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PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:28 pm 
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Have just watched this great programme about the different people that have lived in the same house since 1822 , and this got me thinking can you find a way to find the previous owners for are vans if you have a pubic service vehicle e.g. A GPO or Brtish Rail or MOD van.
Would love to know ....all I know is my GPO van worked on the Southside of the Thames and had 2 liverys ,a plain Red with crowns and than the white stripe design.
Cheers Matt.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:25 pm 
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AMD 69 wrote:
Have just watched this great programme about the different people that have lived in the same house since 1822 , and this got me thinking can you find a way to find the previous owners for are vans if you have a pubic service vehicle e.g. A GPO or Brtish Rail or MOD van.
Would love to know ....all I know is my GPO van worked on the Southside of the Thames and had 2 liverys ,a plain Red with crowns and than the white stripe design.
Cheers Matt.


I too have a GPO van - a 1967 engineers van. Luckily I even have the original GPO 'Tool and Plant Record' book which accompanied the van and where the driver of the van signed for the van and all the tools in the van. Hence I even know the name of the driver who had it during its GPO/PO service.

It was sold by PO in July 1967 and bought by a dealer. He didn't appear on the old style log book. He did some repairs and sold it on to a guy who did little to it other regular repairs. He did manage to damage the ladder rack putting the van in his garage. He and his nephew tried moving it to the nearside to lower it - without much success. He kept every receipt, MOT and tax disc back to his purchase in1974. All it ever did was a weekly trip to a peatbog that he owned to cut some peat and bring the previous weeks cutting back. Then back in the garage. Did 40,000 miles in the 35 years he owned it before he died in 2009. Inherited by his nephew who MOT's, taxed and insured it but never used it and I bought it the following year.

Has anyone-else got the Tool and Plant Record' for their ex-GPO/PO van?

https://imgur.com/a/sUaipLe


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:18 pm 
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Thanks for the reply , you are very lucky to have your old records from your van ....could you take its early history any further regarding Mr S Harris.
Any how it's all cool to have.

On the panel front I am remaking the GPO load floors with the old pressings in also with the E stamped in them ....and have remade all the small bolt holders for the GPO tool A bins and cage etc. O\S one next which is very very poor.

Cheers Matthew.PS also lucky to have a C .bin in loft.


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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2019 2:15 pm 
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hello all,
I am also fortunate in as much as I live in the 'family' home which has been in single ownership
since 1865 Nan paid 10 shillings a week from the day the house was finished
until I bought it at the age of 19years old
earning £11 per week.. mortgage was 100% and £19/month
..... everyone was born at "The Laurels"!
always a happy house still is!

Talking of history:

"Garfield" has all his documents from day one
including the 'Passport to service'
service book with lot's of "PJE" stamps in it
and the 'free service' slip which was never sent back to
claim for free 1000 mile service but because it was a 'service' van7
we never bothered as it cost nothing for us to do it
also I have the sales invoice when I bought it off PJE
it is nice to have these items
it is a shame that a lot of companies destroyed them
rather than letting them go with the vehicle when sold,
this is one reason why the "Register"
was started to try and keep tab's on what was left............thanks DT.
Brian 8-)


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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2019 8:44 pm 
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Great stuff Brian , your one owner home is a rare one today. I love the Programme.


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