1966 Minor 1000 tweaks and modernisations!

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1966 Minor 1000 tweaks and modernisations!

Postby Trixiex » Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:14 pm

Hi! I've had my first Morris Minor (first classic car too) for two weeks now. It's in good condition and completely original. Jobs completed so far:
Rocker cover gasket and bolt seals replaced;
Float gasket and air filter replaced;
Glove compartment above steering wheel fixed (it was all warped from water ingress, so wetted it thoroughly and dried it with a heavy weight on it.
A bloody good hoover.

The next big job is to insulate and soundproof! So have stripped out the insides and am laying Silent Coat first, then Dodo mat on top. It will be finished off with the fitted carpet from Newton Commercial. The Silent Coat stuff lays like a dream, so easy!!!
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Re: 1966 Minor 1000 tweaks and modernisations!

Postby philthehill » Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:21 pm

Welcome to the world of Morris Minors.

https://www.silentcoat.co.uk/

I would advise against sticking the sound deadening down as it can trap moisture between the floor and the sound deadening which will lead to rusting of the floor pan.

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Re: 1966 Minor 1000 tweaks and modernisations!

Postby Trixiex » Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:27 pm

On the to-do list:
- oil filter converter and new oil filter
- window seals in all doors (it's a 4 door)
- replace the fuzzy window seals (don't know what they are called!)
- replace the quarter lights
- replace the gaiter and scuttle panels
- replace spark plugs
- replace the parcel shelf
Luckily, I bought the car for quite a bit under budget so have been able to get all the parts with the leftovers.

After that, who knows! My other half is a petrol head and is loving teaching me how to do all the engine jobs, he will always be thinking of the next thing to do.
Eventually, change the drum brakes for disc brakes but I've ran out of money for that!

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Re: 1966 Minor 1000 tweaks and modernisations!

Postby firedrake1942 » Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:32 pm

be careful that it does not retain water as Morrises tends to leak from the windscreen rubber and from missing floor grommets. Have a look at that weld over the cross member and inner offside sill, it may be fine but ........

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Re: 1966 Minor 1000 tweaks and modernisations!

Postby palacebear » Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:34 pm

Welcome from me as well. Enjoy your Minor and enjoy the forum. :)
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Re: 1966 Minor 1000 tweaks and modernisations!

Postby Trixiex » Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:45 pm

Thanks for the welcome!
The silent coat stuff is bitumen-esque so shouldn't retain water, but would be interested to hear if people have had issues with it...
The weld over the cross member is not the prettiest, will have a look at it tomorrow. Luckily I did the CSWIP weld inspector course a few years ago but am a bit rusty (har har). What do you suggest to keep an eye out for with it? The previous owner was a panel beater so was hoping his patches are of decent quality.

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Re: 1966 Minor 1000 tweaks and modernisations!

Postby firedrake1942 » Sat Aug 05, 2017 11:09 pm

Patches will do short term but always best eventually to cut out rot and replace with new panels suitably treated. It looks as though the floor pan has gone at that point necessitating the patch but the cross-member is a critical part of the car's strength . Sills likewise. A multitude of sis can be hidden under underseal.

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Re: 1966 Minor 1000 tweaks and modernisations!

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Re: 1966 Minor 1000 tweaks and modernisations!

Postby Trixiex » Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:45 am

Thanks @firedrake1942! We'll remove the patch to see what is there and replace with a new bit if steel if it's a botch job.

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Re: 1966 Minor 1000 tweaks and modernisations!

Postby firedrake1942 » Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:59 am

If there is a match there, the chances are that the cross member itself may be dodgy. CW and ESM (Excellent next day delivery) have all the panels.

http://www.morrisminorspares.com/body-i ... panels-c31

http://www.morrisminorspareparts.co.uk/ ... els-timber

Good luck!

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Re: 1966 Minor 1000 tweaks and modernisations!

Postby Trixiex » Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:49 pm

@firedrake1942, thanks for the heads up on checking the welded bit, it was a patch as opposed to a repair so have cut out.
Looks like a cross member as well as the driver side sill (?) need to be replaced.
On the plus side, learned how to drill out spot welds, grind out welds and cut out using the grinder.
So much for just adding a bit of sound proofing...
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Re: 1966 Minor 1000 tweaks and modernisations!

Postby Trixiex » Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:01 pm

Girls and their toys...
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Re: 1966 Minor 1000 tweaks and modernisations!

Postby greendefender123 » Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:03 pm

Look at the rest of the crossmember from underneath. If it looks ok you can repair the top of it, butt weld the new floor repair on it then plug weld through this to the top of the crossmember to finish it off you can then seal the crossmember to floor join with a seam sealer. I did this on one side with mine as only one side needed replacing. That way you'll have a good a repair that should last aslong as the rest of the floor and your not replacing things that don't need it yet.

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Re: 1966 Minor 1000 tweaks and modernisations!

Postby firedrake1942 » Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:06 pm

OOOPs sorry but I have learned from mine..... that what appears solid occasionally isn't and also where are the usual corrosion points on the minor. Yours does look remarkably solid and hopefully the cross member can be saved, but if not you have the satisfaction of knowing that all IS actually solid and safe. Good luck and keep the pictures coming.

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Re: 1966 Minor 1000 tweaks and modernisations!

Postby palacebear » Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:07 pm

The pleasures of Minor ownership! A simple task reveals something more significant. At least you know and you're tackling it straight away! :)
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Re: 1966 Minor 1000 tweaks and modernisations!

Postby Trixiex » Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:22 pm

Cheers guys! There's some really bubbly welding on the underside of the crossmember (passenger side) and on the driver side sills, will take pics when he's on stilts. My other half (also my teacher and technical expert) is a bit unsure of what approach to take so some advice may be required!!

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Re: 1966 Minor 1000 tweaks and modernisations!

Postby Mark Wilson » Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:19 pm

One very expensive lesson I've learned is to cover all glass before using the angle grinder - not obvious until you come to clean up but tiny spots of metal melt into the surface of the glass and can't be polished out. I've had to replace the windscreen, front door glass and quarterlights :oops: Don't forget the speedo glass as well!

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Re: 1966 Minor 1000 tweaks and modernisations!

Postby kevin s » Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:26 pm

Replacing the cross member is not too difficult from the welding point of view, but if you can get away with it replacing just the outer ends is much easier on an assebled car (otherwise fuel lines, brake lines, wiring, propshaft and exhaust are all in the way) .
The corrosion usually starts around the jacking point the capability of which is pretty marginal even on a perfect car, I have left them off ours. Take a look at the other restoration threads such as ours they give you a good idea of what is involved with repairing this area.

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Re: 1966 Minor 1000 tweaks and modernisations!

Postby IslipMinor » Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:52 am

One very expensive lesson I've learned is to cover all glass before using the angle grinder
I had exactly the same thought when I saw the photograph. The driver's door glass still bears witness to the restoration work carried out 20 years ago - I MUST get round to replacing it!

Definitely cover all glass when grinding.

Going back to the original post about sound proofing, we have fairly thick mat (~10mm) all across the floor, up the bulkhead and under the rear seat. In addition we have 'anti-drum' stick-on panels inside the doors. The result is a surprisingly quiet car at 'normal' cruising speeds, when the most intrusive noise is wind with the hood up or down, but then it is a convertible! At high revs the exhaust becomes more noticeable, but that is to be expected with the engine spec.
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Re: 1966 Minor 1000 tweaks and modernisations!

Postby RobThomas » Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:55 am

10/10 for the safety equipment!!!!! :D


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