Post by Waxoyling Lyrical on Nov 20, 2007 17:31:36 GMT
Hi, Stumbled across this great site, and thought I'd present my 1970 Morris Minor Traveller and 1965 2-door Saloon. The Woody sports a 1275cc MG Midget engine & close-ratio gearbox, MG Metro HIF SU carb, LCB exhaust manifold, electronic ignition, Burlen electronic fuel pump conversion, hydraulic clutch actuator, Ford Escort/Orion ventilated front disc brakes, telescopic dampers, alternator conversion, extra Smiths gauges for oil pressure, water temp and inlet manifold vacuum, Minilite alloys and a few other tricks.
The 2-door saloon has a 2-litre Fiat twin cam engine and five-speed gearbox, Marina disc brakes and MGB rear axle - pics further down.
I have owned this car for 20 years, and most of the work done is my own apart from the bodywork which my brother kindly sorted. The next major upgrade planned is to change the cylinder head for a Metro unleaded one.
Post by Waxoyling Lyrical on Nov 21, 2007 20:26:11 GMT
Thanks for the kind comments folks - most encouraging The old crate, on its original wood (thanks to Cuprinol preservative) is still reasonably practical and usable all these years on though I don't throw it around quite as much as I used to, out of some respect for the age and mileage (135,000 miles). This car has taught me alot about working on motors.
Post by Waxoyling Lyrical on May 12, 2008 22:48:14 GMT
Recently fitted the Metro 1300 unleaded cylinder head, which has larger valves than the Midget original giving a little more oomph - tops out at around 100mph (speedo only reads to 95!) Running much sweeter now, with decent compression across all cylinders unlike before, and alot less smokey
However, I have bought a Fiat twin cam 1800 engine & 5-speed box + Minor conversion kit so this may find its way in before long, unless I stumble across a Minor 2-door saloon with a blown engine/box...
Post by Waxoyling Lyrical on Apr 16, 2009 20:23:56 GMT
Thanks for the comments guys! For the time being, I'm keeping the Traveller as it is, and have just purchased another Minor project, with Fiat twin cam engine ready-installed. I hope to have it at least up and running this summer...
Post by Waxoyling Lyrical on Jun 6, 2009 22:50:56 GMT
Well, more progress made to the Twin Cam Minor; after lots of issues with overfuelling and running horrendously rich, this was diagnosed by a local Weber expert as the hose running from the base of the carb being attached to the fuel return outlet of the float chamber rather than to the correct takeoff on the air filter housing, so that fuel was being pumped direct into the inlet manifold, bypassing the carb altogether!
I have now fitted a Facet electronic fuel pump ahead of the fuel tank, as the mechanical pump was causing difficult starting.
Also, the home-brew tubular exhaust manifold was running very hot where the constructor had joined the two-into-one section too tightly, causing constriction, so I cut and refabricated it with a new collector. Engine now runs smoothly ;D
Next major job is to refabricate the clutch slave cylinder bracket; the previous owner made a nicely engineered bracket but the throw of the cylinder is such that the clutch doesn't disengage, so no gears can be selected, so until this is done the car is undriveable
Post by Waxoyling Lyrical on Jun 14, 2009 19:22:22 GMT
After attempting to get the hydraulic clutch actuation to work by adjusting the position of the slave cylinder, I decided to remove it altogether as it only gave around half an inch of throw, nowhere near enough to operate the clutch. I removed the clutch pedal from the Marina pedal box and welded on an extension fork to take a clevis pin (see photo below), to operate the clutch by cable as per the original Fiat Mirafiori spec. Result is a driveable car 2 months after purchase - but still needing a fair bit of work before it's roadworthy...
Marina pedal box modified to accept the clutch cable: