The story of a “barn find” original FJ sedan and a real “bread van” 265 panel van.
The first part of this story goes with the 1953 FX ute found by Debra and Wayne West in Murray Bridge. Bob and Lyn were with them and Don Loffler after attending the Mansfield Nationals and were taken by one of the brothers to view their 40+ years stored cars. The sedan turned out to be an original 1954 Skipper Blue FJ Special in fantastic condition with 21,000 documented miles on the clock and still sitting on its original Dunlop cross-ply tires. With one previous owner, original sales invoice, paperwork and service records, and being in a condition to actually drive home then and there, it was a must to buy. It now sits in our garage awaiting minor refurbishment only ( some rubbers, new tires and a polish should do it! )
The second part of this story goes hand-in-hand with Steve and Debbi Gehlken’s “54 FJ baker’s van”
Back in 2004 during a car club run to the Murray Mallee area we found a 1954 #265 panel van on a farm outside Pinnaroo. It was a very tired looking van full of rust, but it still had its ID tag and rear tailgates attached. An offer was made of either a carton of beer or $50.00 and the sale of the van was a done deal!
Bob did some follow-up on the history of the van and found it was bought in 1954 by a Mr Parr in Pinnaroo and subsequently used as the Pinnaroo bakery delivery van for the local townships (Lameroo, Murrayville etc) In fact Lyn’s father (a Lameroo farmer at the time) said he could remember a green or grey bread delivery van in the area with logos on its side panels, so more investigation was required.
In 2016 another bit of luck saw us in Morgan on another club run where Lyn found details of the bakery logo on some pieces of crockery that had been used in the Pinnaroo railway tea-rooms by Parr’s Bakery, who had the concession there.
The van is currently being restored to its original guise in French Grey paint and side panel logos etc and we hope to have it completed ready for the Murray Bridge Nationals.
Story Credit : Bob and Lyn Wilkeson, 48 FJ Holden Club of SA