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by simmitc
Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: engine rebuild won't start
Replies: 9
Views: 135

Re: engine rebuild won't start

Sometimes it's easiest to go back to very basic methods: Remove the spark plugs. Stick your thumb over the No.1 plug hole (1 is nearest the water pump. I'm sure that you know that, but I did once meet someopne who thought that they numbered the other way) and then turn the engine over until you feel...
by simmitc
Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Wanted
Topic: Metal plate cover
Replies: 2
Views: 74

Re: Metal plate cover

This was in "Parts for sale", now moved to "Wanted".
by simmitc
Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Reconditioned Box - Jumping out of gear
Replies: 7
Views: 541

Re: Reconditioned Box - Jumping out of gear

Just to clarify:
Did you swap boxes like for like, or did you change the type of box?
What type of engine is it mated to?
Are you using the same gear lever as originally?
Was the previous box OK - why did you swap it?
by simmitc
Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Steering Wheel Swap
Replies: 5
Views: 146

Re: Steering Wheel Swap

Many people prefer the look of the earlier steering wheel, but remember that the later one is correct for your vehicle, and the design was changed to improve safety. If you were ever unfortunate enough to be invovled in an accident, then the later wheel collapses whereas the earlier one increases in...
by simmitc
Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Rear brake cylinder 1970 minor?
Replies: 10
Views: 243

Re: Rear brake cylinder 1970 minor?

Lockheed/Delphi not the quality that they used to be, but they do at least fit; pattern normally need fettling and/or a big hammer.
by simmitc
Sat Mar 21, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: gearbox removal?
Replies: 25
Views: 4318

Re: gearbox removal?

Yes, the cross member is removable on your car (unless someone has welded it in place) and as Phil writes, 4 bolts underneath the car facing upwards. These are hex head. Inside the car are lots of cross head brass screws (some new replacements are slotted) holding down the gearbox cover panel. Eithe...
by simmitc
Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: problems starting
Replies: 18
Views: 492

Re: problems starting

alawrence10360, mogbob stated that ALL Minors had solenoids. Phil and I are saying that they did not, the early cars had cable operated switches that were not solenoids. Hope that clarifies things. There's quite a bit of thread drift here, but it is interesting.
by simmitc
Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: problems starting
Replies: 18
Views: 492

Re: problems starting

I don't want this to develop into an argument about terminology when what we want to do is to assist the OP, but a definition of a solenoid is "A solenoid is a type of electromagnet, the purpose of which is to generate a controlled magnetic field through a coil wound into a tightly packed helix. The...
by simmitc
Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: problems starting
Replies: 18
Views: 492

Re: problems starting

Vaseline is an insulator. Clean the posts and inside the clamps, re-attach the clamps, and then smear whole assembly with vaseline to protect against future corrosion - you need good metal to metal contact between the clamps and the posts; but as per my previous post,please advise on your starting a...
by simmitc
Tue Mar 17, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: problems starting
Replies: 18
Views: 492

Re: problems starting

If it's a 1955 car then it probably won't have a solenoid. Could you confirm how you start the car: Pull a knob on the dashboard, press a switch on the floor, or turn the key one click for the ignition to come on and then further to make the starter motor work and then the key springs back to the si...
by simmitc
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: March 2020 Restoration Show - POSTPONED
Replies: 4
Views: 168

March 2020 Restoration Show - POSTPONED

The show has been postponed. See more information here: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=71536&p=650203#p650203
by simmitc
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Coronavirus Update:
Replies: 7
Views: 909

Re: Coronavirus Update:

Following information just released: Important information regarding the show It is with great sadness that Clarion Events has decided to postpone the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show with Discovery. The event team have been continually monitoring the latest public health and gover...
by simmitc
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Regional price variations
Replies: 1
Views: 116

Regional price variations

Nothing to do with cars, but in a village in Suffolk, we see a pub that is offering two 2-course meals for £12.00. On a visit to London, we saw a pub offering a single "fish and chips" for £21.00. Conversely, a friend of ours travelled around forty miles on her Oyster card for £3.50, whereas a five ...
by simmitc
Wed Mar 11, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Getting Heritage cert
Replies: 3
Views: 184

Re: Getting Heritage cert

The best number to quote is the chassis number, which is on a plate on the bulkhead. The plate will have text such as "Morris Motors Ltd" as well as the stamped chassis number. Are you sure that the first two letters are BM?
by simmitc
Tue Mar 10, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: Converting traveller to pickup with extended chassis
Replies: 3
Views: 236

Re: Converting traveller to pickup with extended chassis

Hi Tony, and welcome. The first thing to note is that the van and pickup have a separate chassis, but the traveller is a derivitive of the car and has a monocoque floorpan construction. There are some examples of lengthened travellers, and the book "Morris Minor Traveller, the complete companion" (a...
by simmitc
Fri Mar 06, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Advice Needed Please
Replies: 17
Views: 679

Re: Advice Needed Please

Has the car been used in the rain? Sometimes water gets into the chassis legs and drains out later, possiblt contaminated by general crud. Are there any rust stains around the engine bay - possibly the bypass hose is starting to leak. What sort of fluid does it look like? A pciture of the fluid in r...
by simmitc
Mon Mar 02, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 'Smart' motorways
Replies: 25
Views: 1510

Re: 'Smart' motorways

Maybe they should have ejector seats fitted biased to propel you onto the grass?
Helpful when driving through a rock lined cutting or over a bridge :o
by simmitc
Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: MOT
Replies: 3
Views: 176

Re: MOT

If uprating the engine then don't forget the basics like improving the brakes and ensuring that the suspension is in good condition, and checking that the rest of the drive train can handle the increased power. You don't need to go mad, and the car will still probably be 90% original, but you do nee...
by simmitc
Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Distributor
Replies: 18
Views: 458

Re: Distributor

Then can we have a photo of what's inside? You need someone who has one fitted to take a picture of their one too for comparison, or contact Accuspark via the link that I posted previously.
by simmitc
Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Distributor
Replies: 18
Views: 458

Re: Distributor

Accuspark do provide full instructions, and those are here: http://www.accuspark.co.uk/fitting_guide.html and I recommend that you read them; but in a nutshell, it appears that your black lead goes to the -ve or CB terminal on the coil and your red lead goes to a +ve supply, which can probably be th...