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You'll need the more curved housing for the 1275 with standard Minor radiator. Pictured is my Minor 1000 with 1275 engine and curved thermostat housing, but standard 1098 top hose and radiator.

Apologies if a thousand other people have already mentioned it but it looks to me like your oil pressure and ignition lights are swapped. The ignition light looks to go out roughly as the pressure gauge wakes up, while the oil pressure light matches ammeter behaviour (with possibly slightly lazy alternator).

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2 minutes ago, mrbenn said:

Apologies if a thousand other people have already mentioned it but it looks to me like your oil pressure and ignition lights are swapped. The ignition light looks to go out roughly as the pressure gauge wakes up, while the oil pressure light matches ammeter behaviour (with possibly slightly lazy alternator).

No one has actually and that makes complete sense. Didn't think of that!

I'll disconnect the oil pressure switch and see if the alternator light goes out.

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8 minutes ago, mrbenn said:

You'll need the more curved housing for the 1275 with standard Minor radiator. Pictured is my Minor 1000 with 1275 engine and curved thermostat housing, but standard 1098 top hose and radiator.

Mine already has the radiator outlet chopped down to fit a 1275 hose. I think I might get the Charles Ware housing. Looks similar to what I mangled. Moss do a similar design but is twice the price.

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https://www.morrisminor.org.uk/parts/7-rocker-cover/324-thermostat-housing-elbow-water-outlet

 

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TBH I hadn't spotted the standard Midget (post '66 if I remember correctly...) top hose.

A previous owner of our Minor had run the cooling system on water so it was quite crusty, looked similar to yours. I had to break the previous thermostat housing off but it was a while ago and I can't remember the replacement cost - though I do remember getting it from Moss! A thorough flush of the cooling system seemed to bring this back around with no cooling related problems over the next couple of decades, though I did have to change the bypass hose in the head which was fiddly. Oh and the water pump.

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Found two candidate housings in my box of spares. The pipe end on both isn't in best of condition thanks to corrosion, but they should be good enough.
Car came with a whole load of bits and I'm still getting used to the fact that I can rummage through there for bits. No replacement studs though, so still will need to nip down to Moss. But at least those bits are cheap.
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Head surface on one is better than the other. Hopefully a clean up and a fresh gasket will seal fine.
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Fits perfectly on the 1275 with a 1275 hose and cut down radiator outlet.
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3 hours ago, mrbenn said:

Apologies if a thousand other people have already mentioned it but it looks to me like your oil pressure and ignition lights are swapped.

Correct! Many internet points go to you. I disconnected the oil pressure switch and the ignition light goes out.

Wiring colours are correct, so must have had the wrong bulbs pushed into the wrong hole. Will have to swap them around at some point.

Does also mean that my alternator is lazy though. I think it might also be where the noise is coming from too. I do have a rebuild kit somewhere but easier to swap the whole unit out and join my MGB alternator on the shelf that I will rebuild one day...

Now I've got a hydraulic press though, it should be trivial to push the old bearings out.

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Good news! Not the first I've seen with the bulbs the wrong way round tbh, easily done.

I reckon that 'stat housing should be ok with a new gasket, and perhaps a smear of the blue stuff for good measure.

The engine certainly sounded sweet in the video, and the whole car looks very solid. Sounds like you've got a good amount of spares to boot.

Very well bought!

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1 hour ago, SiC said:

Correct! Many internet points go to you. I disconnected the oil pressure switch and the ignition light goes out.

Wiring colours are correct, so must have had the wrong bulbs pushed into the wrong hole. Will have to swap them around at some point.

Does also mean that my alternator is lazy though. I think it might also be where the noise is coming from too. I do have a rebuild kit somewhere but easier to swap the whole unit out and join my MGB alternator on the shelf that I will rebuild one day...

Now I've got a hydraulic press though, it should be trivial to push the old bearings out.

put a 2w bulb in instead of the probably 1.2w- lowers the rpm the charge happens 😉

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