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by Monty-4
Sat Sep 21, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Insurance
Replies: 4
Views: 70

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: 6143

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: 10
Views: 261

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: 6143

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: 6143

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: 6143

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: 14
Views: 571

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: 14
Views: 571

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.
by Monty-4
Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: WATCH OUT! MM LEARNER ABOUT!
Replies: 10
Views: 344

Re: WATCH OUT! MM LEARNER ABOUT!

Shoot me a message if viewing a car in or near Cambridgeshire, always best to have somebody there to show you the rust and tell you how much everything is going to cost. ;)
by Monty-4
Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: long distance driving
Replies: 39
Views: 1249

Re: long distance driving

On the carb front I was planning on leaving the standard carb but then something said the HIF38 could be used on the minor, is there an advantage with the HIF38 over the standard SU? Only if other upgrades are made to make the cylinder head flow better as that is the main bottleneck. Not much, if a...
by Monty-4
Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: long distance driving
Replies: 39
Views: 1249

Re: long distance driving

Having done quite a few 400 mile or more trips including a couple into the thousands I would recommend paying attention to the following. - Minimise wind noise through refurbishment of door and window seals. - Don't put up with a noisy gearbox. - Don't put up with a noisy diff. - Carry spares for un...
by Monty-4
Thu May 23, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Keeping a Minor Outdoors
Replies: 27
Views: 887

Re: Keeping a Minor Outdoors

Can the rear be opened so it is just effectively a tunnel? Thinking of adding one in front of a garage on a driveway.
by Monty-4
Wed May 22, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Keeping a Minor Outdoors
Replies: 27
Views: 887

Re: Keeping a Minor Outdoors

I would suggest it would be fine outside if all of the seals are in good condition and function properly. A leaky windscreen, rear window, boot or bonnet would be pretty intolerable if the car is being kept outside. Perhaps an outdoor cover or one of those pop-up garage tents would also be an option...
by Monty-4
Tue May 14, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rolling Road
Replies: 14
Views: 708

Re: Rolling Road

I went to Southam Mini & Metro Centre and paid a little under £150, but I miraculously had the correct needle in my toolbox so may have saved a little on parts.

Nice chaps.
by Monty-4
Sat May 11, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Torsion Bar replacement
Replies: 28
Views: 1068

Re: Torsion Bar replacement

Wow! Have you been doing stunts in the Morris? Jumped over other cars? Quite a bend!
by Monty-4
Fri May 10, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: New vacuum gauge
Replies: 4
Views: 235

Re: New vacuum gauge

Interesting, I have a vacuum gauge that is connected to a manifold/carb spacer on one side of a twin carb setup - no pulsing whatsoever. Perhaps it is more exposed to the turbulence when plugged directly to the manifold?
by Monty-4
Fri May 10, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Torsion Bar replacement
Replies: 28
Views: 1068

Re: Torsion Bar replacement

That cost implies approx 4-5 hours labour to me at ~£60 p/hour + VAT. It could take that long if every bolt is rusted and needs cutting off an replacing, but I doubt it. I'd also suspect that the car just needs the ride height adjusted on one side rather than a complete replacement of both torsion b...
by Monty-4
Thu May 09, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What did Morris get wrong originally?
Replies: 47
Views: 2418

Re: What did Morris get wrong originally?

The rear torsion bar arrangement would have been fun, as well as the flat four.

Given the prevelance of smoking at the time they could have also made changing the headlining easier!
by Monty-4
Thu May 02, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Brake adjustment
Replies: 12
Views: 792

Re: Brake adjustment

On the topic of oversize snail cams - I see ESM do a version that they state requires the drum to be skimmed.

I wonder if these might solve my problem of running out of adjustment with the Wolseley 1500 brakes?
by Monty-4
Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Other
Topic: What do you have in your tool kit
Replies: 13
Views: 609

Re: What do you have in your tool kit

Quite a bit as I over-prepared for the 2018 Minors on Tour when getting home would have been 1,000 miles. A spanner for everything up to the eyebolt size, screwdrivers, ignition parts, fuel pump repair kit, fuses, carb springs and float, spark plugs, ignition leads, brake cylinder seals, a brake fle...