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by Edward1949
Sat Sep 21, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: starting
Replies: 10
Views: 298

Re: starting

Strangely it has done it twice when parked in the garage at home for a couple of days but when left outside at work for a couple of days it has started fine. Could be a clue here. Mine needs full choke after a cold night outside, but only half choke if garaged, otherwise it can flood (although this...
by Edward1949
Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: An Essential Spare?
Replies: 11
Views: 407

Re: An Essential Spare?

Is this the shaft that the brake and clutch pedal share? No, we're talking about the rod which links to the clutch withdrawal lever at the bell-housing. The shared brake + clutch pedal shaft can certainly wear and develop looseness over the years, anything you can do to lubricate it must be a good ...
by Edward1949
Sun Sep 15, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Steering Rack
Replies: 31
Views: 597

Re: Steering Rack

alawrence10360 wrote:
Sun Sep 15, 2019 3:11 pm
it was a nightmare fitting it back on my own
:( I'm contemplating this job. Any tips ?
by Edward1949
Sun Sep 15, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: An Essential Spare?
Replies: 11
Views: 407

Re: An Essential Spare?

Yes, back in the 1970s driving a 1955 Minor. A long way from home, but the route had few junctions. Started the car in first gear (a bit brutal) and went through the gears to top ( it's surprisingly easy to get engine speed just right for clutchless gear changing if you concentrate). Main angst was ...
by Edward1949
Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Circular heater
Replies: 47
Views: 758

Re: Circular heater

geoberni wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:34 pm

When did the elephant trunk under the bonnet get introduced?

About 2 years after the upgrade to 1098cc, so circa 1964
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Going back to circular heaters, some had simple doors so that heat could be directed at the screen instead of the car interior.
by Edward1949
Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A new home for Max the Minor
Replies: 36
Views: 902

Re: A new home for Max the Minor

Good continuity for a Minor owner . The B series engine is a big cousin to the A series, and Minor-based front suspension....
by Edward1949
Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Improving drum brake performance on a 71 traveller
Replies: 11
Views: 288

Re: Improving drum brake performance on a 71 traveller

http://brakereline.co.uk/ I was thinking (and still am) of fitting softer front linings. I had a quote last year from this company to reline my shoes with a soft woven material which guarantees stronger braking - presumably with the penalty of faster wear. The cost was £9.50 per shoe plus VAT plus p...
by Edward1949
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Axle tramp
Replies: 83
Views: 2190

Re: Axle tramp

..............................There's a knocking or clunking noise when changing gear, which seems to come from the rear of the car. It feels like it's drive train or axle/diff related. ... Can you be more specific? Does the knock happen when you re-engage the clutch after a gear-change? Can you av...
by Edward1949
Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A new home for Max the Minor
Replies: 36
Views: 902

Re: A new home for Max the Minor

1960's MG Magnette 1622cc (or Riley equivalent) with Borg-Warner Auto was a nice relaxing motorway cruiser with upmarket interior. Or get the Oxford/Cambridge version if you feel like slumming it !
by Edward1949
Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Redex
Replies: 3
Views: 242

Re: Redex

https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/302032241570 I now use this Millers product. In addition to being a Lead replacement, it claims to protect classic cars' fuel systems from Ethanol damage. It also claims an enhancement of up to 2 Octane points. After a few hundred miles usage my Minor seems to pull more stro...
by Edward1949
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Redex or catalyst balls for fuel??
Replies: 11
Views: 408

Re: Redex or catalyst balls for fuel??

...……………………. I should use something akin to https://www.millersoils-shop.co.uk/vspe-power-plus-multishot , simply to offset the effects of ethanol. It just happens to have lead replacement into the bargain. :wink: . Having worried myself by reading about the dire effects on classic cars of ethanol ...
by Edward1949
Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: adjusting brakes
Replies: 6
Views: 279

Re: adjusting brakes

One solution I've heard (on this forum maybe?) is to build up the slot in the shoe with a dab of weld and file to shape.
by Edward1949
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Engine misfire advice
Replies: 21
Views: 768

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: 768

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: 2101
Views: 302166

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: 346

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: 346

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: 376

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: 2423

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: 292

Re: daft question

And fuel pump.