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by ianmack
Mon Jul 13, 2015 8:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Owning a Morris minor without a garage.
Replies: 16
Views: 3472

Re: Owning a Morris minor without a garage.

My '70 saloon hasn't known a garage in its life and it's still going strong. Mind you its shabby, it has fibreglass wings and the underneath is a patchwork quilt of welded bits. I wouldn't buy a smart or expensive one unless you can find some decent storage for it. I keep the decent one in the garage.
by ianmack
Sun Jul 12, 2015 7:40 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Battery
Replies: 21
Views: 4925

Re: Battery

New batteries don't come with holes as the top screw terminals aren't used on modern cars. You need to drill a little hole to get the screw started. The hole should be smaller than the screw so the thread can grip the soft lead.

Or you can fit modern connectors.
by ianmack
Sat Jul 11, 2015 4:11 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Daft Question I Know....BUT....
Replies: 5
Views: 1868

Re: Daft Question I Know....BUT....

I have found car boot sales useful for obsolete tools. Fewer people fix their cars nowadays so plenty for disposal.
by ianmack
Fri Jul 10, 2015 7:34 am
Forum: Other
Topic: Daft Question I Know....BUT....
Replies: 5
Views: 1868

Re: Daft Question I Know....BUT....

The difference between Whitworth and AF spanners is that the AF fits across the flats of the hexagon whereas the whit fits a bolt of that diameter so the head is larger. The mixture on a mog reflects the cars history. Morris used Whitworth, and bsf which uses the same spanners. When Morris and Austi...
by ianmack
Thu Jul 09, 2015 4:20 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Starting Problem (and hello!)
Replies: 14
Views: 2419

Re: Starting Problem (and hello!)

I'm interested in your comment about the brakes. Have you driven any other Minors to compare? If you've only driven modern cars you might find this is something you need to get used to .
by ianmack
Thu Jul 09, 2015 4:09 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Jacking point repair
Replies: 7
Views: 1486

Re: Jacking point repair

Yep! Don't even think about doing concours without them!
by ianmack
Thu Jul 09, 2015 1:14 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Jacking point repair
Replies: 7
Views: 1486

Re: Jacking point repair

The jacking points are not essential and can be left off. A scissor type jack seems to give the smallest height for placing under the front or rear suspension when a tyre is flat.
by ianmack
Mon Jul 06, 2015 3:36 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: VW engines for Minors?
Replies: 14
Views: 2586

Re: VW engines for Minors?

At the end of the war German industrial products were up for grabs as war reparations for the allies. BSA had the Bantam design and Bristol had the BMW car. The VW was touted around but no one could see the merit of it. Rootes inspected one but decided to go on making Hillman Minxes instead. Bad mov...
by ianmack
Sun Jul 05, 2015 3:43 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: morris mono construction book
Replies: 17
Views: 3729

Re: morris mono construction book

The factory workshop manual has body detail (section R) which gives exploded diagrams of the shell plus alignment dimensions and jig use. Copies are readily available and I think it may be accessible online. You need the factory manual for this, it isn't in the Haynes one.
by ianmack
Fri Jul 03, 2015 5:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: nationals nightmare!!
Replies: 16
Views: 2662

Re: nationals nightmare!!

Ha ha, years ago I actually saw someone do that, came back to his parked car and saw liquid dribbling down his wheel. He thought it might be leaking brake fluid. It wasn't.

Next doors dog was very keen on marking his territory!
by ianmack
Fri Jul 03, 2015 2:36 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: 1967 number plate
Replies: 15
Views: 3944

Re: 1967 number plate

My '70 still has its original reflective plates. Apart from the originality they are a eighth of an inch thick, whereas the modern ones seem to be made of tinfoil.
by ianmack
Thu Jul 02, 2015 8:13 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Heat
Replies: 17
Views: 1155

Re: Heat

The variation between individual cars would seem to suggest that condition is a factor. Check belt tension, cleanliness of the cooling system, water pump impeller and timing. I had a frantic ticking pump in crawling traffic once and pulled the bonnet release for a little more air. Not long after I f...
by ianmack
Tue Jun 30, 2015 5:04 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: wing to inner wing joint
Replies: 7
Views: 1884

Re: wing to inner wing joint

Fit of the wings will also depend on previous repairs to the inner wing, and also whether both outer wings are from the same manufacturer.
by ianmack
Tue Jun 30, 2015 8:36 am
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: wing to inner wing joint
Replies: 7
Views: 1884

Re: wing to inner wing joint

A lot of Minors have large or inconsistent wing to bonnet gaps. Before refitting the wing check the alignment with the door as uneven sides will be more conspicuous then the bonnet gaps and the wing fitting may have been a compromise between the neighbouring panels. Also if you move a front wing inw...
by ianmack
Wed Jun 24, 2015 5:46 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Which Battery?
Replies: 6
Views: 1400

Re: Which Battery?

You don't need to worry about the cranking amps. As long as you have a healthy 12 volt battery the current will be determined by the draw of the starter motor circuit, not put out by the battery. The Minor is blessed with a large tray and modest needs so you can run with almost any battery. I have k...
by ianmack
Wed Jun 24, 2015 9:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mot
Replies: 19
Views: 3045

Re: Mot

To get a sensible mot test its worth seeking out a garage where they understand classic cars, rather than just the nearest one. Some are listed on the FBHVC website.
by ianmack
Mon Jun 22, 2015 7:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Positive and negative plug??
Replies: 17
Views: 2945

Re: Positive and negative plug??

There are some lights on eBay, search classic parking light, then click used condition.
by ianmack
Mon Jun 22, 2015 5:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Positive and negative plug??
Replies: 17
Views: 2945

Re: Positive and negative plug??

These plugs and sockets were an accessory rather than a Morris part. They were Commonly used for parking lights years ago when cars parked on the street had to be lit at night, and also for various other accessories. I remember you could get a 12 volt plug in kettle, but you'd be lucky if it boiled ...
by ianmack
Mon Jun 22, 2015 5:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buying a morris without looking it over.
Replies: 19
Views: 3277

Re: Buying a morris without looking it over.

charlie_morris_minor wrote:read this thread.. i think it answers your question.

http://www.mmoc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=59557
That's the thread I was thinking of. Actually I did once buy a mog unseen but it was a £50 parts car and the seller told me it was rotten. He wasn't kidding!
by ianmack
Mon Jun 22, 2015 2:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buying a morris without looking it over.
Replies: 19
Views: 3277

Re: Buying a morris without looking it over.

Never, ever, buy an old car without examining it thoroughly. The pictures and description you mention are important in narrowing down your choices, but the real issue with a Minor and most other classics is rust underneath. With the Minor mechanical repairs are all feasible but serious rot in struct...