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parahandy 15
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Looking for a project

Postby parahandy 15 » Fri Mar 01, 2019 5:54 pm

Hello, first post here ,so please excuse beginners efforts!

Having restored a few classics, and recently shrugged off the bonds of employment ,I am on the search for a Traveller.
Why? well because it was my first motor(nostalgia!) , and I want a practical small workhorse without the complexities of modern electronickery.I have experience in rebuilding wood framed cars.
I am fortunate to have a decent workshop with a 2 post lift and all the usual bits & pieces... welder, lathe, compressor etc etc. so
I am after a Traveller in restorable condition, not a total rot box ,preferably something in roadworthy condition or close .
I appreciate that such cars are getting thin on the ground, but am willing to pay a sensible price.
Is there a definitive restoration book/guide on the Traveller?
I am located in central Scotland however am quite happy to travel.
Thanks in advance..

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Re: Looking for a project

Postby philthehill » Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:14 pm

Welcome to the MMOC web site

You must have got that 'Vital Spark' to consider a Morris Minor Traveller.

I do hope that you are successful in your search and that you regale us with Para Handy's Tales of restoration.

Phil


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Re: Looking for a project

Postby parahandy 15 » Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:52 pm

As I said ,it was my first car and it was "Chust Sublime"

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Re: Looking for a project

Postby Mark Wilson » Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:10 pm

The book to get is Ray Newell's "Morris Minor Traveller". Quite expensive, and most of it is general history available elsewhere (sorry Ray) - but it has a section on timber replacement written by Steve Foreman of Woodies (timber frame manufacturer) which is invaluable. Also do your searching on here and you'll find a couple of threads very, very useful - look for NeilMG and Taupe in particular.

I think you are going about it in the right way - some people (including me :oops:) have bought what looked like reasonable condition Minors and have found out the hard (but interesting) way that they may as well have started with little more than a rusty shell!

Mark

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Re: Looking for a project

Postby parahandy 15 » Thu May 23, 2019 7:55 pm

Well, still looking, I have seen a few but they seem to be either held together by fresh air and underseal or "restored to a high standard"
and displaying an optimistic price tag.
Some vendors' idea of "good wood" appears to be suitable for use in a wood burning stove..one even had been repaired using knotty pine!
I expect that my experience is shared with other would-be restorers, but Hey ho, I will keep looking.

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Re: Looking for a project

Postby ianmack » Thu May 23, 2019 8:42 pm

Most of the project cars offered nowadays are pretty rusty but repair sections are available and mostly not too expensive so if you have welding facilities you might consider one with a ‘sunshine floor’ as long as it’s cheap.


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