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by Chipper
Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:09 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: thermostat: 82 or 88 degrees?
Replies: 44
Views: 7216

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: 7216

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: 5246

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: 5246

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: 12522

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:
by Chipper
Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Road trip - what spares?
Replies: 27
Views: 4768

Re: Road trip - what spares?

Yes, while you're at it, why not add a generator, MIG-welder and angle-grinder to the list, just in case you should need to partially rebuild the thing at the side of the road! :lol:
by Chipper
Tue Jan 07, 2014 4:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Road trip - what spares?
Replies: 27
Views: 4768

Re: Road trip - what spares?

I would also consider taking one of the handy 'fix anything and everything' type gloops such as Chemical Metal, JB Weld, etc.

Very handy for repairing holes in radiators, sumps, engine blocks, etc.
by Chipper
Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Road trip - what spares?
Replies: 27
Views: 4768

Re: Road trip - what spares?

I would also add spare bulbs, and at least one propshaft UJ to that list, along with brake fluid and maybe brake linings and cylinders, unless you know the ones on the car are good.
by Chipper
Sat Jan 04, 2014 10:22 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Restoring minor wheels
Replies: 12
Views: 2716

Re: Restoring minor wheels

I had a quote of around £30 per wheel from a local shot-blasters for my LP917 van rims, so being the tight git I am, I spent a couple of days bare-metalling them myself using an air-driven sander, scraper, paint stripper, and various grades of wet & dry paper, wire wool, wire brushes, etc. It was ha...
by Chipper
Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:23 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Fuel pumps
Replies: 21
Views: 4561

Re: Fuel pumps

Are you referring to Burlen? I've only used them a couple of times, but haven't had any problems. It was worse for me getting hold of a rebuild kit for a Weber carb from France - it took well over a month to arrive (I had to remind them), and when it did, I discovered I could have got the same kit c...
by Chipper
Fri Jan 03, 2014 1:13 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Fuel pumps
Replies: 21
Views: 4561

Re: Fuel pumps

Agreed, the electric SU pumps do seem to be pretty effective - my 1970 Traveller is still on the original, as far as I know, although I have converted it to electronic operation with the Burlen Fuel Systems kit, after having problems with the points eroding/oxidising and not working reliably if left...
by Chipper
Wed Jan 01, 2014 11:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Poor Quality Parts - Please report your experience
Replies: 38
Views: 12522

Re: Poor Quality Parts - Please report your experience

Can't you just swap the spring over? I've previously fitted new springs to tired arms and transformed them.
by Chipper
Fri Dec 27, 2013 10:24 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Fuel pumps
Replies: 21
Views: 4561

Re: Fuel pumps

I did have mine mounted on the rubber mounts, that came with it as a 'Facet fast road' kit. However, it was still very audible at times, even sitting in the car with the engine running in a traffic jam - and the engine wasn't the quietest.
by Chipper
Fri Dec 27, 2013 12:53 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Fuel pumps
Replies: 21
Views: 4561

Re: Fuel pumps

These Facet-type pumps do click though, and very loudly! :o

I had one on my 2-litre Fiat twin-cam Minor, mounted near the fuel tank. It worked OK, but was rather noisy, which could be irritating at times. Reverted to the standard block-mounted mechanical pump in the end.
by Chipper
Thu Dec 26, 2013 6:19 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Broken axle
Replies: 4
Views: 1492

Re: Broken axle

Worrying, and most unusual to have it occur on both sides! :o Any pics of the "alarming camber"?

My Traveller's axle has a small rust hole under one of the perches, which did worry me when I first saw it, but it's been OK now for several years (I put some grease over it to prevent further rust).
by Chipper
Wed Dec 25, 2013 12:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: wolfrace
Replies: 20
Views: 3644

Re: wolfrace

On a different note what's the best way to polish them...and with what....mine are dull..also those centre caps ..do they push on or do you take the wheel off then push them on from the inside...with thanks Use Solvol Autosol if they are only lightly oxidised/corroded, or a rotary polisher if heavi...
by Chipper
Tue Dec 24, 2013 2:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: wolfrace
Replies: 20
Views: 3644

Re: wolfrace

They look good. :) What size are they - 13" or 14"?
by Chipper
Fri Dec 20, 2013 11:26 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Mini manifold and hs2?
Replies: 15
Views: 2384

Re: Mini manifold and hs2?

Do HS2 carbs have the spring on the needle? I thought they just fitted directly into the piston. :-?
by Chipper
Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:23 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Mini manifold and hs2?
Replies: 15
Views: 2384

Re: Mini manifold and hs2?

No, running it like that shouldn't harm the engine, but you won't want to be running it like that for long, as:

a) it will be deafening
b) it will be embarassing
c) you may get pulled over by Old Bill for excess noise pollution.