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by Chipper
Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: 1098 compression test figures
Replies: 5
Views: 397

Re: 1098 compression test figures

Sounds very healthy to me. Anything around 140psi above is OK.
by Chipper
Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: 1098 compression test figures
Replies: 5
Views: 397

Re: 1098 compression test figures

Sounds very healthy to me. Anything around 140psi above is OK.
by Chipper
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: HIF44 carburetor
Replies: 19
Views: 1056

Re: HIF44 carburetor

As stated in my reply above "My advice would be to sell it on (it may have rarity value) and fit a HIF44."

As someone else stated above, the BDL needle will be a good starting point, as used in the MG Metro (which had a mildly tweaked 1275cc engine).
by Chipper
Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: HIF44 carburetor
Replies: 19
Views: 1056

Re: HIF44 carburetor

That will be the ultra-lean burn (i.e., designed to run with a very weak mixture) carb fitted only (AFAIK) to the Metro HLE.

It certainly isn't an ideal carb to use on a 1275! My advice would be to sell it on (it may have rarity value) and fit a HIF44.
by Chipper
Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: LED bulbs anyone?
Replies: 90
Views: 5329

Re: LED bulbs anyone?

ive had to remove the oil pressure and ignition LED bulbs. They went out when the vehicle started, but 'glimmered' when driving down the road. Ive put the old bulbs in and its back to normal. whats the reason for this? I had an intermittent front sidelight bulb failure on my 2003 MINI Cooper, so I ...
by Chipper
Wed Jan 29, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pins in tyres
Replies: 20
Views: 866

Re: Pins in tyres

There was an amusing incident with that stuff a few years ago, when I used it to seal a puncture in a pushbike I intended to try and sell at a bike shop conveniently just across the road. My youngest brother knew the owner, so I got him to take it over there and hopefully sell it. The owner took it ...
by Chipper
Tue Jan 28, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pins in tyres
Replies: 20
Views: 866

Re: Pins in tyres

Some spray-in via the valve puncture sealant might do the trick... Two problems I can see with that.... A) Unless they are much longer than drawing pins, they won't go all the way through the sidewall B) Even if they are long enough, they'll likely seal until the car is moved and the sidewall flexe...
by Chipper
Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pins in tyres
Replies: 20
Views: 866

Re: Pins in tyres

Some spray-in via the valve puncture sealant might do the trick...
by Chipper
Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: If I were you...
Replies: 13
Views: 848

Re: If I were you...

Obviously, if going to the effort of swapping the gearbox, check the clutch plate and clutch release bearing are good. AFAIK, the gearboxes weren't painted, at least on ribbed case (1098cc) versions, but I stand to be corrected...
by Chipper
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Electronic Ignition
Replies: 33
Views: 6120

Re: Electronic Ignition

+1. When I fitted an Accuspark to my existing (25D4) dizzy, I had to turn the dizzy body by quite alot (20-30 degrees or so) to even get it to start, then adjust the timing from there.
by Chipper
Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Distributor Replacement Advice
Replies: 9
Views: 666

Re: Distributor Replacement Advice

It sounds like it's running pretty well. You can swap the dizzy out for another if you take careful note of the relative positions of the rotor arm and dizzy mounting bolts, and ensure the replacement is fitted in the same position - one point to be aware of is the drive dog on the underside of the ...
by Chipper
Tue Dec 24, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: 1275, Backplates and gearboxes
Replies: 11
Views: 556

Re: 1275, Backplates and gearboxes

A standard MG Metro (with HIF 44) used a BDL or BFY needle.
by Chipper
Mon Dec 23, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Series MM Register
Topic: New Purchase!!
Replies: 42
Views: 4992

Re: New Purchase!!

Nice work! How did you make the pressings in the floor, out of interest?
by Chipper
Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Improved heater
Replies: 11
Views: 712

Re: Improved heater

An idea I found in the latest Practical Classics magazine, from a Staff Car Saga author who was having demisting issues on a Peerless GT; fit a 12V Marine bilge fan/blower in the air intake trunking to the heater, to give it a boost in demisting pressure - they blow approx 130-145 cfm, and would be ...
by Chipper
Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: MMOC Area Forum
Topic: Clattering noise
Replies: 9
Views: 1917

Re: Clattering noise

I would just continue to drive it gently and let it fully warm up over a decent period of running, which will hopefully clear whatever the issue is. Also check over all the usual culprits that get affected by water, e.g., distibutor, points, carb intake, fan belt/pulleys, etc. Maybe also add a bit o...
by Chipper
Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: What is the best head gasket
Replies: 1
Views: 245

Re: What is the best head gasket

Payen make good gaskets, that have a semi-sticky surface. You can get them from any good Minor specialist or motor factors.

https://www.enginepartsuk.net/payen
by Chipper
Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Starting Dad's old Minor
Replies: 79
Views: 3710

Re: Starting Dad's old Minor

Yes, at this time of year, you generally need to use a fair bit of choke (at least half way) from a cold start, whereas in summer, you often don't need any at all. My 1970 Traveller's choke control (with HIF carb) is quite slack, so it tends to automatically work its way in as I set off, so I only h...
by Chipper
Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Useful Tips
Topic: Brake valve limiter with discs
Replies: 4
Views: 1217

Re: Brake valve limiter with discs

I had a similar conversion professionally fitted by a local Minor specialist to my 1970 Traveller; they fitted a new master cylinder at the same time, but no limiter/balance valve was fitted. The brakes seem well balanced (in fact, with less tendency to lock up than the front drums, as they are more...
by Chipper
Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Alloy Kick panels
Replies: 17
Views: 1238

Re: Alloy Kick panels

They are to be left as bare alloy. I have original ones (March 1951) on the black car in the signature picture and they are "bare". Later ones were made from steel and were painted "silver", but most cars have them painted in "body colour" as the reason for "silver" had been forgotten. My Traveller...
by Chipper
Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Alloy Kick panels
Replies: 17
Views: 1238

Re: Alloy Kick panels

Are these intended to be painted, or just left bare alloy?