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by ianmack
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: MoT exemption letter in Minor Matters?
Replies: 5
Views: 277

Re: MoT exemption letter in Minor Matters?

There was a lack of clarity at the beginning of the exemption, but all concerned should be well aware of it by now and there should be no need to carry documents to prove the letter of the law.
by ianmack
Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Gearbox grief - selector rods
Replies: 1
Views: 186

Re: Gearbox grief - selector rods

I’ve managed to sort this and it was the reverse fork having come adrift on its rod. I thought the fork might have broken but it was actually the retaining screw which had somehow lost its pointed tip. This can can be fixed without removing the box by accessing through the gear lever hole, side plat...
by ianmack
Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: 1963 pull starter cable
Replies: 6
Views: 169

Re: 1963 pull starter cable

I think they might have sent you a choke cable by mistake.
by ianmack
Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: How many A-series cars have you owned?
Replies: 21
Views: 409

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

Two Minis back in the 70s and an A40 Farina. In the classic car era six mogs, two rotten ones dismantled, two sold and two kept.

Many years ago I knew of a man who had a Moskvitch with an a series engine installed. I suppose it must have seemed like a good idea at the time. :o
by ianmack
Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Gearbox grief - selector rods
Replies: 1
Views: 186

Gearbox grief - selector rods

The first drive yesterday of my ‘54 with 1098 engine and 948/803 gearbox proved a little disappointing. Reverse gear disappeared, followed by first and second. I managed to get it into the garage using third. Removing the gear lever I find that the reverse selector rod is canted over to the side and...
by ianmack
Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Morris Minor Specialists
Replies: 15
Views: 448

Re: Morris Minor Specialists

The FBHVC website used to have a list of garages recommended for repairs and mots on old cars, but after a quick browse I couldn’t find it. Chatting to local enthusiasts is probably as good a way as any of finding the good ones in your area. The only answer to a silly mot fail is simply not to go th...
by ianmack
Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: 948cc engine strip continued.
Replies: 4
Views: 184

Re: 948cc engine strip continued.

Hello Phil. PM sent Ian
by ianmack
Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Best type of garage door
Replies: 8
Views: 382

Re: Best type of garage door

I’ve had a one piece double door for fifteen years and I find it okay. It does twist a bit when being opened and closed but it hasn’t come off its runners. It sometimes takes two or three goes to close and lock it because the lock works against brackets which aren’t very strong and have needed strag...
by ianmack
Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:26 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hello!
Replies: 14
Views: 358

Re: Hello!

Without resale considerations a ‘Minor Million Traveller’ becomes perfectly feasible and I’m warming to the idea myself. You won’t find a white Traveller interior because Morris never made such a thing but a trimmer could quote you for making one. Bear in mind that the Traveller interior is differen...
by ianmack
Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hello!
Replies: 14
Views: 358

Re: Hello!

Actually market forces caught up with Ford in the end. By the mid 1920s the model T was getting seriously dated and they had to offer some new colours to boost flagging sales.
by ianmack
Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hello!
Replies: 14
Views: 358

Re: Hello!

A ‘Minor Million’ spec Traveller would be an interesting project given that Morris never made one, but I fear a custom made white interior might be horribly expensive. I read somewhere that Maroon and Trafalgar Blue are currently the most popular Minor colours, making them the easiest to sell and fe...
by ianmack
Sun Mar 24, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hello!
Replies: 14
Views: 358

Re: Hello!

Hello and welcome. If you would like to change the interior but are concerned about the cost bear in mind that your old interior if removed complete and in good condition can be sold, and if like for like might even pay for the next one.
by ianmack
Sun Mar 24, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Anyone know what these two switches are for?
Replies: 9
Views: 362

Re: Anyone know what these two switches are for?

These are accessory switches and could be operating any sort of gadget a previous owner wanted. There are basically two methods for checking. One, turn on the ignition, work the switches and see what happens. Look around the car for reversing lights etc. If nothing happens then check two is to follo...
by ianmack
Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bullitt Scene - Minor Spot?
Replies: 10
Views: 461

Re: Bullitt Scene - Minor Spot?

I think that’s a Volvo PV544. Always nice to have a reason to watch that again.
by ianmack
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:22 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Cleaning wiring harness
Replies: 3
Views: 248

Re: Cleaning wiring harness

Thanks Bob. I also asked this on another forum and the response was unanimous, bad idea. The wires and connectors are all good so I’ll just gently clean the visible section of sleeve under the bonnet.
by ianmack
Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Cleaning wiring harness
Replies: 3
Views: 248

Cleaning wiring harness

I’m about to install a wiring harness, in good condition but very grubby. Years ago I was told that you can put them in a washing machine, but I’m not sure about this. Has anyone tried it? Or is it a daft idea?
by ianmack
Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Brake fluid theory
Replies: 7
Views: 279

Re: Brake fluid theory

If the zombies are after you you won’t be wanting to use the brakes!
by ianmack
Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Unblocking engine coolant drain tap passage
Replies: 12
Views: 400

Re: Unblocking engine coolant drain tap passage

If you’ve used a straight screwdriver have you tried using something curved? You may have made a straight hole through a mass of muck and the coolant may be held back by the remainder.
by ianmack
Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Coil mounting bracket
Replies: 3
Views: 149

Re: Coil mounting bracket

Thanks Phil and Alan. I don’t think my use will be arduous enough to need it, not even over Hampshire road surfaces.
by ianmack
Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Coil mounting bracket
Replies: 3
Views: 149

Coil mounting bracket

I have just come across an unusual coil bracket, an additional support cradle between the strap brackets of coil and dynamo. The ends of the cradle are curved to fit under the body of the coil as it lies on its side. I’ve never seen one before, is it an original Morris fitting? The mounting holes sh...