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by philipkearney
Tue Aug 11, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Preparing a for for spraying
Replies: 6
Views: 477

Re: Preparing a for for spraying

If you can't get any thinners from local body shop suppliers or motor factors, I'd try Ken and Lynn https://www.carrestorationpaints.co.uk They should be able to supply you with high quality cellulose thinners - and pretty much anything else you will need for the paint job too !
by philipkearney
Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Really?
Replies: 14
Views: 407

Re: Really?

From memory, the lowlight was advertised at £15995, which given the condition of it, wasn't actually an unreasonable price. It has been finished to a very high standard and subtly upgraded to the 1098 engine for usability. I think it sold a few months back at Mathewsons auction for about £11000, so ...
by philipkearney
Fri Jul 24, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: 'A' Series engine
Replies: 3
Views: 177

Re: 'A' Series engine

Really interesting article, thanks for posting. For those who haven't read It, I'd recommend Graham Robson's book A series engine The first sixty years. It's a great read and covers the whole history of the engine in great detail. It also looks in detail at all the developments and prototype engines...
by philipkearney
Fri Jul 24, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: worst year for minors
Replies: 20
Views: 505

Re: worst year for minors

I have to say - and purely anecdotally and not scientific in any way, I think the earlier cars were made with better quality and thicker metal than later models. Some of the early fifties models seem more solid and easier to weld. I would say they were better painted and protected earlier as well. H...
by philipkearney
Thu Jul 23, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Really?
Replies: 14
Views: 407

Re: Really?

I think they key quote here is 'you will simply never find another like it in your lifetime' That much is certainly true, the rest is either hyperbole or plainwishful thinking. You can't argue that it isn't a fine pick up and finished to a very high standard, but to suggest it is the best Morris Min...
by philipkearney
Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:58 pm
Forum: Series MM Register
Topic: Engine rebuild.
Replies: 6
Views: 188

Re: Engine rebuild.

Sounds as sweet as a nut John. Amazing that it runs so well after so long dormant in less than ideal conditions. A real testament to the quality and robustness of the engineering in 1949.
by philipkearney
Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Number plate recommendations?
Replies: 22
Views: 587

Re: Number plate recommendations?

Blimey, that is expensive. I'm glad I looked after my original ace peak plates. I wouldn't be replacing them at that price ! Crazy prices these days.
by philipkearney
Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Something for series 2 owners
Replies: 5
Views: 229

Re: Something for series 2 owners

Seems like a few people were keen on it to push it to that price ! I suppose the price reflects the good condition and rarity of the items, but it does seem a lot of money. I got a similar pack about two years ago for the later 1000 model, and although it didn't have all the paper work, it was quite...
by philipkearney
Sun Jul 05, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How Many Components?
Replies: 4
Views: 239

Re: How Many Components?

I guess it all depends on what classifies as a component. If you break the engine, gearbox, suspension etc down into smaller components, the numbers soon add up. Throw in switches, badges, rubber grommets, handles, bulbs and such like, I don't think it would take too long to get to 1600. I suspect a...
by philipkearney
Sun Jul 05, 2020 11:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New member saying "Hello"
Replies: 28
Views: 872

Re: New member saying "Hello"

Hi Mike Good question, but I'm afraid I don't know ! I'm south of Scotland based, so local to where these cars were. I know of a lot of Morris's around here, many local cars, but I don't recall ever seeing a locally registered panda car or any cars in this number sequence. That said, it is entirely ...
by philipkearney
Sat Jul 04, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New member saying "Hello"
Replies: 28
Views: 872

Re: New member saying "Hello"

There is a 'Vanguards' model of a black & white Morris Minor Police car but this is listed as a 'Lothian & Peebles Constabulary car', rather than Lancashire. Vanguards base their models on the real thing / original colour schemes I believe. https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.alldi...
by philipkearney
Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Number plate recommendations?
Replies: 22
Views: 587

Re: Number plate recommendations?

The plastic and aluminium digits for number plates are usually held in with serrated clips, usually like these https://ever-hardware.com/category/prod ... gallery]/1 You can get them in small quantities on eBay or I've found you can pick up bags of these at various auto jumbles.
by philipkearney
Thu Jul 02, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Number plate recommendations?
Replies: 22
Views: 587

Re: Number plate recommendations?

I know ace peak plates are expensive and some of the styles are a bit more expensive than others, but £570 sounds a bit much ! You can buy the individual letters on eBay for about £10 ish each as a guide. I note from their website that they say sets of plates start at 199 euros (start at...) so mayb...
by philipkearney
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Number plate recommendations?
Replies: 22
Views: 587

Re: Number plate recommendations?

My 65 4 door still wears its original ace peak plates. Nicely weathered and they just look right on the car. I see many nicely restored classics that are let down by really cheap poor quality pressed aluminium plates. Buy the best plates you can, you won't regret it.
by philipkearney
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Number plate recommendations?
Replies: 22
Views: 587

Re: Number plate recommendations?

Hi Emleyj As already mentioned, Jepsons plate are really good quality and look great on the car. If you wanted raised digits rather than pressed aluminium, I would suggest Ace Peak plates. These were original fitment and are still made in Ireland. If you google ace peak, they will come up. Another g...
by philipkearney
Sat Jun 27, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Engine vin plates
Replies: 5
Views: 235

Re: Engine vin plates

I'd have to agree with Chris. My personal preference would be to retain the original plates and their wear and tear ('patina' they call it these days....) New shiny plates always seem to look a little out of place. All down to individual preference though.
by philipkearney
Sat Jun 27, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: Series MM Register
Topic: New Purchase!!
Replies: 44
Views: 5214

Re: New Purchase!!

The car is looking good David. It has come together well and really shows all the work you've put in. Shame we won't see it see this year, but will look forward to seeing it at Kelmarsh in 2021.
by philipkearney
Thu Jun 25, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Split-screen chrome surround on eBay??
Replies: 41
Views: 3068

Re: Split-screen chrome surround on eBay??

The photos have come through successfully this time Firedrake.

They look fantastic once they have been chromed and fitted to the car. A fine piece of workmanship. The time spent hand fettling them has been worth it.

Philip
by philipkearney
Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Split-screen chrome surround on eBay??
Replies: 41
Views: 3068

Re: Split-screen chrome surround on eBay??

Fantastic work Firedrake. I had a look at the photos on the Uttlesford FB page and they look great when fitted up on a car. A real testament to the workmanship and perseverance of Ray !

Keen to see what the two samples you have chromed locally turn out like.

Keep up the good work.

Philip
by philipkearney
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: welded join in roofline saloon
Replies: 4
Views: 247

Re: welded join in roofline saloon

I have a 1950 lowlight that also has a welded joint across the roof, so it must have have been fairly common throughout the life of the Morris