GPO Van Re made.

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GPO Van Re made.

Postby MattsGPOvan » Mon May 18, 2020 11:12 pm

Hi to all, after many years of owning this rare 1969 GPO Red postal engineering van l,m slowly putting the body work back together and will need all the Motivation by you to keep me going.

The van will be a OEM concourse finish which is a very huge challenge for a van which was found in a garden sitting on grass.

Please follow this build it will mean a lot to me.

Many thanks Matt.
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Re: GPO Van Re made.

Postby MattsGPOvan » Mon May 18, 2020 11:21 pm

Here are a few pics of panels being re made like the rear load floor for a GPO spec van with the letter (E) stamp die .and new cab to rear body panel re made with OEM bead pressing.

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Re: GPO Van Re made.

Postby jagnut66 » Mon May 18, 2020 11:28 pm

Hi Matt,
Good luck with this.
My dad was a GPO telephone engineer, from when he was demobbed, after fighting the Japs in the far east, to when he passed away in 1986 (at that point a retained pensioner on BT, as it was by then -- remember jobs for life).
So he would have driven a green GPO engineers van in the Reading area originally. I expect he drove them in yellow for a while too, although he finished up a Senior Technician in the Friar Street offices in Reading.
I remember tales of parking up the green vans of an afternoon to go and watch the cricket..... :D
Those were the days..........
Probably why they changed the colour scheme...... :wink:
I look forward to your restoration updates and pictures.
Best wishes,
Mike.
1954 Series 2 on axle stands needing more welding......

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Re: GPO Van Re made.

Postby MattsGPOvan » Mon May 18, 2020 11:40 pm

Thank you Mike, my Grandad Dennis Cheese.... yes Cheese 🤣 was a gunner on the flying boats then worked for the GPO for 30 years finally becoming a workshop Foreman in Tunbridge Wells he was 96 before has innings were out ... born 1921...👍

Now you know why the famous John Cleese changed his name.😉

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Re: GPO Van Re made.

Postby MattsGPOvan » Tue May 19, 2020 6:17 pm

Today’s Pics of completed panel note all the Full Bead pressing... now we need to do a dry build of the whole floor including the GPO wooden floor broads.

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Re: GPO Van Re made.

Postby jagnut66 » Tue May 19, 2020 10:57 pm

Looks good but is there any chance of larger pictures?
Best wishes,
Mike.
1954 Series 2 on axle stands needing more welding......

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Re: GPO Van Re made.

Postby MattsGPOvan » Wed May 20, 2020 9:49 am

Hi Mike, try clicking on the pictures it should work,

This morning’s pictures are they original load floor with GPO fixtures....😉

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Can you see where the cage and pruning guard was .

I think I will reuse these original parts... it’s all part of the history.😉

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Re: GPO Van Re made.

Postby dp » Thu May 21, 2020 6:55 am

MattsGPOVan: do you do this for a living looks professional quality?

Jagnut, what is the difference between a retained pensioner and a pensioner? Did the GPO make them turn up every so often to do something? A few of my friends put up with a lot at BT because they were on the final salary pension but were then pushed off to defined benefit anyway. Seems like they were coerced away from something that should have been their right contractually.
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Re: GPO Van Re made.

Postby MattsGPOvan » Thu May 21, 2020 7:09 am

Hi Dp, l,m 49 tomorrow and yes have been in the car trade since 88 for my sins ...

We now have a Highend panels fabrication / restoration Company which we started on the 6/1/20 so not a great year to start a new business but we are fully booked to the end of the year.... and have been lucky to have a Ferrari 275 GTS rhd which was valued at 2.5 million... The insurance alone for the month was £850 So stressful times..... would rather restore a Morris Van 🤣🤣🤣.

As for politics I leave that alone.... there is already too much in his trade.

Cheers Matt.

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Re: GPO Van Re made.

Postby MattsGPOvan » Fri May 22, 2020 7:22 pm

49 today..So what better time than to do my Morris Van .... dry fitting first ... crosschecking... then spot welding ( Note as the Gents in factory did it !!!! , I could’ve used the compass to space them out but that would not be right.

Just like Fred and Bill,s on the Production Line.


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Re: GPO Van Re made.

Postby les » Fri May 22, 2020 10:16 pm

Happy Birthday Matt. I see where you’re coming from, even copying the factory shortcoming for originality, but you wouldn’t get a robot doing that !


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Re: GPO Van Re made.

Postby MattsGPOvan » Sat May 23, 2020 9:38 am

Thank you Les, one year older , but one year closer for my old Van.

On here now, the LCV Forum is now to messy now that they have changed the format... shame.

You have been a Rock to so many BMC fans..... you should get a knighthood... Sir Les sounds quite good😉.

On the subject a spotwelds... we live in a world that we are trying to make to perfect...

Life is not perfect.... not even close.

The Ferrari I did last month the spotwelds were spaced with a compass for the client... but classic Ferrari bodywork is quite poor ...

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Re: GPO Van Re made.

Postby les » Sat May 23, 2020 10:57 am

I keep in touch with the lcv forum, although it’s quiet some times.
You’ll find more informed folk here than myself Matt :D
I don’t know how much more resto work I’ll do now, not that I’ve done many, Van, pickup. I might be temped by a series 3 lambretta though ! Reliving the past. Sad isn’t it.



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