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#1 OFFLINE   17-Coffees

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Posted 05 May 2018 - 06:37 PM

Things happened today...
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"I did a 1000 round trip to drink & help push cars out of a muddy field, 10/10 would do again!" 

-Summery of Shitefest 2016. 

 

The Fleet:

- 'Minor Project' - 1957 Morris Minor 1000

 

The HMS LexBarge, 2000 Lexus LS400. 

 

'Shed IV', 1995 BMW 316i. (Co-owned with Supernaut)

 

 

Other's not on here:

- 2015 Abarth 595

 

 


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Posted 05 May 2018 - 07:07 PM

Excellent. Looks a damn good base car to work with.

 

Any plans for it?



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Posted 05 May 2018 - 08:33 PM

What a fine looking automobile, and in such esteemed company too!

It's a lovely little car and drives beautifully - enjoy!
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Posted 05 May 2018 - 08:36 PM

Corr ! A worn smooth    FP  key  :-D


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Posted 05 May 2018 - 09:21 PM

10/10 top starter classic, well bought.


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Posted 06 May 2018 - 10:19 AM

I've always wanted a classic, something properly old. I also wanted something I could tinker with and make my own. This ticks both box's. 

So yesterday I bought my first classic, Tickman's old 1957 Morris Minor.  :mrgreen:

 

Driving it was fun, and better than I expected, really made me think and plan ahead but not as hard as I expected (The brakes are better than I though), but it'll take a little while to get used to it.

So my plans? Since it runs fine, it's just cosmetic things for now. Tidy up inside and out, replace bits of trim and so on. Also, I'll under-seal it!

I'll also paint the wings, probably just rattle can some primer on them for the time being. Just to make it all look one colour from 10 steps away. 

 

As it stands, it's still with Tickman just now getting a few things sorted, nothing major, so once it's in my garage, i'll get round to a proper post!

The 60 mile drive home will be an experience!


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"I did a 1000 round trip to drink & help push cars out of a muddy field, 10/10 would do again!" 

-Summery of Shitefest 2016. 

 

The Fleet:

- 'Minor Project' - 1957 Morris Minor 1000

 

The HMS LexBarge, 2000 Lexus LS400. 

 

'Shed IV', 1995 BMW 316i. (Co-owned with Supernaut)

 

 

Other's not on here:

- 2015 Abarth 595

 

 


#7 OFFLINE   Dick Longbridge

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Posted 06 May 2018 - 10:31 AM

Lovely to see this old girl staying on here. Good idea on rattle canning the wings as well - the rest of the paintwork looks half tidy, so it’ll transform it back in one colour. Report back on how it drives - I still remember that I could wheelspin my old ‘69 saloon ridiculously easily.
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Posted 06 May 2018 - 10:45 AM

I had a shot of it as well. The only other 'properly old' vehicle I've driven was a series 3 Land Rover.
This thing was lovely in comparison! Tickman was demonstrating that it is very easy to lock up all 4 wheels too.

My driving experience of this can be summed up with one statement I said while in the driver's seat: "where the fuck is 3rd gear?"
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Posted 06 May 2018 - 10:47 AM

Gearboxes are normally really nice on these I thought?



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Posted 06 May 2018 - 11:01 AM

Gearboxes are normally really nice on these I thought?


It’s just user error in his case... ;)
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"I did a 1000 round trip to drink & help push cars out of a muddy field, 10/10 would do again!" 

-Summery of Shitefest 2016. 

 

The Fleet:

- 'Minor Project' - 1957 Morris Minor 1000

 

The HMS LexBarge, 2000 Lexus LS400. 

 

'Shed IV', 1995 BMW 316i. (Co-owned with Supernaut)

 

 

Other's not on here:

- 2015 Abarth 595

 

 


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Posted 06 May 2018 - 11:01 AM

It’s just user error in his case... ;)


What he said. :D
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Posted 06 May 2018 - 12:44 PM

Fucknugget then.


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Posted 06 May 2018 - 12:52 PM

Is first gear where you expect third gear is? Something I get confused on the MGB at times...
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Posted 06 May 2018 - 01:06 PM

Love these cars, bit of a cliché but they're everything you could really want in an old car.


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Posted 06 May 2018 - 02:48 PM

probably just rattle can some primer on them for the time being. Just to make it all look one colour from 10 steps away. 

 

Are the wings metal? Primer is porous, so make sure you add proper paint otherwise it will make it rust even faster, unless they are fibreglass in which case go for your life.


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Posted 06 May 2018 - 02:52 PM

I had a shot of it as well. The only other 'properly old' vehicle I've driven was a series 3 Land Rover.This thing was lovely in comparison! Tickman was demonstrating that it is very easy to lock up all 4 wheels too.My driving experience of this can be summed up with one statement I said while in the driver's seat: "where the fuck is 3rd gear?"


Used to Land Rover gearboxes?

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Posted 06 May 2018 - 04:34 PM

Are the wings metal?

Thankfully they are fibreglass, so rust won’t be a problem.

