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by Edward1949
Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A new home for Max the Minor
Replies: 36
Views: 1280

Re: A new home for Max the Minor

Good continuity for a Minor owner . The B series engine is a big cousin to the A series, and Minor-based front suspension....
by Edward1949
Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Improving drum brake performance on a 71 traveller
Replies: 11
Views: 387

Re: Improving drum brake performance on a 71 traveller

http://brakereline.co.uk/ I was thinking (and still am) of fitting softer front linings. I had a quote last year from this company to reline my shoes with a soft woven material which guarantees stronger braking - presumably with the penalty of faster wear. The cost was £9.50 per shoe plus VAT plus p...
by Edward1949
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Axle tramp
Replies: 90
Views: 3663

Re: Axle tramp

..............................There's a knocking or clunking noise when changing gear, which seems to come from the rear of the car. It feels like it's drive train or axle/diff related. ... Can you be more specific? Does the knock happen when you re-engage the clutch after a gear-change? Can you av...
by Edward1949
Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A new home for Max the Minor
Replies: 36
Views: 1280

Re: A new home for Max the Minor

1960's MG Magnette 1622cc (or Riley equivalent) with Borg-Warner Auto was a nice relaxing motorway cruiser with upmarket interior. Or get the Oxford/Cambridge version if you feel like slumming it !
by Edward1949
Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Redex
Replies: 3
Views: 291

Re: Redex

https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/302032241570 I now use this Millers product. In addition to being a Lead replacement, it claims to protect classic cars' fuel systems from Ethanol damage. It also claims an enhancement of up to 2 Octane points. After a few hundred miles usage my Minor seems to pull more stro...
by Edward1949
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Redex or catalyst balls for fuel??
Replies: 11
Views: 502

Re: Redex or catalyst balls for fuel??

...……………………. I should use something akin to https://www.millersoils-shop.co.uk/vspe-power-plus-multishot , simply to offset the effects of ethanol. It just happens to have lead replacement into the bargain. :wink: . Having worried myself by reading about the dire effects on classic cars of ethanol ...
by Edward1949
Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: adjusting brakes
Replies: 6
Views: 361

Re: adjusting brakes

One solution I've heard (on this forum maybe?) is to build up the slot in the shoe with a dab of weld and file to shape.
by Edward1949
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Engine misfire advice
Replies: 21
Views: 1014

Re: Engine misfire advice

Thanks for keeping us posted - I thought it was going to be a simple ignition fault, how wrong I was! Many years ago my 1954 Austin Somerset blew head gaskets twice within 500 miles. Same place, the narrowest bit between 2 cylinders. Couldn't afford the "correct" solution of checking & skimming the ...
by Edward1949
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Engine misfire advice
Replies: 21
Views: 1014

Re: Engine misfire advice

Hi, For the last few months my engine has been starting up and initially not running on all cylinders (at least that's what it feels like). After about 10-20 seconds, it sort of 'kicks in' and runs fine. The fact that until recently it "got better" after running briefly suggests either a sticking v...
by Edward1949
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Spotted today.
Replies: 2109
Views: 312181

Re: Spotted today.

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Very nice LHD Belgian registered Traveller, Isle of Wight last week.
by Edward1949
Sat May 18, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Clutch stuck on
Replies: 9
Views: 444

Re: Clutch stuck on

......but my concern was the system being under pressure for long periods of time. Understandable concern about clutch springs being left in permanently compressed state for long periods, but they can cope. Think of engine valve springs, some of which randomly suffer unrelieved compression when the...
by Edward1949
Fri May 17, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Clutch stuck on
Replies: 9
Views: 444

Re: Clutch stuck on

Used to be a common fault with Landrovers which weren't in regular use. Standard solution was to rig a piece of wood between the depressed pedal and steering wheel to keep flywheel & plate separated.
by Edward1949
Fri May 17, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Uneven Tyre Wear??
Replies: 8
Views: 476

Re: Uneven Tyre Wear??

The flat drive-over gauge works well on a smooth surface. The aim here is to achieve a reading of zero as the suspension is alredy under load as you drive forwards. to-in is required at reast so that as the car moves forwards, the wheels are forced backwads into a parallel track. I bought one of th...
by Edward1949
Mon May 13, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What did Morris get wrong originally?
Replies: 47
Views: 2813

Re: What did Morris get wrong originally?

Triangulated top suspension links. Interesting comment. On paper this does look like a design weakness, but I've always been impressed at how the single arm from the Armstrong damper seems to cope OK with fore & aft stresses. Also, it's very unusual to come across significant wear in the lever arm ...
by Edward1949
Fri May 10, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: daft question
Replies: 3
Views: 351

Re: daft question

And fuel pump.
by Edward1949
Fri May 10, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What did Morris get wrong originally?
Replies: 47
Views: 2813

Re: What did Morris get wrong originally?

It's interesting that many of your objections are with post Issigonis changes. Fair point. Having owned a 1950 Lowlight many years ago ( ie as near to an unmolested Issigonis as it gets) I reckon it had the best interior of all, and the best mechanical refinement (if that's a word you can use about...
by Edward1949
Thu May 09, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What did Morris get wrong originally?
Replies: 47
Views: 2813

What did Morris get wrong originally?

What would you ask for if you could have had a word in Issigonis's ear in the 1940s? My input: Dear Alec, 1. Make it simple to drop gearbox for clutch overhaul, as in most conventional RWD cars. 2. Better access to master cylinder please. 3. To alleviate the catastrophic consequence of worn bottom t...
by Edward1949
Thu May 02, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Starting problem
Replies: 18
Views: 1171

Re: Starting problem

Now to the ballast resistor being in circuit during starting and out of circuit when running. Totally out of the question, I would suggest, because the coil would burn out in a very short time, if that were the case! Or at least the points would not last long as they would be switching a far too he...
by Edward1949
Wed May 01, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Starting problem
Replies: 18
Views: 1171

Re: Starting problem

a very weak spark which suddenly gets much stronger when the engine bursts into life. Any ideas anyone? I'm no electrical expert, and this is a (very) long shot....it could be that your car has been fitted with a ballast resistor in the past. If the wiring has been transposed so that the ballast re...
by Edward1949
Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Using Morris to jump-start modern car
Replies: 8
Views: 588

Re: Using Morris to jump-start modern car

Is your car negative earth? Positive, as per original spec. I don’t think this could have any relevance (unless I got my polarities crossed :o ). My concern is whether the massive initial demand of a starter motor in a car with an exhausted battery (which must be more than even an alternator can pr...