57 Saloon, rotten!

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby SageGreenPete » Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:40 pm

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Primed.......

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby SageGreenPete » Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:04 pm

Wings are painted just need cutting and polishing, black smoothrited the insides to add to the winter salt protection, I'll clear waxoyl the lot too.

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby SageGreenPete » Thu Aug 31, 2017 2:15 pm

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby firedrake1942 » Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:18 pm

Spectacular job, Well done. I wish I had half your skills , driver patience and determination. It shows that virtually no Minor is beyond rescue!

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby SageGreenPete » Thu Aug 31, 2017 5:11 pm

Thanks!
It's not perfect up close but she's solid and useable, interior has turned out well too.

I've a few more bolts in the boot to fit and the rear lights need connecting back up, waxoyl the inner sills and rear chassis where the trouble started from! Stainless sections back on and start driving it again :)

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby SageGreenPete » Thu Aug 31, 2017 5:12 pm

When I get time I'll sort the pictures out into a few posts to cover a lot of the lost photo bucket ones.

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby SageGreenPete » Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:04 pm

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Off for a Sunday lunch! still no kick plates or finishers but I'll get there.

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby firedrake1942 » Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:19 pm

Saw a nice Sage Green 4 door and a Sage Green convertible t Capel manor NL Branch Rally. It must be nice to have yours out and about though !

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby SageGreenPete » Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:34 am

Yeah it certainly is!
It was close to being scrapped in reality and now it on the road better than ever :)

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby SageGreenPete » Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:33 pm

Been sorting out some niggles, windscreen still leaking even after loads of silicone sealant, New electronic dizzy fitted but possibly (hopefully) causing a pinking but I've got a nasty feeling my engine is dying as I think I heard it before swapping it.

After fitting a new top trunnion and polybushes I think the knocking I've been tracking down is the lever arm shock absorber but I'm still not 100%.

I've put a gallon of waxoyl in the chassis rails at the back and the inner sills and refitted all the stainless kick plates, I've put some foam strip on the door bottoms where the stupid strips with the metal clips go.

Just a few interior bits to finish before a good body tidy up but that might be on hold if the engine is about to die!

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby firedrake1942 » Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:21 pm

After all you have done and been through a bit of an engine rebuild is nothing!

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby jaekl » Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:02 pm

Where are you putting the silicone sealant on the windscreen? Putting it just on the bottom is not enough. The wind will blow it up the screen and under the seal and works is way down and out on the inside.

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby SageGreenPete » Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:45 pm

I'm going to take it out, fit a new rubber and seal in and out I think!

Today's problem, brand new clutch pedal snapped!
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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby greendefender123 » Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:54 pm

Oh blimey how stupid and annoying. Hate it when new parts fail. Atleast it should all come apart easily.
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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby SageGreenPete » Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:07 pm

I couldn't weld it in situ although I tried, by the time I'd got it out I decided to weld it myself as a replacement would be the same so I'd weld that anyway now I've seen this one, I'm going to contact the supplier and get a refund though along with letting them know as these are not fit for purpose, thankfully it started near home and i thought maybe the spring had snapped it finally came apart in my hands whilst I was underneath, took me four hours to fix, what a task!

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby SageGreenPete » Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:09 pm

I've welded the other side too by the way.

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby SageGreenPete » Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:12 pm

I think the engine noise is the distributor shaft drive after using some wood as a listening stick, could be the cam or just the shaft, can it be extracted without taking the cam out?

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby kevin s » Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:06 pm

Quality of that pedal makes me glad I turned up a new shaft and welded it .

Personally I don't think its scrapping mots which is the risk to safety, the quality of parts is a far bigger issue.

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby SageGreenPete » Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:01 am

Yes I agree, if that had gone ten minutes earlier it would have been a recovery truck journey home for a new part on a sixty year old car which is crazy!

At least its good now, my old ones were really bad but still didn't break.

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby SageGreenPete » Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:36 pm

Sorted my clunking, loose lever arm bolts and the steering rack needed a nip up too, fingers crossed I think I've got it and at no cost!

Drained and cleaned the front dampers before filling with fresh oil, I suspect what came out was older than me.

Sealed the front screen inside and out all the way around before putting the plastichrome strip back in so we'll see if that leaks.......


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