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by ianmack
Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Factory fitted ammeter?
Replies: 8
Views: 545

Re: Factory fitted ammeter?

I believe the panda cars varied somewhat as local forces had their own specifications. As quite a few survive does anyone have one with an original ammeter?
by ianmack
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What did Morris get wrong originally?
Replies: 47
Views: 2210

Re: What did Morris get wrong originally?

The Minor styling is said to derive from the 1941 Chevrolet which has a split screen. There were one piece screens before that but they were not very large and stood vertically. The split screen allowed a greater glass area and also a degree of streamlining in an era when aerodynamics was becoming u...
by ianmack
Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Application for a registration certificate UVK 323
Replies: 3
Views: 203

Re: Application for a registration certificate UVK 323

For DVLA to consider reinstating an original number they require some form of official document linking the original registration to the car’s chassis number or VIN. An old log book is ideal but if you haven’t got it your best bet is to see if original records survive from when the car was new. Befo...
by ianmack
Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Factory fitted ammeter?
Replies: 8
Views: 545

Re: Factory fitted ammeter?

If noone has ever seen an original factory ammeter they remain a mystery. As the 1970 book carries the BL logo I suppose it might have been intended when the diagram was drawn but perhaps they never got around to actually doing it.
by ianmack
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What did Morris get wrong originally?
Replies: 47
Views: 2210

Re: What did Morris get wrong originally?

Large windows and flashing indicators came in during the mid fifties for most manufacturers. The large windows became possible for mass produced cars through developments in manufacture of curved glass. I don’t know why flashing indicators became standardised when they did but certainly the Minor wa...
by ianmack
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What did Morris get wrong originally?
Replies: 47
Views: 2210

Re: What did Morris get wrong originally?

There is an interesting piece on mazac on Wikipedia. It outlines the history, development and uses .The prime merits are cheapness and ease of casting. The strength varies with the proportion of copper, which of course is the most expensive ingredient. There is a list of common applications, none of...
by ianmack
Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What did Morris get wrong originally?
Replies: 47
Views: 2210

Re: What did Morris get wrong originally?

I wrote about the mazac after a frustrating session trying to sort a pair of boot hinges with some chrome and intact threads. Even for a modestly priced car I still think they are unfit for purpose, and steel hinges are pretty cheap. Even when the cars were still fairly modern there were instances o...
by ianmack
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What did Morris get wrong originally?
Replies: 47
Views: 2210

Re: What did Morris get wrong originally?

And another thing...... Getting back on topic, bonnet and boot hinges made from that bl.... mazac or monkey metal. Not strong, not durable. Wretched stuff.
by ianmack
Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Starter Motor Woes
Replies: 41
Views: 1158

Re: Starter Motor Woes

This could be an ongoing problem if we give Minor related advice for components not of Minor origin. You mentioned in an earlier post that your car has an automatic box from I think a Toyota. Perhaps it would be worth asking the seller for a breakdown of all the non original components used in your ...
by ianmack
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: firewall holes
Replies: 13
Views: 463

Re: firewall holes

I think restorers can be forgiven for not wanting to slap brushed black over their nice fresh paint job. Why did Morris do this? I can only guess it gave better resistance against chips from items sliding about in the boot. This reminds me of the story of a local man who restored a Triumph Stag from...
by ianmack
Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: firewall holes
Replies: 13
Views: 463

Re: firewall holes

How fascinating! I’ve just had a look at mine and it has black paint just like yours. I never imagined this was a factory finish, I assumed a previous owner had slapped it on after repairs. Where it is chipped body colour shows through. It does not seem to have been applied thoroughly and is mostly ...
by ianmack
Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What did Morris get wrong originally?
Replies: 47
Views: 2210

Re: What did Morris get wrong originally?

Standardisation never came easily to UK manufacturers. By the time of the merger Morris was already making four different medium sized engines, the XPAG unit in MGs and Morris tens, the sidevalve 1476cc engine used in vans and MO Oxfords, the high cam Riley RM and the Wolseley 4/50 overhead cam engi...
by ianmack
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: firewall holes
Replies: 13
Views: 463

Re: firewall holes

As luck would have it mine is out for some wiring work. It is felt with one black side and I think it is original. Here’s a photo together with the clips.

I have browsed ‘Original Morris Minor’ by Ray Newell and the boot photos all show body colour inside.
by ianmack
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: firewall holes
Replies: 13
Views: 463

Re: firewall holes

The row of holes through the top of the bukhead take the clips that hold a piece of sound insulation on the dashboard side.

Inside the boot the metal is body colour and the wooden floor is black.
by ianmack
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Starter Motor Woes
Replies: 41
Views: 1158

Re: Starter Motor Woes

It sounds like your starter motor is turning but not engaging with the engine. You’ll need to take the starter off and clean it thoroughly. Make sure the gear is sliding easiy before refitting.
by ianmack
Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Factory fitted ammeter?
Replies: 8
Views: 545

Re: Factory fitted ammeter?

And here’s a scan of the diagram. The ammeter is item 58.
by ianmack
Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Factory fitted ammeter?
Replies: 8
Views: 545

Factory fitted ammeter?

Browsing the wiring diagrams in a 1970 handbook I was suprised to see that they show an ammeter on the alternator equipped cars. I’ve seen plenty of Minors with ammeters over the years but only accessory fitments, usually owner fitted and often on homemade brackets and with dubious wiring. Has anyon...
by ianmack
Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Front Doors
Replies: 1
Views: 120

Re: Front Doors

The doors of a two door saloon, traveller and convertible are all the same. The front doors of a four door are different but are the same as on vans and pickups.

The four door/van/pickup type are several inches shorter.
by ianmack
Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: oil slinger front timing
Replies: 12
Views: 427

Re: oil slinger front timing

Issigonls certainly deserves credit as an early user of rack and pinion in car steering but the mechanism is much older, being used in the nineteenth century for hill railways and for raising canal lock paddles before that. Phil is correct that the a series engine came from Austin so it’s hardly fai...
by ianmack
Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Gulp....what do I do?
Replies: 24
Views: 1153

Re: Gulp....what do I do?

It all rather depends on the extent of the rot. Replacing the crossmember and a sill is fairly routine work and a welder with a rolling frame could probably do the job with the car complete, except of course for removing the torsion bars. What is the rest of the car like? If the upper body, paint, r...