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by IslipMinor
Tue Oct 15, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: replacing engine steady bar
Replies: 13
Views: 216

Re: replacing engine steady bar

The 'other' cars have hydraulic clutch operation, so any movement of the engine/gearbox during the drive take-up has no effect on the clutch operation. The Minor's mechanical linkage must stay in the same place during the clutch operation, otherwise the take-up can be intermittent and juddery. Anyon...
by IslipMinor
Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Hub nut removal problems
Replies: 36
Views: 3976

Re: Hub nut removal problems

Mike,

Don't forget that the LH/passenger/nearside hub nut has a left-hand thread, so turn clockwise to UNDO!!
by IslipMinor
Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Car insurance when you die
Replies: 5
Views: 229

Re: Car insurance when you die

Joint Car Insurance - certainly from 1968 to the end of the 70's we had a 'proper' joint insurance policy with Guardian Royal Exchange for the 2 cars that we owned at the time (i.e. the Minor and ANO various). Eventually we couldn't get it anymore with GRE, so went to 'normal' policies with each oth...
by IslipMinor
Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Original carpets - gearbox oil grommet/bung
Replies: 7
Views: 321

Re: Original carpets - gearbox oil grommet/bung

Phil, Oops, definitely the memory playing tricks. Yes it is hexagon headed - I removed our A-Series gearbox in 1992 and replaced it with the Toyota T50 5-spd in 1998, and did not check before posting the original comment. Web Editor: Pity I can't edit the previous post to correct the error. I unders...
by IslipMinor
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Thread sizes
Replies: 99
Views: 48192

Re: Thread sizes

The thread in the diff casing is a parallel thread, so you could run a 1/2" BSPP tap through it, but if the tapered plug already goes in up to about halfway, that is actually what it should do. The plug can be sealed with some PTFE tape wrapped around the plug threads, before screwing it into the ca...
by IslipMinor
Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Gearbox noise (with video)
Replies: 20
Views: 458

Re: Gearbox noise (with video)

Presumably when knocking it into neutral, the engine revs drop to idle? From everything that you have said the noise is engine speed related, so if the revs drop the noise stops?? Have you tried driving beyond the initial onset of the noise in each gear? What happens if just slowly increase the engi...
by IslipMinor
Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Other
Topic: Original carpets - gearbox oil grommet/bung
Replies: 7
Views: 321

Re: Original carpets - gearbox oil grommet/bung

Our is a 1958 car, and it definitely had a hole in the original carpet, so that the gearbox oil level could be checked by simply removing the grommet to access the square headed plug on the side of the gearbox.
by IslipMinor
Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Master Brake Cylinder
Replies: 4
Views: 181

Re: Master Brake Cylinder

If the rear brake pipe has been re-routed to the front, has a servo been fitted? If so, to get it to work on all four wheels, the rear pipe has to be re-routed to a front t-piece, connected to the servo outlet, and then routed back to the rear axle.
by IslipMinor
Sun Oct 06, 2019 11:46 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Ignition Type?
Replies: 5
Views: 240

Re: Ignition Type?

Don't forget that the Minor was originally positive earth. The Accuspark 1a diagram assumes negative earth, so the car will need to be changed to negative first, before changing the ignition system. Probably a good idea anyway, as the owner can fit an alternator, radio etc. with less bother than +ve...
by IslipMinor
Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Gearbox noise (with video)
Replies: 20
Views: 458

Re: Gearbox noise (with video)

Picking up the thought on the fan, and before doing anything else, is it cracked or anything like that? The in-gear speeds all relate to same engine speed, 3,300/3,400 rpm. If the gearbox is in neutral, and the engine speed increased to the same speed does the noise occur? If it does, remove the fan...
by IslipMinor
Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Recognising inlet valves
Replies: 19
Views: 619

Re: Recognising inlet valves

Like Phil, the cam (Calver RC13-OT) I have recently fitted needs 0.016" clearance for standard rockers, so 0.019" for 1.5:1 ratio rockers. The previous cam was a Piper 270 that had 0.012" for standard rockers, and 0.016" for 1.5. In addition I set exhausts to 0.019", so was expecting a real racket f...
by IslipMinor
Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Metal thickness
Replies: 21
Views: 589

Re: Metal thickness

Where is the course being held? I bought a TIG welder a little while ago, and have been trying to find a part-time TIG welding course somewhere near(ish) to Oxford, but no luck so far.
by IslipMinor
Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: High top radiator brass drain tap
Replies: 15
Views: 301

Re: High top radiator brass drain tap

ESM and Charles Ware both list a radiator drain tap for 'original radiators'. It looks very like the one fitted to our radiator, which is 'original' as far as I know - it certainly has not been replaced since 1965! The only difference is that ours has a short tube extension outlet, and we have a pla...
by IslipMinor
Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Insurance - Are there any really specialist brokers?
Replies: 12
Views: 513

Re: Insurance - Are there any really specialist brokers?

We are with Norton Heritage Classic Car Insurance, and have been since the Minor was restored in 1998. They are very easy to talk to, with very little queuing or be constantly assured that we are 'important' - usually get straight through to their Birmingham office with minimal delay. The only claim...
by IslipMinor
Sat Sep 28, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Different reading on battery condition gague
Replies: 24
Views: 526

Re: Different reading on battery condition gague

LED Bulbs? I changed all the speedo bulbs to LED a while ago, and immediately found that the alternator needed a good blip of throttle (~2,000rpm) to get it charging. Normally I don't bother to do it on initial start, just wait until the car gets moving and the alternator kicks in quite quickly, and...
by IslipMinor
Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Metal thickness
Replies: 21
Views: 589

Re: Metal thickness

As a more general comment on Minor panel replacement, I did not try to replicate the original spot welding with either spot welding again or plug welding. After tacking, checking, checking and checking, all the joints were 'double seam' welded throughout the bodyshell. After some dressing with the a...
by IslipMinor
Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Metal thickness
Replies: 21
Views: 589

Re: Metal thickness

I bought a SIP Autoplus 130A MIG welder 25+ years ago when we started the Minor's restoration in 1992, and it is still being used well today. From that experience I would suggest: 130A as a minimum - old adage of 1A per 0.001" material thickness. So fine up to 3mm, 0.125" or 10g material. 0.8mm wire...
by IslipMinor
Sat Sep 28, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Metal thickness
Replies: 21
Views: 589

Re: Metal thickness

Oliver,

I have not come across 'tin plated' welding rods, what are they used for? The usual plating for steel welding rods or wire is copper.
by IslipMinor
Fri Sep 27, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Suddenly ....no clutch and no ability to get in any gear
Replies: 22
Views: 576

Re: Suddenly ....no clutch and no ability to get in any gear

Hardened or 'Competition EN24'? The Minor is well-known for breaking halfshafts and stranding the owner as a result! When we restored our Minor in the 90's, I fitted the 1380 engine and hardened halfshafts at the same time. These were absolutely fine and gave no problems UNTIL! Until I fitted a Tran...
by IslipMinor
Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Metal thickness
Replies: 21
Views: 589

Re: Metal thickness

MIG not TIG. MIG is reasonably straightforward to get to an acceptable standard, and creates the least heat of all the welding processes. It is also less cost, but don’t tempted to go ‘gasless’ as fluxed wire can get very messy.
Also get proper 95% argon mix and NOT CO2.