Wolfie as he is affectionately known came to us in the shape pf a almond green minor 4 door saloon,when we picked him up his wings had long gone,god only knows where,he had sat in a garage for about 18 years completely stripped out,we put his doors back on for the move plus his rear springs & axle, bonnet & boot only items not removed were his front & rear windscreens,he was brought from Billingham to ourselves in York as a stable partner for Ruby our Morris Minor Royal Mail driver trainer & Heartbeat T.V.star,while the van must be kept original Wolfie is a totally different kettle of fish altogether & at this present moment in time we cannot reveal to much about our plans for him other than to say you will not have ever seen a Morris minor saloon like Wolfie, his original engine & gear box had been rebuilt but never run so those have been removed & stored as spare for our mail van.
Work has begun complete shell has been professionally welded at Tom Roy's so we have a good solid base to start from,front steering & suspension has been rebuilt but we plan some after market shocks to assist what's there already & the same at the rear too,then we started the search for some front & rear wings as Wolfie was complaining about the wing & rain whistling around his ball joints,we managed to pick up 4 wings from a famous custom minor from the 80's in bright yellow & with the rears extended to fit wider wheels,colour did not matter as the entire car colour will be changed at the end of the build,then we went in search of an engine & gear box to transform Wolfie from a sheep in sheeps clothing to a Wolfie in sheeps clothing which will leave the Corsa & Saxo guys with their jaws around their knee's as they try to beat us away from the lights just to see a speck disappear into the distance oh err at the proper speed limit of course, officer lol
Seats have all been changed in the rear we have black leather which came out of a Hyundai coupe & fits perfectly, in the front 2 sparco rally seats which will be fitted with harnesses.
So we are early in the build process but anyone with engineering or mechanical knowledge who is local in York who fancies helping out will be made very welcome with lots of coffee & biccies, once this build is finished we guarantee you will not have seen a Minor looking like this one ever.
Anyone interested in helping out can contact myself through this site or message me at my email address of email@example.com or on 01904 787411
Thanks for taking the time to read Wolfie's journal
This is a 1969 Morris Minor Royal Mail Driver Trainer based in Epsom Surrey from 1969 until 1974 when it was sold out of service.
Was bought by David Preston owner of sister van AMD02H then sold to the late Bob Graham who I bought it from in February 2000.
Since 2000 she started her working life again ,this time in Goathland which was the fictitious village of Aidensfield & she was their mail van in the popular T.V series HEARTBEAT where she was right up until ITV axed the series,she also starred in the spin off T.V series The Royal too which was filmed in Scarborough up until the axe fell on it too,other than that she is used as a second vehicle for family use,she still has her original engine complete with the limiter on the carburetor to limit her speed & wanting to keep her original we saw no need to remove the limiter,she was checked over a few years ago now by a Royal mail mechanic who went over her with a fine tooth comb & informed us that as well as the engine being the original so was the chassis,cab & the cargo area even down to the glass in the windows all as it was when she went into service over 40 years ago which is quite a feat considering how many of these little work horses the Royal mail went through,she is currently having a minor( excuse the pun ) bit o0f welding done underneath as there was a tiny bit of tin worm starting so before it would get a grip we have cut it out & putting a fresh bit in its place,then she is due a freshen up to her paint as everytime we went to do it she was required for filming so now she has a little time on her hands we thought she has earned her tidy up.
Being a driver training van makes this little minor a pretty rare beast today,as far as is known only 5 of these still exist & the other 4 are quite different from this one which makes her even more unique,so unique in fact that there was a disagreement over her pedigree with the Post Office vehicle club archivist Mark Skillen who without checking his facts told me that my van was an ordinary run of the mill morris minor mail van but he was very quickly shot down in flames as I had verification from David Preston 2nd owner of the van & also from the late Bob Graham too so Mark was left with a lot of egg on his face after that & I am still waiting on an apology from him, she is different from the other 4 vans because they all have the 3rd seat position behind the other two where the examiner sat,he had a little table too & a light up in the front nearside cargo area near the roof plus two roof vents which could be opened for ventilation purposes,AMD 233 H does not have these vents & very close examination of the roof clearly shows there never were any & no sign of the table or 3rd seat either,she does have the light in the cargo area & the HE-MAN dual controls& her L plates driver under instruction plates,so maybe when she first came into service with Royal mail she was to be just a run of the mill mail van,but this was rapidly changed as from day one in service she had the same instructor all through her service life with none of the other modification done & the instructor a Mr Deeds was retiring at the same time the van was to be sold out of service & he actually bought the van himself & had her stored for 18 years until his death when his son sold the van to David Preston from Chesterfield,so in her own way she is a one off not that it matters to me cos she is one of the family & I have had many offers to buy her the last one only a few weeks ago offering me Â£6,500 which is a great price but even double that would still not get me to part with her,she is part of the family now.