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by Chipper
Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:13 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Advantages of Telescopic Dampers
Replies: 11
Views: 2152

Re: Advantages of Telescopic Dampers

FWIY, I fitted a 'cheap' Mr Grumpy's basic oil telescopic damper kit (with 45 degree angled Gabriel dampers) to the rear of my 1275cc Traveller back in 1995, 38,000 miles ago, and it's still performing well, certainly far better than I ever remember the lever arm ones doing, even after I replaced th...
by Chipper
Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:27 am
Forum: Useful Tips
Topic: Mgb disc brakes
Replies: 8
Views: 7052

Re: Mgb disc brakes

I hear what you're saying there! I purchased the car with the hubs and standard Minor wheels fitted, but would like a set of the Morris 575 hubs to match the 4.5" PCD of the rear axle. They appear to be very difficult/impossible to get hold of though :(
by Chipper
Tue Jan 25, 2011 11:06 pm
Forum: Useful Tips
Topic: Mgb disc brakes
Replies: 8
Views: 7052

Re: Mgb disc brakes

Sorry to revive an old thread, but I am interested in such a conversion, as I bought a Minor with MGB banjo rear axle with 4.5" PCD but with the Marina front discs, which appear to be 100mm PCD (4" PCD Minor wheels just squeeze onto the studs!) This makes for awkwardness when it comes to selecting a...
by Chipper
Sun Jan 16, 2011 10:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: fitting static seat belts
Replies: 4
Views: 794

Re: fitting static seat belts

I fitted original BMC static belts into my 1965 2-door Minor, and they just bolted in. :)
by Chipper
Sun Sep 19, 2010 12:04 am
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: Dean's 1971 Traveller Fiat/Lancia Twin Cam Project
Replies: 26
Views: 7037

Re: Dean's 1971 Traveller Fiat/Lancia Twin Cam Project

Nice work! I'm also working on a 1965 Minor 2-door with Fiat twin cam, now running pretty well, just needing carpets to complete. I found that the Fiat engine block mounted mechanical fuel pump wasn't very efficient, so mounted a Facet electronic pump just aft of the fuel tank, which works well, tho...
by Chipper
Tue Aug 31, 2010 6:39 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Mini steering ignition column
Replies: 16
Views: 4556

Re: Mini steering ignition column

I finally got my Minor's Mini steering column fully functional, though I had to dismantle the indicator stalk because the terminals had sunk down too far in the housing base, and weren't making contact - a rather poor quality design :( At least the assemblies are rebuildable fairly easily though, wh...
by Chipper
Mon Jul 19, 2010 3:56 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Mini steering ignition column
Replies: 16
Views: 4556

Re: Mini steering ignition column

Hi, I'm currently doing wiring on a Fiat twin-cam 1965 Minor saloon, which has the Mini steering column fitted, so I'm also having to ponder at length how to adapt the Mini wiring loom to work on a Minor... Thanks for the tips/diagrams above :) My progress can be followed on Retro Rides here http://...
by Chipper
Wed Jul 14, 2010 2:54 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Mazda MX5 engine conversion
Replies: 44
Views: 17360

Re: Mazda MX5 engine conversion

Well done to the original poster for reviving their trusty A series engine. Having an A series is one of the major plus points of the Minor as it is a reliable, economical and easy and cheap engine to work on. I also think it is s good looking and sounding engine- tough too you can boil them dry wi...
by Chipper
Tue Jul 13, 2010 3:01 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Mazda MX5 engine conversion
Replies: 44
Views: 17360

Re: Mazda MX5 engine conversion

People keep saying this, but me and my brother have run them for a good while without problems (1.8 in a 1998 Freelander and 1.6 in a 1999 Rover 416SLi). As long as you keep an eye on the coolant level and temperature gauge, they're not as bad as the reputation would suggest.
by Chipper
Sun Jul 11, 2010 1:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Please Help.
Replies: 17
Views: 2616

Re: Please Help.

If you can't fix the pump, there's a good Minor specialist in West Malling, near Maidstone:

King Street Motor Services
40 King Street
West Malling
Kent ME19 6QT
Telephone:
01732 843135

Fax:
01732 871579

They can post items out.
by Chipper
Sun Jul 11, 2010 12:46 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Woodwork discolouration
Replies: 15
Views: 1963

Re: Woodwork discolouration

Yacht chandlers sell a product based on oxalic acid which is very effective. Alternatively, E-bay lists quite a few products:
http://shop.ebay.co.uk/?_from=R40&_trks ... Categories
by Chipper
Sun Jul 11, 2010 12:22 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Mazda MX5 engine conversion
Replies: 44
Views: 17360

Re: Mazda MX5 engine conversion

Well, in the end, I fixed up the 1275 Midget engine in the Traveller with a matching Midget close-ratio gearbox, new clutch and a late Metro unleaded cylinder head, and it's running sweetly with the addition of this neat little electronic ignition conversion: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Lucas-25D-electron...
by Chipper
Sat Apr 28, 2007 11:49 pm
Forum: Useful Tips
Topic: chrome tail pipe.
Replies: 6
Views: 4861

Nice (chromed) tip, but why do you want to advertise a pea-shooter exhaust? :lol:

I had an angled one on mine a few years ago, but I recall it flying off and watching it bouncing down the road in my mirror. Fortunately, no-one was following at the time :o
by Chipper
Fri Apr 27, 2007 12:16 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Mazda MX5 engine conversion
Replies: 44
Views: 17360

Mazda MX5 engine conversion

Hi, I have a '70 Traveller to which I fitted a 1275cc MG Midget engine and Ford Orion disc brakes, but I've been considering an alternative engine transplant, seeing as my gearbox & clutch are now a bit kippered. Quite fancy the idea of a modern twin cam of 1.6-2.0 litres and a 5-speed box would be ...