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Jowett Vehicles Used by Blackburn Aircraft at Brough

Old 4th Jun 2021, 20:20
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Jowett Vehicles Used by Blackburn Aircraft at Brough

I am looking for anyone who would remember or know who i could contact about Jowett van/utility prototypes used at Brough in the 1950s.
Several Jowett prototype CD Bradford vans were used at Brough as runabouts, these cars were part of a pilot run of prototypes CD10-CD20 and the factory closed before they went into production. Several went to New Zealand and four still survive there.
I owned one that was used there in the fifties, it was dark blue JKU 945 [CD10] the only survivor in this country but it is believed that others were used and broken up at Brough. One was beige with a registration starting LAK and possibly another in dark green.

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Old 4th Jun 2021, 21:51
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I presume the Jowett Car Club would be a good starting point so perhaps e-mail its secretary at [email protected]
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Old 5th Jun 2021, 19:42
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I presume the Jowett Car Club would be a good starting point so perhaps e-mail its secretary at [email protected]
Already done that sometime ago, very little is known of these vehicles and their ultimate fate. I think i will try emailing the editor at Aeroplane magazine.
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Old 6th Jun 2021, 09:28
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Re Jowett vans, as a child in Cornwall, I used to be fascinated by what I recall (possibly faulty) as a Jowett van delivering Brooke Bond tea to the village shop The fascination was the engine noise, a distinctive 'pop-pop', reminiscent of a muted version of the Field Marshall single pot tractors.
Memory, which serves me badly nowadays, tells me that the engine was unusual in being 'opposed piston/cylinder'. Anyone confirm or clarify, please?
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Old 6th Jun 2021, 11:21
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Probably not much help, but I seem to remember my Dad's Jowett Javelin (1955-ish) had a 'flat four' engine (and was somewhat unreliable).
I can even remember the reg!
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Old 6th Jun 2021, 17:43
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Brooke Bond vans were Trojans rather than Bradfords so far as I recall. Split-single two-stroke engines with a distinctive note as CJ remembers.
Looked like this:


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There was something extremely odd about the Trojan engine although I've no idea what it was now if I ever knew.
I'm sure I read once that somebody did a technical appraisal and concluded that the only way it could possibly have worked was if the crankshaft actually bent on every revolution.

The Javelin engine was certainly a flat-four so I imagine that as it was a small company with limited resources, any vans, prototype or otherwise, would probably have used the same engine.
My Dad came close to buying a Javelin too in, I guess, the early '60s but didn't for some reason.
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There was something extremely odd about the Trojan engine although I've no idea what it was now if I ever knew.
I'm sure I read once that somebody did a technical appraisal and concluded that the only way it could possibly have worked was if the crankshaft actually bent on every revolution.

The Javelin engine was certainly a flat-four so I imagine that as it was a small company with limited resources, any vans, prototype or otherwise, would probably have used the same engine.
My Dad came close to buying a Javelin too in, I guess, the early '60s but didn't for some reason.
The Trojan engine had a pair of cylinders connected at the blind end with the pistons on a V-shaped con-rod. It is that con-rod that has to bend each rev. to accommodate the geometry.

Jowett's use of horizontally-opposed engines included a Vintage flat-twin sidevalve, last seen in the Bradford vans, but the flat-four o.h.v. Javelin and Jupiter engine was not used in the commercials.

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Thank you Allan, and others for the memory boost.
The Jowett Javelin,( and the Jupiter also ?) again from memory, was unusual in being aluminium bodied. The flat 4 could, possibly be regarded as its 'Achilles Heel' since, (if I remember correctly) the Halewood factory, which produced it, was owned by Ford, who refused to continue production.
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I believe the Jupiter had an aluminium body but the Javelin was steel, and that's the Ford link. The body was built by Briggs Motor Bodies at Doncaster, who were taken over by Ford, and then sold on again.
The engine was originally its Achllles Heel but it was all down to Jowett, nothing to do with Ford.

It was a brave attempt by a small company which sadly wasn't a success.

Most, if not all, of this I had known but used Wiki, which seems pretty accurate, to refresh my memory.
Thanks Allan for the info about the engine, which I would have known if I'd looked at Wiki sooner!
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When my father was posted to Tengah in 1958 he bought a Jowett Javelin. Reg No. BB 2290. Funny how I remember that number.


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Alan - is this the type of van in question? https://www.autopuzzles.com/forum/20...685/#msg394685

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Old 8th Jun 2021, 15:16
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If anyone cares to Googoo "Jowett Ferrari" they might find a little Pearl of a story about the Jowett involvement in 12 Cylinder Ferrari history and the Ferrari-tuned Bradford van. Worth a short read.
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