1929-34 Minor 5 cwt Van

Introduction

Using the chassis from the Minor car, Morris introduced a 38 cu ft capacity / 5cwt payload van in September 1929. Throughout the five years in production the appearance of the van remained largely unchanged, retaining the early Minor rectangular radiator shell and boxed mudguards, although for the 1934 season a slightly more rounded “eddyfree” body styling was used. This increased the body capacity to 51 cu ft.

As with the minor car, initially an 8hp ohc engine was used. This was replaced by a side-valve engine during 1931.  Subsequent changes were the use of Magna wheels for the 1933 season onwards and hydraulic shock absorbers from 1934. In the last three years of production, the GPO purchased just over a thousand of these vans. When production ended, the GPO wanted to retain the body style, so Morris produced a hybrid van for the GPO using the new Morris Eight chassis and running gear and the Minor Van bodywork.

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1931 season Minor 5cwt Van (Photo – Unattributed)

 

1929-32 Minor Van/Fire Engine – OHC Engine

1929 5cwt
Van
Engine:  847cc, 4 cylinder, overhead cam, 8.05hp(RAC)
Clutch: Morris single dry-plate .
Gear Box: 3 speed.
Ignition: coil.
Body: Van 38 cu ft. Fire Engine, no windscreen. Supplied with 4 ladders and space for up to 12 large fire extinguishers.
1930
1931 Fire Engine
1932

1931-34 Minor Van – SV Engine

1931

1934
5 cwt Van Engine: 847cc, 4 cylinder, side valve, 8.05hp(RAC)
Clutch: Morris single dry-plate .
Gear Box: 3 speed (1931-32 models), 4 speed (1933-34 models).
Ignition: coil.
Body: 38 cu ft (1931-33 models), 51 cu ft (1934 models).

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