Hi there. Yes, they did them in BR livery, as well as the colours of several retailers or suppliers that they were on contract to. The majority were green parcel vans, but there was quite a lot of others too. Mine was originally red, which was the colour of BRS's general haulage fleet.
Yes, drop sides were on my "options" list.
That looks very much better with the short sides and headboard. Quite inspiring too. Thanks Darren.
I like the idea of a demountable tilt frame and tilt. If I can keep the finished height below about 10' I can probably get away with a lean-to cover to the hardstand alongside my garage, and the finished vehicle could live undercover. If I have a 12' high van it'll have to live outside.
You are completely right, of course, about finding a more complete starting point. I "drove" the original one further in my imagination than anyone else did, and sentiment has got me this far. I am quite happy to let my heart lead my head up to a point, but the lack of paperwork and the potential difficulty in getting it registered, not to mention the damage and corrosion to the chassis that needs addressing, means that I am increasingly coming round to the idea of getting another one that; a) has a valid registration and paperwork, b) has some bodywork to reconstruct and, c) has a chassis in better condition than mine. I am quite happy with what I have so far spent out on mine. Total outlay is currently under £400 and for that I have five useable wheels (one is odd), a pair of good axles, prop, four good springs, brake drums/hubs/etc., steering, a pair of front wings, a chassis that will yield repair sections if necessary and about £200 worth of scrap engine, gearbox etc. It may well be possible to sell the engine and/or gearbox and get a little more than scrap value for them, but whatever, I have quite a lot of "spares" for what is really a modest outlay.
Your "two cents" are worth much more than a penny my friend. That's why I'm here. Writing this stuff up and getting feedback from folks like yourself helps me keep on track. I can't imagine how I'd have managed without the power of the internet and complete strangers taking the time to share their thoughts, pictures, memories and time.
I'm still looking. The problem is that there is a fair bit of surface rust, and a lot of chassis to search! There's been no joy with the logbook. My farmer mate has now completely cleared all his dad's papers and there's nothing in the stuff I have of my dad's, so it looks like that's a bust.
I've been in touch with the DVLA and it's not on the computer. If I can find a chassis number I'll send in for a V5 as the worst that can happen is they tell me no, but without one a no is automatic.
It definitely came off the road in the early seventies and I'm pretty sure, back in the days of the RF60 buff logbooks, there wasn't the obligation to notify Swansea of a sale until you wanted to tax a vehicle. As neither my dad, nor the farmer ever did that I can't see it being likely.
Still, not much I can do just this minute as I've got to get my planning through for the garage extension and get it and the hardstanding done before I can start anything. So I've time to cast my net for alternatives.
All the best for now, Glen.