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by myoldjalopy
Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: New fan belt, now have red light
Replies: 88
Views: 1180

Re: New fan belt, now have red light

You could try cleaning the cut-out contacts with fine glass paper, then wipe off with thinners. The old ones are better made than the new ones. But after a shock like you had, I guess a new control box will give you more peace of mind. Fingers crossed this time! Oh, and the left hand (voltage regula...
by myoldjalopy
Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: New fan belt, now have red light
Replies: 88
Views: 1180

Re: New fan belt, now have red light

I fitted a 'secret' switch for the fuel pump and the first time I went out afterwards I switched it off and left the car. Came back to it and drove off - then wondered why it spluttered to a halt 100 yards or so down the road. Then I remembered the switch! Getting used to it now... :roll:
by myoldjalopy
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: New fan belt, now have red light
Replies: 88
Views: 1180

Re: New fan belt, now have red light

Well, he says he's already ordered a dynamo! I have replaced my dynamo once in the last 19 years - and the old one looked pretty ancient - and I have to say, in over 38 years of motoring and six cars I have had three alternator failures and two dynamo failures. Of course, if you want to run radios, ...
by myoldjalopy
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Problems with the Messageboard
Topic: Stopped getting notifications
Replies: 6
Views: 144

Re: Stopped getting notifications

Well, I don't know. This has happened before. I can't see why my provider should keep changing its mind about what is spam or not :-?
by myoldjalopy
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: New fan belt, now have red light
Replies: 88
Views: 1180

Re: New fan belt, now have red light

Yes, the smaller of the two terminals on the dynamo is the 'F' or 'field' terminal. Flash it with a wire taken from the non-earth battery post (in your case, the negative terminal, as your car is +ive earth - just like Phil says). Remove the F and D wires from the dynamo (tape them off, to be safe) ...
by myoldjalopy
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Problems with the Messageboard
Topic: Stopped getting notifications
Replies: 6
Views: 144

Re: Stopped getting notifications

Yes, me too! :(
by myoldjalopy
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: New fan belt, now have red light
Replies: 88
Views: 1180

Re: New fan belt, now have red light

OK - the dynamo should run 'briskly' as a motor and without hesitation. And yes, I think the dynamo will run as a motor in the test I described without ignition being 'on', as you have found out. Another dynamo test is to disconnect the F and D wires at the dynamo and tape off the ends so they can't...
by myoldjalopy
Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: New fan belt, now have red light
Replies: 88
Views: 1180

Re: New fan belt, now have red light

OK, the F terminal is the smaller of the two terminals. And your low battery reading may indicate that it isn't being charged. To see if the regulator is cutting out, carefully remove the lid of the control box by pushing back the securing wire clip and removing the lid and then run the engine. The ...
by myoldjalopy
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: New fan belt, now have red light
Replies: 88
Views: 1180

Re: New fan belt, now have red light

With a bit of luck, you will find a connection on the dynamo was disturbed. However, if this is not the case then the problem is most likely to be a fault in the wiring elsewhere, or a fault in the dynamo itself, or a fault in the cut-out of the control box. Let us know if the connections are good a...
by myoldjalopy
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Why is the air intake above the exhaust?
Replies: 16
Views: 514

Re: Why is the air intake above the exhaust?

But you can point the intake of the saucepan type air filter towards the radiator - wouldn't that help a bit?
by myoldjalopy
Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: New fan belt, now have red light
Replies: 88
Views: 1180

Re: New fan belt, now have red light

First check - it is possible you accidentaly pulled a wire loose from your dynamo/alternator when fitting the fan belt......go check the connections in this area.
If all electrical connections are good,clean and secure, the next question is 'Have you a dynamo or an alternator?'
by myoldjalopy
Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ignition
Replies: 19
Views: 422

Re: Ignition

Anything can fail at any time I suppose but, from periodic posts on this discussion board, I doubt electronic ignition is any more reliable than points, if anything, less so. Why, only recently, someone on here had had his points replaced by some fancy electronic gizmo and the story ended with him h...
by myoldjalopy
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Refurbishing my gloveboxes
Replies: 12
Views: 283

Re: Refurbishing my gloveboxes

Well done! And I see you've got that great little BC MacDonald book too! :D
by myoldjalopy
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: How many A-series cars have you owned?
Replies: 21
Views: 412

Re: How many A-series cars have you owned?

A-series cars? Five - an Austin 1300GT, an SII Minor 2-door saloon, a 1098cc Traveller, an early 1000 four-door saloon (but with a 1098cc engine fitted) and a SII 4-door saloon. But the Austin engine went kaput, so I put in a replacement from an Austin 1100, the Minor 1000 had two replacement engine...
by myoldjalopy
Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Dashpot oil
Replies: 4
Views: 242

Re: Dashpot oil

Yes, top it up to the level of the inner lip. As the oil runs low, there will be hesitation on acceleration and, eventually, the car will just stall when idling and trying to take off. Recommended check is every 3,000 miles. If it is over-filled, the excess will come out the little hole in the top o...
by myoldjalopy
Sat Apr 06, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Morris Minor Specialists
Replies: 15
Views: 449

Re: Morris Minor Specialists

The issue Keith alludes to is not just a problem in Worcestershire, but all over the country. Unfortunately, we have arrived at a time when most of the old-time mechanics who worked on, knew and understood old cars in general, and Minors in particular, have either died or retired. I do all my own se...
by myoldjalopy
Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: 948cc engine strip continued.
Replies: 4
Views: 185

Re: 948cc engine strip continued.

I wonder how many engines met an early demise from this scenario Phil? Back in the day, Minors were often seen, and run, as 'old bangers'. Likely many didn't even get an oil change, let alone the filter changed properly! Some of my previous Morris Minors needed frequent oil top ups, probably because...
by myoldjalopy
Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Exhaust raspberries
Replies: 12
Views: 406

Re: Exhaust raspberries

After fitting a new exhaust recently, my exhaust note is louder, fatter and fruitier! Its awesome and I love it!
by myoldjalopy
Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Speed Limiters
Replies: 19
Views: 622

Re: Speed Limiters

The faster you go, the less able you are to control the car in an emergency. However, bad driving is more to do with carelessness, recklessness, aggression and downright stupidity. I always said if there were a big, sharp spike sticking out of the steering wheel, people would drive much more careful...
by myoldjalopy
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Brake servo advice
Replies: 3
Views: 122

Re: Brake servo advice

To be honest, I wouldn't bother if it is a standard Minor. As long as the braking system is properly set up and maintained, and you drive within the limits of the car, standard Minor braking system is fine. Sometimes fitting fancy stuff to a simple, effective car causes problems - we see them on her...