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1952 Morris Minor Series MM saloon
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've noticed that starting from cold this engine prefers no choke at all, despite not running rich (judging by the plug colour).

A trip in the '52 was made to my folks' place as dad's decided to buy a very sound Traveller, that's just been MOTd having spent quite a few years tucked away. The wood is original and solid all round, the paintwork's pretty old but has a nice time-worn look to it which will remain, bar some general tidying up.

It runs well (although the clutch is on its last legs) and I think he'll be looking to sell on his saloon, and keep the Traveller. The opportunity for a few photos of the three together wasn't to be missed.






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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2016 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Feeling slightly dwarfed by modern plastic



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After a week out of use, the Moggy fired up instantly so the signs are that the start-up wobbles are gradually fading away. There are a few jobs outstanding, but nothing earth-shattering, so the plan is to continue putting mileage on it. The other day junior and I went out for a ride around the lanes, including a photo stop at a disused blacksmith's establishment, which somehow clings onto survival.



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 7:44 am    Post subject: Morris Minor Reply with quote

I believe the car is a Series II not MM.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few odd improvements have been made to the Moggy lately, just small jobs that tended to keep getting forgotten about until the next time I drove it.

One was the driver's side sun visor that would continually drop down after driving over any blip in the road surface. Both visors were removed, their hinges lubricated, and adjusted to a more suitable resistance.

Both boomerang-type wing mirrors also had the habit of flopping back at speed (!), so they're now tight.

One niggle has been the inoperative fuel gauge. As everything else related to the fuel system was gummed up on inspection, I was ready to find a stuck sender arm in the tank. The float arm was indeed sticky, but the main problem was that the float itself was punctured by numerous rust holes. The sender checked out ok.

In the end I found a fully tested complete sender assembly on ebay for not much money, so I fitted that today and the fuel gauge has returned to its working ways. The old sender I'll keep as a spare.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2016 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On a brief, 7 mile, drive today, had to stop twice for trains at level crossings, and a further time to give way to a narrowboat.



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Late autumn and perfect for a pootle down the lanes ...



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gosh, that mileage recorder brings back memories! I think from the period when I was running my Series II.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's my in-car computer I'll have you know, all mod cons on these Morrises! Wink

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(I used to have it in my Standard 10, and years ago in the A40).

More: http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/telulog.htm
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Something that's been niggling for a while, is one of the thermostat housing mounting studs that had snapped a while ago. As a result, the housing always had a slight leak, being held on with two of the three studs and nuts only. With a NOS housing to hand, and a replacement stud that I found also lined up and ready, this little job was completed today.

Getting the old housing off wasn't too big a deal to my surprise, and even the broken stud came out successfully with a suitable extractor tool. One of the other studs had a damaged thread, so that was re-vitalised with the thread restorer I bought earlier in the year (a very handy thing).

A new thermostat was found, and everything went back together quite (unusually) smoothly. The old thermostat was in a bit of a state so I'm glad that's no longer in service.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 5:12 am    Post subject: Morris Minor Wheel Cylinders Reply with quote

The Morris Minor 1949-52 was fitted with the same wheel cylinders as the Z Van. Front were type BP1 (RH) p/n 30957 7/8" piston and the banjo bolt was 3/8" X 20TPI BSF The LH was type BP2 p/n 30358 and same features as RH.
The rear wheel cylinders were type BX3 7/8" piston p/n 30759. Same threads as front
The 1952 on Minor fronts were fitted with type BQ1 p/n 35000 RH and 35001 LH. It has 15/16" pistons and 3/8" UNF thread for the hose.
Ser II 1952-55 and 1000's 1957-62 rears had type BX13 7/8" pistons p/n 34577 with 3/8" x 20 BSF thread for banjo bolt.
1962 onwards rear were type CB4 3/4" piston p/n 4241-234 with 3/8" x20 BSF banjo bolt thread.
The 30759 cylinder was replace with 34577 but only as a complete assembly.
Looks like you have a mixture of BSF and UNF threads. You should probably get your new cylinders SS sleeved unless the car is going o be used regularly.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2016 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Useful info there bjacko, thanks.

Just messing about ageing a few photos ....... a scene from the early 1970s, almost ... Smile



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2016 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Kodachrome!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Moggy was pressed into service on the school run today. I'd have used my modern but it's away having surgery on its engine, so with erindoors otherwise engaged this afternoon, it was the Minor's turn to step into the breach.



By the time I had to leave, the drizzle and low cloud were rolling in. The nearside wiper decidedly to loosen off slightly, leaving the arm flapping around slightly erratically on the way home. Other than that, no issues to report Smile

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This was taken on a recent run out, the roads were a bit mucky but the underside's well protected and it needed a run. When I get a mo I'll remove the door trims and check the inside of the doors - Waxoyl (or similar) was evident elsewhere during the re-commissioning, so I'm sure the doors will have been done too, but I'll have a check just in case.



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