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    Joey spud got a reaction from Remspoor in Boris the '59 Minor.   
    I have had a look at the boot floor and rotted rear quarters too I have a panel that will take care of the worst of it.
    The tank came out easily enough and and I used a wire wheel and a scraper to clean it up before rust treating and double coating with black zinc rich paint.
    I have also bunged a rad on him and run the engine up from a fuel can for a good 30 mins just to get the oil around everywhere and see how the different carb and exhaust perform.









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    Joey spud got a reaction from DSdriver in Eye-catching black and whites   
    I found this image on a local transport group and it caught my eye as it just down the road from me in Church Street Hoo.
    It's 1963 and a motorbike and sidecar has just crashed through the front window of the shop on the left and  the shop owner is seen standing talking to the bus driver.
    Fast forward nearly fifty years and the two shops on the left have recently been converted to houses and opposite out of shot is a brilliant coffee shop/bar that I often frequent.
    And i used to ride on that same bus when Maidstone and District Bus Company had the contract to run us Oiks from the nearby villages to the Comprehensive School at Hoo in the early eighties although by then it had been painted a pale green and cream colour.

     
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    Joey spud got a reaction from RayMK in Eye-catching black and whites   
    I found this image on a local transport group and it caught my eye as it just down the road from me in Church Street Hoo.
    It's 1963 and a motorbike and sidecar has just crashed through the front window of the shop on the left and  the shop owner is seen standing talking to the bus driver.
    Fast forward nearly fifty years and the two shops on the left have recently been converted to houses and opposite out of shot is a brilliant coffee shop/bar that I often frequent.
    And i used to ride on that same bus when Maidstone and District Bus Company had the contract to run us Oiks from the nearby villages to the Comprehensive School at Hoo in the early eighties although by then it had been painted a pale green and cream colour.

     
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    Joey spud got a reaction from Saabnut in Boris the '59 Minor.   
    I have had a look at the boot floor and rotted rear quarters too I have a panel that will take care of the worst of it.
    The tank came out easily enough and and I used a wire wheel and a scraper to clean it up before rust treating and double coating with black zinc rich paint.
    I have also bunged a rad on him and run the engine up from a fuel can for a good 30 mins just to get the oil around everywhere and see how the different carb and exhaust perform.









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    Joey spud got a reaction from mk2_craig in Boris the '59 Minor.   
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    My plan is to have this car safe and rust free with updated mechanical bits but keeping its appearance sort of scruffy and lived in.
    But my rear plate was just a bit too tired so I gave it a quick make over.






    I have rubbed back the paint so that the primer coat is blotching through in places so the plate still looks its age but is tidier than before and while the sun was out I clayed and cut back the paint on the boot and it has come up really well.

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    Joey spud reacted to Metal Guru in Eye-catching black and whites   
    I also caught the 19A home from school but not going as far as Hoo. As far as I remember , there were no school contracted buses in Medway, you got a free season ticket for the normal service bus.
    I think route 19A started at Gillingham depot and went through all the Medway towns en route. There was also a 19 that only went as far as Hoo village and a 19B that went to Lodge Hill barracks. 
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    Joey spud got a reaction from puddlethumper in Boris the '59 Minor.   
    Randomness post 
    My plan is to have this car safe and rust free with updated mechanical bits but keeping its appearance sort of scruffy and lived in.
    But my rear plate was just a bit too tired so I gave it a quick make over.






    I have rubbed back the paint so that the primer coat is blotching through in places so the plate still looks its age but is tidier than before and while the sun was out I clayed and cut back the paint on the boot and it has come up really well.

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    Joey spud got a reaction from bunglebus in Boris the '59 Minor.   
    The centre cross member where the torsion bars mount is scrap but the centre of the cross member is fine so it only needs the outter repair panels adding.
    After measuring twice and cutting multiple times i have tacked the o/s one on.
    There is a jacking point (long tubey thing ) that goes on the end of the cross member that just seems to collect mud and rot out for fun so I am going to forget about it for now.
    The o/s of Boris is finally coming together now he still needs some seams fully welding up and it's looks a bit patchwork quilty but it's solid and rot free now.



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    Joey spud got a reaction from JeeExEll in Eye-catching black and whites   
    I found this image on a local transport group and it caught my eye as it just down the road from me in Church Street Hoo.
    It's 1963 and a motorbike and sidecar has just crashed through the front window of the shop on the left and  the shop owner is seen standing talking to the bus driver.
    Fast forward nearly fifty years and the two shops on the left have recently been converted to houses and opposite out of shot is a brilliant coffee shop/bar that I often frequent.
    And i used to ride on that same bus when Maidstone and District Bus Company had the contract to run us Oiks from the nearby villages to the Comprehensive School at Hoo in the early eighties although by then it had been painted a pale green and cream colour.

