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by kevin s
Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: CLUTCH PROBLEM
Replies: 10
Views: 221

Re: CLUTCH PROBLEM

I'd check all the linkages for wear first, when I took ours appart they were all massively worn.
by kevin s
Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: what oils are best
Replies: 11
Views: 249

Re: what oils are best

I realy can't see in this day and age why you would use engine oil in a gearbox, its not engineered for the job, 50 years ago it was the only multigrade avalable but oil has moved on massively in that time, Iv'e been using a modern 75 w 90 gl4 in ours which seems to work very well, nice slick shift,...
by kevin s
Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Antifreeze
Replies: 15
Views: 406

Re: Antifreeze

Depends where you are coming from, if you have something like an elan where the head costs £3000 to replace £150 for coolant which eliminates the risk of corrosion and boiling over seems pretty good value.
by kevin s
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Antifreeze
Replies: 15
Views: 406

Re: Antifreeze

If you want the ultimate corrosion protection there is always waterless coolant.
by kevin s
Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gearbox alternatives
Replies: 4
Views: 277

Re: Gearbox alternatives

I started looking at an mx5 box, got as far as working out it looks doable, bolted to the engine and in the car, would need a custom clutch disk, new engine back plate, propshaft, gearbox mount, and shortening of the shift position, one day I will re-visit it.
by kevin s
Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Insurance
Replies: 8
Views: 267

Re: Insurance

I'll be interested to see where you get on this, my son is 17 and learning at the moment we do have a company car he can drive but after 6 years restoring the minor he would like to drive it!
by kevin s
Sat Sep 21, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: starting
Replies: 10
Views: 430

Re: starting

Plugs are the correct ones and have done around 200 miles, gaps were correct when I fitted them.

I'll see if its flooded while its standing as its now been in the garage for a couple of days and if its not then try starting it with no choke and see what happens.
by kevin s
Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: starting
Replies: 10
Views: 430

Re: starting

I had a look at it at Lunchtime, its got a new viton tipped float valve and a plastic float for which looks like the height can't be adjusted, there is no fuel in the float and with the top of the bowl removed the fuel is aprox 20mm down from the top. (mind you it started perfectly Ok when I put it ...
by kevin s
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: starting
Replies: 10
Views: 430

starting

I have a strange one, most of the time our 1098 saloon starts very easily from cold, but a couple of times lately it has been difficult to start from cold, Pull the choke out turn it over nothing, put choke in a foot flat to the floor and after a while it splutters into life on what sounds like 2 or...
by kevin s
Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: 2 door VAE 306H
Replies: 311
Views: 72335

Re: 2 door VAE 306H

Been using it to go to work the last couple of days, tweaked the timing which seems to make it pull even better, only other issue is the new supposedly Lucas washer pump which has packed up, I'll take it off and see if I can fix it. Also got to try the brakes on a test track, the rear wheels lock up...
by kevin s
Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: 2 door VAE 306H
Replies: 311
Views: 72335

Re: 2 door VAE 306H

Fitted the beatle mirrors rps20190911_214101.jpg and lined the glove box i had made out of an old plastic box file with some grey vinyl I had lying around. rps20190911_214237.jpg Also I have now driven it with the A+ electronic distributor, it seems a vast improvement, smoother and pulls strongly.
by kevin s
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: "Gracie" Dove grey 1965 2 door saloon.
Replies: 9
Views: 321

Re: "Gracie" Dove grey 1965 2 door saloon.

Yes you should be able to leave the inner sill in place, usually they will be corroded along the flange which joins to the floor but given the metal is pretty thick its not difficult to seam weld a new piece in.
by kevin s
Mon Sep 02, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fitting seat belts in a factory built 1960 convertible
Replies: 7
Views: 280

Re: Fitting seat belts in a factory built 1960 convertible

The location of the upper seat belt mounting is far from ideal but certainly better than a lap only, If fitted and worn properly I can't see it is any more likely to fall off the shoulder than a B pillar mounted one , it will lead to more compression of the spine though. Inertia belts tend to be wor...
by kevin s
Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: 2 door VAE 306H
Replies: 311
Views: 72335

Re: 2 door VAE 306H

Fitted the A+ electronic distributor today, needed to shorten the sleeve, as there is a slight step in the bore in the block which prevents it going in any further than it originally did, this actually makes the conversion easier you simply need to cut the flange off the top of the original distribu...
by kevin s
Sun Aug 18, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: 2 door VAE 306H
Replies: 311
Views: 72335

Re: 2 door VAE 306H

A few futher odd jobs now done, firstly I stripped the letters off the front number plate, re-painted the backgound with white paint and put it back together with new clips. As I had the clips and some etch primer a total cost of £1 for the paint from poundland. rps20190706_232624.jpg Then I decided...
by kevin s
Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: 1968 Police Morris Minor
Replies: 129
Views: 21308

Re: 1968 Police Morris Minor

I wouldn't take a corgi model as a reference, they also made a model of our bristol omibus minor (even same registration) but the break lines between the green and white are nothing like the photos I have when they were in service.
by kevin s
Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: electric car conversions
Replies: 2
Views: 233

Re: electric car conversions

Give it a couple of more years and building the driveline out of a leaf into a minor is going to relatively affordable which wokld make a great town car, they are already down to around £5000.
by kevin s
Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: 2 door VAE 306H
Replies: 311
Views: 72335

Re: 2 door VAE 306H

Driven it today, gearshift is massively improved, then it wouldn't start! It had flooded probably too many cold starts and miving 10 feet. Blowlamp on the plugs got it going though.
by kevin s
Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: 2 door VAE 306H
Replies: 311
Views: 72335

Re: 2 door VAE 306H

New gearstick arrived and fitted, haven't driven it yet but the shift travel and precission feels massively improved.
by kevin s
Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: 2 door VAE 306H
Replies: 311
Views: 72335

Re: 2 door VAE 306H

Done a few more odds and ends, wired in the heated seats rps20190718_175917.jpg Wired in the radio and ligter / power socket. rps20190718_180009.jpg For £15 the bluetooth radio seems to work very well. Also first time it has been out in the rain and a puddle on the parcel shelf, its coming from the ...