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Pretend you never noticed!!

Well I tried to take the hooter apart, had to drill out the screw, which revealed this:
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There are what looks like points, so I nicked Wifeys nail file (that old trick) and after a quick clean up I was rewarded with a nice old fashioned "Parp!"

The passenger door was tied on with a ratchet strap when I got the car, I fitted the catch parts but the bottom of the door stuck out by inch an a half. I've tried my best to adjust the hinges, this is the best I can do:
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It looks worse in the flesh, the picture is being kind here.

I just connected the wiper motor and the wipers did their "clap hands" thing. At least that's one thing that works and doesn't need money spent.
 

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One of the back brakes has got oil, the paper gasket was missing from the halfshaft, so I'm going to replace that and then put oil in to see if it's stopped leaking, or whether to replace oil seal as well.

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Rear lever arm shox are a bit seized, maybe this will ease up when I get to drive it? Otherwise £100 apiece.
I expected problems with fuel tank, but when I removed the drain plug a bit of fuel ran out, with a few bits of muck in it. I filtered this old fuel and poured it back in the tank, adding some more, 2nd time I drained it there was no muck so hopefully I'll get away with it. Even the steel fuel pipe seems good. I've ordered a new fuel pump, I'll put one of those cheap little filters between the tank and the pump, then pump it through a few times to check all is OK.
 
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for the cost of the seals i'd pop the rear hubs off while you're there and do them mate, you don't want gear oil on the new brake shoes for a fiver's worth of oil seals.
neil.
 

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Thanks Neil, yes that make sense.
I've also bunged in a good gel battery which I had and made up cables. She turns over on the starter pull now. Just the rest of the wiring to do.
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I haven't posted for ages, problem with posting pics seems to have now resolved itself.
The Minor has been out for a couple of drives, apart from lack of power and the stock brakes (plan ahead like those ocean going super tankers) she drives nicely.
I rewired it with the fuse box in the drivers side kick panel as shown above.
I've had to make a few of the interior panels which were missing, the seats have been repaired with new webbing. I've ordered some vinyl paint which should get all the interior matching.
Just fitted new carpets, next job is the front headlining which is a bit complicated on the Minor.
Hope to get it Motd soon.
(Yes I know it doesn't need one.)
 

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Here is the headlining and seat, currently in our living room.
Pic of spraying from a couple of weeks ago.
Rear headlining will need replacing too.
 

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Not sure about profit, surprising how much you spend when you add it all up.
It certainly won't be a top notch £20,000 example.
I'm just trying to make it the best I can with my limited budget.
 

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I was waiting for 2 clips to arrive, they came today, so this evening I started to put up the front headlining.
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It needs the back edge tacking, and a bit more stretching, but it's getting there.

I found a company called vinyl dye .co.uk who supplied me a special cleaning and 4 aerosols of bright red.
The cleaning agent worked well, I might not even paint the door panels now.
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The drivers seat had a tear which I repaired with a huge patch of vyanide (on the inside of the seat cover of course). Here it is after just the 1st coat (instructions say about 5 fine coats)
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Here's the 2 front seats and part of the rear seat, all waiting to go back in
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Its true , the headlining wasn't easy, its not perfect, could have been a bit tauter, I'm thinking that some steam may help to lose the slight creases. I've got a steamer in the loft, used it for cleaning ovens and stripping wallpaper, wonder if that will do the trick? Or is it a specific interior trim type of steamer?
Car is ready to go for Mot but been waiting to get interior done before refitting seats.
Pic above also shows the panel I made from ally to house the temp gauge (this year of Minor never had one originally!) and a coupla other bits.
 
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Cool car

Headlining looks good

Sometimes when everything is perfect they look a bit sanitary and unrealistic

Much prefer a car with character
 

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Thank you, I never built anything perfect yet but hey I'm having fun!
The plan today was to finish most of the interior, then with the seats back in, head off for the Mot station.

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When I went to bolt on the front bumper, which is just 2 nuts, (I'd been leaving this as long as possible to maximise space in garage) disaster! One of the mounts broke away, it had been poorly repaired in the past. At first I had the right hump, thinking I would have to strip half the front end to get to it and do a proper repair.
After breakfast though, I calmed down and decided I could do all the welding inside the wheelarch. Once that was done I then noticed that the old nuts were odd, 1 was a metric nut, it had been forced on a few threads. No wonder there were lots of spacer nuts and washers! I remedied this by re threading to M12.
All bolted up at last.
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I sorted the bits on the wheelarches

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Pics in wrong order.
By the time I had front and back seats in, it was nearly 4pm when I reached the Mot place. I was expecting them to turn me away, but they had fitted me in!

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Must paint the wheels to match and fit the hubcaps.
 

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Ive got a couple of problems on this car,
When driving, it sounds and feels like something is banging as you drive over bumps, it seems to transmit through the steering column. Passed Mot, they said everything was fine. I then found some play in one of the bottom trunnions, so I replaced it, still the same! When checking underneath the car everything is nice and tight, even the Morris Minor place that supplied most of the bits don't know what to suggest. Any ideas?

Other problem is the wipers, they work, but blow fuse after half a sweep

Otherwise she is pretty well done. Will try to take a photo soon.
 

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Hello all, this is my first post on here, I've just been looking at things till now.
Gotta say I'm liking your Minor. I'm relieved that your doing it standard (ish), as my heart sank when I open the thread and saw the zetec and mazda box.
Now I need to explain that I have a 2.0 zetec in my Escort rally car. I bought the zetec brand new, and its done over 2000 hours according to the ecu download. I have always run 4 speed type E boxes, but I tried those god awful rx8 boxes.
 

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What happened there then?
Anyway God awful rx8 boxes, both 6 speed, both rattled like hell in neutral, both jumped out of fifth. Tried two different adapters, one better than the other, or one worse than the other. Cost me a fortune, and I went back to 4 speed Ford! And , at that time, I was running standard power out put too, about 150bhp.
So taxirod, please don't do it!!
Keep up the good work
 

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Paint doesn't look so good up close, I freely admit.
Still cleaning up a few places. Kept the 1985 tax disc on display, the last time it drove I believe.
Thanks KobiDave, and Budetta, although we don't get any buses down here, they are out on the main road. I'll check the damper bolts tomorrow!
 
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