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by simmitc
Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Starting Dad's old Minor
Replies: 59
Views: 647

Re: Starting Dad's old Minor

Forgetting to push the choke in reminds of a tall story from the days when every car had a choke, and people didn't get upset about stereotypes... A little old lady took her car to the garage and complained that it ran very badly. The mechanic agreed to look at it but could find nothing wrong and re...
by simmitc
Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Brake adjustment
Replies: 7
Views: 226

Re: Brake adjustment

Regretfully many pattern parts are not to origional dimensions, and the issue of brake adjustment has come up before. If you find that your parts are nopt quite correct then return them to the supplier and insist on the top quality original spec items.
by simmitc
Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Heater hoses
Replies: 3
Views: 115

Re: Heater hoses

I've commented on this before - roughly half the councours "as they were when they left the factory" cars seem to have the hoses one way and half the other; and they can't both be correct. My argument is for the hose from the heater tap to go through the top hole and then to the top pipe on the heat...
by simmitc
Sun Nov 17, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Salon rear seat back wing bolts
Replies: 2
Views: 82

Re: Salon rear seat back wing bolts

On mine they are 1/4 BSF, but I can't guarantee that they were the same on all cars. Hopefully a few others will chip in and we'll get a consensus.
by simmitc
Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Starting Dad's old Minor
Replies: 59
Views: 647

Re: Starting Dad's old Minor

When moving off from cold, the car may lack acceleration until its warmed up and the choke is in. It's not a problem, jst something to be aware of, as modern cars give (nearly) full power from cold, but with a Minor you need to be careful to not stall it when trying to do a fastr get away at a junct...
by simmitc
Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Starting Problems
Replies: 4
Views: 143

Re: Starting Problems

Welcome to the forum. You say that most of the system has been changed and that electronic ignition has been fitted. Has the car ever run since all those changes were made? If "no" then it's likely to be a problem with what's been done; if "yes" then something has failed and it's just a question of ...
by simmitc
Thu Oct 31, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Su fuel pump repair
Replies: 5
Views: 308

Re: Su fuel pump repair

I have never used glue / sealant anywhere on the fuel pump, anbd have not encountered any leaks.
by simmitc
Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tracking, Alignment and an off centre wheel...
Replies: 3
Views: 260

Re: Tracking, Alignment and an off centre wheel...

It's possible that over the years the steering wheel and/or steering column have been removed and refiutted when the rack was not central. I agree with what Phil suggested, but at the point of centralisising the steering wheel, I would clarify and also check the alignment of the indicator cancelling...
by simmitc
Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Wanted
Topic: Second hand driver seat frame and banjo driving wheel search
Replies: 7
Views: 493

Re: Second hand driver seat frame and banjo driving wheel search

What is your location? Seat frames are not easy to post, so it would be better to find someone local if at all possible. I'm guessing that what you are looking for is the seat with the adjustament lever on it? Have you looked at your seat mounting - there are two sets of holes mthat can be used. If ...
by simmitc
Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: boot lock
Replies: 9
Views: 364

Re: boot lock

Changing a clock manually? Whatever next? It's just like those antiquated cars where one has to adjust the points gap and tappet clearances instead of relying on electronic management systems and hydraulics. :-? :wink:
by simmitc
Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Leaning lower on near side
Replies: 3
Views: 261

Re: Leaning lower on near side

Is it low at the front or the rear, or both? Over the years the rear springs and front torsion bars will gradually wear and let the car sit lower. It's usually the driver's side that sinks due to the car being driven by just one person with all the weight on that side. However, sagging is gradual, n...
by simmitc
Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: A plea to restore valuable restoration threads
Replies: 16
Views: 779

Re: A plea to restore valuable restoration threads

I have drawn this thread to Mike's attention. I'm sure that he already does everything he can, but will await his comments on this subject.
by simmitc
Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Insanity and indicator switches
Replies: 10
Views: 531

Re: Insanity and indicator switches

What year is the car - wiring changed over the years, but from your desciption I'm guessing that it's relatively late. I suspect that the flasher can should have three wires connected, so have a look for a spare wire floating about. Does the switch have a green light on the end of the stalk, and doe...
by simmitc
Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PETROL
Replies: 21
Views: 775

Re: PETROL

When I was covering 18K miles a year I refused to pay the extra cost for vPower. Now I'm doing a lot less, I have swapped to vPower. All three Minors "seem" to run better. They idle more smoothly and have better torque. Those are subjective, but measured is an improvement in mnpg, around 8%. Cheap s...
by simmitc
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Deluxe?
Replies: 10
Views: 324

Re: Deluxe?

Leather seat covers instead of vinyl, heater, rear ash tray, overriders on the bumpers.
by simmitc
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What was the bull motif?
Replies: 7
Views: 287

Re: What was the bull motif?

~The red animal is an ox. The blue wavy lines are a ford; hence Oxford where William Morris had his first workshop and then factory where the cars were made.
by simmitc
Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Antifreeze
Replies: 15
Views: 566

Re: Antifreeze

Just under a year.
by simmitc
Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Antifreeze
Replies: 15
Views: 566

Re: Antifreeze

Some years ago I ran a fairly unscientific test, one Minor with Bluecol, the other with long life modern OAT. Both cars had silicone hoses and were standard and the same in all other respects. The one with modern AF suffered from salts appearing around rthe heater tap and thermostat housing, and als...
by simmitc
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Ex Police Register
Topic: Wheel colour
Replies: 11
Views: 355

Re: Wheel colour

Silver. Readily available in spray cans. Authentic BL paint colour is obtainable, but most silver paints will be close enough.
by simmitc
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Rear indicators and hazzard lights not working
Replies: 8
Views: 295

Re: Rear indicators and hazzard lights not working

The hazard lights are not a standard item and have been fitted at a later date. The kit probably connects to the same wires used by the standard indicators. It sounds as if either (a) the wires to the rear of the car have become disconnected or (b) the hazard switch has developed a fault. You are lo...