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by Chipper
Tue May 06, 2014 11:02 pm
Forum: Do you know....?
Topic: Jacks.
Replies: 17
Views: 5027

Re: Jacks.

Nowt wrong with the original jack, as long as the jacking points are in good condition, and the jack is well greased and you use it sensibly.

In fact, it's quite a good sturdy and efficient design, compared to some modern car jacks.
by Chipper
Tue May 06, 2014 3:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Distinctive Sound of a Morris Minor
Replies: 21
Views: 5103

Re: The Distinctive Sound of a Morris Minor

The Elan Plus 2 130/5 had a Lotus gearbox made from Austin Maxi internals (presumably, in RWD configuration), while the Lotus Europa had a Renault 5-speed transaxle. I suppose one reason for the slow introduction of 5-speed gearboxes in this country is that motorway usage and speed limits are relati...
by Chipper
Tue May 06, 2014 12:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Distinctive Sound of a Morris Minor
Replies: 21
Views: 5103

Re: The Distinctive Sound of a Morris Minor

Aren't you forgetting the Austin Maxi of 1969, which had a 5-speed (albeit problematic) gearbox?
by Chipper
Mon May 05, 2014 12:12 pm
Forum: Useful Tips
Topic: bouncy speedo!
Replies: 14
Views: 9025

Re: bouncy speedo!

My Traveller's sometimes also sits on the stop for quite some time (although the odometer carries on working), then randomly springs back into action after a few miles, then it's fine after that! :lol:
by Chipper
Mon May 05, 2014 11:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Daily use classics, very rare now.
Replies: 58
Views: 9409

Re: Daily use classics, very rare now.

Now, that's dedication to the cause! :o
by Chipper
Sun May 04, 2014 11:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Distinctive Sound of a Morris Minor
Replies: 21
Views: 5103

Re: The Distinctive Sound of a Morris Minor

I notice the Marina 1.3 exhaust has a similar 'hoop' over the rear axle, but also has an extra silencer on the rear section: http://i.ebayimg.com/t/MORRIS-MARINA-1-3-A-series-STAINLESS-STEEL-EXHAUST-various-models-/00/s/MTIwMFgxNjAw/z/-scAAMXQ3LVR4sfr/$(KGrHqZ,!rQFHZ+9FDBrBR4sfrjzT!~~60_12.JPG Presu...
by Chipper
Sat May 03, 2014 3:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Distinctive Sound of a Morris Minor
Replies: 21
Views: 5103

Re: The Distinctive Sound of a Morris Minor

I think it's mostly down to the exhaust - after all, the Mini (and other BMC cars) used the same engine and manifolds, but didn't 'parp' on the overrun, or at least, not as loudly. I have a 1275cc MG Midget engine in mine, with standard exhaust, and it has the same distinctive sound as it did when i...
by Chipper
Thu May 01, 2014 10:58 pm
Forum: Stolen!
Topic: MAD282F Traflagar blue 2 door saloon
Replies: 25
Views: 16733

Re: MAD282F Traflagar blue 2 door saloon

Perhaps whoever stole it thought it was a standard Minor, then later realised it was a bit special. In such a state of confusion (a heavily modified car being hard to 'ring' or sell on), they may have broken it for the parts...
by Chipper
Thu May 01, 2014 11:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Daily use classics, very rare now.
Replies: 58
Views: 9409

Re: Daily use classics, very rare now.

Indeed. The 948cc engine was introduced in 1956, but they came with the one-piece windscreen.

The 1098cc engine was introduced in 1962.
by Chipper
Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:58 pm
Forum: Useful Tips
Topic: Annual Greasing
Replies: 7
Views: 4162

Re: Annual Greasing

Sounds good. Better than Waxoyl, would you say?
by Chipper
Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: spray paint at poundland
Replies: 6
Views: 1687

Re: spray paint at poundland

They also do 300ml cans of carb cleaner for £1, and it works pretty well - used it to clean my Minor's original carb yesterday.

Just enough to clean the outside of one carb fairly thoroughly.
by Chipper
Sun Apr 27, 2014 11:39 am
Forum: Useful Tips
Topic: Cleaning carburettor with thinners
Replies: 5
Views: 4325

Re: Cleaning carburettor with thinners

Looks good, though your carb should have a metal heat shielding around that fuel pipe between the float chamber and the carb, else you may suffer from fuel vaporisation. :wink:

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by Chipper
Thu Apr 24, 2014 11:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: MOT Pass!
Replies: 26
Views: 6193

Re: MOT Pass!

Pah! :roll: The good old Mercedes 190E (the C-class's predecessor) came with a full-size spare.

Presumably, you won't pass a car with a space-saver fitted?
by Chipper
Thu Apr 24, 2014 10:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: MOT Pass!
Replies: 26
Views: 6193

Re: MOT Pass!

A car (merc C class) came in for test a few weeks ago, it FAILED... 1 of the rear tyres FAILED less than 1.6mm so a refusall of cert was issued. He wasn't pleased. But the car had done over 800 miles in the 10 days since the origonal test. Could he not have simply fitted the spare, or was that worn...
by Chipper
Wed Apr 23, 2014 5:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: MOT Pass!
Replies: 26
Views: 6193

Re: MOT Pass!

Congratulations on the MOT, Roy.

Any pics of your 'naughty' set of wheels? :wink:

The gaiters supplied by ame353 (Andrew Eggleton) seem to be of reasonable quality - certainly far better than some very thin floppy rubber ones I previously fitted that only lasted about 6 months! :o
by Chipper
Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Daily use classics, very rare now.
Replies: 58
Views: 9409

Re: Daily use classics, very rare now.

You will get a wave from me, like it or not, if you are around East Staffs. I remember my first outing in my Austin 7 in the 60's when I flashed a Vintage Bentley - the driver gave me 2 fingers for being a cheeky upstart. Hopefully we have moved on from then! It seems we have; I was driving through...
by Chipper
Mon Apr 21, 2014 12:00 pm
Forum: Do you know....?
Topic: 'Red' engine quick question
Replies: 44
Views: 7327

Re: 'Red' engine quick question

Yes, it indicates a 'Gold seal' fully rebuilt unit, as opposed to a 'Silver seal' partially rebuilt one. This thread mentions a similar engine number:

http://www.mmoc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f= ... ngine+code
by Chipper
Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:50 pm
Forum: Do you know....?
Topic: 'Red' engine quick question
Replies: 44
Views: 7327

Re: 'Red' engine quick question

You need to look at the first part, e.g., 10V, and compare it to this list:

http://www.mg-cars.org.uk/news/news498.html
by Chipper
Sat Apr 19, 2014 4:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: MOT tester Kent area
Replies: 3
Views: 889

Re: MOT tester Kent area

No problem, glad to be of help - and best of luck with the MOT...
by Chipper
Sat Apr 19, 2014 11:46 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: MOT tester Kent area
Replies: 3
Views: 889

Re: MOT tester Kent area

I recommend King Street Motor Services, who specialise in Morris Minors.

40 King Street
West Malling
Kent ME19 6QT

Tel: 01732 843135

The head honcho there, Andrew, is a proper old-school chap who really knows his Minors (he drives a Traveller).