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by pde2000
Tue Jul 14, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Seat belts - Series II 4 door
Replies: 31
Views: 483

Re: Seat belts - Series II 4 door

The likelihood of hitting your head on the turret reinforcement above the windscreen and getting a fracture is very real. A local garage was fitting some tires for me and the fitter described how his dad had nearly died that way in an identical car.
by pde2000
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Something for series 2 owners
Replies: 5
Views: 229

Re: Something for series 2 owners

My 54 has the full pack, all used and the tickets from the service book pinned to the receipts listing all the work done. I wish i was in as good nick as my car, which is 15 years older than me. There's also an unused book of ration vouchers for petrol, as the ration ended that year. That is a stran...
by pde2000
Sun May 10, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Dash ashtray - What to replace it with?
Replies: 30
Views: 749

Re: Dash ashtray - What to replace it with?

there is a switch just below the dash There was no switch for the dash lighting on my 1954 car, was that standard or optional? As long as your main beam is operational then it will be either the wiring to the light or the bulb. Statement of the obvious, I know, however my point is that they are the...
by pde2000
Sun May 10, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Dash ashtray - What to replace it with?
Replies: 30
Views: 749

Re: Dash ashtray - What to replace it with?

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Ah, well mine have never worked, so I'll have to figure that one out. Do you know which is which?

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The right one is main beam (red filter) left one illuminator (there is a switch just below the dash) both MES bulbs.
by pde2000
Sat May 09, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Oil release valve damage?
Replies: 18
Views: 281

Re: Oil release valve damage?

I would take Phil's advice, he knows his stuff. I wish i had replaced my big end shells when my oil pressure dropped.
by pde2000
Sat May 09, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Dash ashtray - What to replace it with?
Replies: 30
Views: 749

Re: Dash ashtray - What to replace it with?

The two grey things are light fittings, one a full beam indictor, the other a dash ilumination. I like the look of the grill, and i don't use the ash tray any more. I did fit a pair of car speakers above the parcel shelf, in the circular holes in the bulk head, using a bit of ply to fill them out. Y...
by pde2000
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Stiff door hinges
Replies: 4
Views: 519

Re: Stiff door hinges

Has anybody had the doors off? It's not so easy getting the hinges lined up straight after putting the doors back on and the symptoms are a stiff door. Inside the A pillar there are a pair of plates that the hinges bolt into and these can move in 2 dimensions to adjust the hang of the door. I took o...
by pde2000
Mon Mar 23, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: series II grill
Replies: 7
Views: 347

Re: series II grill

My sII had it's grill chrome plated by it's original owner, straight after he bought it, as he wanted the original look. The whole panel was removed, stripped of paint, and given the shiny metal finish. Then the 'grill' bit was taped off and the rest re-enamelled. When i got the car resprayed the ch...
by pde2000
Wed Mar 18, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Series MM Register
Topic: door draught excluder
Replies: 7
Views: 402

Re: door draught excluder

myoldjalopy wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:37 am
The draught excluder colour should (roughly) match the paint colour. Never seen a rubber over the dip switch, so I say no......
draught excluder matches the trim colour; red leather has red fabric, blue, green, etc. Mine is a black 4 door, with red trim, including the draught excluder.
by pde2000
Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration
Replies: 184
Views: 9504

Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

I got to the radiator today on my never ending parts inspection list and I'm guessing it is the original item? I thought the core was in an ok condition, however there is one small area that is badly damaged so I am looking for someone to 're-core' it for me, but retain the surrounding structure an...
by pde2000
Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: series II door strap chrome bracket
Replies: 14
Views: 642

Re: series II door strap chrome bracket

I'm pretty sure the strap is just a folded length of leather that is screwed to the door with a pair of screws, with a pair of cup washers to spread the load, and the chromed steel then hides this. My drivers door strap is quite soft and flexible from use, and the passenger door strap is hard and st...
by pde2000
Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Split-screen chrome surround on eBay??
Replies: 41
Views: 3077

Re: Split-screen chrome surround on eBay??

Yes the ends of the trim have a hole. Even though there is only one joiner in the offer they are both very similar so a copy would be possible. Brass is quite malleable so there is a chance it could be straightened out. Mine won't sit down in the groove in the corners, probably having been prized ou...
by pde2000
Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1954 style air cleaner - opening?
Replies: 5
Views: 470

Re: 1954 style air cleaner - opening?

It's the unit labeled 1, which is a silencer. The steel mesh receives oily vapours from the rocker box cover via tube 2 so can become quite filthy over the years and just needs washing in petrol to get back to 'clean', as Phil said. The oil bath type (4) shown in the remaining graphic was the 'expor...
by pde2000
Wed May 15, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Series MM Register
Topic: Rotodip System
Replies: 6
Views: 2098

Re: Rotodip System

Does anybody know when the Rotodip system was put into production,the reason I ask this question is that recently I rolled my 1952 series mm (in the garage by the way) & found that under the lovely grease & oil the underside was black- a semi gloss (not underseal) where as the upper body is Clarend...
by pde2000
Fri May 10, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What did Morris get wrong originally?
Replies: 47
Views: 3890

Re: What did Morris get wrong originally?

I had a look at that rotodip reference and found this http://www.austinmemories.com/styled-34/index.html It seems the chemistry was to help the primer stick to the steel. I always assumed the shiny steel that was revealed when the rubber underseal was broken away was a tin plate. Before i had mine r...
by pde2000
Fri May 10, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What did Morris get wrong originally?
Replies: 47
Views: 3890

Re: What did Morris get wrong originally?

I agree that the master cylinder isn't SO much of an issue. The steel quality used on the early cars was pretty good and I think even the first cars were rotated in the "Rotodip" paint tank but they certainly weren't "plated". In the interest of accuracy, the brilliant designer was surely Alec. Not...
by pde2000
Thu May 09, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What did Morris get wrong originally?
Replies: 47
Views: 3890

Re: What did Morris get wrong originally?

It's not so hard to get to the master cylinder really, you just put a jack under the torsion bar and push it up out of the way to access the bolts. The earlier minors were dipped in a plating tank after the spot welding had been done so were relatively rust proof. When I scrape off some of the origi...
by pde2000
Sat Apr 13, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Why is the air intake above the exhaust?
Replies: 16
Views: 1268

Re: Why is the air intake above the exhaust?

On my renault 4 the air intake could be positioned either over the manifold or away from it, and this was for summer or winter. My MMs2 has the old silencer type air intake, and there must have been many variations since then.

If the weather is too cold i imagine that could cause problems.
by pde2000
Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Remember the scrappage scheme?
Replies: 10
Views: 996

Re: Remember the scrappage scheme?

Unfortunate thing about the scrappage scheme was that it was a con by the main dealers. The £2000 knocked off the dealer price in exchange for your old banger was around the same amount a discounter was cutting the price. I remember Perry's had new fiat panda dynamic (1.2) for exactly £2000 off list...
by pde2000
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Fuel spill
Replies: 18
Views: 2022

Re: Fuel spill

You're right Alan. My problem is that I am so used to modern cars letting you keep pumping until full and it automatically cutting out that the tank over fills and spills near the end. It would be nice to be able to program the pump to deliver a measured dose. Not having a locking cap makes me paran...