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by simmitc
Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: problems starting
Replies: 18
Views: 682

Re: problems starting

alawrence10360, mogbob stated that ALL Minors had solenoids. Phil and I are saying that they did not, the early cars had cable operated switches that were not solenoids. Hope that clarifies things. There's quite a bit of thread drift here, but it is interesting.
by simmitc
Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: problems starting
Replies: 18
Views: 682

Re: problems starting

I don't want this to develop into an argument about terminology when what we want to do is to assist the OP, but a definition of a solenoid is "A solenoid is a type of electromagnet, the purpose of which is to generate a controlled magnetic field through a coil wound into a tightly packed helix. The...
by simmitc
Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: problems starting
Replies: 18
Views: 682

Re: problems starting

Vaseline is an insulator. Clean the posts and inside the clamps, re-attach the clamps, and then smear whole assembly with vaseline to protect against future corrosion - you need good metal to metal contact between the clamps and the posts; but as per my previous post,please advise on your starting a...
by simmitc
Tue Mar 17, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: problems starting
Replies: 18
Views: 682

Re: problems starting

If it's a 1955 car then it probably won't have a solenoid. Could you confirm how you start the car: Pull a knob on the dashboard, press a switch on the floor, or turn the key one click for the ignition to come on and then further to make the starter motor work and then the key springs back to the si...
by simmitc
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: March 2020 Restoration Show - POSTPONED
Replies: 4
Views: 282

March 2020 Restoration Show - POSTPONED

The show has been postponed. See more information here: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=71536&p=650203#p650203
by simmitc
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Coronavirus Update:
Replies: 7
Views: 1047

Re: Coronavirus Update:

Following information just released: Important information regarding the show It is with great sadness that Clarion Events has decided to postpone the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show with Discovery. The event team have been continually monitoring the latest public health and gover...
by simmitc
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Regional price variations
Replies: 1
Views: 207

Regional price variations

Nothing to do with cars, but in a village in Suffolk, we see a pub that is offering two 2-course meals for £12.00. On a visit to London, we saw a pub offering a single "fish and chips" for £21.00. Conversely, a friend of ours travelled around forty miles on her Oyster card for £3.50, whereas a five ...
by simmitc
Wed Mar 11, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Getting Heritage cert
Replies: 3
Views: 258

Re: Getting Heritage cert

The best number to quote is the chassis number, which is on a plate on the bulkhead. The plate will have text such as "Morris Motors Ltd" as well as the stamped chassis number. Are you sure that the first two letters are BM?
by simmitc
Tue Mar 10, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: Converting traveller to pickup with extended chassis
Replies: 3
Views: 341

Re: Converting traveller to pickup with extended chassis

Hi Tony, and welcome. The first thing to note is that the van and pickup have a separate chassis, but the traveller is a derivitive of the car and has a monocoque floorpan construction. There are some examples of lengthened travellers, and the book "Morris Minor Traveller, the complete companion" (a...
by simmitc
Fri Mar 06, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Advice Needed Please
Replies: 17
Views: 850

Re: Advice Needed Please

Has the car been used in the rain? Sometimes water gets into the chassis legs and drains out later, possiblt contaminated by general crud. Are there any rust stains around the engine bay - possibly the bypass hose is starting to leak. What sort of fluid does it look like? A pciture of the fluid in r...
by simmitc
Mon Mar 02, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 'Smart' motorways
Replies: 25
Views: 2262

Re: 'Smart' motorways

Maybe they should have ejector seats fitted biased to propel you onto the grass?
Helpful when driving through a rock lined cutting or over a bridge :o
by simmitc
Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: MOT
Replies: 3
Views: 236

Re: MOT

If uprating the engine then don't forget the basics like improving the brakes and ensuring that the suspension is in good condition, and checking that the rest of the drive train can handle the increased power. You don't need to go mad, and the car will still probably be 90% original, but you do nee...
by simmitc
Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Distributor
Replies: 18
Views: 674

Re: Distributor

Then can we have a photo of what's inside? You need someone who has one fitted to take a picture of their one too for comparison, or contact Accuspark via the link that I posted previously.
by simmitc
Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Distributor
Replies: 18
Views: 674

Re: Distributor

Accuspark do provide full instructions, and those are here: http://www.accuspark.co.uk/fitting_guide.html and I recommend that you read them; but in a nutshell, it appears that your black lead goes to the -ve or CB terminal on the coil and your red lead goes to a +ve supply, which can probably be th...
by simmitc
Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Distributor
Replies: 18
Views: 674

Re: Distributor

Almost certtainly -ve with an alternator, but easy to check: which terminal on the battery is connected to the vehicle body and which goes to the starter solenoid?
by simmitc
Mon Feb 17, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Distributor
Replies: 18
Views: 674

Re: Distributor

Is your car +ve earth or converted to -ve earth? Electronic ignition is available in both, but can be very sensitive, so we need to know.
by simmitc
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Brake reservoir
Replies: 2
Views: 309

Re: Brake reservoir

You do, of course, already have a reservoir - it's integral with the master cylinder. However, the remote reservoirs do make life easy. Just be aware that you need to fit a new endcap to the master cylinder in order to connect the remote feed and a new filler cap to prevent leaks. You might be able ...
by simmitc
Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: Useful Tips
Topic: In these uncertain times...
Replies: 9
Views: 851

Re: In these uncertain times...

There are different types of door lock. If I remember correctly (40+ years since I drove a four door), four doors and LCVs can be locked by pushing the operating lever forwards. That's perfect, becuase you automatically unlock it when opening the door to get out. On a two door or traveller, the late...
by simmitc
Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Problems with the Messageboard
Topic: Duplicate Posts
Replies: 0
Views: 183

Duplicate Posts

There have been a lot of duplicate posts recently. This seems to be caused by the site being a little slow. Someone clicks the "Submit" and nothing seems to happen, so they click the button again, and get two posts. PLEASE, when posting, be patient. Click the submit buton ONCE and then wait up to a ...
by simmitc
Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Positive earth - adding accessories?
Replies: 8
Views: 535

Re: Positive earth - adding accessories?

Do you want to keep the car as +ve earth? It's very simple to convert to -ve earth, and that does make using modern accessories much easier; but if you want to keep originality, then that's fine. As regards the USB converter, check that it is fully insulated and that no part of the circuitry can com...