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by Chipper
Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Antifreeze
Replies: 15
Views: 386

Re: Antifreeze

Well, this is an interesting topic for me, as I run a 2003 MINI Cooper (R53) as a daily driver, which has always had pink/red coolant since I bought it, and has intermittently lost some from time to time, hence I check it at least once a week. Reading up on R53 forums suggests it should have blue co...
by Chipper
Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Antifreeze
Replies: 15
Views: 386

Re: Antifreeze

Interesting test. How long did you have the OAT in there for?
by Chipper
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Axle tramp
Replies: 90
Views: 2815

Re: Axle tramp

I would suggest there's rather excessive play in the diff. With the handbrake on, you should only be able to turn the propshaft by a fairly small amount, perhaps a centimetre or so of rotation at the diff flange; you seem to have at least double that, accompanied by quite a clonky sound, perhaps cau...
by Chipper
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Grille Badges
Replies: 5
Views: 369

Re: Grille Badges

Mine does too, sometimes! :roll: Perhaps the answer is to mount the grille on rubber washers, to cushion it a bit from direct metal-to-metal contact with the front panel...
by Chipper
Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Redex
Replies: 3
Views: 260

Re: Redex

Generally speaking though, Redex, if stored in a cool, dry place (e.g., garage, shed, etc.) can last for years and be perfectly fine to use, in my experience.
by Chipper
Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Do you know....?
Topic: AOO 137G Snowberry Woody
Replies: 2
Views: 254

Re: AOO 137G Snowberry Woody

'OO' denotes it was first registered (and presumably used) in Essex.
by Chipper
Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Useful Tips
Topic: Seat fixing bracket extensions
Replies: 11
Views: 486

Re: Seat fixing bracket extensions

Nice idea. 8)
by Chipper
Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: get you home bodges
Replies: 68
Views: 7789

Re: get you home bodges

well since the imitations of statute on the have long passed, about 50 years ago I had the,then common failure, of the bottom trunion collapsing, the suspension dropped and fortunately it was at the usual time of slow maneuvering after a back seat session with girl friend ,now wife,Miles from anywh...
by Chipper
Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: ''Mind the gap''.....at rear of front wing.
Replies: 8
Views: 398

Re: ''Mind the gap''.....at rear of front wing.

A good many modern cars have foam sound insulation fitted in the area behind the front wings next to the A-pillar, and quite often when the underguard is removed, you find it's sopping wet - the foam soaks up water like a sponge, and of course, holds it all against the inside of the wing. Not good f...
by Chipper
Sun Jul 21, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1970 Trafalgar Blue Traveller BYT 130H
Replies: 4
Views: 292

Re: 1970 Trafalgar Blue Traveller BYT 130H

You could possibly locate the last known whereabouts from the DVLA 'Check MOT History' facility https://www.check-mot.service.gov.uk/ which in your case, states the last MOT was done at: MOT test number 1317 6632 6252 Expiry date 13 August 2007 If you visit the site, you can "Enter latest V5C number...
by Chipper
Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Ital engine and gearbox
Replies: 2
Views: 190

Re: Ital engine and gearbox

It sounds as though it is indeed an Ital one, if this thread is anything to by: https://www.mmoc.org.uk/Messageboard/viewtopic.php?t=50187 I understand a Marina/Ital gearbox can be fitted but as they are a lot bulkier than the Minor one, a fair bit of modifying is required to make it all fit - see t...
by Chipper
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What did Morris get wrong originally?
Replies: 47
Views: 2561

Re: What did Morris get wrong originally?

Admittedly, the bolts that hold the bonnet hinges on are a bit on the thin side, and easily strip the threads. :o I once had to replace a replacement aftermarket (Sri-Lankan made) hinge that had seized after only a few years, and the chrome had pitted badly as well.
by Chipper
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What did Morris get wrong originally?
Replies: 47
Views: 2561

Re: What did Morris get wrong originally?

Indeed, it's quite strange that BMC didn't offer a 'performance' version of this once very popular/best-selling car, as they went on to do with Minis, Austin 1300s, etc. You'd they could have at least fitted the 12G295 cylinder head and twin SUs to the 1098cc to bring it up to a whopping 55 bhp, to ...
by Chipper
Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Smiths Gauge worry.
Replies: 11
Views: 596

Re: Smiths Gauge worry.

Bear in mind, they were originally intended for MGB/Midget fitment, where their engines probably run quite a bit hotter than the Minor's over-cooled setup. The Smiths electric gauge in my 1275cc Midget-engined Traveller usually sits at around half-way only after a long high-speed run or in traffic o...
by Chipper
Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Smiths Gauge worry.
Replies: 11
Views: 596

Re: Smiths Gauge worry.

What engine is it, and what temperature thermostat do you have fitted?

You could try temporarily blanking off the radiator with cardboard, to see if the reading goes up beyond, say, half-way, which would at least verify that the gauge is working beyond the lower part of the range.
by Chipper
Sun Jun 02, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Concours Forum
Topic: 1962 Morris 1000
Replies: 4
Views: 1236

Re: 1962 Morris 1000

Bear in mind also, 1962 was the first year of the 1098cc model (chassis numbers 990290 - 1005482); they were built in three factories at the same time - Cowley, Adderley Park, and Abingdon (MG) and they used some cross-over parts from the previous 948cc spec., such as duo-tone seats, clap-hands wind...
by Chipper
Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Morris Minor Owner.
Replies: 8
Views: 612

Re: New Morris Minor Owner.

Is the gearbox noisy in all gears, or just first/reverse (which are straight-cut, and don't have synchromesh - so are a bit whiney)? It could be worth changing the gearbox oil (use normal 20W50 or similar engine oil) to see if it makes any difference, and inspect for any swarf/metal bits that come o...
by Chipper
Sat May 18, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Ignition help
Replies: 17
Views: 1043

Re: Ignition help

Miner-Bob wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 11:17 pm
Thanks gays will do and let you know what happens
Was that a Freudian slip? :lol:
by Chipper
Wed May 15, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: rev counter
Replies: 42
Views: 6026

Re: rev counter

Hehe, that used to switch a pair of front fog lights (now removed) but currently operates the reversing light, as I haven't got around to wiring it to the gearbox switch yet...
by Chipper
Tue May 14, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: rev counter
Replies: 42
Views: 6026

Re: rev counter

Too late! Fitted it recently, and it's satisfactory enough for my occasional use of the Traveller:
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It's easy enough to remember on a Midget 1275 engine that peak torque is at 3,000 rpm while peak power is at 6,000 rpm.