1954 2dr Saloon

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Re: 1954 2dr Saloon

Postby MM » Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:38 pm

Pretty smart looking. Just a couple of things I spotted in your engine bay footage: the brake copper pipes to the front brakes on a standard factory Minor go through little holes in the engine bay floor with rubber grommets around them, not through the large circular cut-outs.

Also, I notice you have a temperature gauge sender fitted near your thermostat, but it doesn't appear to be connected to anything! You may as well fit a gauge to keep an eye on the engine temperature; the one on mine has come in handy at least a couple of times now to alert me to something amiss, and avoid serious overheating. ;)
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Re: 1954 2dr Saloon

Postby Wyliecoyote » Sat Jan 26, 2019 5:57 pm

Thanks!

It's good to be back!!!

Unfortunately the Minor has eaten it's front bushes in no time at all.

Rubber really is rubbish these days!!!

Time to fit polybushes I think!!!

Any helpful hints/ tips???
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Re: 1954 2dr Saloon

Postby Wyliecoyote » Sat Jan 26, 2019 5:59 pm

[quote="MM"]Pretty smart looking. Just a couple of things I spotted in your engine bay footage: the brake copper pipes to the front brakes on a standard factory Minor go through little holes in the engine bay floor with rubber grommets around them, not through the large circular cut-outs.

Also, I notice you have a temperature gauge sender fitted near your thermostat, but it doesn't appear to be connected to anything! You may as well fit a gauge to keep an eye on the engine temperature; the one on mine has come in handy at least a couple of times now to alert me to something amiss, and avoid serious overheating. ;)[/quote]


Thanks!!!

Yes, re the pipes, I forgot to drill the holes before it was painted and was loathe to touch it thereafter haha. And for the temp sender, I wanted to keep the interior as original as possible but yes, I agree a gauge would be handy to avert disaster!!!
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Re: 1954 2dr Saloon

Postby Wyliecoyote » Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:55 pm

Looking back through my post I can't figure out if this has been posted, but here's an update on the Series II since restoration:

https://youtu.be/iDPQG7iPRs8
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Re: 1954 2dr Saloon

Postby MM » Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:40 pm

Looking good. Nice mod on the "flashicators". 8)

Standard Minors do have some positive camber on the front suspension, so no need to worry about it, unless the bushes are indeed very worn.

I notice as you opened the door, there is no receptor ('door locating socket') on the B-pillar for the 'bullet' on the door. I'm referring to these bits:

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I don't know how important they are, but I daresay BMC fitted them for a reason...
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Re: 1954 2dr Saloon

Postby Wyliecoyote » Sat Feb 09, 2019 5:01 pm

I had meant to buy one at the end of the restoration, but good spot!!!

The flashing trafficators are a great job I think!

The bushes have disintegrated in no time so I'm going for ployurethane soon!
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Re: 1954 2dr Saloon

Postby MM » Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:51 pm

Good idea. I bought a set from Andrew Eggleton https://www.morrisminorspareparts.com/ (ame353 on E-bay), for my Traveller's eyebolt bushes, and they seem pretty good and reasonably priced.

I kept standard rubber ones on the upper trunnions and rear leaf springs, but may well go over to poly bushes on those too at some point...
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Re: 1954 2dr Saloon

Postby Wyliecoyote » Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:31 pm

I have just finished rebuilding the rear suspension of my MGB GT with polyurethane bushes and I have to say I'm really pleased with the result.

Hopefully this is also the case with the Minor!!
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