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by Monty-4
Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Building a 1275
Replies: 6
Views: 298

Re: Building a 1275

For a road car it might be worth looking into AC Dodds "Road Torque" cams or something similarly mild? Basically higher lift than period cams but tame timing.

Very inexpensive extra torque and mpg.
by Monty-4
Sun Jan 05, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Steering wheel, and B post seat belt anchorage. Safety improvement without destroying character? Ideas appreciated.
Replies: 21
Views: 620

Re: Steering wheel, and B post seat belt anchorage. Safety improvement without destroying character? Ideas appreciated.

I guess making a Morrie safe enough to stop worrying is a foolish idea, and I don't ever recall anybody of my acquaintance dying in one or a similar vintage car in my youth, just bending them occasionally, and usually not bending them very much. My main protective procedure will always have to be b...
by Monty-4
Sun Jan 05, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Parts for sale
Topic: Fish carb/manifold and Oselli head
Replies: 5
Views: 433

Re: Fish carb/manifold and Oselli head

I would dearly love to try a Fish carb on my engine but have no need for the head! Unfortunately the seller refuses to split the items up. :roll:
by Monty-4
Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Engine Paint Colour
Replies: 8
Views: 630

Re: Engine Paint Colour

beware - there are several shades of this green sold and several were used in the original production. Stick to the same supplier and listing when buying multiple tins/cans, and double-check them if looking for absolute originality!
by Monty-4
Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Steering wheel, and B post seat belt anchorage. Safety improvement without destroying character? Ideas appreciated.
Replies: 21
Views: 620

Re: Steering wheel, and B post seat belt anchorage. Safety improvement without destroying character? Ideas appreciated.

Might I add that the later steering wheel - unspoked - may be safer than other wood covered metal aftermarket options. Being plastic/bakelite it is known to bend in an impact and is hopefully softer than one's skull. The same can't be said for wheels of metal construction. On the topic of wheels - s...
by Monty-4
Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Porting Tools?
Replies: 7
Views: 332

Re: Porting Tools?

That was quick Phil! Many minds turning to their hobbies on this bank holiday? :)

That and some hand files and wet-and-dry do the job then? Have you invested in any cleaning tools like ultra-sonic and vapour blasting kits?
by Monty-4
Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: FUEL QUESTION
Replies: 8
Views: 426

Re: FUEL QUESTION

I expect most Minors would happily run on lower than 95 octane petrol. They are hardly high compression motors unless modified.
by Monty-4
Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Porting Tools?
Replies: 7
Views: 332

Porting Tools?

When building my Minor's engine a couple of years ago I got a bit carried away and tried my hand at porting an twin HS2 inlet manifold to Vizard spec, plus making some simple modifications to the carbs such as locktiting in shortened brass butterfly screws and experimenting with different stub stack...
by Monty-4
Thu Nov 28, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Change Engine Mounts in Situ
Replies: 5
Views: 399

Re: Change Engine Mounts in Situ

As above it's perfectly easy to do it without disconnecting the radiator and so on by supporting the engine and undoing the tower bolts.
by Monty-4
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Noisy Diff
Replies: 4
Views: 357

Re: Noisy Diff

I've tried oil treatments before such as Molyslip but can't say whether I expienced a real difference or a placebo.

eBay diffs could be worse, an exchange recon diff is the only sure answer I've found.
by Monty-4
Sat Nov 02, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bull Motif/ESM
Replies: 37
Views: 1846

Re: Bull Motif/ESM

Well there is one perspective! As a young-ish (and vegetarian) Morris owner who has undertaken significant restoration work on my own car and helped friends with others, funneling hundreds of pounds to ESM and BullMotif, and driven my Minor for tens of thousands of miles, I'll try not to take offens...
by Monty-4
Sun Sep 29, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: i am soooo in love
Replies: 9
Views: 664

Re: i am soooo in love

Quite right! A standard car driven with some sense is perfectly good. Well adjusted drum brakes are not necessarily worse than disks, one could even make an argument about a the greater contact area a drum shoe offers over a disc pad. The disadvantage of drums being heat management. I've also found ...
by Monty-4
Sat Sep 21, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Insurance
Replies: 10
Views: 599

Re: Insurance

I've had decent experience with two of the common insurers - Footman James & Lancaster Insurance. Best thing to do is to call around classic specialists such as those - steer clear of non-specialists - and find out what they quote. My premium was in the region of £400 as a new driver, but I was alre...
by Monty-4
Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Long Range Classics
Replies: 59
Views: 7184

Re: Long Range Classics

I'm starting to doubt the wisdom of this Volvo purchase as I've just had to pay for a new alternator and it was quite literally three times the price of a Moggy unit. Add that to the cost of swapping out some saggy springs and empty dampers - this is becoming expensive. I don't know why we bother wi...
by Monty-4
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: starting
Replies: 46
Views: 2183

Re: starting

I'd check the float height to see if your theory is correct!

Then work your way around the ignition system. Dirty points can make starting harder, for example.
by Monty-4
Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Long Range Classics
Replies: 59
Views: 7184

Re: Long Range Classics

I saw one of the big Riley landcrabs go for around £2k not that long ago. I think they are still unfashionable enough to go cheapish. :)
by Monty-4
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Long Range Classics
Replies: 59
Views: 7184

Re: Long Range Classics

Been looking at 'Long Range Classics' as well. My days of driving a manual car are coming to an end so I need an automatic. For the same reason I need a car that's good to go. I'm not able to roll around on damp concrete under a car any more. In past years, when they were cheap throw-away cars, I h...
by Monty-4
Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Long Range Classics
Replies: 59
Views: 7184

Re: Long Range Classics

That old P6 I bought and sold when making this old thread is now worth 3-4 times what I paid and sold it for (£1500). Doh! Oh well. I've recently bought myself a second "practical classic" for my new job (I'm now a commuter) so I can still tinker with the Morris without it having to be on the road 1...
by Monty-4
Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Softer Ride
Replies: 16
Views: 985

Re: Softer Ride

philthehill wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 7:33 am
You can take the bottom leaf and place it on the top of the top leaf or you can remove it altogether as I have done with the 7 leaf traveller springs fitted to my Minor.
That must have been what I was thinking of!
by Monty-4
Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Softer Ride
Replies: 16
Views: 985

Re: Softer Ride

I don't think so, perhaps just worn out ones!

I've heard fitting strips of teflon between each spring, removing friction between them, can improve matters too. Plus I've read on here of turning the top leaf over to soften the ride.