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 Austin J4 
Visekorporal
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Registrert: 25.02.2012
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I am currently the owner of an Austin J4 van. The van is a 1971 model. It has a BMC 1.5 diesel engine.

I Am the 5th owner of this van. It was bought in Malta back in 1972 by a family who's company involved carpets, so the van was used to deliver carpets from Valletta to customers around Malta. The van was later used as means of transportation for an person who worked at the market in Malta. I bought the van from a guy who ha a business in childrens accesories like pushchairs and cradles. So after a long working history on the Maltese island this 1971 van was on its way to be scrapped because its owner had no time to restore it. I bought the van 4 years ago on 25th January 2008 as a birthday present for myself. The van was in a very bad shape full of rust dirt a broken parts.

I took this new project and have been working on it ever since. i starting by changing all the mechanical, steering and suspension parts together with my personal mechanic Michael. Then i fully restored the BMC 1.5 diesel engine, changing most of the parts and reboring the pistons. It was a very lenghty part of the project and together with Gerard Myler, my Irish uncle we finally finalised the engine by 2010.

Towards the end of 2010 i started restoring the body changing many of the side panels and restoring various parts, which needed to be cut from the rust and welding new parts. Together with my best friend Armand we ventured on spraying the body and interior January 2011. This part of the project involved 3 months of constant work including Saturdays and Sundays. After we stripped off all the old layers of paint, stoked it, shaped it and sprayed the van, the project was ready to move to the upholstery. I tried to maintain every aspect of the van to its era, including, paint, interior, wheels and engine.

By the end of 2011 the van passed as a classic car under the Maltese transport Authority. Now the final part of the project has began which involves the introduction of furniture to transform the van from a commercial van to a camper van. This because my main interest in life is camping and for sure i would use it many times.
The van has already been present for 3 consecutive years at the Earth Garden festival which occurs every year in Malta. This year (2012) i have taken the van for a round trip around the Maltese islands, for its first overseas trip out of Malta.

The project is still on its way and who knows maybe in the near future it will be possible to drive the van all the way to Norway to meet the Seaside Customs members.

Thanks
Miguel Pace from Malta















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Løytnant
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Registrert: 30.04.2010
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Hi Miguel!

Interesting story! And very fun to read about your project, you have done a great job to preserve this rare vehicle!
Hope you will succed in completing it and turn it into a camper-van.

It would be much fun to see you in Norway some time - you are very welcome! There are some of us guys interested in the English cars, you know...

Good luck with the rest of the project!

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Martin Rolén-Hustad
Rover P5B -68
Triumph 2000 Mk II -73
Peugeot 508SW HDI -11
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 Welcome to the SSC forum Miguel!! 
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Registrert: 03.01.2007
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It is so nice that you finaly joined us here on the Seaside Custom forum!!
Your Austin J4 Van is a realy special car, and you've done some good work on it
Keep us updated on your further work on your car, and I hope all your plans get real...
maybe we get to see your Austin J4 Van on Øyatreffet 2013??

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 New Interior Furniture for the Austin J4 
Visekorporal
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Registrert: 25.02.2012
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This year the project involved the design and making of the furniture for the Austin J4 to be able to be used as a camper van when needed. Julianne and I together with Per Arne had seen a number of different designs from other old camper vans, yet the unique shape of the Austin J4 proved t be a bit complicated. Yet we arrived to the final design. Julianne and I started working on the furniture, using China wood as it is similair to Pine wood as a look yet it is very light in weight, so that we do not add a lot of weight to the van. The design involved 2 benches that are easily used as storage spaces, yet when a panel opens fro each bench a bed is set. It also involved 2 cupboards having a sink completed with electric water pump. The furniture was then fitted with cushioning and upholstery.

The next step of the project is to prepare the van for a long journey as we are planning to travel 6000 km from Malta to Haramsoy and back by mid next year. Hope to see you all soon and any tips for our journey are more than welcome.





















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Very nice work Miguel and Julianne!

Hope you make it to Norway without any problems!

Happy New Year!

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Triumph 2000 Mk II -73
Peugeot 508SW HDI -11
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