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by Chipper
Tue Dec 10, 2013 11:08 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: nuts!
Replies: 11
Views: 1521

Re: nuts!

Agreed, there is that. Mind you, I have managed to successfully re-bead car tyres using just a good old foot pump, and maybe a bit of sealant gloop or even water.
by Chipper
Tue Dec 10, 2013 4:35 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: nuts!
Replies: 11
Views: 1521

Re: nuts!

True, but I just visit my brother's bodyshop if I need that sort of thing.

The vast majority of DIY motorists don't need air tools or compressors, particularly when working on Morris Minors. :wink:

In fact, I find many air tools to be somewhat cumbersome and clumsy to use...
by Chipper
Mon Dec 09, 2013 12:04 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: nuts!
Replies: 11
Views: 1521

Re: nuts!

Ensure that the brake adjusters are slackened right off, prior to attempting to remove the drums. The best electric sprayers are the Apollo high volume, low pressure type. I have one, and it has performed pretty well for me several times. Ideal for the 'occasional' sprayer, who doesn't want to be fo...
by Chipper
Sat Dec 07, 2013 3:14 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Upgrade engine or not?
Replies: 11
Views: 2806

Re: Upgrade engine or not?

Cocoon the old 803 safely under the garage bench - it can be refitted anytime if 'originality' suddenly becomes important. Hehe, I did just this with my Traveller's original 1098cc engine back in 1994 after it became a bit rumbly after 100,000 miles, and fitted a rebuilt 1275cc MG Midget engine & b...
by Chipper
Thu Dec 05, 2013 6:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Passed MOT but never made it home :(
Replies: 16
Views: 3027

Re: Passed MOT but never made it home :(

Oil dripping all over the road would suggest either a con-rod through the side of the block, or something has somehow punctured the sump.

If you or the garage have a compression gauge, you could use that to take readings and find out which cylinder is down.
by Chipper
Thu Dec 05, 2013 6:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: put 1pound 50 worth of dieseil in my car
Replies: 22
Views: 3294

Re: put 1pound 50 worth of dieseil in my car

I recently spoke to a mechanic at an 'old-school' type garage who runs a Minor saloon, and he said he ran his on a petrol:diesel mix, roughly 5 litres of petrol to 1 litre of diesel.

He claimed it ran better, albeit slightly smoky.
by Chipper
Tue Nov 12, 2013 5:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Commuting in a 1098cc Morris
Replies: 73
Views: 15256

Re: Commuting in a 1098cc Morris

I have owned a 1970 Traveller since 1989, and have for the most part (except on some occasions when I had use of another vehicle), used it as a daily driver, covering over 70,000 miles to bring the total to well over 150,000 miles. I don't drive it that gently, and it gets used in all weathers (I li...
by Chipper
Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Poor Quality Parts - Please report your experience
Replies: 38
Views: 11775

Re: Poor Quality Parts - Please report your experience

I happened to chance across a NOS nearside bonnet hinge while having a sift through the garage last week, and was glad that I did, as upon checking the one on the car, not only was its chrome badly pitted, but it was also very stiff to operate. So, off with the (only a few years) old Sri-Lankan part...
by Chipper
Thu Sep 05, 2013 2:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Poor Quality Parts - Please report your experience
Replies: 38
Views: 11775

Re: Poor Quality Parts - Please report your experience

Steering rack gaitors disintegrating after only a short time - the thin, floppy rubber seems to decompose! Front grille surround panel; had to buy a new one from a specialist, which was made in Taiwan out of very thin 'bean tin' metal. I accidentally hit a dog slightly with it, and it buckled in and...
by Chipper
Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:13 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: It's 'never' the coil
Replies: 19
Views: 2009

Re: It's 'never' the coil

I had a weird ignition coil fault some years ago. The Traveller began misfiring and eventually wouldn't start. First thing I did was to check for a good spark - which it had. I then spent a week or so driving myself mad trying to find the fault, and was about to remove the cylinder head, when I thou...
by Chipper
Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:48 pm
Forum: Do you know....?
Topic: Scrapyard find engine block and gearbox
Replies: 13
Views: 2855

Re: Scrapyard find engine block and gearbox

Thanks for the replies! Both engine and gearbox now sold to a local Minor enthusiast who has a 948cc Traveller with a seized engine. :)
by Chipper
Sat Apr 14, 2012 10:46 pm
Forum: Do you know....?
Topic: Scrapyard find engine block and gearbox
Replies: 13
Views: 2855

Re: Scrapyard find engine block and gearbox

I have seen a thread where someone had theirs bored out to accept Mini 998cc +0.060" pistons, i.e., an overbore of +0.120 over the standard 948cc bore! :o However, since I purchased the short block fairly cheaply, I'm not overly concerned about the +0.060" pistons - at least they're MOWOG-stamped on...
by Chipper
Sat Apr 14, 2012 3:19 pm
Forum: Do you know....?
Topic: Scrapyard find engine block and gearbox
Replies: 13
Views: 2855

Re: Scrapyard find engine block and gearbox

Thanks for the replies. I've put a bit of work into cleaning it up, and it now looks quite presentable and turns over nicely. I was going to try and stick a head and carb on to see if I could get it up and running...

+0.060" overbore on a 948cc gives approx. 995cc, with the original 3" stroke.
by Chipper
Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:57 pm
Forum: Do you know....?
Topic: Scrapyard find engine block and gearbox
Replies: 13
Views: 2855

Scrapyard find engine block and gearbox

Today, I got a 'shout' from my local scrap metal 'recycling' merchants about some "Morris Minor parts" that had come in, so I duly stopped by to take a look... ...and came away with what I believe to be a 948cc Minor short block and smooth-case gearbox! The block has the engine number 8G9 R M 3456, ...
by Chipper
Sat Apr 07, 2012 2:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: tragic death......
Replies: 14
Views: 2704

Re: tragic death......

Sad tale. :(

I wonder what specifically went so wrong, when he would appear to have taken sensible precautions. :-?
by Chipper
Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is a Morris a good first car?
Replies: 40
Views: 8957

Re: Is a Morris a good first car?

I got given my mum's 1970 Traveller when I was 18, and still have it 22 years and 60,000 miles on! :o It was a great car to learn both the fundamentals of roadcraft (having passed the driving test aged 17 in a yukky Nissan Sunny) and car maintenance on. In fact, I've replaced most major parts on it ...
by Chipper
Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:35 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Fitting 3.9 diff
Replies: 33
Views: 4962

Re: Fitting 3.9 diff

I'd recommend the HIF44 on a standard 1275. I have one on my standard(ish) MG Midget engine - it was totally standard prior to me swapping the head for a late Metro 1.3 one, but even with the standard head it ran well with the HIF44, with an MG Metro needle. It gives great driveability and good econ...
by Chipper
Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Toyo or Nangkang.... that is the question
Replies: 16
Views: 2195

Re: Toyo or Nangkang.... that is the question

I previously ran a set of Toyo 155x14 on standard Minor wheels on the Traveller, and handling wasn't bad, despite the soft sidewalls.

Then I part-exed them for a set of LP917 4.5J van rims shod with a mixture of 165x14 tyres - handling is about the same.
by Chipper
Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:17 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Fitting 3.9 diff
Replies: 33
Views: 4962

Re: Fitting 3.9 diff

How did you go about modifying the (presumably transverse) exhaust manifold to fit?