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by Chipper
Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Starting Dad's old Minor
Replies: 68
Views: 1069

Re: Starting Dad's old Minor

Yes, at this time of year, you generally need to use a fair bit of choke (at least half way) from a cold start, whereas in summer, you often don't need any at all. My 1970 Traveller's choke control (with HIF carb) is quite slack, so it tends to automatically work its way in as I set off, so I only h...
by Chipper
Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Useful Tips
Topic: Brake valve limiter with discs
Replies: 3
Views: 170

Re: Brake valve limiter with discs

I had a similar conversion professionally fitted by a local Minor specialist to my 1970 Traveller; they fitted a new master cylinder at the same time, but no limiter/balance valve was fitted. The brakes seem well balanced (in fact, with less tendency to lock up than the front drums, as they are more...
by Chipper
Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Alloy Kick panels
Replies: 17
Views: 484

Re: Alloy Kick panels

They are to be left as bare alloy. I have original ones (March 1951) on the black car in the signature picture and they are "bare". Later ones were made from steel and were painted "silver", but most cars have them painted in "body colour" as the reason for "silver" had been forgotten. My Traveller...
by Chipper
Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Alloy Kick panels
Replies: 17
Views: 484

Re: Alloy Kick panels

Are these intended to be painted, or just left bare alloy?
by Chipper
Sat Nov 02, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bull Motif/ESM
Replies: 35
Views: 1230

Re: Bull Motif/ESM

Somewhat doubtful, I suspect - there's also Andrew Eggleton (ame353 on E-bay) who sells lots of Minor bits at keen prices.

https://www.morrisminorspareparts.com/
by Chipper
Sat Nov 02, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: Morris Minor 1000 (factory convertible) restoration
Replies: 10
Views: 658

Re: Morris Minor 1000 (factory convertible) restoration

Interesting project. Someone appears to have fitted a 1962-on 1098cc inlet manifold, carb and air filter to it, unless that is, the whole engine has been swapped to 1098cc?
by Chipper
Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Antifreeze
Replies: 15
Views: 593

Re: Antifreeze

Well, this is an interesting topic for me, as I run a 2003 MINI Cooper (R53) as a daily driver, which has always had pink/red coolant since I bought it, and has intermittently lost some from time to time, hence I check it at least once a week. Reading up on R53 forums suggests it should have blue co...
by Chipper
Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Antifreeze
Replies: 15
Views: 593

Re: Antifreeze

Interesting test. How long did you have the OAT in there for?
by Chipper
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Axle tramp
Replies: 90
Views: 3248

Re: Axle tramp

I would suggest there's rather excessive play in the diff. With the handbrake on, you should only be able to turn the propshaft by a fairly small amount, perhaps a centimetre or so of rotation at the diff flange; you seem to have at least double that, accompanied by quite a clonky sound, perhaps cau...
by Chipper
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Grille Badges
Replies: 5
Views: 391

Re: Grille Badges

Mine does too, sometimes! :roll: Perhaps the answer is to mount the grille on rubber washers, to cushion it a bit from direct metal-to-metal contact with the front panel...
by Chipper
Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Redex
Replies: 3
Views: 280

Re: Redex

Generally speaking though, Redex, if stored in a cool, dry place (e.g., garage, shed, etc.) can last for years and be perfectly fine to use, in my experience.
by Chipper
Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Do you know....?
Topic: AOO 137G Snowberry Woody
Replies: 2
Views: 361

Re: AOO 137G Snowberry Woody

'OO' denotes it was first registered (and presumably used) in Essex.
by Chipper
Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Useful Tips
Topic: Seat fixing bracket extensions
Replies: 11
Views: 685

Re: Seat fixing bracket extensions

Nice idea. 8)
by Chipper
Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: get you home bodges
Replies: 68
Views: 8197

Re: get you home bodges

well since the imitations of statute on the have long passed, about 50 years ago I had the,then common failure, of the bottom trunion collapsing, the suspension dropped and fortunately it was at the usual time of slow maneuvering after a back seat session with girl friend ,now wife,Miles from anywh...
by Chipper
Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: ''Mind the gap''.....at rear of front wing.
Replies: 8
Views: 534

Re: ''Mind the gap''.....at rear of front wing.

A good many modern cars have foam sound insulation fitted in the area behind the front wings next to the A-pillar, and quite often when the underguard is removed, you find it's sopping wet - the foam soaks up water like a sponge, and of course, holds it all against the inside of the wing. Not good f...
by Chipper
Sun Jul 21, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1970 Trafalgar Blue Traveller BYT 130H
Replies: 4
Views: 321

Re: 1970 Trafalgar Blue Traveller BYT 130H

You could possibly locate the last known whereabouts from the DVLA 'Check MOT History' facility https://www.check-mot.service.gov.uk/ which in your case, states the last MOT was done at: MOT test number 1317 6632 6252 Expiry date 13 August 2007 If you visit the site, you can "Enter latest V5C number...
by Chipper
Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Ital engine and gearbox
Replies: 2
Views: 208

Re: Ital engine and gearbox

It sounds as though it is indeed an Ital one, if this thread is anything to by: https://www.mmoc.org.uk/Messageboard/viewtopic.php?t=50187 I understand a Marina/Ital gearbox can be fitted but as they are a lot bulkier than the Minor one, a fair bit of modifying is required to make it all fit - see t...
by Chipper
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What did Morris get wrong originally?
Replies: 47
Views: 2706

Re: What did Morris get wrong originally?

Admittedly, the bolts that hold the bonnet hinges on are a bit on the thin side, and easily strip the threads. :o I once had to replace a replacement aftermarket (Sri-Lankan made) hinge that had seized after only a few years, and the chrome had pitted badly as well.
by Chipper
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What did Morris get wrong originally?
Replies: 47
Views: 2706

Re: What did Morris get wrong originally?

Indeed, it's quite strange that BMC didn't offer a 'performance' version of this once very popular/best-selling car, as they went on to do with Minis, Austin 1300s, etc. You'd they could have at least fitted the 12G295 cylinder head and twin SUs to the 1098cc to bring it up to a whopping 55 bhp, to ...
by Chipper
Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Smiths Gauge worry.
Replies: 11
Views: 782

Re: Smiths Gauge worry.

Bear in mind, they were originally intended for MGB/Midget fitment, where their engines probably run quite a bit hotter than the Minor's over-cooled setup. The Smiths electric gauge in my 1275cc Midget-engined Traveller usually sits at around half-way only after a long high-speed run or in traffic o...