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by Chipper
Thu Jan 30, 2014 11:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: engine number query
Replies: 10
Views: 1728

Re: engine number query

Could be, though I'd hardly say the 1275 increases the fuel consumption by much (if at all); I regularly achieve around 38mpg out of mine, with mostly short runs of 7 miles or so, with quite a few hilly and twisty country roads to negotiate.

No worse than the original 1098cc engine.
by Chipper
Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: engine number query
Replies: 10
Views: 1728

Re: engine number query

Wonder why anyone would bother converting to a 1275 then revert to a 948 lump? :-?
by Chipper
Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:47 pm
Forum: Do you know....?
Topic: Service Checklist.
Replies: 7
Views: 3095

Re: Service Checklist.

Sure - you may well be right. I'll try leaving it for a while longer and see what happens...
by Chipper
Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:44 pm
Forum: Do you know....?
Topic: Service Checklist.
Replies: 7
Views: 3095

Re: Service Checklist.

I tend to top up the carb dashpot (HIF44 on mine) every week, more or less!

I would also add lubricating the door hinges and locks every once in a while, with 3-in-1 or similar.
by Chipper
Sun Jan 26, 2014 11:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 40,000 post!
Replies: 18
Views: 2831

Re: 40,000 post!

Congratulations on reaching this milestone, and thanks again for the timely help with the heater. :D
by Chipper
Sat Jan 25, 2014 10:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1960s Steering wheel
Replies: 7
Views: 1394

Re: 1960s Steering wheel

There's this one in the For Sale section:

http://www.mmoc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=53566
by Chipper
Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:26 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: thermostat: 82 or 88 degrees?
Replies: 44
Views: 6943

Re: thermostat: 82 or 88 degrees?

Yes, I was grateful for it tonight, in the p*ssing rain, with the windscreen steaming up. The heater seemed to be more effective than yesterday, even though I'd removed the cardboard partially blanking the radiator.

Roll on the cold snap forecast for next week... :wink:
by Chipper
Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:23 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: thermostat: 82 or 88 degrees?
Replies: 44
Views: 6943

Re: thermostat: 82 or 88 degrees?

Well, I found a window in the weather this afternoon to remove the thermostat, and swivel the lower heater take-off plate around (so that the ridge for the thermostat pointed upwards) and replaced the thermostat in the middle of the 'sandwich'. Pleased to report, that the heater now works again! :D ...
by Chipper
Wed Jan 22, 2014 11:47 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: thermostat: 82 or 88 degrees?
Replies: 44
Views: 6943

Re: thermostat: 82 or 88 degrees?

Thanks, Roy. I just looked in my Metro Haynes manual and it confirms that the thermostat should indeed fit above the heater take-off outlet. Easy mistake to make! :oops:
by Chipper
Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:27 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: thermostat: 82 or 88 degrees?
Replies: 44
Views: 6943

Re: thermostat: 82 or 88 degrees?

This why you have no circulation! Fit it to the back of the head - where it should be. The two little holes are already tapped 1/4" UNF - just run a drill bit through the middle hole - it's only thin. On the Metro set-up, is the thermostat above the 'take off' you have used - or below it?? It MUST ...
by Chipper
Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:24 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: thermostat: 82 or 88 degrees?
Replies: 44
Views: 6943

Re: thermostat: 82 or 88 degrees?

Mine has a late Metro 1300 head, and where the heater valve normally sits, it is either plugged or they haven't drilled the hole to let the water out at that end!
by Chipper
Wed Jan 22, 2014 2:35 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: thermostat: 82 or 88 degrees?
Replies: 44
Views: 6943

Re: thermostat: 82 or 88 degrees?

The hoses are connected to the lower thermostat outlet (Metro type) and the water pump, as per the photo: http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z300/Zender535i/Minor/DSCF0288.jpg I fitted a new water pump back in February 2013, which has a rotor at least as big as the old one that came off, so I don't ...
by Chipper
Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:52 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: thermostat: 82 or 88 degrees?
Replies: 44
Views: 6943

Re: thermostat: 82 or 88 degrees?

My Traveller doesn't have the heater valve, just the stub at the back of the head, and no bypass hose. Tonight, as an experiment, I blanked off most of the radiator with a large 2 foot x 2 foot square of cardboard, then drove it 7 miles. The temperature gauge got up to half way, but no heat at all c...
by Chipper
Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:25 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: thermostat: 82 or 88 degrees?
Replies: 44
Views: 6943

Re: thermostat: 82 or 88 degrees?

Yes, I suspect my heater matrix may be in need of replacement. I recently back-flushed it using the garden hose, and water flowed freely in both directions through it. But maybe it's internally clagged up, so not much of the water is extending to parts it should...
by Chipper
Mon Jan 20, 2014 11:03 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: thermostat: 82 or 88 degrees?
Replies: 44
Views: 6943

Re: thermostat: 82 or 88 degrees?

How many miles does it take for your heaters to work? I'm sure mine used to work within about 5 miles or so, but my regular journey is 7 miles and the heater currently doesn't seem to work within that distance. :-?
by Chipper
Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:09 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: thermostat: 82 or 88 degrees?
Replies: 44
Views: 6943

Re: thermostat: 82 or 88 degrees?

Well, I did test the new thermostat, but couldn't see any noticeable movement in it! :-?

Whereas, today I stuck the old one in a Pyrex jug of boiling water, and the central 'pillar' moved a mm or so, so I assume that still works.

My car has a Metro 1275cc head, so no bypass hose fitted. :wink:
by Chipper
Sun Jan 19, 2014 10:37 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: thermostat: 82 or 88 degrees?
Replies: 44
Views: 6943

Re: thermostat: 82 or 88 degrees?

Just swapped my 7-year old 82 degree thermostat for a new 88 degree one today, hoping it would improve my heater, but it hasn't made a jot of difference! :( For some odd reason, it now takes an age before any heat comes out, despite back-flushing it. It's had fairly recent new hoses, and those get h...
by Chipper
Sat Jan 18, 2014 2:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The return of my Morris!! Hopefully?!
Replies: 31
Views: 5106

Re: The return of my Morris!! Hopefully?!

Take heart: the Minor is one of the easiest cars to remove the engine and gearbox from (and replace to). I've had my engine in and out a good few times now, and replaced the gearbox a couple of times too. In fact, you don't even need an engine crane to remove the engine, as you can slide it away fro...
by Chipper
Fri Jan 17, 2014 11:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The return of my Morris!! Hopefully?!
Replies: 31
Views: 5106

Re: The return of my Morris!! Hopefully?!

Some Minor rollover jigs (e.g., Mr Grumpy type) bolted to the wheel hubs:

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by Chipper
Fri Jan 10, 2014 7:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Poor Quality Parts - Please report your experience
Replies: 38
Views: 12129

Re: Poor Quality Parts - Please report your experience

That's quite often the case with new door seals; you may well need to bend the mounting flange inwards using a mallet or similar. :wink: