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The Duke was purchased in September last year and is undergoing a FULL refurbishment the vehicle was registered in 1970 as new and was first registered in London UK the vehicle now lives in Kirton In Lindsey Lincolnshire, THE DUKE has been off the road for 4 Months and i am carrying out engine refurbishment and body work repairs , rear leaf spring replacement and a FULL repaint, the DUKE will be riding in to the sun set again this summer around around our beloved Lincolnshire Wolds....



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A cover
The A Series engines do not have a timing chain tensioner. As a result, as the chain wears it can rub against the sides of the front cover. That rubbing can make quite a racket and even wear a hole in the cover. The A+ Series engines do have a tensioner that can be easily retrofitted to the A Series. All it takes is a new cover, 3 new tensioner pieces and drilling and tapping a new hole in the front engine plate. The best part is the A+ timing marks are on top of the cover so ignition timing can be checked from above. A new notch will have to be made in the crank pulley, but that is ea...



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Trimmed the edges of the damaged area
Dec 11, 2017 A big moment in the restoration; I actually started the first welding of the Morris this evening after work; I cut a small 3 inch strip of metal with my air saw and used it to repair a tear in the tie plate. Its not perfect, but it will work. Satisfying to actually start to repair the car at last. Some blow through but I managed to patch it up OK. Gives me confidence to tackle the bigger jobs now.



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Hello everyone, Due to a complete failure of the database server, we went down yesterday at about 4PM Pacific Time. With a bit of ingenuity and a bit of luck, I was able to recover all data and provisioned a new server overnight. Everything should be working normally now, with no posts or other data lost. Ironically, it happened while I was working on a better system to back up the database. Thank you for your patience. Skye Nott Webmaster




 



IMG 5299
I believe if I knew what the wires used to go to would be a big help. What the heck can these wires be that are just hanging loose?




 



Battery installed
The first issue on the list of todos was a battery. I chose an inexpensive Wallmart group 34 positive post on the left negative on the right. I am learning about a positive ground car. Not fully understood by me and why. Pushing forward on getting the car started and with a battery in place I needed to add fuel. I put a small amount of gasoline in a bottle and stuck the intake hose from the gas tank into the bottle. Simple and no danger of fumes. No luck. The car was not going to start no matter how long I was on the start button even when the choke pulled which I had to discover which knob ...




 



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Underside view
August 19, 2017 After a long break induced by excessive office work, at last I got around to doing something again on my Minor. Small but important jobs. Removed center brake line and passenger side handbrake cable. This now gives better access to assess the rust damage on the underside.




 



Well, a lot has been done and yet nothing has happened since the last entry because of "redo" work. The restoration anthem. When Molly went into the shop it became apparent that the suspension was woefully out of adjustment and the brake system was a mess. So, the last several months were spent "redoing" the foundation. I wanted a driver so I needed to refocus on dependability. My initial plan was to couple my fresh 1275 engine with a rib case transmission. However, with my renewed focus on dependability I found a 1978 Datsun B 210 with a five speed transmission for a donor car. (I w...




 



Hello everyone, Now that the database upgrade is nearing completion, and I finally have the ability to do "hot backups" without taking the website offline for maintenance, I'd like to give everyone a little bonus. Effective immediately, all Private Message (PM) storage limits are now doubled Free Members: 500 -> 1,000 Silver Members: 750 -> 1,500 Gold Members: 1,000 -> 2,000 Platinum Members: 1,500 -> 3,000 Hope this makes everyone's life a little easier, especially for you vendors out there that use PMs a lot! Thanks for your support, Skye Nott Webmaster




 



Car was purchased June 2012 to make a driver. Car was stripped, dipped, all rust removed and body reinforced. Found an English sardine can tack welded to frame (special hiding place?) Replaced engine with a 1275 and rib case transmission. Install alternator, ignition, SU's finished. Moved to Phoenix. New wood kit is being varnished. New leather seats are prepared; need to find matching carpet and interior liner material. Working with local garage: August - September goal. After market disc brake system will be replaced and upgraded; drop down brake pedals installed. Suspension will...




 



Mid February, a Mate and I travelled to Woodend, Victoria for the Picnic at Hanging Rock Car Show 12 February. Max has driven the trip twice and trailered 3 times. Left on Thursday 9th, taking the scenic route through the Blue Mountains to Bathurst then down to Wagga Wagga via Cowra and Cootamundra. Decided to stretch to Lockhart to overnight. Temperatures were in the high 30'sC, but Max wasn't interested in overheating. Cruising at a steady 90-95Kph and the a/c fully open, the trip was uneventful, aside from drawing smiles from many overtaking vehicles Friday was hot, 39C at 9am, t...




 



The new database servers are performing well under load, so I'll be continuing the database conversion process to the new layout for all websites, which will pave the way for better replication and backup systems. Please expect to see the "Scheduled maintenance" message on Friday night, February 17, 2017 starting at 9:00 PM Pacific time. I expect the work to take 4-6 hours as I want to take a full backup of the system for safety before making any changes. Once the websites are back up, there should be no visible difference in the operation or performance of the website. Schedule: Jan...




 



Morris MD 28 03 Funchal Madeira Oct 2016
I have a passing interest in 'old cars' definitely not a petrol head. Photography is my angle. I've found this forum and wondered if someone could give any info on my images. ie model type, age etc, someone out there may even own the vechiles concerned..




 



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Here is a blog post of our restoration project so far for a 1959 4 door Morris Minor 1000 with Alex Haugland. https://carlyfenton.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/4-door-morris-minor-restoration-disassembly-body-prep/




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