     
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    Joey spud got a reaction from Dyslexic Viking in Boris the '59 Minor.   
    I have had a look at the boot floor and rotted rear quarters too I have a panel that will take care of the worst of it.
    The tank came out easily enough and and I used a wire wheel and a scraper to clean it up before rust treating and double coating with black zinc rich paint.
    I have also bunged a rad on him and run the engine up from a fuel can for a good 30 mins just to get the oil around everywhere and see how the different carb and exhaust perform.









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    Joey spud got a reaction from Asimo in Boris the '59 Minor.   
    Randomness post 
    My plan is to have this car safe and rust free with updated mechanical bits but keeping its appearance sort of scruffy and lived in.
    But my rear plate was just a bit too tired so I gave it a quick make over.






    I have rubbed back the paint so that the primer coat is blotching through in places so the plate still looks its age but is tidier than before and while the sun was out I clayed and cut back the paint on the boot and it has come up really well.

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    Joey spud got a reaction from Dyslexic Viking in Boris the '59 Minor.   
    Randomness post 
    My plan is to have this car safe and rust free with updated mechanical bits but keeping its appearance sort of scruffy and lived in.
    But my rear plate was just a bit too tired so I gave it a quick make over.






    I have rubbed back the paint so that the primer coat is blotching through in places so the plate still looks its age but is tidier than before and while the sun was out I clayed and cut back the paint on the boot and it has come up really well.

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    Joey spud got a reaction from bunglebus in Boris the '59 Minor.   
    Randomness post 
    My plan is to have this car safe and rust free with updated mechanical bits but keeping its appearance sort of scruffy and lived in.
    But my rear plate was just a bit too tired so I gave it a quick make over.






    I have rubbed back the paint so that the primer coat is blotching through in places so the plate still looks its age but is tidier than before and while the sun was out I clayed and cut back the paint on the boot and it has come up really well.

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    Joey spud reacted to eddyramrod in Forward Control   
    I've been thinking about this today, for no apparent reason, over three dog walks and a ride to Morecambe and back.  I've come up with no answers, so I thought I'd turn it over to the AS collective minds.
    When I was a kiddie in the early 60s, vans were almost uniformly British.  One might see the occasional VW, but not many.  And with one exception until 1965, they were all a uniform layout.  Here's Ford's offering...

    And from Rootes...

    BMC even offered two sizes:
    The J4...

    ...and J2...

    And the sole foreigner:

    What do they all have in common?  The driver sits over the front wheels, a layout known as Forward Control.  I can only think of one van on the UK market that bucked this trend while competing with those above...

    Yes, the good ole Bedford CA.  The only mainstream 15cwt van on the UK market at the time that had a snout.  The driver did not sit on top of the engine, the front wheels were not behind his centre line; in fact they were under his feet.
    Since 1965 and the advent of the Transit, most new vans have (eventually) had a snout.  I can think of one notable exception: as everyone else followed their lead, Bedford abandoned their CF model in favour of the slightly smaller Midi, a rebadged Isuzu...

    Oh look, no snout!  It didn't last, of course.  Vauxhall vans (no longer allowed their illustrious name) became rebadged Renaults, all of which had/have a snout.
    It seems now that every mainstream van on the UK market has a snout.  The front wheels are in front of the driver, under his feet.  The engine is most likely ahead of him, no longer under his seat.  The makes listed above have almost all gone, with Ford fighting a brave rearguard action using a Turkish-built snouted Transit; indeed all UK-market Transits have been snouted.
    Can you think of a current mainstream-market van that can be bought on the UK market, that's Forward Control?  I can't.
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    Joey spud reacted to 320touring in 320touring's major Morris manoeuvrings   
    Time for an update on this:
    The rebuilt fuel pump from @blackboilersuit was attached the other day, and the bloody thing now fires up sweetly and promptly. Many thanks again to him for his efforts!
    Bouyed by this success, I decided to splash out..

    Behold, a plethora of Oxford parts.
    A plan was formed. Many thanks to @jaypee and @Supernaut for their help today.
     
    GSA into the corner of the unit, Oxford into the centre.
    We decided to start at the back
     
    First up - tighten the rearmost exhaust mount - a blasphemous 10mm fitting..
    Next. Try to see if we could get the spring shackle bushes out. That would be a no.  First one we tried unbolted fine, but the threaded pin would not come out. Discretion being the better part of valour, we put it back together.
    Then onto brakes.
    I'd ordered cylinders and adjusters plus fitting springs, expecting the worst.
    On pulling the first drum off, I was pleasantly surprised:

    Plenty of meat on the shoes, wheel cylinder was dry and the adjuster was free.
    Everything was cleaned down, the drum sanded on the inside (no noticeable lip) then reassembled.
    Footbrake pressed to centre the shoes and the adjuster set so the drum was locked at 3 clicks.
    The other side was exactly the same - so nice to work on well designed drum brakes.
     
    Then it was time to look at the rear hydraulics:
    The rear hard lines and the "T-piece" are all in good condition - no major rust and the unions themselves are clean.
    This flexi, however, was not. Luckily a new one had been procured and was duly fitted


    We topped up the master cylinder in the drivers footwell and hit the bleed nipples with remonstrating fluid.
    Both responded positively to the application of a spanner, and the rear brakes bled up easily.
     
    Having spent some time crawling about under the car, it was obvious the rear end would benefit greatly from some cleaning, rust treatment and underseal.
    @Supernaut deployed the wire brush of truth and did an excellent job getting the loose underseal off.
    I then became enamored with the idea of removing the dampers to clean and paint them.
    @jaypee's patience was key here as the top nuts were quite difficult to access.
    Once off, it was obvious they were in need of some love

    The lump at the right are actually fins.. so much gear oil and grease had filled them in.

    You can see them clearly here
     
    Once cleaned and wire brushed, they were treated with Vactan, then primed.

    I don't know what colour they will be once painted🤣
    The rest of the afternoon was spent cleaning the rear end. The task was mountainous in its size..

    Still more to do!
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    Joey spud reacted to 320touring in 320touring's major Morris manoeuvrings   
    Then I came over all fuckin arty..

     
    Oil bath air cleaner (with all the oil that was in it...)

    A plan formed...

    Rust remover wheel archaeology FTW!

    All shined and Lacquered to avoid flash rusting.
    I also reshaped the air inlet so now it should be the full 50bhp*
     
    I cleaned and painted the other part ( BMW metallic black - it's what I had!)

    Back together

    It still starts and runs ok, so we left at that point 😃
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    Joey spud reacted to blackboilersuit in 320touring's major Morris manoeuvrings   
    The "rebuilt" carb does look better than it actually is in many ways. It came from a van so probably had a lot more miles on it than the original one in the car to start with and thirty years marinating outside in a hedgerow didn't do it any favours! 
     It would be useable now in a pinch but it's now best considered a fully assembled kit of spare parts.
    I've been dying to post the before and after pics for weeks on my thread since I did the work but held back as I wanted @320touringto see the results in the flesh first. Work and life getting in the way of that happening for quite some time until yesterday.
    So here's a couple of before pics.


    Everything seized solid, including the piston in the chamber. In thirty something years of rebuilding carbs I can honestly say this is the first one I've had to use a welder on to get snapped screws out of!
    The rejuvenation process once everything was stripped completely was as follows. Dremel with wire wheel to remove the worst of the alloy corrosion into the ultrasonic tank in generic carb cleaning solution that came from eBay. All linkages needed a blowtorch to free them up then we're wire wheeled before being dipped in kurust to keep future rust at bay and make them look pretty. Inlet manifold was gently wire brushed then scotchbrited while the exhaust was wire wheeled with the angle grinder and given a spray with Aldi BBQ paint because I am a big tart and wanted it to all look nice!
    All the threads were chased before reassembly. In 1959 it's fair to say that the British motor industry had standardisation in manufacturing absolutely nailed, I just don't know why "foreign imports" stole the market? An SU carb had BSW, BSF, BSP, BA and British Brass Thread thread types and was held to the inlet manifold on two studs that were UNF on one end and UNC on the other! It's a good job I'm a total magpie when it comes to picking up old taps and dies at jumbles and shows. All those years of hoarding do pay off sometimes.
    Anyway next up is the fuel pump. It's back at boilersuit towers for a strip and clean. Hopefully it's just some tank rust sticking the little valve open and preventing it from shutting off. If we're lucky then it can be fixed with nothing more than cleaning. It'll definitely be going back in with an in line paper pre filter to stop this happening again. 
    Updates hopefully soon........
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