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Restoration on my Hillman Hunter
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Phil - Nottingham



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have an overrider on Ebay - its off an Arrow Sceptre Mk3 but I think they are the same on all Arrow cars unlike the bumpers

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=130263455893&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT&ih=003
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bob2



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

only saw this today, bad luck, but I'd prefer to buy two together!!
As such I only ned the rubbers because mine are torn!!
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JC T ONE



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi yeps that was the one I was thinking of Cool I have newer seen one owerhere Confused I dont think they were imported to DK? or maybe just wery few? my friend who drives the red Chevy Nova cab, is starting on he,s MINI Pickup this month Very Happy it is also Blue Cool and I will help him, as he helped me Wink
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bob2



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The hunter isnt exactly a car i like much cause of its squareness but it was gonna end up scrapped and i took pity of it!!!

Here's a photo of a friend's mini pick up he restored some years ago!




good luck with the resto then Smile
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bob2



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A couple of photos I took before re fitting them, these r now re fitted and as already said before have turned my attention to cleaning well and painting the underside.

Springs cleaned, rust threated and painted in satin black


One damper housing ready cleaned, rust threated and also painted satin black whilst the other one was due to receiving the same treatment after photo was taken

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JC T ONE



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good Cool both your job, and your friends pickup. You can see more inhere http://www.showcars.dk/ but these are more than a year old Rolling Eyes before all the latest finishing touches.
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bob2



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the mk 1 S seems to have had a re shell with a later mk 3 onwards shell isnt it?
but its still very nice, do u race it in hillclimbs?
how do you find the quickshift? I was thinking of putting one on mine some day together with straight cut gears!!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bob2 wrote:
the mk 1 S seems to have had a re shell with a later mk 3 onwards shell isnt it?
but its still very nice, do u race it in hillclimbs?
how do you find the quickshift? I was thinking of putting one on mine some day together with straight cut gears!!


Yes you did spot it Wink its a MK III shell with modifications to make it look right.
I do race it in Hillclimbs, as its to expensive for me to go track racing,
they charge entry fee, for car/driveer, and then the spectators must pay also to come see Mad could you imagine the Circus horses should pay to go in the arena? I dont think so Rolling Eyes

The quickshift is ok after I put the gearshift inside the car, and fixed it solid to the floor, but I was not to happy when it was sitting in its rubbers, under the car--much better now Cool
I just bought a vuf vuf box on Ebay, its a JKD brand new, dont know when I put it in? but I hope it will suit the car, and be close between 2nd and 3rd
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bob2



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh if u say it wasnt great before hand than its not for me as I dont want it sitting in the car!!!! Sad

However the straight cut is still appealing, I love the sound it makes!!
However that means taking the engine out again and either dismantling the gearbox or else but one ready assembled and just bolt it on but that means much more cash!!! Sad

I have my hands full at the moment so that'll have to wait surely!!

My surf blue is a mark 4 which I am gradually turning into a mark 1 lookalike, still need the rear lights blanking plates though, havén't bought them yet!!

However I have all the rest!!
How did u fix the outer hinges, are they just cosmetical or functional?!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What year is the Hunter. My first car was a Hillman Hunter in the same blue as yours which cost me £161 (in 1984). It was an unutterable piece of junk with leaks everywhere, and oxidised paint holding the rusting panels together. The clutch release bearing squealed so badly I drove it without using the clutch including coasting up to traffic lights and killing the engine before starting it up in 1st as they changed to green.

I loved it Very Happy
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Rdover



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forgot to add

They were known for the steering wheel coming off rather easily - best check that before test driving Shocked
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bob2



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi mine is a 1970 model a deluxe!!

hehe must have been fun then driving it, no good over here though with the traffic we have and junctions everywhere u'd be stalling the engine every minute!!!

thanks for the tip on the steering wheel, I'll check it but it has never happened when it belonged to my father in law.
I am concerned on the steering box though cause its making a couple of strange noises and theres some play, will have to take it out and inspect but I've no idea how to do it cause I've always had rack and pinion on all of my cars!!

do u remember the name of that blue, on my logbook its written as mtahleb blue (mtahleb is a country village in malta). BTW this hunter is a Malta car assembly pproduct ie it was imported as a ckd (complete knock down) kit and assembled over here.
Its shared the same factory as austin and morrises 1100s, minis, triumphs etc!!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
bob2 wrote:
I am concerned on the steering box though cause its making a couple of strange noises and theres some play, will have to take it out and inspect but I've no idea how to do it cause I've always had rack and pinion on all of my cars!!


I had a Minx with a recirculating ball steering box, if that is what this is and you notice occasional clicks and/or intermittent stiffening of the steering beware.
I had that on a trip once and as I turned in to a carpark the wheel suddenly spun in my hands without any cotrol of the front wheels.
All the balls in the nut had finally come out.
I had to leave the car there, source new nut and balls and then rebuilt it later that week on the car park,
It would be far easier to do it at home in a garage.

This is not vehicle specific but is a generic diagram of a recirculating ball box.


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bob2



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for that penman!!
I m not looking forward to taking it off and disassemble but it has to be done so when the time comes I will pester you for a bit of more info if (and I will definitaly be) stuck!! Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thought it about time for an update!!

Have been working on the engine bay lately, decided to sand down the lower part since it was not done well and leave the upper part then blend in with the paint.

Dismantled many of the parts but left the engine in situ.
Have cleaned the carb side of the engine and also sanded down the same side of the engine bay starting from 80 and ending with 400 grade. Have put on some rust inhibitor for now & will be painting with primer, filler, and the 2 pack blue when the other side will be ready, which should be by tomorrow!!

Then paint the engine, change the sump and top cover gasket cause both leak a bit and then start refitting the ancillaries like radiator, dynamo etc that I took off.

Already refurbished the dynamo, and have taken the rad to a specialist who cleaned the chores and changed the upper tank which was shot!!
I am at present doing the starter and when thats ready will sand down the rad and spray it and carry on with the servo etc!!

Also have painted the air filter housing, water pump pulley, metal fan and horns (stripped and painted).

The engine bay before I started sanding down, note radiator, pulley, dynamo and air filter box were already dismantled.


Some of the bits mentioned ready for re fitting


The offending thermostat housing mentioned in another post in the mecahnical section on the forum (Its now lying on my work bench)


The radiator before taking it to the specialist, note the shot upper tank all bubbled up paint was actually rust holes!!
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