riley one point five

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riley one point five

Postby samuria » Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:58 am

i have always liked these ....
so i bought one :o
anyone else :-?
its a project to keep me active :lol:
cant get to pick it up untill next week.
your thoughts on these cars
please :wink:

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Re: riley one point five

Postby bmcecosse » Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:25 am

Good brakes and rear axle for a Minor...... :lol: An obvious upgrade will an MGB engine - the 1500 engine is hardly going to set the heather on fire because it is quite a heavy car. Better wheels and tyres - and heavier oil in the dampers would be my first steps with it.
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Re: riley one point five

Postby samuria » Wed Jun 18, 2014 1:10 pm

bmcecosse wrote:Good brakes and rear axle for a Minor...... :lol: An obvious upgrade will an MGB engine - the 1500 engine is hardly going to set the heather on fire because it is quite a heavy car. Better wheels and tyres - and heavier oil in the dampers would be my first steps with it.
thanks roy...
its the twin carb version....
do you know what wheels will fit?
i see they use these car for classic racing :o

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Re: riley one point five

Postby philthehill » Wed Jun 18, 2014 7:01 pm

Very nice cars, the Mk3 I would consider the best of the breed.
The brakes are superb - had the Riley 1.5 front brakes fitted to my Minor at one time.
The cars Achilles heel is the gearbox. The synchro on 2nd gear is usually the first to go.
Availability of body panels is nowhere like that for the Minor but if you are handy all should be repairable.
Some mechanical and body parts are available from http://www.earlpart.co.uk and other specialist suppliers.
Some of suspension components are interchangeable with the Minor but not the steering swivels unless they have the two steering arm holes (one above the other).
Those that I have driven have been a pleasure to drive but as bmc says they are no flying machines but will give a reasonably spirited performance in the right hands.
If you want to stick with the Riley creed fit a Riley 4/72 engine for a more lively performance; and it will bolt straight in.


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Re: riley one point five

Postby samuria » Wed Jun 18, 2014 7:36 pm

thanks for the info chaps...
keep it coming please :wink:

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Re: riley one point five

Postby bmcecosse » Thu Jun 19, 2014 10:52 pm

The wheels are exactly Minor wheels - so anything that fits a Minor - will fit the Riley. A set of alloys from JLH would be ideal...
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Re: riley one point five

Postby samuria » Thu Jun 19, 2014 11:49 pm

bmcecosse wrote:The wheels are exactly Minor wheels - so anything that fits a Minor - will fit the Riley. A set of alloys from JLH would be ideal...
cheers roy :D
i have a set of 15" on my minor from JLH,,, nice wheels

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Re: riley one point five

Postby bmcecosse » Sat Jun 21, 2014 8:36 am

Perfect for the Riley!
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Re: riley one point five

Postby samuria » Fri Jun 27, 2014 8:43 pm

a couple of photos ...
what have i let myself in for :lol:[frame]Image[/frame][frame]Image[/frame]

it came with 3 spare dash panels
spare twin carbs
all the trim plus extra bits..
had it running today sounds sweet :D
no brakes and cant get it into gear...
oh happy days ahead :lol:
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Re: riley one point five

Postby bmcecosse » Fri Jun 27, 2014 11:30 pm

The clutch plate will likely be stuck to the flywheel.. Or has the hydraulic actuation failed?
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Re: riley one point five

Postby chrisryder » Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:14 am

I've had a fair run-in with their Wolseley sibilings, my dad has a couple of them. Just in the final throws of restoring his '63 1500, which has been fitted with a 1622 Cambridge engine, and recently treated to JLH discs.

Lots of awful rust traps on these, with the rear doors being part of the wheelarch they catch mud for fun and rot quickly. The sills are rather rust-prone too, having not much in the way of drainage. If they seem sound, I'd recommend you don't rest on your laurels, and actively incorporate some drain holes, and waxoyl everything in sight!

The wooden dash is a pain too, as any windscreen leaks soon get the wood rotting, but you say you've got 3 spares so you should be ok!

Spares aren't too bad. The Riley club do a lot, and in fact we've been using them for spares for the Wolseley!

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Re: riley one point five

Postby StaffsMoggie » Tue Jul 01, 2014 7:13 pm

Had a few Wollseley 1500s over the years. Very nice to drive. The diffs are quite high ratio so they can bowl along quite well. Lovely gearchange. Ive seen them with MGB 1800 engines and overdrive boxes fitted. The front panel looks good on that one, they are tricky to find.

Good luck with it.

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Re: riley one point five

Postby samuria » Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:29 pm

the last owner changed the front panel its very solid.
worse bits are the dash. (got a spare)
its got so many extra dials
vacum gauge...
water temp gauge capillary
oil temp gauge capillary
oil pressure gauge
most of these will go. as it has its own gauges built in :lol:

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Re: riley one point five

Postby sid » Mon Jul 14, 2014 7:27 pm

have you got it on the road yet samuria? :wink:
what colour is it going to be?

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Re: riley one point five

Postby samuria » Mon Jul 14, 2014 8:52 pm

sid wrote:have you got it on the road yet samuria? :wink:
what colour is it going to be?
:lol: :lol: :lol:
had clutch relined today and pressure plate cleaned and painted.
dash is all varnished and ready to fit..
iam not going to fit the side trim, so drilled out all the clips.
need to weld the front chassis rail as the jack made a hole in it :roll:
as for colour not sure yet.was thinking top half off white
bottom burgandy type colour :lol:
found out it has new rear springs and front dampers :D
still lots to do :cry:

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Re: riley one point five

Postby samuria » Thu Sep 11, 2014 8:25 pm

how she looks now :lol:
still lots to do though .
got hold of some alfa 156 leather front seats.
just got to make some bases to fit them :cry:
well it keeps me active :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: riley one point five

Postby tysonn » Fri Sep 12, 2014 7:03 am

Looks great.I've restored a few RMs.You need a good set of woodworking tools to replace the sills on one of those!

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Re: riley one point five

Postby samuria » Fri Sep 12, 2014 9:03 am

tysonn wrote:Looks great.I've restored a few RMs.You need a good set of woodworking tools to replace the sills on one of those!
thanks mike...
never going to be a show winner but
saved from the crusher :lol:

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Re: riley one point five

Postby bmcecosse » Fri Sep 12, 2014 8:25 pm

It looks fantastic ! Well done indeed.
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Re: riley one point five

Postby samuria » Fri Sep 12, 2014 8:32 pm

bmcecosse wrote:It looks fantastic ! Well done indeed.
thankyou roy.
still have lots to do..
new bushes to fit
interior to sort out.
exhaust wants fitting properly.
wanted to get some paint on her
before the weather changes.....
(no garage) :oops:


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