Had an update from Tickman, he’s fitted a pair of seas from a Rover 220 coupe for me. They’ll help make the journey back more comfortable.
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I’ll be keeping the original ones, and probably fit them when I get it home.

As well as thet, he’s fitted a new water pump too!
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I can’t stop saying it, but massive thank you for that Tickman! :D
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"I did a 1000 round trip to drink & help push cars out of a muddy field, 10/10 would do again!" 

-Summery of Shitefest 2016. 

 

The Fleet:

- 'Minor Project' - 1957 Morris Minor 1000

 

The HMS LexBarge, 2000 Lexus LS400. 

 

'Shed IV', 1995 BMW 316i. (Co-owned with Supernaut)

 

 

Other's not on here:

- 2015 Abarth 595

 

 


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Posted 06 May 2018 - 05:26 PM

That Moggie looks a bit of a larff, well bought :-)

I'd be tempted to just leave the Rover seats in it. I really like the contrast between the seats and the steering wheel.

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Posted 06 May 2018 - 06:36 PM

Gearboxes are normally really nice on these I thought?

 

Often get problems with 2nd. Worn syncro, snicks when selecting.

Can jump out on overrun.



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Posted 06 May 2018 - 06:38 PM

Bloody brilliant. I've always fancied one, would have to be a Traveller for me though. 


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Posted 06 May 2018 - 07:03 PM

Gearchange is nice as from 1957 on they had the remote control lever. But, as mentioned weak synchromesh and very noisy first gear are common but not critical faults. Learn to double-declutch!


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Squeak, rattle and roll.

 

 

Thanks restorer.

 

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Posted 06 May 2018 - 07:30 PM

I'd be tempted to just leave the Rover seats in it. I really like the contrast between the seats and the steering wheel.


It’s crossed my mind that though! But I feel I’d end up with people thinking it’s a ratty looking sleeper running a V8 and want to try race it, rather than it being a ratty looking Minor.

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I’ve made a list of things I’ll plan to do, and been searching for parts as well. I knew there was a plentiful supply of new and used parts with it being a popular classic, but also how cheap as well! Which is a bonus! :D

On another note, what does everyone recommend for under seal? Waxoil or anything better?

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"I did a 1000 round trip to drink & help push cars out of a muddy field, 10/10 would do again!" 

-Summery of Shitefest 2016. 

 

The Fleet:

- 'Minor Project' - 1957 Morris Minor 1000

 

The HMS LexBarge, 2000 Lexus LS400. 

 

'Shed IV', 1995 BMW 316i. (Co-owned with Supernaut)

 

 

Other's not on here:

- 2015 Abarth 595

 

 


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Posted 06 May 2018 - 07:34 PM

Speaking of seats, seems like fate haha

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Posted 06 May 2018 - 07:45 PM

The extra weight of the leather may be detrimental to the "performance" of this fine machine.

I'd run away after making that joke, but I can get away with a brisk stroll.
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Posted 06 May 2018 - 07:47 PM

.......On another note, what does everyone recommend for under seal? Waxoil or anything better?


Waxoil isn't underseal, it is just a gloopy stuff to keep wet away from metal. There are lots of better alternatives, but waxoil smells quite nice. If you mix it with old oil and spray it everywhere twice a year it'll do.
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Posted 06 May 2018 - 10:12 PM

Often get problems with 2nd. Worn syncro, snicks when selecting.

Can jump out on overrun.

 

Well it is a Leyland, but I just meant they are nice & precise to use.


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Posted 19 May 2018 - 03:40 PM

Majestic.
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Finally picked it up today, admittedly I had some doubts and afterthoughts having bought it but having driven from Forfar to Ellon (70 miles or so) I’m pleased as punch! :D
Handled the A90 fine, as well as Aberdeen City Center. Everyone loves it it seems, friends, family, neighbors and randoms all smile when they see it.

Full report later today, as I’m just toddling about in it now enjoying the weather! B)
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"I did a 1000 round trip to drink & help push cars out of a muddy field, 10/10 would do again!" 

-Summery of Shitefest 2016. 

 

The Fleet:

- 'Minor Project' - 1957 Morris Minor 1000

 

The HMS LexBarge, 2000 Lexus LS400. 

 

'Shed IV', 1995 BMW 316i. (Co-owned with Supernaut)

 

 

Other's not on here:

- 2015 Abarth 595

 

 


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Posted 19 May 2018 - 03:49 PM

You will have to get used to the attention, I guess the first was the Beetle convertible as you left the garage.

 

I have even had taxi drivers let me out in traffic which has never happened in anything modern.


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Posted 19 May 2018 - 04:13 PM

The all-important pez shot!

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We then stopped past a car meet on the way through Aberdeen. It drew a wee bit of attention.

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Once we got to Ellon, we went for a little drive. It's a very pleasant way to bimble around.


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Posted 19 May 2018 - 06:54 PM

Genuinely envious, is it staying as is. Or all grey / all white?







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