MM Quarterlight Repair

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spike_esq
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MM Quarterlight Repair

Postby spike_esq » Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:20 pm

Greetings. I have a pair of door surrounds for my 1949 lowlight Saloon soon to be polished and rechromed however one of the quarterlight frames needs to be refurbished due to severe corrosion in the usual place. Please can any of the forum readers suggest/ recommend a suitable experienced individual or company to undertake the necessary repairs to the quarterlight frame. This will require replacing the bottom section and reattaching the half moon style catch mechanism. Really welcome your feedback. Many thanks in advance. Regards....spike (bath)

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Re: MM Quarterlight Repair

Postby plumby74 » Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:42 am

I could have a sound quarterlight window-frame here in plain steel, probably from a Series MM, which you could then get chromed.

You do not say which side you need though.

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Re: MM Quarterlight Repair

Postby spike_esq » Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:59 am

Hi Plumby74,

Thanks so much for the reply which sounds very encouraging. The damaged quarterlight frame is from the passenger side. There are some "specifics" relating to the lowlight MM when compared with the later 2door quarterlight arrangement. The type (half moon) and position of the catch and the type and location of the upper and lower swivel pillars. Please excuse me if you are aware of these as this reply is just for clarification and identification needs for the frame. I look forward to your further reply and hope you have the correct frame side and type required. I would be so pleased. Welcome your further feedback. Many thanks. Regards...spike

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Re: MM Quarterlight Repair

Postby RobThomas » Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:15 am

The shape of the curve is the same. The top pivot can be fitted into a later frame and the extra hole welded up. I've tried making a new frame in mild steel which was about 90% good enough, hence I went for a stainless frame on our Lowlight. Also, the rubbers are different and NLA in good condition, although Phil may have some? I have one NOS set that I'm saving for a rainy day.

I may have a steel original frame somewhere here in Cardiff and will have a search for you.

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Re: MM Quarterlight Repair

Postby spike_esq » Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:14 am

Hi Rod,

Thanks for the informative reply. Yes, I also currently have stainless steel door frames but stumbled on the old previously chrome plated frames recently. These have presented a few issues as we strive for originality. If you come across the steel frame mentioned please further advise. Plumby74 is also checking for a steel frame. Perhaps Phil if he is reading this post will advise on the availability of the rubbers? Thanks to all. However we're not quite over the finish line yet. Thanks again for the feedback thus far. Regards...spike

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Re: MM Quarterlight Repair

Postby plumby74 » Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:15 am

Hi Spike,

We may be drawing a blank, as the plain steel Minor q'light frames (stored under my house) prove to be for the Driver's side. Maybe the plain steel frame with the suitable hinge spacing could be converted?

I have two types of stainless frame for the passenger side: am unsure what model Morris the one with fixed pins suits. Clearly it would need a differently shaped rubber surround.

Somewhere I do have (what I presume is) the rare early-shape MM rubber for that model's q'light. I tried to fit same to a later Minor and had to remove it again, but it is intact. As yet I have not located it...frustrating.

Whatever frame you use, you will have to re-fit the super-rare curved MM window catch using a new pin.

Can't see how to post the photos, so you will have to contact me direct on plumbyliz@gmail.com

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Re: MM Quarterlight Repair

Postby RobThomas » Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:51 am

Spike. Did you win those ones on Ebay? I avoided bidding, just in case. I would have gone to £50!! :D

Anyway, I've just found 2 good frames and a pair of Lowlight early rubber seals for the quaterlights, so I'm happy today. Took me ages to get the crates down through the loft hatch but it was worth it. I knew I had some good frames somewhere but didn't realise they were the early ones.


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