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by Chipper
Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Scrapyards
Topic: Not what they used to be!
Replies: 28
Views: 2605

Re: Not what they used to be!

One of my favourites was a good old-fashioned huge scrapyard tucked away down a woodland track in Chobham, Surrey. Used to find gems such as Lucas SFT576 fog lamps, etc. for my Minor. They even had such exotica as a burnt-out aluminium bodied Bristol Beaufighter, loads of old Jags, Rover P6 V8s, etc...
by Chipper
Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Traveller Tuning
Replies: 71
Views: 3959

Re: Traveller Tuning

Yes, it probably is a Gold Seal reconditioned unit - see foot of this link, which confirms the 8G identification: http://www.mginfo.co.uk/upgrades4mgs/files/MG_Engine_numbers.pdf Pools of oil on top of the pistons may be due to worn valve guides and/or valve guide seals; with the valve springs remov...
by Chipper
Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Voltage stabiliser/temperature gauge problem
Replies: 14
Views: 834

Re: Voltage stabiliser/temperature gauge problem

Certainly not a dumb query - not many folk are even aware of the Voltage Stabiliser, hidden away as it is! Your gauge will read too high, since it is being directly driven by the 14 volts or so that the battery produces with the engine running (i.e., being charged by a dynamo or alternator); the gau...
by Chipper
Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Compression test
Replies: 10
Views: 749

Re: Compression test

Try the test again, but jam the throttle wide open (as you are supposed to when doing a compression test), either by placing a suitable length rod between the throttle pedal and driver's seat, or making an arrangement at the carburettor throttle spindle to jam it open.
by Chipper
Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Purpose of hole in radiator fan shroud
Replies: 10
Views: 1025

Re: Purpose of hole in radiator fan shroud

Good call, must try it sometime...
by Chipper
Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Overheating
Replies: 33
Views: 1821

Re: Overheating

Dirty/suspect in-line connections battery-sender-gauge ? Causing extra resistance in circuit? John :wink: If there was too much resistance, the gauge would never actually reach full scale deflection (i.e., 140 degrees in this instance). I suspect the gauge may not be wired via the voltage regulator...
by Chipper
Sat Dec 29, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Morris Mosquito Model sold for the price of a real Minor
Replies: 11
Views: 1115

Re: Morris Mosquito Model sold for the price of a real Minor

Quite a sum! :o Any idea what dimensions it is?
by Chipper
Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Purpose of hole in radiator fan shroud
Replies: 10
Views: 1025

Re: Purpose of hole in radiator fan shroud

Thanks for the replies! Yes, I can see the painting hanging theory makes sense.

I have previously also found it very handy for retaining screwdrivers and bolts while working in the engine bay (not with the engine running, of course.)
by Chipper
Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Purpose of hole in radiator fan shroud
Replies: 10
Views: 1025

Purpose of hole in radiator fan shroud

Does anyone know the purpose of the hole (approx. 1 cm in diameter) drilled into the radiator fan shroud (the part that is often stencilled with a warning notice about removing the radiator cap slowly)? As depicted here: https://www.morrisminor.org.uk/userfiles/product_asset/.enlarged/5b1fc8d436f3a-...
by Chipper
Wed Dec 26, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Morris Minor related presents
Replies: 15
Views: 1465

Re: Morris Minor related presents

Some new grille hockey-sticks, bonnet & wing rubber buffers and a gearbox steady cable for my 1970 Traveller. :)
by Chipper
Wed Dec 26, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: MG 1275 gearbox and remote change
Replies: 1
Views: 275

Re: MG 1275 gearbox and remote change

Yes, the Minor remote can be fitted, but of course, won't have the reverse light switch that comes with the 1275 Midget/Sprite remote.

Likewise, you can fit a Midget/Sprite gearstick, though they are alot shorter than a Minor's, so you may well find the position uncomfortable...
by Chipper
Wed Dec 26, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: First drive impressions
Replies: 13
Views: 993

Re: First drive impressions

Non-working fuel gauge may be a simple case of the Lucar/spade terminal having been pushed off the fuel tank sender, which lies under the spare wheel. If it is still attached, try wiggling it free, then use a length of cable to earth it to bodywork, turn on the ignition switch and you should see the...
by Chipper
Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Traveller Tuning
Replies: 71
Views: 3959

Re: Traveller Tuning

I have recently fitted a 1.5" diameter Maniflow LCB and exhaust to my 1275 Traveller, and it has definitely improved things compared to the previous standard Minor 1.25" system. It was an excellent fit too. :D Has anyone tried a set of 1.3/1.5/1.7 roller rockers, such as these: https://www.minisport...
by Chipper
Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Factory 1275 Traveller
Replies: 13
Views: 1108

Re: Factory 1275 Traveller

Aye, it does make you wonder why BMC didn't produce a 1275cc Minor, when there had been many successful period conversions done to show the way forwards, and yet BMC quickly upgraded the Austin/Morris 1100 to 1300... I can only suppose it was due to issues reported with axle tramp, etc. with even th...
by Chipper
Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Factory 1275 Traveller
Replies: 13
Views: 1108

Re: Factory 1275 Traveller

Well, it fetched a pretty fair sum, of $11,050 (£8,680)...
by Chipper
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: Traveller
Replies: 13
Views: 1278

Re: Traveller

Phew! Looks like it was pretty rusty. :o Nice job on the new floorpans. 8)

Is all the boot area rusty as well, then?
by Chipper
Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Factory 1275 Traveller
Replies: 13
Views: 1108

Re: Factory 1275 Traveller

Interesting. Wonder if they made any others? I wonder where the 100 mph Smiths speedo was sourced from - AFAIK, Mini Cooper 'S' ones went up to a heady 120 mph.

The poor old front suspension eyebolt bushes look well past it, but the rest appears to be in pretty good shape...
by Chipper
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Fitting ESM hydraulic clutch assembly
Replies: 4
Views: 406

Re: Fitting ESM hydraulic clutch assembly

There's some more info in this earlier MMOC thread, which may be of use: https://www.mmoc.org.uk/Messageboard/viewtopic.php?t=26700&start=15 I think the diagram shown is that for an Owen Burton kit, similar to the one I fitted years ago now to my Traveller (with MG Midget 1275cc engine and its heavi...
by Chipper
Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: Traveller
Replies: 13
Views: 1278

Re: Traveller

Good to hear you have a Midget engine - they do go rather well with them fitted. Are you going for any other upgrades, aside from the 'angel eye' headlamps?
by Chipper
Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: Traveller
Replies: 13
Views: 1278

Re: Traveller

Good to see you've made a start on it - nice to have a rollover jig. 8) Is that the original front bumper valence? It appears to be longer than usual (comparing it to my 1970 Traveller one which I've been re-painting today, as part of a frontal tidy-up) - possibly a van one? And what 1275 engine do ...