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by Castanley
Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Wheel sizes
Replies: 5
Views: 285

Re: Wheel sizes

I replaced all the old crossplys on my Series 2 for Bridgestone B 381 Ecopia 145/80 R14. These were pretty much the closest match in size I could find to the originals and I think they look great on the car. Pneus Online sell them for around £55 each which I thought was good. My Speedo is also wildl...
by Castanley
Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My daily driver - 1954 Split screen 803cc
Replies: 12
Views: 687

Re: My daily driver - 1954 Split screen 803cc

Thanks Des,
I thought it would be a good way to keep a record of all the work I've done on my car. 👍

Chris
by Castanley
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My daily driver - 1954 Split screen 803cc
Replies: 12
Views: 687

Re: My daily driver - 1954 Split screen 803cc

Welcome to the forum, Andy. Love the car, I've also got a black 1954 split-screen, 803cc Minor, although mine is a 2 door. Brilliant cars to work on, I've owned mine for about 6 months now and done lots of work to get her roadworthy again. Planning to come along to a few MMOC events this year so jus...
by Castanley
Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Positive earth - adding accessories?
Replies: 8
Views: 577

Re: Positive earth - adding accessories?

Excellent, thanks very much for the clear advice. It sounds like I wasn't too wide of the mark with my assumptions. 🙂 Yes I was planning to keep the car as positive earth, partly for the sake of originality and partly because, well, everything works fine as it is. This little USB adapter is my only ...
by Castanley
Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:07 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Positive earth - adding accessories?
Replies: 8
Views: 577

Positive earth - adding accessories?

Hi guys, I was wondering if anyone would be able to point me in the right direction on this one? I'd like to add a little 12v to 5v USB adapter box to my car. It basically has a positive and negative lead that need to be wired into the car's electrics. These wires go into the converter box which has...
by Castanley
Tue Feb 11, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Seven leaf or five leaf springs?
Replies: 18
Views: 837

Re: Seven leaf or five leaf springs?

Well so far the modern springs are performing a lot better than the original ones but admittedly that's because the originals were knackered. 😄 I'm not disposing of the original springs though, I've stored them in the corner of my garage and one day I'll take them to a local specialist for refurbish...
by Castanley
Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Seven leaf or five leaf springs?
Replies: 18
Views: 837

Re: Seven leaf or five leaf springs?

Sorry to revive this old thread but I just wanted to post a quick update. I finally finished the job and installed my new leaf springs, and while I was at it I cleaned the rear shock absorbers and filled them with fresh oil. I did consider this job to be a bit outside my comfort zone but I took it s...
by Castanley
Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Seven leaf or five leaf springs?
Replies: 18
Views: 837

Re: Seven leaf or five leaf springs?

Nice to see some springs with a wrap. I believe leather wraps were/are also used to hold grease or thick oil in the springs, preventing corrosion and providing lubricant for a softer spring action. Spring wraps can still be bought last time I checked a search engine. Strips of teflon between the sp...
by Castanley
Wed Jan 29, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: heater dial
Replies: 15
Views: 585

Re: heater dial

Ha ha, 'fug-stirrer' is a colloquial expression used for many years now to describe the old heaters that had no fresh air intake! I don't think BMC ever used it in their advertising blurb! :wink: :lol: Yep on cold days you have to turn on the heater but also open the window a crack to keep a flow o...
by Castanley
Wed Jan 29, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Seven leaf or five leaf springs?
Replies: 18
Views: 837

Re: Seven leaf or five leaf springs?

Thanks for the feedback, it's certainly given me something to think about. As I already have a new set on order from ESM, I'll fit those and I'll keep hold of my old springs for retempering sometime in the future. That way, if the new springs prove unfit for purpose then the old'uns can go back on. ...
by Castanley
Wed Jan 29, 2020 4:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Seven leaf or five leaf springs?
Replies: 18
Views: 837

Re: Seven leaf or five leaf springs?

Out of interest has anyone here ever had leaf springs restored/retempered? Sounds like it may be more expensive than simply replacing them with new ones?

Chris
by Castanley
Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: heater dial
Replies: 15
Views: 585

Re: heater dial

Haha, it's easily done! It should be anti-clockwise for fast and clockwise for slow. Here's a photo from my blog which shows the heater knob on my car. Hope it helps... Chris https://static.wixstatic.com/media/e715ef_b1d4375de9324dcc9d74bd13fd6677ca~mv2_d_3456_3456_s_4_2.jpg/v1/fill/w_740,h_740,al_c...
by Castanley
Tue Jan 28, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: heater dial
Replies: 15
Views: 585

Re: heater dial

It's exactly the same on my 1954 saloon. From off, it's a small click to the right to switch on and then continue rotating clockwise to slow the fan down. I assumed they were all like that. 🤔

Chris
by Castanley
Tue Jan 28, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: new to here
Replies: 18
Views: 839

Re: new to here

Yes I'll certainly post an update after the job has been done and also further in the future to see how the new springs are holding up. I was thinking of just replacing all the bushes with new rubber ones rather than poly. I'm a sucker for originality... Words which will probably come back to haunt ...
by Castanley
Tue Jan 28, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Seven leaf or five leaf springs?
Replies: 18
Views: 837

Re: Seven leaf or five leaf springs?

Although my springs don't seem to look too bad, the right hand one is sagging a bit causing the car to have a slight lean to the right. That's why I was planning to replace both with new 5-leaf ones.

Chris
by Castanley
Tue Jan 28, 2020 12:24 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: new to here
Replies: 18
Views: 839

Re: new to here

Hi Mike, Looks good with a new set of springs doesn't it! Yes I was confused at why my saloon had seven leaf springs fitted when I thought all saloons had five leaf ones. I believed the seven leaf were for the heavier Travellers, so I asked the question in another thread. Someone pointed out that th...
by Castanley
Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: new to here
Replies: 18
Views: 839

Re: new to here

Sure thing,
I order most of my goodies from ESM- https://www.morrisminorspares.com/

Chris.
by Castanley
Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Seven leaf or five leaf springs?
Replies: 18
Views: 837

Re: Seven leaf or five leaf springs?

Thanks Stevey,

So good to have knowledgeable people on here, that makes perfect sense. 🙂 Ok so it sounds like ESM were correct to tell me I needed the 5 leaf replacements. Looks like my seven leaf springs could be original? Impressive for a 66 year old car. 😯

Chris
by Castanley
Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: new to here
Replies: 18
Views: 839

Re: new to here

Hi Dave, Welcome to the wonderful world of Minor ownership! I'm currently recommissioning a 1954 Series 2 and I've been keeping a blog/diary of my experiences. I haven't had to drain the fuel but I've done many other jobs which you might find helpful to read about. The link is below if you'd like to...
by Castanley
Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Seven leaf or five leaf springs?
Replies: 18
Views: 837

Seven leaf or five leaf springs?

Hi everyone, I wondered if I could pick a few brains on this one? I'm only a novice at Minoring so still having to research everything to death, but I was of the belief that the saloon cars had 5-leaf springs at the rear and the heavier Traveller used seven-leaf springs? I'm planning to replace my s...