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by Chipper
Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tyres
Replies: 6
Views: 711

Re: Tyres

You can successfully fit 165-width tyres on a Minor, so long as you have the 4.5J rims, as I currently have on my 1970 Traveller (LP971 van rims, though I have also tried 4.5J 13" Austin-Healey Sprite rims). Steering isn't particularly heavy, and it generally rides and handles quite well. Some puris...
by Chipper
Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: 'A' Series blocks
Replies: 7
Views: 677

Re: 'A' Series blocks

A quick search reveals the 12H/298F/… block was fitted to the likes of Austin 1300GT, MG1300, Riley Kestrel, etc.
by Chipper
Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Reconditioned Gearboxes
Replies: 10
Views: 710

Re: Reconditioned Gearboxes

If you indicated which region you're in it would help. Most reputable Minor specialists should be able to supply a decent reconditioned gearbox (albeit usually quite expensive), or you could have a bash at fixing it yourself (as I have done) - they are relatively straightforward to work on, particul...
by Chipper
Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: gear selection
Replies: 4
Views: 501

Re: gear selection

You won't be able to see much of the clutch plate, since it is mostly hidden under the cover (pressure plate), but you may be able to see just enough (using a bright torch through the inspection hatch) to determine whether it's badly worn...
by Chipper
Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: gear selection
Replies: 4
Views: 501

Re: gear selection

Indeed, it sounds as though your clutch isn't operating much. Is yours hydraulically operated? If not, the standard mechanical setup is adjustable, up to a point (assuming the clutch plate and/or release bearing aren't too badly worn). If yours is a 1098cc/ribbed case gearbox, you can look into the ...
by Chipper
Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Aluminium Rocker Box
Replies: 3
Views: 387

Re: Aluminium Rocker Box

I did fit a very similar one to my Traveller, but that has a 1275cc MG Midget engine with no heater valve (Metro type head):

https://flic.kr/p/Y23Tb9

IIRC, I bought it off E-bay for around £20.
by Chipper
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Todays Mystery Object
Replies: 12
Views: 982

Re: Todays Mystery Object

Could be someone used it to seal up the end of the rear chassis box sections, visible at the sides of the rear of the boot floor; my Traveller has little foam rectangles stuffed into the ends of these.
by Chipper
Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Gearbox cross member bolts
Replies: 24
Views: 1970

Re: Gearbox cross member bolts

Good tips, thanks. Does anyone know if it's possible to slide such a plate under the master cylinder without having to remove it?

If so, I may well have a go...
by Chipper
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Gearbox cross member bolts
Replies: 24
Views: 1970

Re: Gearbox cross member bolts

My Traveller also has this problem, on the right hand (master cylinder side), of course. :roll: It hangs down approx. 0.5 cm or so - it doesn't cause any problem, just unsightly. I did have a go at wedging screwdrivers in to the captive nut, then undoing the bolt (which appears to be seized in the n...
by Chipper
Tue May 15, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Reducing noise in a Traveller
Replies: 26
Views: 2347

Re: Reducing noise in a Traveller

All good tips. Also ensure all wheels and propshaft/any rotating parts are balanced and ensure wheel bearings, etc. aren't worn, as vibrations/resonance can travel through the cabin and tend to get amplified. Perhaps replace the engine/gearbox mounts if the rubbers have gone hard or badly perished. ...
by Chipper
Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: How Far have you driven?
Replies: 20
Views: 1648

Re: How Far have you driven?

When it was a daily driver, my 1970 Traveller would be used on regular runs from Canterbury, Kent to Southend, Essex, a good 70 miles each way. Longest drive in one day was probably up to Gaydon near Warwick for an MMOC National Rally event a few years ago, approx. 168 miles (2 hours, 45 minutes) ea...
by Chipper
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Brakes
Replies: 13
Views: 1138

Re: Brakes

Perhaps try pressure bleeding the system, using something such as Gunson's one-man bleeding kit, which uses pressure from a car tyre to force the fluid around the system.
by Chipper
Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: 1275 midget advance curve...
Replies: 30
Views: 2600

Re: 1275 midget advance curve...

Bear in mind, the original timing settings were intended for use with 4-star leaded fuel back in the day when they were new. Nowadays, it's best to more or less ignore the manual and adjust the distributor until it just doesn't pink (pre-detonate) when going up a hill or when accelerating in a high ...
by Chipper
Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: 1275 midget advance curve...
Replies: 30
Views: 2600

Re: 1275 midget advance curve...

Looking at the chart that mark posted above, it must have the wrong curve. I do have the original 25d side entry distributor that came with the 1275 engine. Perhaps I could use the springs and weights from this while utilising the rest of the accuspark 45d parts to get a 'normal' midget curve? Good...
by Chipper
Sat Mar 03, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Thoughts about rocker cover gasket
Replies: 5
Views: 690

Re: Thoughts about rocker cover gasket

Yes, interesting info. So, best to keep the silicone sealant for bathrooms, then, I guess... :lol:
by Chipper
Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Thoughts about rocker cover gasket
Replies: 5
Views: 690

Re: Thoughts about rocker cover gasket

Care to expand on what you mean by this?
by Chipper
Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1275cc midget fan blade upgrade
Replies: 11
Views: 1089

Re: 1275cc midget fan blade upgrade

What makes you think the engine is getting "too warm" in the summer? I had a 1275 Midget engine in one of my Minors for years with just a standard Minor fan blade. I never suffered from any overheating at all. The Minor radiator is more than big enough but the double fan blade is worth a try if you...
by Chipper
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: Vanessa '68 2dr saloon
Replies: 39
Views: 5212

Re: Vanessa '68 2dr saloon

Depending on the paint applied, try thinners or paint stripper, perhaps working it in with a Scotch pad or wire wool/fine wire brush.

Hopefully, the overspray will come off fairly easily, as the parts affected won't have been 'prepped' so the paint probably wouldn't stick particularly well...
by Chipper
Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Modern cars
Replies: 92
Views: 9725

Re: Modern cars

My brother was reporting a misfire with his 2004 Renault Clio RS 182, so I did some investigation yesterday. Someone had broken the MAP sensor on the inlet manifold and poorly glued it back together, so it snapped off with the slightest touch, thus creating an obvious air leak into the inlet plenum...
by Chipper
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Modern cars
Replies: 92
Views: 9725

Re: Modern cars

My brother was reporting a misfire with his 2004 Renault Clio RS 182, so I did some investigation yesterday. Someone had broken the MAP sensor on the inlet manifold and poorly glued it back together, so it snapped off with the slightest touch, thus creating an obvious air leak into the inlet plenum!...