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by ianmack
Fri Jan 03, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: Other
Topic: Minor Hairsteam II
Replies: 15
Views: 1088

Re: Minor Hairsteam II

This would be an interesting project, I have fancied doing something like it myself since seeing Mo. There are clips about Mo on utube. First question would be which base to use. Mo is on a traveller shell, replacing the wood and aluminium rear body which sits on a monocoque. Others have used the Mi...
by ianmack
Wed Jan 01, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Help me figure out what year I am
Replies: 12
Views: 791

Re: Help me figure out what year I am

It certainly has all the right features for a 1959 Minor 1000. The plates suggest it hasn’t been on the road since 1974 and it has a nice lack of rot which we in UK will envy. Is this what US dealers call a ‘California black plate car’? I’ve often wondered. In UK black plates are what we weld over r...
by ianmack
Tue Dec 31, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: HS2 Gasket question
Replies: 9
Views: 688

Re: HS2 Gasket question

Added filtration is no bad thing in itself but they are sometimes affected by heat leading to vapourisation. If you want one fit as far from the manifold as practicable.
by ianmack
Tue Dec 31, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Help me figure out what year I am
Replies: 12
Views: 791

Re: Help me figure out what year I am

If I’d been a new car buyer in the US in 1959 a Minor probably wouldn’t have been at the top of my shopping list. :D
by ianmack
Tue Dec 31, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Help me figure out what year I am
Replies: 12
Views: 791

Re: Help me figure out what year I am

According to the list in Porter’s restoration book your number would have been issued in 1959
by ianmack
Mon Dec 30, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Front wing/light thread type
Replies: 30
Views: 1350

Re: Front wing/light thread type

The 5/16 bolts hold the wing to the shell. The lamp mounting bolts are smaller, I’m not sure exactly what thread but I replaced my rusty ones with m6 stainless screws and nuts.
by ianmack
Mon Dec 23, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A happy Christmas to all Morris Minor owners
Replies: 23
Views: 1306

Re: A happy Christmas to all Morris Minor owners

And a Morry Christmas from me too.
by ianmack
Fri Dec 20, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Can this be true
Replies: 17
Views: 1193

Re: Can this be true

A series 3 Land Rover? No, the rot had set in by then, you need one earlier than that. When they started fitting plastic dashboards to the landy, that was when we lost the empire!
by ianmack
Wed Dec 18, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New member from Essex.
Replies: 18
Views: 910

Re: New member from Essex.

Vacuum wipers weren’t invented by Ford but by Trico in the US. They were in fairly common use through the twenties and thirties. Ford kept them longer than most, presumably for cheapness, but then the Pop had many features which were completely archaic by the time they stopped making them in 1959. T...
by ianmack
Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Here’s a case
Replies: 8
Views: 678

Re: Here’s a case

By meaningless I don’t think they mean it doesn’t exist, rather that we shouldn’t be too pressured about it, and certainly not be slaves to it as so many seem to be nowadays.
by ianmack
Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Here’s a case
Replies: 8
Views: 678

Re: Here’s a case

We can all learn from the Buddhists,

‘What do we want?’

‘The absence of worldly desires!’

‘When do we want it?’

‘Time is ultmately meaningless.’
by ianmack
Tue Dec 10, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Here’s a case
Replies: 8
Views: 678

Here’s a case

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7775589/Worlds-expensive-car-centre-legal-fight-missing-gearbox.html What a thing to be suing over. Makes me glad to have some of the world’s least valuable classic cars plus a gearbox or two in the shed just in case. The article doesn’t mention what it did c...
by ianmack
Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Trolley jack overhaul
Replies: 20
Views: 1251

Re: Tory jack overhaul

If topping up doesn’t help have you tried pumping it repeatedly to remove any air bubbles from the system?
by ianmack
Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Master Brake Cylinder
Replies: 12
Views: 1199

Re: Master Brake Cylinder

Years ago I fitted a master cylinder with the bolts the ‘wrong’ way round. On extreme bumps there was a knock as the bar hit the bolt ends. I added washers under the bolt heads until the bolts did not protrude significantly from the nuts and heard nothing more. There was no visible damage to the tor...
by ianmack
Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Price of Travellers
Replies: 18
Views: 1433

Re: Price of Travellers

Ah, the 650 muffins, I recall when an earlier speaker of the commons was getting ribbed for starting his working life as a sheet metal worker. At the time I remember reflecting that sheet metal working is a useful and, so far as I know largely honest occupation, whereas politicians..... :evil:
by ianmack
Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Boat Anchor?
Replies: 4
Views: 459

Re: Boat Anchor?

The only way this will travel is off to the far east in a shipment of scrap metal.
by ianmack
Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Boat Anchor?
Replies: 4
Views: 459

Boat Anchor?

I love the optimism here, and especially how he helpfully points out that the sump is rusty. Is there any possibility that any part of this isn’t rusty? Are there any serviceable parts at all?

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre ... 3459213392
by ianmack
Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Scrapyards
Topic: Tourer that just can't be saved
Replies: 13
Views: 1167

Re: Tourer that just can't be saved

Bear in mind that keeper, as recorded by dvla, and owner are not the same thing. There have been cases of people thinking they own a car and applying for a v5c only to then become caught in a legal dispute with the previous owner. I believe there is an ownership procedure where the owner of the yard...
by ianmack
Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Starting Dad's old Minor
Replies: 79
Views: 3798

Re: Starting Dad's old Minor

If it started second try that sounds good. If it stopped when you pushed the choke in I’d guess that was a little too quickly for its liking. There is an element of trial and error in this and it varies from one car to another. I would let it sit for an hour to let the petrol smell go. Then try agai...
by ianmack
Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Starting Dad's old Minor
Replies: 79
Views: 3798

Re: Starting my moggy

Knob with a c, that’s it. You don’t need the pedal to start it, that takes over when you drive away.