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Re: Morris Traveller

Postby TeHoro » Sun Jan 29, 2017 5:57 am

Finally got it all back together and took it for a WOF (our MOT), and failed on a few things

- leaky fuel tank (I'd noticed this when I put it back in after the welding, so I took it back out again)
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- leaky exhaust at manifold joint.
- number plate light no-op
- tail hatch loose
- windscreen washers non op
- leaf spring shackle bushings

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The mechanic picked it up from our place and had a hard time. The column shifter was difficult on the 3/4 change - keep trying to select 1/2 instead, and ran out of gas on the way back to our place :)

I've deal with all these now except the front tyres, including adding an electric windscreen washer pump and tank as the original one (which I guess was a manual pump) had completely disappeared.

Also done some other maintenance jobs including adjusting the shift linkage so all gears can be obtained. Did a couple of short runs up and down the road today and it runs well. Should get two new tyres fitted tomorrow then a WOF recheck on Tuesday.

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Re: Morris Traveller

Postby Plin » Sun Jan 29, 2017 1:36 pm

:D oooh nearly there - hope all goes smoothly for the re-test on Tuesday.
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Re: Morris Traveller

Postby TeHoro » Wed Mar 01, 2017 7:44 pm

An update.

WOF recheck was successful so that was great. I paid the registration fee so was road legal with 1/2 a day to spare before the camping weekend.

My wife and I drove up with some of the group on a very wet day - about a 150km trip. Previously I had only driven it a few kilometers to and from the WOF man. Anyway it went mostly OK. There are quite a few water leaks through the various window seals (not much of a surprise from the rust in certain areas) and the fuel filter got clogged up with rust near our destination. I bought a new one from a local garage though and it's been OK since.

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Camping was fun (the weather got better) with quite a variety of wagons.

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Here's the rust pile

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I also picked up some taller rear tyres

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Re: Morris Traveller

Postby TeHoro » Wed Mar 01, 2017 7:46 pm

After the Minor Traveller broke down I took this one to work for an evening event that had a pretty sunset.

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And have also used it for some local outings

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I need to get a new windscreen rubber then move on to painting the roof, but that probably won't happen for a few weeks (other cars to work on). For now it's been fun just being able to bomb around in it.
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Re: Morris Traveller

Postby Plin » Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:07 pm

:D yes it is a lovely sunset picture - you certainly have some lovely scenery to enhance the photos of your vehicles, great to hear your latest 'wagon' has proved to be good fun but no doubt your Traveller feels positively lightweight to drive around after this one?!
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Re: Morris Traveller

Postby TeHoro » Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:28 pm

Some updates...

Hooned around with some car mates - British car oil top-up here.

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Stripped, patched, and painted the rear upper hatch with a new rubber seal.

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We went on a Morris Enthusiasts club run up to the mountains in the North Island.

Saw this sad example at Horopito motors.
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Club cars. The Oxford is a more comfy ride than the Morris Minor Traveller.

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The route home was pretty cross-country, quite a bit of dirt road.

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The roof wasn't painted, only rust-killed, so it needed work before it got worse. Stripping the coating off was a bit of an effort, and there was quite a bit of minor pitting left behind.

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The windscreen seal was also shot, and a little rust was found.

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Currently the roof and windscreen is primed, and I'm filling/priming the lower tailgate. The painting should be done in a couple of weeks then I can get the windscreen back in.
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Re: Morris Traveller

Postby TeHoro » Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:50 pm

Roof painted, including metalflake
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Took out the rear side windows and dealt with the rust there. One side was much worse than the other for some reason.
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Windscreen and side windows installed (not a fun job), and tailgates painted and installed.
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Re: Morris Traveller

Postby plastic orange » Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:10 pm

Nice work there. These farina cars were pretty rusty, but most met their end in the stock car scene. I had a Riley 4/72 which I really liked, paid £20 for it back in 1974 - only had 45,000 miles on the clock and interior was like new, but paint was micro blistered everywhere. They do drive nice though, and handle better than folk think - drift nicely :D

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Re: Morris Traveller

Postby woodywoodchipper » Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:31 pm

looking a lot better now,
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Re: Morris Traveller

Postby TeHoro » Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:32 pm

Have done a few things to this lately.

Cleaned out under the rear seat. Tricky tipping mechanism that allows the seatback to move forward for sleeping accomodation.

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Acquired and re-carded a not-quite-matching interior panel for the back door. Better than nothing which is what I had before.
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Went wagon-camping again
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Checked out some wrecks
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Visited Banks Peninsula (about 2000km on this trip, used 6l of oil though)
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Managed to find a workable lock, looked barely used (the one on the right) at an old car wrecker (same place as first rusty wagon pic)
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Re: Morris Traveller

Postby woodywoodchipper » Sat Apr 28, 2018 5:43 pm

is the oil use due to valve stem seals, its a usual problem with the B engine, dodge over here is to use later mini seals.
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Re: Morris Traveller

Postby TeHoro » Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:35 am

woodywoodchipper wrote:is the oil use due to valve stem seals, its a usual problem with the B engine, dodge over here is to use later mini seals.


Could be, it don't notice it being smokey out they back when driving, but the tailgate gets fairly dirty.

Honestly, I'll probably leave it as-is for a while - have other things to work on.
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Re: Morris Traveller

Postby moggynz » Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:08 am

Looks great,nice work!
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Re: Morris Traveller

Postby TeHoro » Tue May 14, 2019 9:52 am

I sold this one as I bought a Ford Woodie wagon in terrible shape :)
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