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by myoldjalopy
Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What did Morris get wrong originally?
Replies: 45
Views: 1574

Re: What did Morris get wrong originally?

Well, there were plenty of British cars with single-piece windscreens in the 40's. Maybe the split-screen was just a carry-over from the American cars that influenced Issigonis' design? And the trafficators were actually discontinued in August 1961.
by myoldjalopy
Sun Jun 16, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: unusual engine prefix
Replies: 5
Views: 101

Re: unusual engine prefix

I think a 99 prefix denotes a 998cc engine. So, yes, I believe your engine was originally a 948cc.
For Minors, it is quite simple: 8 = 803cc, 9 = 948cc and 10 = 1098cc.
by myoldjalopy
Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What did Morris get wrong originally?
Replies: 45
Views: 1574

Re: What did Morris get wrong originally?

Maybe the split windscreen and the small rear window weren't such great ideas. They did do away with them once the 1000 came into production. The trafficators were also a bit old-fashioned for such an otherwise forward looking design - and they too were done away with later. Of course, now, split wi...
by myoldjalopy
Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: unusual engine prefix
Replies: 5
Views: 101

Re: unusual engine prefix

No, I doubt it is anything to do with Australia.
As I understand it, 9 refers to engine capacity, A for Austin, U to denote central gear change and H for high compression.
I guess you have an Austin engine fitted......
by myoldjalopy
Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Engine misfire advice
Replies: 21
Views: 531

Re: Engine misfire advice

Fit the gasket copper face up - and I lightly greased mine too. Assuming there has been no damage, if you clean the block and head as best you can it will be fine.
by myoldjalopy
Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Starter Motor Woes
Replies: 35
Views: 654

Re: Starter Motor Woes

Is it possible that your battery dropped to 12.2v after trying to unsuccessfully start the engine several times? It is unlikely, although possible, that a new battery would have failed so soon after purchase. If now with a fully charged battery the starter is whirring round but not turning the engin...
by myoldjalopy
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Wanted
Topic: Dash/Instrument light switch
Replies: 4
Views: 115

Re: Dash/Instrument light switch

Looky here: http://www.morrisminorspares.net/shop_item.php?ID=4906 :D
Or club spares should have one........maybe a bit cheaper than the Bull Motif one?
by myoldjalopy
Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Flashing indicators and trafficators
Replies: 7
Views: 221

Re: Flashing indicators and trafficators

If it were me, I would keep them on seperate switches as you may not always want the trafficators to come out every time you sgnal. For my car I got a switch like this one: http://www.morrisminorspares.com/electrical-c54/indicators-flasher-switches-c60/semaphore-trafficator-switch-lucas-p829883 and ...
by myoldjalopy
Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Son's Wedding
Replies: 8
Views: 324

Re: Son's Wedding

My MG Midget was once used to take a groom to his wedding, me being best man. I doubt either of us will perform those jobs again (And you might say that we didn't do a great job last time, as the marriage lasted only 8 years). I wouldn't feel bad about that - your job was to get the groom to his we...
by myoldjalopy
Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Starting Handle
Replies: 6
Views: 239

Re: Starting Handle

Unless originality is paramount to you, and you want the later red type with a wheel brace at the other end, try and find a (black) handle from a SII as these have a sleeve on the bit you grasp, which rotates as you crank. Kinder to the hands! Of course, don't wrap your thumb around the handle as yo...
by myoldjalopy
Thu May 30, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Hand brake lever now too long
Replies: 5
Views: 255

Re: Hand brake lever now too long

Asuming you have utilised the Minor 1000 transmission tunnel, then as you suggest, move the handbrake lever position back - or fit the later 1000 type handbrake lever.
by myoldjalopy
Tue May 28, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: Another van.
Replies: 83
Views: 9498

Re: Another van.

Lovely van! 8)
by myoldjalopy
Tue May 28, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: What has happened to all the old website technical instructions?
Replies: 4
Views: 196

Re: What has happened to all the old website technical instructions?

This came up a while ago ago, and it seems that the Tech Tips is unavailable for some reason - and has been for some time. Maybe no-one thought to continue it after a website re-fresh? It can't be that hard to resurrect.........can it?
by myoldjalopy
Sat May 25, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Useful Tips
Topic: Checking Coil Connections are correct
Replies: 6
Views: 453

Re: Checking Coil Connections are correct

You may find your spark plugs last longer as well. I think the life of the spark plugs is shortened when the coil is wired up the wrong way as well.
by myoldjalopy
Sat May 25, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Useful Tips
Topic: Checking Coil Connections are correct
Replies: 6
Views: 453

Re: Checking Coil Connections are correct

That is a very interesting test. Of course, seeing which battery pole is earthed will indicate the way the coil should be wired up. If the car is positive earth (as originally) then the feed from the ignition switch goes to the -ive terminal on the coil (sometimes marked SW) and the +ive terminal ta...
by myoldjalopy
Thu May 23, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Rear shelf
Replies: 17
Views: 708

Re: Rear shelf

Oh well, at least you can use one of the screws and cup washers to fit the strap to the seat back! :-?
by myoldjalopy
Wed May 22, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Rear shelf
Replies: 17
Views: 708

Re: Rear shelf

I suspect when it's been recovered in the past the strap has been missed off. ... I've just been out and looked and the seat back is screwed in place from within the boot. Most times the leather strap rots over time, breaks, and the part that clips over the stud is lost. The then owner decides to s...
by myoldjalopy
Wed May 22, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Rear shelf
Replies: 17
Views: 708

Re: Rear shelf

That is part of a 'lift-the-dot' fastener, used on older cars. It is fixed into the rear parcel shelf by a nut underneath, I believe, and the rear seat had a flap of leather with a tab fixed to it, which clips over the protruding pin that we see in your photo, thus securing the rear seat backrest. W...
by myoldjalopy
Wed May 22, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Ignition help
Replies: 17
Views: 712

Re: Ignition help

Another thing that can cause problems with setting points is that, if you are not careful, the feeler guage can go in the gap at a slight angle, causing the gap to be too big. You also have to be careful that the 'heel' of the points resting on the distributor cam really is dead centre on the 'lobe'...
by myoldjalopy
Fri May 17, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: E-bay Scammers
Replies: 24
Views: 821

Re: E-bay Scammers

So it seems that people do part with their money without seeing/examining the car! :o
As the old adage goes 'A fool and their money are soon parted.' :-?