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by ianmack
Sun May 19, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Early high arch rear wings
Replies: 2
Views: 120

Re: Early high arch rear wings

Well that’s one possibility, I could try that. Thanks
by ianmack
Sun May 19, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Early high arch rear wings
Replies: 2
Views: 120

Early high arch rear wings

My project ‘54 saloon came with two new and unfitted wings but they are of the later small arch type. I know they will fit but I would like to keep the appearance of the early car. I have been told that people can modify the arch but I’m wary of ruining a new panel. Has anyone done this? How did you...
by ianmack
Fri May 17, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: E-bay Scammers
Replies: 21
Views: 441

Re: E-bay Scammers

Ok, so........ people hand over their money without seeing the car? And do these cars actually exist?? It all seems very mysterious..... It is quite possible that these people use photos without actually being in possession of the car. It might be interesting to make contact to see how they respond...
by ianmack
Thu May 16, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: E-bay Scammers
Replies: 21
Views: 441

Re: E-bay Scammers

Regular features of the dodgy ads seem to include sudden listing of a lot of cars at once, very low prices, lack of a location and most particularly a note in the description asking buyers to contact an email address rather than using the ebay message system. These ads are now appearing on such a re...
by ianmack
Thu May 16, 2019 7:17 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: brake master cylinder failed
Replies: 9
Views: 260

Re: brake master cylinder failed

I think the consensus on Minor master cylinders is that new seals are inadvisable. Even if the old cylinder looks ok new seals do not always make for a good repair, as you have found, and in the case of the Minor the awkward location means that having to then do the job twice is a real pain. A new c...
by ianmack
Sun May 12, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What did Morris get wrong originally?
Replies: 24
Views: 672

Re: What did Morris get wrong originally?

A couple of posts here mention difficulty of gearbox removal. I can’t claim to have removed a great many gearboxes but the mog seems fairly straightforward and at least we have the removable floor panel to help access. I’ve only done A series boxes though, is the MM more problematic? ‘Idle thoughts ...
by ianmack
Thu May 09, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What did Morris get wrong originally?
Replies: 24
Views: 672

Re: What did Morris get wrong originally?

les wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 6:25 pm
Yes terrible design, how can something so wrong still be around around seventy years on!! :roll:
Stephenson’s Rocket is still around but that doesn’t mean it has no room for improvement :D
by ianmack
Thu May 09, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What did Morris get wrong originally?
Replies: 24
Views: 672

Re: What did Morris get wrong originally?

But if brake parts were bought in the Girling type of bulkhead cylinder is much cheaper, around £25 today against £70 oddfor the Lockheed. I think the underfloor location was a carry over from the cross shaft arrangement of mechanical systems.

Or did Morris own Lockheed?
by ianmack
Thu May 09, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What did Morris get wrong originally?
Replies: 24
Views: 672

Re: What did Morris get wrong originally?

Definitely put the master cylinder on the bulkhead. I’d also like them to persevere with the flat four engine but that would need the ear of old Morris himself and I think he was getting a bit set in his ways by then.
by ianmack
Fri May 03, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Jumping out of gear
Replies: 15
Views: 589

Re: Jumping out of gear

Jumping is usually a symptom of a worn box and generally means an overhaul is due. The mog box is not too dfficult to do yourself and doesn’t need special tools.
by ianmack
Fri May 03, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Front brakes
Replies: 2
Views: 155

Re: Front brakes

Yes the eight inch ones bolt straight on. Make sure you have the adjusters for eight inch brakes.
by ianmack
Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Gearbox woes
Replies: 104
Views: 3752

Re: Gearbox woes

I certainly wouldn’t use that first gear again, those teeth are disintegrating. I had a tooth come off a motorcycle gearbox a while ago and the gearbox seized completely, always an unpleasant experience especially on a bike.

I have some spare gears and might have one.
by ianmack
Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Steering rack riddle
Replies: 4
Views: 126

Re: Steering rack riddle

Wouldn’t they be narrower?
by ianmack
Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Steering rack riddle
Replies: 4
Views: 126

Steering rack riddle

Today I’ve been replacing the gaiters and track rod ends on my ‘54 saloon. I bought the parts a while ago and ordered the early type small diameter track rod ends. The car has a lot of later parts fitted so I wasn’t entirely surprised when they didn’t fit. I bought some late type ones and they didn’...
by ianmack
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: MoT exemption letter in Minor Matters?
Replies: 5
Views: 360

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: 206

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: 207

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: 485

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: 206

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: 18
Views: 747

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...