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by ianmack
Fri Jan 18, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Do you know....?
Topic: TOX 79H The Snail Returns :-)
Replies: 16
Views: 925

Re: TOX 79H The Snail Returns :-)

Someone will be on shortly to explain which parts are incorrect for a 1958 model :D
by ianmack
Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Removing sump for oil change?
Replies: 10
Views: 223

Re: Removing sump for oil change?

I don’t routinely remove sumps. For a thorough clean I get the engine good and warm, jack the car so the drain plug is lowest and then drain and let it drip overnight. Plug and refill next day. The worst sludge I ever saw was in a dumper truck engine. Even after the plug was removed nothing came out...
by ianmack
Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: commercial vehicle museums
Replies: 4
Views: 171

Re: commercial vehicle museums

There’s one for sale on ebay at the moment.
by ianmack
Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: sudden ignition failure
Replies: 39
Views: 797

Re: sudden ignition failure

Ht plug caps are still available, I got a set online. Several ebay sellers list new ones. The traditional type aren’t used on modern cars so high street car shops probably won’t have them.

Typical clueless Halfords!
by ianmack
Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The one and only is back!!
Replies: 6
Views: 331

Re: The one and only is back!!

If I remember rightly this was advertised a few years ago and the seller made clear then that it had been put together as a film prop and would need some modification to be road legal. This poses the interesting question; has it been brought up to proper road standards or is it just taking advantage...
by ianmack
Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Car cover propping
Replies: 17
Views: 773

Re: Car cover propping

The Dancover garage is currently held down using shackles and chains as shown in the attached photo, although there hasn’t been a strong wind yet to test it. There is a chain from the suspension at each corner of the car but this might be less suitable for a good condition car with the wings fitted....
by ianmack
Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Car adverts
Replies: 4
Views: 272

Re: Car adverts

The problem they have is that cars now are so bland and homogeneous that there isn’t much that can be said on a factual basis that is likely to impress anybody. So instead they offer a fantasy world of exhilaration that might be attained if you buy this car rather than that one, and so we have; Dese...
by ianmack
Sat Dec 29, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Factory 1275 Traveller
Replies: 13
Views: 758

Re: Factory 1275 Traveller

My ‘70 saloon was made in July but not registered until October so they weren’t flying off the shelves at that time but to be fair the model had lasted 22 years by then, and had sold well for most of them. The Maestro was a turkey from day one. The only appreciation of them I ever heard was that cri...
by ianmack
Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Downhill on motorways
Replies: 10
Views: 810

Re: Downhill on motorways

I’ve heard the extra oil on overrun theory, I think it goes that when the throttle is closed the vacuum increases and sucks oil up past the rings or down the valves. If your engine is that worn I don’t think a bit of extra oil is going to make much difference.
by ianmack
Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Factory 1275 Traveller
Replies: 13
Views: 758

Re: Factory 1275 Traveller

I don’t think the Ledbury Maestros were due to high demand. I believe they came about from the availability of parts after production ceased, possibly knocked down export kits which no one wanted. At the end of Maestro production I was involved in the transit arrangements for a batch of new Maestro ...
by ianmack
Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hello from north London!
Replies: 45
Views: 1556

Re: Hello from north London!

Previous owners’ modifications can often be a headache even for experienced enthusiasts so well done getting it sorted as a novice. Happy Christmas all.
by ianmack
Sun Dec 23, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hello from north London!
Replies: 45
Views: 1556

Re: Hello from north London!

Of course we don’t mind your posts, that’s what the forum’s here for. If you have disturbed the throttle cable the remedy will be in getting the cable back as it should be, straightening kinks and lodging the ends in their ferrules. Don’t try using the idling screw to compensate for a cable problem ...
by ianmack
Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hello from north London!
Replies: 45
Views: 1556

Re: Hello from north London!

Yes, boss and large nut to remove. Pry the centre boss out very gently, they are not easy or cheap to replace. The centre nut needs a large socket or box spanner.

Alternatively you can slacken the column mountings and move it down slightly.
by ianmack
Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: ..and I thought all Morris Minor drivers were nice chaps
Replies: 42
Views: 1711

Re: ..and I thought all Morris Minor drivers were nice chaps

We baby boomers hold a position probably unique in the history of transport. As car ovnership took off in the fifties and sixties it was a major rite of passage for a youngster to pass the test and get their first rusty banger, which then needed maintenance if it was to be kept going. Nowadays ownin...
by ianmack
Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hello from north London!
Replies: 45
Views: 1556

Re: Hello from north London!

Bear in mind that modern audios have two feed wires, one live when the ignition is on to work it, one permanently live to keep the memory going. If the permanent feed is not connected the memory is lost when the ignition is turned off. If you can identify the stereo make and model you can probably f...
by ianmack
Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Time Waster ?
Replies: 5
Views: 331

Re: Time Waster ?

Years ago I was selling a Peugeot 504 estate car, a hefty beast from when I had a young family. A man phoned making an appointment to view and came with his mate for a second opinion. ‘Its big,’ said one. ‘It’s bloody big, ‘ said his mate. ‘It’s big’ said one again. This dialogue went on for a coupl...
by ianmack
Wed Dec 19, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: gearbox
Replies: 6
Views: 284

Re: gearbox

Rib case box on a 948, sorry I have no experience of that one, anyone else?
by ianmack
Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: gearbox
Replies: 6
Views: 284

Re: gearbox

Hello and welcome Jeff. Which engine does your Minor have?
by ianmack
Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Car cover propping
Replies: 17
Views: 773

Re: Car cover propping

I’ve now taken the plunge and invested in a Dancover garage/tent and impressions so far are favourable. The metal tube frame went together well and seems robust, albeit with one or two strange translations in the instructions which need deciphering. The big plastic cover was more of a struggle but t...
by ianmack
Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hello from north London!
Replies: 45
Views: 1556

Re: Hello from north London!

It sounds like time for a new thermostat. Some people will give complex advice on testing the old one by dunking it in hot water and measuring with a thermometer but at three quid a throw I just replace them. Of course the previous owner might have removed it altogether during the heatwave. Heatwave...