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    My Minor

    This thing hangs out in the back of most of my pictures. So here's a run down

    I bought it 10 years ago looking like this



    It's a 1951 4 door Morris minor. Powered with a 918cc side valve 4 cylinder engine and a 4 on the floor box.

    I painted it Matt black and daily drove it while I was at uni.


    Gradually I started fixing it up and replacing all the worn out stuff. Not too bad for rust, everything rubber had failed, and the brakes were toast.





    And since then it's been in and out of storage. I usually do a bit of work on it every year or so
    At this point every part of it has been apart and replaced or rebuilt, or modified. I'm at the point where I'm replacing stuff I originally replaced when I got it......
    Paint has taken a hammering in storage so it's due for a touch up. Probably black again. I have red leather seats front and back, new black carpets and headliner, still need to do the doors. I made a custom 5 dial instrument panel and have a very rare clock in the glove box and Speedo with trip meter
    Engine wise I have skimmed the head to up the compression, tracked down a rare optional water pump (not fitted unless special order) ported the intake and exhaust, lightened the flywheel, and most recently fitted a twin carb and tubular exhaust (I also have a small supercharger that I might put on). I also have an electric fan.

    I have a lowlight grill I'm going to put fog lamps in



    Currently it's lowered 2 inches front and back, but I don't know now, I'm getting too old to try get under low stuff. Shocks are lever arm and we're rebuilt at great expense







    Just last week I got stuck back into it



    Ran some fuel lines for the twin carbs (fuel pump failed and rebuilt last year)

    And skimmed the flywheel and put a new clutch in as I had a bad shudder (mixed some used parts I had and it didn't work out unfortunately so all new now)
    And added another muffler, a wide band port, and a v band clamp to my custom stainless "bigbore" 1 1/2" exhaust





    Doesn't seem like it, but dang that's 10 years of work

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    Though I should add, the only work i didn't do myself was resleaving the master cylinder, skimming the head and surfacing the flywheel. Not too bad I think.

    Coming up this round of work?
    Well I still have to put the gearbox back in. And in order to get it out I had to take the master cylinder out so put all that back in. Bleed the brakes etc.
    Tune the twin carbs, I have all new needles and gaskets in them.
    Some rust has come through in the boot lid (I fixed it years ago, but the factory drain holes are an inch from the bottom and it only empties water when you lift it and have your head underneath). I have a set of wheels to have the centres knocked out and put in modern rims (too much hadtle getting 135/14 tyres, plus they don't have safety lips so the tyres are prone to falling off when driven hard)
    Swap out the grill and inner guards for the low light ones
    Retrim door panels
    Install beehive heater (luxury!)
    Some of the wiring could do with attention is all the original and largely in modified but man it's brittle.

    That's more or less it this time around. I think I'll touch up a few repairs and bits for a fresh coat of paint next time

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    As a kid I used to see moggies all over the place, like minis and beetles. Now - nada. I bet you don't see any of them in the land of the long white cloud either. You gonna heat wrap the headers? It might help with keeping your intake temps a little lower. Such a fun thing to drive around in I bet
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    Memory lane, for me - I had a '58 two door back in 1974. I traded a '61 Valiant for it. It still could be hand-cranked, so I can say that at least once in my life, I hand-crank-started a car - but not before it whacked the hell out of my forearm.

    The wiring fried, one day, and I sold it for $50 to a Morris Minor enthusiast. Of course, the steering wheel was on the left side.

    Thanks for sharing this, Tortron!
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    Plenty of minors about in NZ geezer. In the summer I see at least one a week, saw 2 in one day on opposite sides of the city the other day (one was even a van). Still get offered wrecks when people find out I have one so plenty rotting away behind sheds and the like!

    No plan on wrapping these ones, I did the last set I built and the runners actually iced up. They are about twice as long as the original (heated by the exhaust log manifold. Yuck) and incorporate Bakelite spacers, so there's minimal heat transfer. Might paint them white 50s style.
    The direction of the build is how I would have had it if I built it in the 50s, perhaps leaning towards a factory special. So keeping everything period correct (yeah I'm cheating with the electric fan, but the solid mount fan on the generator sucks and I already lost a radiator to it. Plus the distributor is actually a modern repo with a full electronic setup inside, I found my o.g. had some weird play in the body after skimming the head....)
    So that's basically why I'm not swapping the engine. An a series, it even better a Datsun A series would be dirt cheap, bolt right in, and make twice the power right off the bat..

    Roster - sounds like a good swap! I considered a lhd conversion just for a laugh, it only takes a couple hours (apart from the gauges in these early ones not being in the centre). When I first got this one the starter was broken so I used the crank start for about a year before fixing it, never any problems apart from the wof inspectors complaining about it not being practical....
    Unfortunately I can't use it now with the electronic dizzy. But I do still run a generator rather than an alternator (oh yeah it's converted to negative earth too) so could fix the original and keep it in the boot just in case

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    The negative earth explains why it hasn't turned into a pile of iron oxide by now. English cars... Is there a big NZ enthusiasts community with Morries that keeps them going? It's funny how such a tiny country has such a diversity with vehicles - too bad you guys get fiercely gouged at the petrol pumps. My local price for 91 is about $1.30 p/L AUD (it was $1.62 a few weeks ago) I had a little Ford Prefect for a while but the rust was out of control and a bunch of the mechanicals had been cobbled together badly. I then had my eye on an '53 Anglia for a pocket hotrod but I had to pass on that project.
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    Gearbox and cross member back in and attached to the driveshaft.
    Special ordered some 30mm copper washers for the engine and gearbox sump bolts. So they are in and filled with fresh oil.

