1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

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I finally managed to get some bolts from the local supplier, and the filter kit arrived so I got some more done before the cold set into my bones. Sod this getting old malarkey.

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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

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Good stuff. Be careful with the oil filter housing to block gasket, I thought I had it lined up OK but when I started the engine there was oil pi****g out :? There wasn't much meat on the gasket that came with the kit so I made my own.


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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

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Thanks for the comments.

I noticed that the gasket for the kit was a bit thin so I I sealed it both sides with hylomar.

I got a few more bits on today, I’m going to put the carb on before I put the engine back in the corner, less bits to go missing, but the cold beat me again today. I only lasted an hour. BRRRRR.

Finding the nuts and bolts is sometimes the hardest bit. When I take anything apart, I take pictures and bag and tag nuts and bolts but the stuff that was already apart when I bought the car had all nuts and bolts chucked in a box.


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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

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I had a move around in the garage today, put the carb on the engine and put it back in the corner for now.
I’ve got new engine mountings ready so I stripped and cleaned up the gearbox mounts.
I think it’s the first part that I can re-use without doing anything to it, (apart from painting it).

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I’ve decided to concentrate on getting the engine and box in the car for now so it’s out of the way.


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Best laid plans and all that.

I turned the car round in the garage to start getting ready for the engine in.

I remembered I had to adjust the rear spring hanger to give the spring room to flex, much like I did with the other side.


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I found the centre boot board support loose with a broken weld, so fixed that.
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Then found where the seat back support was previously welded to the inner wing, was very weak, so put a corner piece inside and plated the outside and covered it up.

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Then got completely sidetracked and started looking at the headlining trying to decide whether to replace it because it had a couple of rips in it that had been sewn before, and it is fifty years old.


I decided to replace it and took a few pictures of how it is fixed to refer back to, obviously the wires are pulling it taught.

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The front plyboard header is attached with two spring clips behind the rail above the windscreen.
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One side levered out really easy, the other fell behind the rail.

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So I mangled my magnetic pickup tool ( didn’t mean to) and managed to pluck it out, it took about an half an hour to retrieve it.


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I took the head lining out today after investigating just how it’s fixed in.

I’m replacing all the window rubbers so I cut the back window rubber outer edge off to make it easier to take out.

And found that the rear wire over the window is fastened in with these bent over clips.

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The side wires go down the front pillars and are fastened under the dash.

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To save any problem with rethreading later, I fastened some MIG wire to the cable before pulling it out and fastened it top and bottom.

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Just as well I decided on changing it, it’s totally rotten.

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I took the roof bars out and gave them a clean on the wire wheel

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And a coat of paint.

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Maybe they’ll last another fifty years.


I got a good look at this too.
It’s a bit worse than I first thought but the other side is ok.


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And from the outside.

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I haven’t decided which way to go with this bit yet.


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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

Post by Panky »

I'd be tempted to clamp a piece of copper underneath and weld the holes up if the rust isn't too extensive.


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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

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I gave it a good dose of looking at and decided to do it this way.

I cut a slit about 4mm wide, just enough to do away with the rot.

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Then made a corner piece from steel to fit right into the edge.

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Then welded from the outside to completely fill the gap.

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ground the worst off and finished it with a file.

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Then covered with zinc primer just to keep moisture off until I start the bodywork proper.

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I sealed the inside and gave it a coat of paint.

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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

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Thank you so much for such a comprehensive log of the work you've done so far. My 'Clarence' a 62 2 door saloon was in similiar state, I have for past 4 years
been restoring him with several long breaks for other projects. I am looking forward to getting back into the garage and having seen your blog I'm newly motivated. I particularly like the way youve overcome the issues of previous bodges, badly fitting new panels and your 'Fettling' skills. Keep up the great work. Im looking forward to reading the next stages of your restoration.
Richard



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