The previous owner managed to find evidence of some of the signwriting on the side of the van. Apparently showing Diana’s Dampwash from Granville Street London. I tracked down the borough that the street was located and then contacted the local newspaper in Barnet. They have agreed to place an article in their letters page asking local residents if they either remember the van or the Laundry. Unfortunately the street is no longer full of shops and terraced houses, as it was bulldozed in the 60’s to make way for several blocks of flats. Here’s hoping someone contacts me and I can piece together some history for Stan. This is the picture I sent to them, as it is about the only one I have that gives a full view. Once I have the rear axle back on, I’ll take some better ones.
Not quite at this stage yet, but whenever I tell anyone I’m restoring a van their first question is always what colour will I paint it. Well originally Stan was painted blue and there were only four colours (Blue, Green, Red and Black) that the vans were painted, apart from GPO Green and Red. The BS381 colour code was 107 and called ‘Strong Blue’. So that’s the colour I’ll go for. I will be getting a spray can sample to see what it looks like in the flesh; just to make sure.
BS.381 107 Strong Blue
Although the majority of bodywork is in good condition, there are a few panels that need attention. One of these is the driver side cab floor support panel. This provides a section for attaching the floor panels to the main bodywork. It goes from the step into the cab through to the front by the radiator.
It has a few holes and rather than trying to repair in situ, thought best to remove and replace the complete panel. This was no easy task and fortunately Josh did most of the hard work getting the rusted bolts out. Some of the previous welding repairs had to be un-done to remove the panel, as they’d welded the repairs to this panel.
I’m glad Josh suggested we repair this panel now, because it would have been extremely difficult to remove. Hopefully should be easy to get one made up, or even have a go myself.