1953 (March) Series II Restoration

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Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Postby Ian46 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:39 am

Deviation my fault so to get back on track - I have the engine and box back together and ready to go in the car.

Next job to prepare the engine bay.
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Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Postby philthehill » Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:55 am

Looking good - well done 8)

A slight variance to later 'A' Series engines is that your front engine plate has a large hole in it positioned under the dynamo.
The hole was deleted on later models.

After all that work I would recommend that you fit the restrictor to the oil filter. The restrictor should be available from Declan Burns.


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Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Postby Ian46 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:12 am

Hi Phil, is the large hole in the engine front plate for for the lower heater hose to radiator routing?

I have previously read Declan’s post on the oil restrictor but I’m not sure exactly how to implement it. Is it placed in the block? And I wasn’t sure about how his metric inset was made and held in place, but I will have another looks the thread.
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Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Postby philthehill » Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:44 am

I have seen the lower heater hose put through the hole in the O/S engine mount tower but never through the large hole in the Ser 2 front engine plate.

I would PM Declan for details of and the availability of the restrictor.
Phil


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Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Postby jagnut66 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:33 pm

With apologies to the OP: His restoration thread seems to have gone off on a tangent rather!
Just a bit. :lol:
We could argue about the practicalities of enforcing draconian measures to tie a general public, who are used to complete freedom of movement (and expect it to be completely reinstated once this has passed), down to one spot all day but this isn't the right forum for that and I'd prefer to hear / see more about Ian's Minor.
Have you ventured back to the garage yet Ian?
Best wishes,
Mike.
1954 Series 2 on axle stands needing more welding......

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Re:Finished a large 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Postby Ian46 » Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:41 pm

Finished a large part of my jigsaw puzzle today so can’t put off preparing the engine bay anymore.
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Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Postby ManyMinors » Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:57 pm

Great stuff! Looking good. Going from memory (many years ago) the engine in my old Series11 was a very similar colour to yours. I would think the starter motor would also have been grey originally? The engines - with gearbox already attached - were painted after assembly so everything got covered in paint!

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Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Postby Ian46 » Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:19 pm

You are probably right with the engine and gearbox being painted whilst together on the production line. I have seen overspray on gearboxes before as if the painter was concentrating on the engine only. My gearbox didn’t have any paint on at all so I left it.

If you look back through this thread you will see that the starter motor is dated Feb 53 and and may be original to this car. It only had black paint on it so again I’ve just repainted black.
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Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Postby jagnut66 » Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:47 pm

That engine looks really good Ian.
Best wishes,
Mike.
1954 Series 2 on axle stands needing more welding......

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Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Postby Ian46 » Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:50 pm

Couldn’t have done it without your help Mike! 👍🏼
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Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Postby noidea » Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:11 pm

beautiful job ian

dave

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Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Postby Ian46 » Tue Apr 07, 2020 7:23 pm

Getting back on track again and the engine bay is now stripped of items and cleaned from top down to crossmember.

However, I want to remove the front shock absorbers for a better paint finish, rather than mask them off.

So, I am going to remove the front suspension next. I have to look at the front brakes/hubs/brake master cylinder/steering rack so it makes sense to me to work on these at a bench rather than on the floor under the car.

Shock absorbers do not appear to be leaking, so they are either empty of oil or sound or could be seized?

I won't know until they are on the bench.

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Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Postby Ian46 » Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:53 pm

I’ve taken the steering column out of the car and I’m just wondering if the column bush has come apart in the process as there is a metal ‘sleeve’ stuck on the column?

Also the gold colour to the column is a more drab shade than I have seen on many restored Minors, is there a reference for this particular shade?

Thanks in anticipation.


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Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Postby jagnut66 » Wed Apr 08, 2020 2:53 pm

Hi Ian,
I used Ford Solar Gold on mine but then I've done the whole lot, so it will match. I think it looks good but there is bound to be an exact colour match on one of the main suppliers sites, ESM, Charles Ware, Morris Minor Centre Birmingham etc.
The reason yours looks drab compared to restored cars is age / sunlight and the fact that lots of the restored ones look like they've had about 16 coats of clear lacquer on them for effect. I doubt BMC sent them out that glossy originally.
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Mike.
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Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Postby Ian46 » Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:58 am

Thanks Mike. I looked on the ESM website and they have the gold paint and recommend you also buy a clear lacquer.

It would be good to see what that looks like if anyone has photos?
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Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Postby ianmack » Thu Apr 09, 2020 8:37 am

Here’s a pic of my heater painted with gold from ESM, plus laquer.
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Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Postby Ian46 » Thu Apr 09, 2020 11:13 am

Thanks for the photo Ian. I’ve added a picture of my heater for comparison. Obviously not in the sunshine, and I wasn’t going to paint mine. just the dashboard/glovebox panels above and the steering column.
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