    Now I need to put the master cylinder in and rebleed the whole system.
    And then finally, at last, I can staet on tuning the carbs

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    It always amazes me with Brit gearboxes. They are so dinky to look at but are built to take a direct hit from a tank shell. I can't say I've ever heard of one 'blowing up' so to speak.
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    So I captivated my crossmember nuts, put all the brake lines back in, hooked up the clutch linkage.
    Pulled the manifolds and tightened up everything and put in some new gaskets in the flanges.
    Had ordered the wrong choke lever, which isn't too much of a problem but looks better having matching ones. Made a cheap fix Click image for larger version. 

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    Yup that's an old NZ 5 cent piece. I had some steel I was going to use
    But this will give someone a chuckle down the line I'm sure.

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    Can attach the cable well enough now.

    Remembered how to prime an SU fuel pump and it seems to work properly now it's worn the points in a little. Got it warm, good oil pressure, spat a bunch of red liquid out of the water gallery gasket initially but it seems to have sealed itself up. Have it a basic tune enough to get it at a slow idle when warm.
    https://youtu.be/x45HodJAX90

    Seems to be real hot, the air filter backing plates get almost too hot to touch after just a few minutes at idle. Shouldn't be dangerously lean (unless I messed up on my carb needle selection) so I expect it to improve with a half decent carb and timing tune. This carb set up came with a heat shield but it's a pita to install, but that could be a path worth exploring

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    Did I mention I have a lowlight grill? They originally switched to the high in guard lights because of American light laws, the minor was ment to be what the VW became.

    I got the grill 10 years ago. Turns out it wouldn't fit due to the headlights fouling on the inner guards, even without the headlights in the headlight area hits. Had hoped that mine being a really early high light it would fit sort of.

    So I got some lowlight inner guard panels, about 6 years ago, unobtainable basically




    They rust out up top where the wheel flicks muck up.



    First one not too bad. Good enough to copy

    Next one. Kinda thin


    Using a hammer and dolly on all these patches. Welding the flanges on. A shrinker stretcher would be great for the next rusty car.


    From all the fresh steel, this was pretty thin

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    COOL CARtortron ----> I especially like the big fenders, round headlamps & visor... Seeing it painted black reminds me of the 1st car I bought in Sasebo Japan back in 1967... It was a rather rusty black 1955 Datsun 4 door sedan; damn, that it ancient history...

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    So I now own another

    A 1962 Morrie Thou
    A little beaut.



    Well until you get under it


    Chassis legs have rusted out and a little in the boot. But the body work is good, it has a decent paint job, and a retrimmed interior.
    It's an abandoned project. Looks like this at the moment


    It's a bit of a task. I have replaced the chassis legs on my 51 so I'm not too worried about that. There's also a few little patches in the boot area (again same as mine)
    The major downside is that the registration has lapsed sonic need it re vinned and inspected and they don't like to see signs of repair without a repair cert.
    I think I can do it well enough to avoid that. (They also don't like fresh paint or underseal but I'll just paint the whole underside)
    Apparently it comes with the repair sections and all parts required, and it has the original 1000cc and the 1275cc from a midget. Will have to revin with the thou.
    Not surprised it was abandoned it's an intimidating job. But I figure I can do the rust over a couple of weekends. Engine in and running on another. If it's on a minor I've already done it.

    If it's a basket case I'll part it out I guess. It was pretty cheap.

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    Well it took about 12 hours round trip for what should have been 5 max thanks to me forgetting about Easter traffic.

    She's very nice. Also has the original plates and heaps of paperwork. So I should be able to keep those plates and get it re registered pretty easily. One engine in bits, appears to be a fully rebuilt one for some reason taken out and head off. Other is probably a 1275 and was bench run. Otherwise I dunno anything about it.
    A few bits are apart, but the bulk of its there. Only seems to be missing the driveshaft, but will unload and check it out in the AM.
    Paints pretty decent, interior is brand new. Front chassis legs are no longer existant, and the patches last owner made are not to my standards (made from sections and looks wonky to me) IL probably cut it out and order premade ones to save me making them.

    The paper work is great. The second owner lived just down the road from me

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    Yikes! That is some really ugly rust hiding under the glossy painted shell.
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    Yup. I was totally prepared to strip this one for parts.
    But reading the history and receipts it would seem that everywhere else has already been replaced before paint. There's no nasty bubbles in the body work so I'm thinking it is just those chassis legs needing replacing. Can get a pair from the usual minor parts suspects for around 300 delivered. So might just do that. By the time I measure twice and cut once (sections include the lower A arm mount etc) its probably smarter just to get them sent.
    In any case the guys patchwork repairs don't fly with me, so they definitely won't fly with a grumpy inspector

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