Austin J2 Camper VanSee original listing
15 Jan, 2012 21:43:27 GMT
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Welcome to the sale of my very rare, Austin J2 Camper.
I only bought it last year, but now I do not have a garage anymore, or the time to spend with it, it has to go.
It's in fully working order, taxed and MOTd, starts and drives as it should.
The chassis is very solid with only surface rust present, I would have waxoiled it, but didn't get around to it, and as it was garaged, it wasn't a problem.
The bodywork is largely sound, but there are a few ripples and rust spots all over which will need to be sorted out at some point to stop them getting worse. It was hand painted by the last owner, so is far from perfect. Please note this and don't expect it to be at all concourse. Having said that, I have been more than happy to drive it as it is.
It is a 4 speed manual gearbox. It would have originally had a column change, but has the dealer option of a normal gearstick. The engine is in fine working order, no smoke or rattles. Starts well. It is the same engine as fitted to the MGA, so I've had no problems getting parts from MG specialists. Many other parts are common to MGs, Morris Minors, Marinas and the like, and ebay often has new old stock items.
I have replaced the following in the last year:
Alternator to replace the dynamo, so it now has very good electrics.
Water pump, thermostat and housing.
The radiator has been professionally recored with an uprated core, so no overheating issues.
The distributor has been changed for an electronic one, so no points and condensor to worry about.
The fuel pump is new.
It has a spin on oil filter conversion, so no messing about with the washable old type.
Plugs, leads rotor arm and cap.
It has an electrically operated windscreen washer pump conversion under the drivers seat. This replaced the rubbish push button original. The battery, which used to live under the seat is now under the bench behind the bulkhead.
It has a split charger relay and leisure battery located there too, so you can run accessories without draining the starter battery.
In the front, the old carpet has been thrown away as it was beyond help, so there is no carpet. Easy enough to make some to fit. There is no headlining in it at all so again this would need to be made.
The dashboard is a home made wooden one which is ok,but I have the original metal one if you wanted to change it back. There is a smiths type voltmeter to replace the original ammeter. (Ammeters can be dangerous as they can cause a fire).
The original, round smiths heater was replaced for the much better one from a mini. I have the original if you wanted to change it back, but the round one is pretty much pointless.
In the back, there is a hob and grill (untested) which are fed from a gas bottle fitted under the floor. A sink runs from a large water bottle, again untested.
The side bench seat fold out into a double bed. The roof pops up at the back. The vinyl is a bit shabby but could be replaced with a fully raising one. A wooden storage area at the back which needs a door fitting, as well as plenty of storage beneath the worktop and under the benches.
There is a towbar (untested) and useful rear step.
The rear lights are new.
Tyres were all replaced last year, except the spare which lives on the roof!
I've tried to think of everything but feel free to ask if I've missed anything out.
All in all, a very solid rolling restoration or winter project, which I will be sad to see go. These once common vans, are now down to a handful.
When I bought it I was looking at getting a VW, but saw it, it was bigger inside, more practical and in my opinion nicer to drive. And it has an old fashioned charm to it too.
This will not win any races but will chug along happily all day, and always makes me smile as the world goes by.
You are very welcome to come and view it in Cambridge.
Good luck and thanks for looking.
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