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The Long Road - Morris 8 Series 1
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Nic Jarman



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I drove the 8 to work today. Very Happy
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1977 MG Midget 1500
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who's a happy boy then... Wink
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Nic Jarman



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I noticed the oil pressure is erratic but was good on right hand bends, am I losing oil? I checked the level and it's OK, but I am not going to risk it so off comes the sump. Nothing obvious but I removed the oil pressure gauge tube then ran the engine and a lot of air bubbles and oil came out so I will strip the oil pump although it looked fine when the engine was rebuilt:

When I removed the outer cover all became clear, there must have been something lodged in an oilway or other place as the filter was blocked with fibres:

Also the top of the gauze had collapsed and the gasket seal on the outer cover had cracked and displaced allowing air to be sucked in to the pump. I cleaned the gauze and made a new gasket then put the bottom of the pump into the driptray and connected a battery drill to the shaft. It is now pumping fine so it will go back in tomorrow.
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Nic Jarman



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2011 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All done and back together. I had put in a certain high street motor shops 20/50 just to run it in and it looked awfull after only 100 miles. I decided to put 10/40 semi synthetic in it and what a difference, the engine runs quieter, smoother and pulls better and the oil pressure at tickover;

It rises to 50 psi while running on the road.
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Nic Jarman



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The fuel gauge has packed up. Does anyone know of a good repairer?
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Richard H



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nic Jarman wrote:
The fuel gauge has packed up. Does anyone know of a good repairer?


Yup, try this guy: http://www.jdo10.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/

He's not cheap, but does a good job.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

or here,

http://www.speedycables.com/

give them a call for prices!
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Nic Jarman



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Morris fettling again today. It started with the steering getting quite heavy so I pulled off the nearside hub. A bit of cleaning of the king pin and general greasing sorted that side but the steering was still stiff so off comes the offside hub. The track rod end grease nipple was blocked so that got cleared and the king pin refused to move. This is a bit odd as that kingpin was replaced 18 months ago. With a bit of heat and persuation off it came. Strange thing was there was no grease in the lower bush. I checked the bush and found the hole for the grease hole had not been drilled.

I have also found that the cotter pins that secure the kingpin are the same size as imperial bike cotter pins 3/8th inch.

Now that the hubs have been sorted I will have to bleed the brakes. This did not go well and the pedal stuck in. On inspection I found the master cylinder had been fitted with new seals but had not been cleaned out. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember someone with a Morris 8 tourer telling me how he went to his car one day, after an oil change, and it was reporting 0 oil pressure. He dropped the sump, and an oil additive he'd used had formed a gloop around the pick-up pipe, starving the engine of oil .. fortunately he hadn't driven anywhere with it like that.

RJ
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Nic Jarman



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am not too sure which thread this should go on. It turns out that Bob's 8 is quite a bit later than mine and it was nice to see some bits that need to be addressed on mine, such as the rack that has been butchered. Also I am not sure where my steering wheel is from, but I do quite like it.

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Nic Jarman



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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's time to finish the headliner. Thanks to Bob T the rear bar is possitioned and the liner is in place. I made a new blind with some of the old liner and had to repossition the support bar as the material is considerably thicker. I think it will look a lot better all matching. The lower section of the liner is quite challenging to fit as I think it goes in from the bottom up.

Strangest thing; I found some Poles dancing around the Morris today!!!!!
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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nic Jarman wrote:
Strangest thing; I found some Poles dancing around the Morris today!!!!!


Wondered what those bells were. Laughing Rolling Eyes

Was in Gt Cornard today.
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Nic Jarman



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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2011 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roger we will have to find a pub to meet up. Still fitting the headliner. The interior is much harder than the mechanics and takes a lot longer. It has a few wobbles but I am past caring now.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2011 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oops, I have blown the head gasket. I think I may have been driving it a bit enthusiasticly. Oh well not too hard on a side valve.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2011 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nic Jarman wrote:
Oops, I have blown the head gasket. I think I may have been driving it a bit enthusiasticly. Oh well not too hard on a side valve.


I remember thinking that once when replacing the gasket on my green E83W, moments before snapping a head stud Smile

RJ
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