From VW Beetle to a Morris

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From VW Beetle to a Morris

Postby TimM » Fri May 21, 2010 7:57 pm

Hi

I've been a keen fan of air-cooled VW's but after much nashing of teeth I'm toying with the idea of selling my collection of Beetles and campers and having a Morris Minor to use as a daily drive. I wondered what you thought of the idea? My main reason to to rationalise my life a bit better but also I was getting a bit tired of the rather boring 'surf dude' culture that predominates in the VW scene. I'm middle-aged with a wife and three young children who are all keen on the idea!

All thoughts welcome (Ithink!) :D

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Re: From VW Beetle to a Morris

Postby bmcecosse » Fri May 21, 2010 8:49 pm

You will find the Minor much more 'conventional'! I would just sell ONE VW and buy a Minor to see how you like it!
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Re: From VW Beetle to a Morris

Postby britany » Fri May 21, 2010 9:23 pm

"selling my collection of Beetles and campers and having a Morris Minor to use as a daily drive " ?
I agree bmc
See old topic page 11 : Minor or Beetle?

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Re: From VW Beetle to a Morris

Postby TimM » Fri May 21, 2010 9:56 pm

Many thanks!

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Re: From VW Beetle to a Morris

Postby charlie_morris_minor » Fri May 21, 2010 10:07 pm

a link to the minor or beetle? post is..

http://www.mmoc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f= ... le#p303338

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Re: From VW Beetle to a Morris

Postby TimM » Fri May 21, 2010 10:13 pm

Yep, got it! I need to experience a Moggie first but the VW 'scene' is at least being an issue that others have come up against. I took the kids to Bug Jam once, the family camping area looked like the day after the end of the World!

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Re: From VW Beetle to a Morris

Postby polo2k » Sat May 22, 2010 1:02 am

The Vw and morris scene are worlds apart.
Ill hold my hand up and say that although I have attended and showed at several events (both VW and minor) I have only ever camped/slept in the car at VW shows.
I am currently "pre-middle aged" and enjoy the vibrant party atmosphere that is always somewhere to be found at a VW show.
I haven't camped at a minor show because im not sure there would be enough to keep me entertained (and the missis too)

I still enjoy the minor shows but more as a day time event and find the shows rather sensible and sedate (morris dancing anyone?) Ths promotes a nice "oldy-worldy" atmosphere that really helps the cars excell. There is still the camaraderie that you get at a VW show but its not as outwardly visible.

I still do Vw shows and will be back to the minor ones soon and I think they both have their place.
If you want fun, action, tricked out cars and the euro look then VW all the way.
If you want to have a quiet time with an underlying warmth and oodles of charm then Morris all the way.

Personally I currently have a VW and Morris fleet.
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This is the daily driver and plenty of grunt with some subtle mods -Golfie-

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This is my '63 4 door that I've had for 11 years and completely rebuilt for my sedate moments -Mona-

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At the end of the day A club/show/hobby/interest is what you make of it. I enjoy all of my cars (and bikes when I have time) for different reasons.
I say come to a show, pull up a pew and see what you think. I think that after the initial culture shock you will have a great time. A lot of people will still think you drive a beetle :roll:
Best of all there are no heat exchangers on the exhaust but you will have to get used to checking the coolant ;)

You might be interested to know that as I understand it the reason for the capacious engine bay was because Sir Alec Issigonnis originally intended the minor to have an aircooled flat four to lower the centre of gravity but the straight 4 got used for cost purposes.

I realise that some people may think I am being derogatory about the Morris scene but I am just being realistic, my intention is not to offend.
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Re: From VW Beetle to a Morris

Postby TimM » Sat May 22, 2010 5:23 am

Thanks Ash, great answer. Very considered and informative!

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Re: From VW Beetle to a Morris

Postby timmo » Sat May 22, 2010 7:17 am

I packed up the VW scene a year ago...Got 2 minors now...wouldn't go back to dubs nows.....still a "surf dude" though, but would be even if i had Festa :wink:

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Re: From VW Beetle to a Morris

Postby TimM » Sat May 22, 2010 1:11 pm

Cheers Timmo, this feedback has been really helpful,

Tim :D

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Re: From VW Beetle to a Morris

Postby polo2k » Sat May 22, 2010 4:21 pm

TimM wrote:Thanks Ash, great answer. Very considered and informative!
No worries at all, you got me thinking and I ended up doing a big ol post at silly O clock today about the MMOC national rally.

any questions just shout.
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Re: From VW Beetle to a Morris

Postby dp » Sun May 23, 2010 9:32 am

TimM wrote:Hi

I've been a keen fan of air-cooled VW's but after much nashing of teeth I'm toying with the idea of selling my collection of Beetles and campers and having a Morris Minor to use as a daily drive. I wondered what you thought of the idea? My main reason to to rationalise my life a bit better but also I was getting a bit tired of the rather boring 'surf dude' culture that predominates in the VW scene. I'm middle-aged with a wife and three young children who are all keen on the idea!
Well The VW scene is Surfin' Safari without the (real) surfers while the Minor scene is Midsomer Murders without the murders :lol: Imagine if I said that on VZi :)

Bear in mind that, as with a Beetle, your three young children won't fit in the back for much longer so you can't fit your whole family in in one go. You probably need two Minors. Well when I say, 'two Minors, I mean two running, MOT'd Minors, you'll probably need a couple of projects in barns and a car just for spares. :) From your VW collection you probably already know how that rot sets in.

We don't have the equivalent of a VW camper (apart from 'The Snail but we don't talk about that in case we awaken it from its slumber) so from a utility point of view, it's shows in tents or keep the camper.

But seriously, from the Minor scene aspect, come to a few shows and see what you think. Maybe ask if you can have a ride in a Minor to see how it feels for you.

As already suggested, if you want a Minor, don't get rid of all your VWs, maybe sell off one or two and test the water. You might want to have a foot in both camps
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Re: From VW Beetle to a Morris

Postby TimM » Sun May 23, 2010 10:13 am

Thanks for that, I'm planning to visit the show at Leeds or a couple more over the summer and maybe take a trip down Charles Ware for a drive about. I can see us keeping the split screen camper as I've only just finished it and we haven't even camped in it yet but I will sell the late bay camper and the mexican beetle to make space :)

Cheers again,

Tim

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Re: From VW Beetle to a Morris

Postby polo2k » Sun May 23, 2010 11:27 am

where in the country are you based?
- Ash
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    [GOLFIE] - 2001 Golf GT TDi 200 (my daily "fix")
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Re: From VW Beetle to a Morris

Postby polo2k » Mon May 24, 2010 11:47 am

I realised last night while taking a tortion bar off that you will need some imperial tools! I recently got a big 1/2" drive britool set for around 30 quid and they are nice and bullet proof.
I got a good deal on Kamasa spanners too. really chunky and solid!
- Ash
  • [MONA] - 1963 4 door saloon
    [IGOR] - 1970 trav (In Surgery)
    [GOLFIE] - 2001 Golf GT TDi 200 (my daily "fix")
- The only way your guarenteed to fail, is never to try! -
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Re: From VW Beetle to a Morris

Postby TimM » Mon May 24, 2010 6:33 pm

Oh, I never thought about that, I'm based in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

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Re: From VW Beetle to a Morris

Postby polo2k » Mon May 24, 2010 11:16 pm

Shame your not closer,
if your ever coming down the M4 near J16 then let me know as there are 5 minors within 1/4 mile of here (and I only own 2!) Ive got one in bits at the mo so if your quick you can see what lies beneath!
- Ash
  • [MONA] - 1963 4 door saloon
    [IGOR] - 1970 trav (In Surgery)
    [GOLFIE] - 2001 Golf GT TDi 200 (my daily "fix")
- The only way your guarenteed to fail, is never to try! -
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Re: From VW Beetle to a Morris

Postby rich-legg » Tue May 25, 2010 1:35 pm

TimM wrote:Thanks for that, I'm planning to visit the show at Leeds or a couple more over the summer and maybe take a trip down Charles Ware for a drive about. I can see us keeping the split screen camper as I've only just finished it and we haven't even camped in it yet but I will sell the late bay camper and the mexican beetle to make space :)

Cheers again,

Tim
Tim,
What year is the Split camper? I've got a
'51 split ragtop Beetle (11G)
'63 UK ragtop Beetle
'65 11 window split camper

'62 Morris Traveller
'61 4 door
(yes, too many cars)

I'm in Amersham, just down the road from you. :wink:
Just do both lots of shows, like I do :D
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Re: From VW Beetle to a Morris

Postby TimM » Tue May 25, 2010 7:00 pm

It's a '64 RHD 11 window in blue!

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Re: From VW Beetle to a Morris

Postby rich-legg » Wed May 26, 2010 11:19 am

RHD? Nice! is it a Devon?
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