamington Spa, who got it from an Englishman (6 former owners). The british reg number was VAS 788, the body number is FLE11/379144.
So if anyone knows anything about the history of this little Morris of mine, please let me know.

Many thanks,
Alex


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Re: 1955 Traveller, VAS 788

Postby firedrake1942 » Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:04 am

Interesting colour!

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Re: 1955 Traveller, VAS 788

Postby Alex_Posch » Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:00 pm

Interesting colour!
I wasn't able to get a proper empire-green/almond green mixed in Germany... But yes, it's interesting :lol:
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Re: 1955 Traveller, VAS 788

Postby palacebear » Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:42 pm

Looks almost like BLMC Aqua, used on very late Travellers. Both nice looking cars :)
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Re: 1955 Traveller, VAS 788

Postby DAVIDMCCULLOUGH » Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:55 pm

Welcome Alex, I also have a series 11 traveller. There is a register for the remaining cars and a website.

Happy motoring!

David

http://series2saloonconvertibleregister.weebly.com/
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Re: 1955 Traveller, VAS 788

Postby Alex_Posch » Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:31 pm

Thanks a lot, David!

Lovely Traveller of yours!
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Re: 1955 Traveller, VAS 788

Postby firedrake1942 » Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:25 pm

Clarendon Grey? AND you take her out out in the rain. Respect !!! (innit)

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Re: 1955 Traveller, VAS 788

Postby Tea » Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:31 pm

Nice car, Alex!

Did you keep the tow bar on the car and, if so, do you have extra supports going from it into the floor or does it solely rely on the bumper posts? We're in the process of fabricating ours at the moment.

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Re: 1955 Traveller, VAS 788

Postby DAVIDMCCULLOUGH » Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:32 pm

firedrake1942 wrote:Clarendon Grey? AND you take her out out in the rain. Respect !!! (innit)
Yes clarendon grey, coming over to the national in it next week, might even get time to polish it before hand!


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Re: 1955 Traveller, VAS 788

Postby firedrake1942 » Wed Jun 14, 2017 6:56 am

C u (as my kids would type) there in my Clarendon Grey 57 4 Door.

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Re: 1955 Traveller, VAS 788

Postby HarryMango » Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:18 pm

remember it well - used to be owned by forum member rayofleamington

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Re: 1955 Traveller, VAS 788

Postby rayofleamington » Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:08 pm

Hi!
Good to hear from you.

Yes the car came from Leamington Spa.
I don't know much of the history - I sold it to a young guy from Germany who was in the UK at a drinking/camping weekend in Devon*
(* It was a warm up session for Plymouth-Banjul charity rally).

I bought the car from Yorkshire. The modifications were done before I got it.
Eg 1098 engine and gearbox and front brakes.
Late model Traveller locking steering column.

The car looked nice but the repairs underneath were not perfect. In my ownership I replaced all the brake cylinders and pipes and drums etc.. and filled with silicon fluid.
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Re: 1955 Traveller, VAS 788

Postby Alex_Posch » Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:51 pm

Did you keep the tow bar on the car and, if so, do you have extra supports going from it into the floor or does it solely rely on the bumper posts? We're in the process of fabricating ours at the moment.
No, I did not keep the towbar. The way it was mounted, it relied to the bumper posts and there were supports to the rear apron boot floor.

I bought the car from Yorkshire. The modifications were done before I got it.
Eg 1098 engine and gearbox and front brakes.
Late model Traveller locking steering column.

The car looked nice but the repairs underneath were not perfect. In my ownership I replaced all the brake cylinders and pipes and drums etc.. and filled with silicon fluid.
Great to hear from you!

As far as I can remember, the guy you sold it to was the brother of the guy who sold it to me. And he was frighened by the welding work that needed to be done, so he never started to restore it.... As I bought it, the brake system was still working great, but the required welding really was extreme - one of the pre-pre-pre-owners really was an artist in working with filling compbound! See image below

The modifications are still in, I'm fine with a little bit more "power" from the 1098 and good brakes 8)


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Re: 1955 Traveller, VAS 788

Postby firedrake1942 » Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:48 pm

A really good job and back to what looks to be the original paint colour too.

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Re: 1955 Traveller, VAS 788

Postby Alex_Posch » Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:26 pm

A really good job and back to what looks to be the original paint colour too.
Thanks firedrake, took me a few hours :lol:
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Re: 1955 Traveller, VAS 788

Postby Alex_Posch » Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:23 pm

I've been in contact with Phil from the SII register. VAS788 was re-registered FEB 311 and it was used as a model for a insurance leaflet:
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So does anyone know details about FEB 311? :roll:
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Re: 1955 Traveller, VAS 788

Postby firedrake1942 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:12 pm

How many colours was that car ? I know which one I really want to drive, and who to drive it with !

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Re: 1955 Traveller, VAS 788

Postby sparesman » Sun Jul 23, 2017 6:00 pm

I think FEB311 was on the S11 Traveller register when I kept it in the 1980s. If so there would have possibly been some correspondence with the owner at that time. Phil may still have this old file.
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Re: 1955 Traveller, VAS 788

Postby Alex_Posch » Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:13 pm

Thank you sparesman, I'm going to ask him if there was a chance to get in contact with the former owner
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