1958 948- A 'quick' touch up

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1958 948- A 'quick' touch up

Postby mrmorrisminor » Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:19 pm

Hi all,
I decided a while back I needed a reliable 948 for a daily runabout. This one came up on eBay and it looked reasonably solid, just needing recommisionning and a cosmetic touch up.
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On closer inspection once home, the car was much better than expected so I set about doing some of the mechanics.

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The car turns out to have been manufactured at the end of 1957 and registered in early 1958 going by the chassis number and the date stamp on the leaf springs...
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As I begun taking things apart it was becoming clearer just how solid and untouched the car was. I begun to feel a bit sorry for it being thrown into every day use so i thought I would treat it to a coat of paint underneath. but as I uncovered more I realised that the car was in very good condition. You can see by the inner wings that they are unwelded.
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So it was with a slightly heavy heart that I decided to do it properly rather than return her to the road unprotected. The paint on the shell had micro blistered where it had been stored under a cover so there was nothing for it.... a complete strip down (there goes my poor van again)

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One of the rear wings needed a redundant hole closing up.
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The shell ready for a coat of acid etch.
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First coat of Acid etch
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Wheels went off to be shot blasted.
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Then were treated to some primer
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Then for Gloss
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So attention then to the panels
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Currently most of the panels sit in primer awaiting gloss.... these are hardening up in the garage under the shadow of another unfinished project!
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A few have made it into gloss....

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So the plan is over the coming few weeks to get the last of the panels sorted then resume work on the shell..... simple :o
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Re: 1958 948- A 'quick' touch up

Postby DAVIDMCCULLOUGH » Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:33 pm

Excellent work!! Looks like a super project :D :D


Too many Minors so little time.....

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Re: 1958 948- A 'quick' touch up

Postby Sleeper » Fri Feb 03, 2017 8:28 am

Just showed the wife your picture of the leaf springs and back axle in the lounge and she said NO,not even with plastic sheeting down....want to trade?

John :wink:

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Re: 1958 948- A 'quick' touch up

Postby smithskids » Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:06 am

Our first Minor was 1958 and after about a year the paint started to micro blister and Morris repainted it free of charge telling us it was something to do with the type of steel and use of the wrong primer.( This was in the days when you believed what the car maker told you!!) :(

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Re: 1958 948- A 'quick' touch up

Postby SageGreenPete » Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:00 pm

Mine is a 58 registered 57, it's miles off being anything like as tidy as that though! Cracking job :D
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Re: 1958 948- A 'quick' touch up

Postby stevey » Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:12 pm

Brilliant work! Looks fantastically solid. Great snaps


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Re: 1958 948- A 'quick' touch up

Postby Andpand » Mon Feb 06, 2017 5:44 pm

smithskids wrote:Our first Minor was 1958 and after about a year the paint started to micro blister and Morris repainted it free of charge telling us it was something to do with the type of steel and use of the wrong primer.( This was in the days when you believed what the car maker told you!!) :(
sounds like moisture contamination. thay suppose to drain the water trap sometimes :D

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Re: 1958 948- A 'quick' touch up

Postby jagnut66 » Mon Feb 06, 2017 8:27 pm

Amazing that you can still find them that solid with no repair work having been carried out somewhere along the line.
Great to hear it will return to daily usage, it's what it was built for! And the best way to enjoy them! :D
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Mike.
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Re: 1958 948- A 'quick' touch up

Postby mrmorrisminor » Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:26 pm

A little more progress, starting with the gloss on the panels. It's been a challenge to get the garage warm enough to spray and my heater keeps stirring up a lot of crap in the atmosphere. Having said all that the results could be worse.

Starting with the insides of the doors:
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Then onto the last wing. This got the first coat. It needs to settle and have a final flat before topcoat:

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Now the front off the doors get their first coat:

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The front valence and inside of the bonnet get some treatment:

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Managed to con Mother into allowing panels to 'harden' in the house :D :D

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Bonnet tomorrow :o
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Re: 1958 948- A 'quick' touch up

Postby davidmiles » Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:51 pm

epic restoration thread, with multiple Morris vehicles in your pictures. How did you strip the bonnet, chemical or bead blasted? a very watchable thread I have to say.
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Re: 1958 948- A 'quick' touch up

Postby mrmorrisminor » Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:53 pm

There has been a little more progress. I found that there was a lot of difficulty in preventing any foriegn matter setting on the panels when they were drying. I decided to create a homemade spray booth. A cheap gazebo from eBay :D

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This enabled me to put the final coat onto the last of the panels.

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I've also managed to take over the spare room....

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Now that the panels are done, it is time to rage war on the shell. Small steps but I think it has been worthwhile spending the time to get things right.
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Re: 1958 948- A 'quick' touch up

Postby mrmorrisminor » Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:57 pm

davidmiles wrote:epic restoration thread, with multiple Morris vehicles in your pictures. How did you strip the bonnet, chemical or bead blasted? a very watchable thread I have to say.
I used a preparation wheel in the angle grinder. They are not the cheapest thing but they are amazing at removing old paint without damaging the metal.
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Re: 1958 948- A 'quick' touch up

Postby firedrake1942 » Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:49 am

Looking excellent. I did the same as you and restored my '57 4 door (May 57 production- June 57 registration) to original back and front lights so the post '63 holes in the back wings needed filling in. I noted that the front wings, in paint, had the post '63 holes. Are you going to put the original side lights on or the combo indicators and lights ? It looks in such good condition with the same interior as mine that originality would be great.

jm


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