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1932 Morris Minor 2 seater
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This afternoon I tried a second test firing-up, with rad & hoses installed. Despite a few water leaks, it ran quite well and showed 90psi oil pressure on start up, dropping to and holding 30psi at idle after 20 mins or so, which I don't think is bad. The rad has a couple of leaks, so that'll need looking into sometime.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a lovely little car Rick.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rick wrote:
they wouldn't take to bolts being wound into them. I came up with a workaround, and it seems to be holding ok Smile

RJ


Looks a great little car. I guess you are well aware of the metric threads with imperial heads used in Morris engines.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

buzzy bee wrote:
looking good,next report might be acompanied by a sound file! hehe

Laughing


Have been fiddling a bit with vid editing (nothing fancy mind), some footage of the MM running can now be found here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69U2idN1d0k
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
Shouldn't you have been holding the knurled part of the Rad Cap when you screwed it in, rather than the thermometer? Shocked
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Penman wrote:
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Shouldn't you have been holding the knurled part of the Rad Cap when you screwed it in, rather than the thermometer? Shocked


I didn't tighten it fully
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since the last update I've done a fair bit of dismantling on the Minor. The wings all need some repair work, and a re-paint, so it seemed like a good plan to remove them all. The chassis can also be cleaned up while they're off.

Digging around at the rear highlighted some bad woodworm in the rear inner arches. Handily they're only flat ply, cut to shape and screwed in, so I've made a start on re-making them from sheets of marine ply. So far I've only dismantled the driver's side, once that's back together it'll be the turn of the passenger side. Fortunately the ash frame seems to be fine...





The steel "sills" (ie the longitudinal panels beneath both doors) will also need replacing. They're simply tacked in place with panel pins, and the ash beneath them appears ok, so hopefully won't be too tricky or time-consuming to sort out. A small section will also need letting in at the bottom of the scuttle on each side, where the tin folds under the frame.

More as it happens Smile

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice to see it coming along so well Rick. Just got my 10/4 back on the road and have also a couple of small metalwork repairs to do. Trying to work out how to weld it without setting fire to the wood behind.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pigtin wrote:
.. Trying to work out how to weld it without setting fire to the wood behind.


mmm that's crossed my mind a couple of times lately Smile

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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a few more quick photos, as you can see, the inner rear arches had suffered a little Shocked



Both replacements now fitted




Next thing to replace are the "sills", which are really just flat steel sections beneath the doors, attached to the ash frame underneath with panel pins. The old ones have rotted out along the return under the car each side. Fortunately they came off without damaging anything, so next is to create some replacements and fit them.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pigtin wrote:
Great little car Rick. Wouldn't try anything too ambitious on those motorcycle tyres though. Shocked


What a fab car Rick. You should get it on the road.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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pigtin wrote:
Great little car Rick. Wouldn't try anything too ambitious on those motorcycle tyres though. Shocked


What a fab car Rick. You should get it on the road.


Once I've got a couple of others something like right, then yes I'd like to re-visit it. The 34 Minor saloon I used to amble about in drove really well, so this should be similar, maybe even a little nippier.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2021 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Morning all,

The other day during a move around I extracted the Minor from the corner of the garage, with a view to dusting it down, tidying it up, and reminding myself what exactly it still needs. I've not really touched it for some time for various reasons (usually other things on the boil), but hopefully cutting back on other projects might free up time to re-visit this long-term resident.

A short vid uploaded today takes a quick look at the current state of play ...

https://youtu.be/8RgzXALhyt0



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2023 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A fiddly but rewarding little job this evening, attending to the driver's door catch assembly.

It has never worked very well and the door only latched shut with a hefty shove, which was never a good feeling. I removed the catch assembly and it seemed that the spring inside the unit had broken, leaving the catch floating around in its horizontal housing, rather than operating against the spring. It would appear that someone has had it apart in the past, there's plenty of evidence of brazing/soldering at one end where it had been cut open then re-closed.

I had a vague recollection of a similar catch assembly in a box of old handles and similar door furniture, and fortunately my memory hadn't been playing tricks. I think it possibly came with the Austin 7 special I had years back. It was seized up but soon freed off, and has the benefit of an external spring so can always be replaced if needs be. 3 of the 4 mounting holes were in the correct position so it didn't take long to fit the replacement catch assembly. The door now closes much better. The chrome cover that fitted over the original doesn't quite go on over this replacement, but I can live without a cover for now.

Time was also spent recently fettling the engine after many years sat idle, more on that soon.

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