1967 budget engine/transmission

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1967 budget engine/transmission

Postby dennador » Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:53 pm

I have a 1967 Morris minor saloon that appears to be in working order, but needs a new engine, and probably a transmission too.
 What is a good cheap engine/transmission combo I can buy that will fit in the Morris with minimum hassle? Preferably from a 90's car I can raid in my nearby Pick n' Pull yard.
 I'm not looking to go racing, or turbocharging it, I just want a cool car I can impress the ladies with.   8)
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Postby Plin » Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:02 pm

Sorry can't help with your query - just wanted to say welcome to the world of posting!

Gracious you mean you actually still have a local useful scrappy?!
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Postby dennador » Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:26 pm

sure did. just needs a few patches welded here and there, and a coat of paint.
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Postby Big Al » Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:00 am

Welcome to the forum!

I'm not looking to go racing, or turbocharging it, I just want a cool car I can impress the ladies with.


Could make some suggestions but I'd have to ban myself and fear the 'tut-tut' from Plin...  :lol:

Happy posting and wish you success in your quest. ;)
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Postby Plin » Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:53 am

:lol:  Thanks for your constraint BigAl !
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Postby MM » Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:58 pm

Practically any small front-engined, rear wheel drive engine and gearbox could be made to fit, e.g., Mazda MX5, BMW E30 316, Reliant SS1 (which used a Fiesta XR2 engine and in-line gearbox), etc.

Snag is, there weren't many such cars made after the mid 1980s, when everything went over to front wheel drive!

The easiest conversion is the MG Midget 1275cc, which slots straight in, but decent engines and gearboxes are now sought after and expensive.
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Postby old english white » Sun Aug 11, 2013 10:03 am

Best simple "budget" engine to fit into a Minor 1000 is a Minor 1000 engine really :wink:

There isn't generally a shortage of replacement mechanical parts for these cars, parts are cheap, they're economical, easy to repair and maintain and a standard 1098 engine has sufficient power for most purposes.  I'm frequently held up by modern cars in mine!

I agree with "MM", the best straightforward alternative is certainly the Midget 1275 unit but much harder to get hold of now - Midgets are seldom broken for spares nowadays.  A friend has an "A plus" Maestro engine in his Minor (mated to the Minor gearbox) but although it goes very well, it wasn't a particularly straightforward conversion.
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Postby MM » Sun Aug 11, 2013 12:44 pm

Another alternative is the MG Midget/Austin Healey Sprite 1098cc engine, which, with a 12G295 'big valve' cylinder head and twin SU carbs, gave 55bhp over the 1098cc Minor's standard 48bhp.

They also had larger 2" crank main bearings and a duplex timing chain, so can rev higher than a Minor engine.

Of course, the cylinder head and carbs can be swapped over onto the Minor 1098cc engine to give similar results, though it won't be as strong.

The 12G295 head was also fitted to various high-end variants of the Austin 1100 (ADO16) range, such as the MG 1100, Riley Kestrel, Wolseley/Vanden Plas 1100, etc.
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Postby old english white » Sun Aug 11, 2013 12:57 pm

Our Minor saloon is fitted with one of these units, along with a single 1.1/2" SU carb.
It all works quite well but these engines were produced for less time than the 1275 engine so probably even harder to find now :( .
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