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new to here

Postby noidea » Mon Jan 20, 2020 6:35 pm

hi all
my wife has just bought me my first morris minor for my birthday .she is a 1953 s2 called brenda.she has been hid away for quite a while and needs re-commissioning so am after some advice on the best way to get the fuel out.i am hopeless with cars but will try my best to do some jobs myself.

thanks dave

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Re: new to here

Postby Murrayminor » Mon Jan 20, 2020 6:52 pm

Hi Dave
Welcome to Morris Minor ownership.
If the car has been stood for a long time ( if you are attempting to remove the fuel I would think it's been a while).
The fuel tank is held in with a series of bolts around its perimeter.
Personally I would see if the tank has a drain plug then put the car outside and drain the old fuel into a suitable container taking care as it's horrible stuff and stale fuel has a horrible smell.
Once the tank is empty you may want to see if the fuel line from the tank forward is clear, this can be done with compressed air or even blowing making sure the pipe to the fuel pump (usually situated on the passenger side on the bulkhead in the engine bay, provided your car is RHD) has been removed.
You are then left with the fuel pump which is deigned to be rebuildable and the carb which can be opened and cleaned.
I would suggest you read up on both the fuel pump and carb, a word of warning don't mess with the settings on the carb and don't stick anything in the small holes inside the carb as they usually have very tight tolerances.
Where abouts are you based?
If you are close to the North West I will gladly come along and assist, nothing better than getting an old engine running.
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Re: new to here

Postby Owlsman » Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:18 pm

my wife has just bought me my first morris minor for my birthday .she is a 1953 s2 called brenda.she has been hid away for quite a while
For a moment there I thought you were still talking about your wife...…. :D :D

Welcome to 'Moggy World', Dave. You'll find lots of help and support on here.

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Re: new to here

Postby noidea » Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:21 pm

thanks for that i will look at that tomorrow.yes the car has been stood since 1975 but in my opinion is in beautiful condition .i live in south shields north east england

thanks dave

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Re: new to here

Postby noidea » Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:25 pm

just to let you know my wife is a 1964 model.and she is also in good condition but at the moment she is the second woman in my life

dave

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Re: new to here

Postby Owlsman » Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:50 pm

……….Just break it to her gently, though. :D

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Re: new to here

Postby POMMReg » Tue Jan 21, 2020 12:26 am

Owlsman wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:18 pm
my wife has just bought me my first morris minor for my birthday .she is a 1953 s2 called brenda.she has been hid away for quite a while
For a moment there I thought you were still talking about your wife...…. :D :D

Welcome to 'Moggy World', Dave. You'll find lots of help and support on here.
Me TOO!!🤔🤣
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Re: new to here

Postby sirrom918 » Tue Jan 21, 2020 1:00 am

The N.E.R.C. is more or less on your doorstep if you need local help and advice. Some of the members probably live in or around the South Shields area - certainly I can think of one or two that did back in the early days of the the club in the 1970's when I was a member.

http://www.northeastrestorationclub.co.uk/?i=1

http://www.northeastrestorationclub.co. ... ities.html

https://www.facebook.com/NERestorationClub/

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Re: new to here

Postby noidea » Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:52 pm

got the fuel out today with pump .then took plug out and blew the pipe out from pump end as suggested .drained the oil. then put some water in radiator .next thing i know water all over floor need new water pump and top hose.

dave

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Re: new to here

Postby dudload » Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:02 pm

noidea wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:21 pm
thanks for that i will look at that tomorrow.yes the car has been stood since 1975 but in my opinion is in beautiful condition .i live in south shields north east england

thanks dave
Wow, do you have any pictures? Stood for 45 years would be a time warp if all in good nick. Surprised pommreg hasn't asked for ids yet 😀

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Re: new to here

Postby stevey » Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:41 pm

Hi there, welcome to the world of Series-II ownership! Do make sure that you order the correct water pump if it still has the 803cc engine.


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Re: new to here

Postby noidea » Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:57 pm

got pump today.at first look it looks like cast iron .but i think the one im trying to take of is brass. .sorry cant take any photos to technical for me i have just got my first mobile phone. i personally think the car is a bit special ..but i suppose i would say that as its mine
i think grant crammond is going to have a look at it at the weekend

dave

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Re: new to here

Postby Castanley » Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:07 pm

Hi Dave,

Welcome to the wonderful world of Minor ownership! I'm currently recommissioning a 1954 Series 2 and I've been keeping a blog/diary of my experiences. I haven't had to drain the fuel but I've done many other jobs which you might find helpful to read about. The link is below if you'd like to take a look. :D

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Re: new to here

Postby noidea » Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:38 pm

hi chris

had a look at your blog looks like a great little car .also can i ask where you got your boot mat as i need one
dave

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Re: new to here

Postby Castanley » Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:53 pm

Sure thing,
I order most of my goodies from ESM- https://www.morrisminorspares.com/

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Re: new to here

Postby jagnut66 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:25 pm

The link is below if you'd like to take a look
Hi Chris,
Interesting blog. In your last post though you mention that your 1954 saloon had seven leaf springs fitted, this is correct for early series 2s, not five leaf ones.
Mine also had seven leaf springs, though in a far worse state than yours, they fell apart when I took them off! :roll:
I have replaced them with new seven leaf springs.
Best wishes,
Mike.
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1954 Series 2 on axle stands needing more welding......

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Re: new to here

Postby Castanley » Tue Jan 28, 2020 12:24 am

Hi Mike,

Looks good with a new set of springs doesn't it!
Yes I was confused at why my saloon had seven leaf springs fitted when I thought all saloons had five leaf ones. I believed the seven leaf were for the heavier Travellers, so I asked the question in another thread. Someone pointed out that the early Series 2 cars had a different type of seven leaf springs (with thinner leaves) and that these can be replaced with the newer type five leaf springs which have an equivalent stiffness. So are you expecting those new springs of yours to be extra stiff on a saloon?

My springs do look a bit better than I expected but my car has a slight lean to the right. I asked my local classic car specialist if it was caused by a badly adjusted front torsion bar but they seem to think one of the rear springs is sagging a bit. All the bushes are knackered anyway so I might as well replace the whole kaboodle. I'm planning to keep this car for a long time anyway. :)

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Re: new to here

Postby jagnut66 » Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:25 am

Hi Chris,
Another reason I have stuck with seven leaf springs is that I have heard that the new springs are not as well made as the old ones, in that I have heard tales of them sagging under the weight of cars long before you might expect them to. Not to a dangerous degree I believe but back down to where the purchaser started with his old springs before they replaced them.
If you go with five leaf post on this site again in the future, so we can see how well they lasted for you.
I'm fitting green poly bushes all round, as I go, as well. Not too hard but vastly better than the modern rubber ones.
Best wishes,
Mike.
1954 Series 2 on axle stands needing more welding......

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Re: new to here

Postby Castanley » Tue Jan 28, 2020 4:13 pm

Yes I'll certainly post an update after the job has been done and also further in the future to see how the new springs are holding up.

I was thinking of just replacing all the bushes with new rubber ones rather than poly. I'm a sucker for originality... Words which will probably come back to haunt me in the future. 😄

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