1 EAGLETON NOTES: If You Like Ice Cream

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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

If You Like Ice Cream

Then what better way of buying one in Liverpool than from a Really Old Van?  The first is a Bradford and the last a Citroen and I the grill of the middle one is reminiscent of the old Ford Popular but I'm not 100% sure.




21 comments:

  1. What a lovely Ice Cream Van. Have you tried the ice cream?

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    1. No Mersad I didn't try it. I'm not sure why silly as that may sound.

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  2. Aren't they such cute ice cream vans. Love the paint jobs and great that some one loves these old vehicles. Can you date them?

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    1. Carol, the Bradford was made by Jowett between 1946 and 1953. The Citroen is an H type van and they stopped making them over 30 years ago having been made between 1947 and 1981. That looks a pretty old one to me. The type of windscreen wipe may be a give-away but I can't date it. I'm not sure about the one I think may be a Ford but it will be around 1960ish if it's a Ford I think.

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    2. Thank you so much for that extra info. Old cars are great to own and drive. One of my first cars was a 1959 Morris Minor 1000

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  3. Charming. I bet they get a few customers who weren't even thinking of buying ice cream until they caught sight of the van... :)

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    1. They are certainly very striking Monica and I think you are almost certainly correct. Then there are people like me who were so bury photographing them I forgot all about eating one.

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  4. I'd buy one, provided it was a warm, sunny day - certainly not at this time of the year.

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    1. It was a warm day Meike which is all the more puzzling as to why I didn't have one.

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  5. Those are really cute ice cream vans, and I'm sure that they make many sales just for their nostalgic look alone.
    It's good too that parts can still be sourced for these vintage vehicles....I love them.

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    1. Parts for the Ford and the Citroen will be easy enough, Virginia, but I'm surprised about the Bradford. On the other hand there are specialist suppliers for most veteran and vintage cars.

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  6. I love these old ice cream vans and glad they're becoming popular. I can't imagine how they are maintained, really, but presumably they don't have to be driven very far as they are usually to be seen parked!

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    1. I'd never seen any before Jenny. I would think that your supposition is correct.

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  7. Yes a Ford Popular.
    These are wonderful.

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    1. Thanks for the confirmation Adrian. I was well chuffed with them. But then I'm a lover of old vehicles.

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  8. Brings back memories, my Dad owned a Bradford Truck horizontal 2 cylinder 4 stroke Engine, designed apparently by a 16 year old. Used for a lot of off road country work and Dad maintained the Bradford could go place a Land Rover could not. Firstly because it was much lighter than a Land Rover and more importantly was a couple of inches narrower so squeeze down narrow tracks and between two trees which the Land Rover could not. On the road, on a good Day, going downhill, it would reach the exciting speed of 40 Miles per hour, because there was no fan behind the radiator when going slowly it would "Boil" rather well. No Heaters, No Power Steering, no Radio, it just went.

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    1. Thanks a million for the information Peter. As you will have gathered I love old vehicles and living half the year in New Zealand I have plenty of opportunity to indulge that love.

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    2. The old Renault vans were brilliant hill and bog negotiators. I lived out of one for years. A cow sat on mine and unlike the Landrover it wasn't cow proof....Bad Cow!

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  9. Cute little Ice cream vans!!

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  10. I have just realised that the van I called a Citroen is not, in fact a Citroen, but a Commer. Now the odd thing is that I just made the assumption because it is so like a Citroen van. However I happened to come across something else and then went exploring. My photo is not sharp enough to read the badge on the front but it clearly isn't a Citroen badge. I have since discovered a much better photo and that the badge appears to be, in fact, a Commer badge. The only problem is that I can find absolutely no information about such a van on the internet. Can anyone help?

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