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by Edward1949
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Engine misfire advice
Replies: 21
Views: 641

Re: Engine misfire advice

Thanks for keeping us posted - I thought it was going to be a simple ignition fault, how wrong I was! Many years ago my 1954 Austin Somerset blew head gaskets twice within 500 miles. Same place, the narrowest bit between 2 cylinders. Couldn't afford the "correct" solution of checking & skimming the ...
by Edward1949
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Engine misfire advice
Replies: 21
Views: 641

Re: Engine misfire advice

Hi, For the last few months my engine has been starting up and initially not running on all cylinders (at least that's what it feels like). After about 10-20 seconds, it sort of 'kicks in' and runs fine. The fact that until recently it "got better" after running briefly suggests either a sticking v...
by Edward1949
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Spotted today.
Replies: 2066
Views: 294523

Re: Spotted today.

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Very nice LHD Belgian registered Traveller, Isle of Wight last week.
by Edward1949
Sat May 18, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Clutch stuck on
Replies: 9
Views: 282

Re: Clutch stuck on

......but my concern was the system being under pressure for long periods of time. Understandable concern about clutch springs being left in permanently compressed state for long periods, but they can cope. Think of engine valve springs, some of which randomly suffer unrelieved compression when the...
by Edward1949
Fri May 17, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Clutch stuck on
Replies: 9
Views: 282

Re: Clutch stuck on

Used to be a common fault with Landrovers which weren't in regular use. Standard solution was to rig a piece of wood between the depressed pedal and steering wheel to keep flywheel & plate separated.
by Edward1949
Fri May 17, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Uneven Tyre Wear??
Replies: 8
Views: 298

Re: Uneven Tyre Wear??

The flat drive-over gauge works well on a smooth surface. The aim here is to achieve a reading of zero as the suspension is alredy under load as you drive forwards. to-in is required at reast so that as the car moves forwards, the wheels are forced backwads into a parallel track. I bought one of th...
by Edward1949
Mon May 13, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What did Morris get wrong originally?
Replies: 47
Views: 1827

Re: What did Morris get wrong originally?

Triangulated top suspension links. Interesting comment. On paper this does look like a design weakness, but I've always been impressed at how the single arm from the Armstrong damper seems to cope OK with fore & aft stresses. Also, it's very unusual to come across significant wear in the lever arm ...
by Edward1949
Fri May 10, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: daft question
Replies: 3
Views: 217

Re: daft question

And fuel pump.
by Edward1949
Fri May 10, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What did Morris get wrong originally?
Replies: 47
Views: 1827

Re: What did Morris get wrong originally?

It's interesting that many of your objections are with post Issigonis changes. Fair point. Having owned a 1950 Lowlight many years ago ( ie as near to an unmolested Issigonis as it gets) I reckon it had the best interior of all, and the best mechanical refinement (if that's a word you can use about...
by Edward1949
Thu May 09, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What did Morris get wrong originally?
Replies: 47
Views: 1827

What did Morris get wrong originally?

What would you ask for if you could have had a word in Issigonis's ear in the 1940s? My input: Dear Alec, 1. Make it simple to drop gearbox for clutch overhaul, as in most conventional RWD cars. 2. Better access to master cylinder please. 3. To alleviate the catastrophic consequence of worn bottom t...
by Edward1949
Thu May 02, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Starting problem
Replies: 13
Views: 541

Re: Starting problem

Now to the ballast resistor being in circuit during starting and out of circuit when running. Totally out of the question, I would suggest, because the coil would burn out in a very short time, if that were the case! Or at least the points would not last long as they would be switching a far too he...
by Edward1949
Wed May 01, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Starting problem
Replies: 13
Views: 541

Re: Starting problem

a very weak spark which suddenly gets much stronger when the engine bursts into life. Any ideas anyone? I'm no electrical expert, and this is a (very) long shot....it could be that your car has been fitted with a ballast resistor in the past. If the wiring has been transposed so that the ballast re...
by Edward1949
Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Using Morris to jump-start modern car
Replies: 8
Views: 402

Re: Using Morris to jump-start modern car

Is your car negative earth? Positive, as per original spec. I don’t think this could have any relevance (unless I got my polarities crossed :o ). My concern is whether the massive initial demand of a starter motor in a car with an exhausted battery (which must be more than even an alternator can pr...
by Edward1949
Sun Apr 28, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Using Morris to jump-start modern car
Replies: 8
Views: 402

Using Morris to jump-start modern car

Is there any technical objection to this? My Minor is in original specification. Could the dynamo/control box be adversely affected?
by Edward1949
Sat Apr 27, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Changing Steering Gaiters - The Definitive Guide
Replies: 2
Views: 1213

Re: Changing Steering Gaiters - The Definitive Guide

I asked on this forum whether I needed to remove the track rod ends with a ball joint splitter in order to change the steering gaiters, I never really got an answer, but got some good advice on how to remove the track rod ends. Well today I did it, so I can give the definitive answer. NO. It is tot...
by Edward1949
Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: water pump noise
Replies: 5
Views: 240

Re: water pump noise

My Traveller has developed a horrible screech when the engine is underload and upon investigation today, I have play in my pump pulley. I did notice lately that My radiator was hot at the top and cold at the bottom so I wonder if this was not helping the situation? I've ordered a water pump,thermos...
by Edward1949
Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Upgrading my grease gun
Replies: 12
Views: 385

Upgrading my grease gun

My ancient telescopic-action Tecalemit gun struggles to achieve sufficient pressure, and when it does the grease usually leaks out at the nipple-connector joint, failing to enter the component. Any experiences and advice on buying a new gun would be very much appreciated.
by Edward1949
Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Front Wheel Bearings - Face Adjusted
Replies: 22
Views: 1423

Re: Front Wheel Bearings - Face Adjusted

This thread reminds me that Minors had a bit of a reputation back in the day for wheel-wobble at higher speeds, even after careful wheel-balancing. I always put it down to some subtlety of suspension design which exaggerated the slightest bearing play into an annoying vibration felt through the stee...
by Edward1949
Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: How many A-series cars have you owned?
Replies: 21
Views: 608

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

les wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:12 pm
No one had an Allegro? Missed a trick there!
Never had one. I always thought they had a nice body shape. Could've been a classic, let down by poor detail design, and they rusted quite badly (as did most cars then ).
by Edward1949
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: How many A-series cars have you owned?
Replies: 21
Views: 608

How many A-series cars have you owned?

As a young driver in the late 1960s there was a good choice of cheap bangers for impecunious youths & I went through my share of money-pits (often large cars) until I had a run of luck with A series-engined cars. The engines seemed to take appalling abuse and neglect and were easy and cheap to keep ...