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by ianmack
Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: An Essential Spare?
Replies: 11
Views: 643

Re: An Essential Spare?

I had a clutch linkage fail once, it’s surprising how slowly a mog can go in top gear if it has to. In my case the part that went was the metal plate that holds the rubber bush in place. The clutch linkage isn’t one of the mog’s strongest points and I can’t help thinking that if you are concerned ab...
by ianmack
Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Pancake filter advice
Replies: 1
Views: 217

Re: Pancake filter advice

I think there are quite a few manufacturers of the pancake filters from high tech racing outfits to cheapie third world producers. There probaby isn’t a consistent type to compare with the standard mog filter, and even these have several different kinds.
by ianmack
Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Circular heater
Replies: 50
Views: 1671

Re: Circular heater

When running the fan motor makes a whirring noise, rising with speed and bearing wear. Silence means it’s not going.

If it works you can also feel air blowing out.
by ianmack
Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Vin confusion!
Replies: 3
Views: 211

Re: Vin confusion!

Vehicles registered under the earlier systems were mostly put on the dvla record during the 70s and 80s. In those days there were many inaccuracies and yours is probably a dvla typo.
by ianmack
Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Axle tramp
Replies: 90
Views: 3939

Re: Axle tramp

If nothing external can be seen to be wrong drain the axle and gearbox oil and see if anything else coes out.
by ianmack
Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A new home for Max the Minor
Replies: 36
Views: 1346

Re: A new home for Max the Minor

I had a 1500 Maxi for a while in the seventies as a junk-hauler. As a classic? No, I wouldn’t bother.
by ianmack
Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rotten Midget 1275 donor car
Replies: 3
Views: 213

Re: Rotten Midget 1275 donor car

Many thanks.
by ianmack
Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rotten Midget 1275 donor car
Replies: 3
Views: 213

Re: Rotten Midget 1275 donor car

That number was meant to be a link but it doesn’t seem to have worked like that. It’s just listed as MG midget.
by ianmack
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rotten Midget 1275 donor car
Replies: 3
Views: 213

Rotten Midget 1275 donor car

There’s a mechanically complete MG Midget on ebay and it’s not dear (at the moment anyway). As it has j reg I think it should be a 1275cc
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by ianmack
Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Bojo the Cloan
Replies: 77
Views: 3240

Re: Bojo the Cloan

Interesting choice of backdrops for Bojo’s speechifying over two days. Yesterday the police, supposedly not political but also usually seen as reliable and trustworthy whereas Boris..... Today, seeking something more appropriate he poses with a bull. Of course both of them produce a great deal of bu...
by ianmack
Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: "Silly" choke cable question
Replies: 11
Views: 555

Re: "Silly" choke cable question

Ah! Great minds think alike.
by ianmack
Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: "Silly" choke cable question
Replies: 11
Views: 555

Re: "Silly" choke cable question

The choke should twist and hold. If yours doesn’t it is probably worn, or someone has fitted a duff cable.

You could fit a new cable but the time honoured remedy is to use a clothes peg. :D
by ianmack
Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New member and quick question!
Replies: 13
Views: 737

Re: New member and quick question!

Sorry that should read 20/50. 4 cans of Comma 20/50 bought on line work out at £8.50 a gallon.
by ianmack
Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New member and quick question!
Replies: 13
Views: 737

Re: New member and quick question!

Hello and welcome, I like the website. Sae 30 oil is effectively replaced by 20/30 and you can use that in your smooth case gearbox. That Classic Castrol looks expensive though and mine run quite happily on Comma.
by ianmack
Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mechanic in Derby?
Replies: 8
Views: 367

Re: Mechanic in Derby?

Hello and welcome. Have you fitted new door surround rubber? These are sometimes thicker than they should be and stop the door closing properly.

Can’t help you with Derby mechanics though.
by ianmack
Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A new home for Max the Minor
Replies: 36
Views: 1346

Re: A new home for Max the Minor

Funny you should mention Rootes as I was just thinking the same. I’m not so keen on seventies cars but lately I’ve seen a few sixties Minxes, Gazelles and Sceptres, and not vastly expensive. There seem to be a fair sprinkling of autos among the survivors. I have fond youthful memories of a Sunbeam R...
by ianmack
Tue Aug 27, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Road Height
Replies: 8
Views: 490

Re: Road Height

If you fit new springs it is advisable to use five leaf ones in a saloon unless you carry extreme weights. There seems to be a problem at the moment with quality control in replacement springs, a pair I fitted recently being unpleasantly hard, for example. If your car rides ok I wouldn’t replace the...
by ianmack
Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Rear lighting / fuel sender loom routing
Replies: 24
Views: 1141

Re: Rear lighting / fuel sender loom routing

I had problems with my rear light feed and ran a new wire under the car. As you say the harness under there gets pretty horrible but when I pulled off thecloth cover the plastic wires cleaned up quite well with a rag and white spirit. After soldering and insulating the new wire I slid it all into so...
by ianmack
Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Bojo the Cloan
Replies: 77
Views: 3240

Re: Bojo the Cloan

The problem with the Columbus analogy is that while it worked out for him, in those days plenty of ships sailed off into the blue yonder only to disappear without trace....
by ianmack
Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: fitting new floors (traveller)
Replies: 2
Views: 407

Re: fitting new floors (traveller)

The floors should be welded directly to the crossmember. Anything else would leave the shell less strong than it should be.