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November 29th, 2014

Three Morrises

Pictured are three Morrises, two of the three in a state of considerable undress!

Jim's '48 low-light "Lucy", which we've seen before, is going to be a knock-down dragged-out full restoration. Lucy needs floor and cross member repairs, she needs new glass and rubber seals throughout, she needs some bodywork and a new interior, she doesn't just need "detailing", she needs a major cleanup! But, as verified by a local professional auto restorer, she is in exceptionally fine shape for a lady her age.

She's slatted by Jim to be completed by her 70th birthday in 2018. Even though she is a very small car, given he amount of work to be done, timing will be tight, so we'll see!

Rob's '60 blue Morris, "Morrisa", new to most of you folks is getting a "ready to drive" rebuild. She won't be a "rat rod", but she won't be a trailer queen either. Still fairly solid for her age, she's already undergone some non-appearance adjustments like new brake master cylinder, and some new wheel cylinders. She's further due for the common replacement of rear spring hangers, welding here and there and some minor bodywork, (excuse the pun), a repaint, reupholstery and interior "cleanup", some trim replacement... You get the idea. She may be ready by her 70th birthday! Jim's quite pleased with her though, because, unlike many Morrises in Britain, she has no "bodges" to contend with.

You may have met "Lilly", the 3rd Minor before. This Old English White Morris occasionally gets out and about. She looks neat and tidy, and her body is still in great shape, but as a 54 year old lady she needs extra attention from time to time. Her interior is only partly refurbished, and some of the bugs from her recent 1275cc engine transplant still need to be worked out, (she's got her really good original 948cc rebuilt engine and tranny up for sale if you're interested).

She suffered fuel delivery problems all last summer but this may now have been solved. Smelling gas around her rear end early last spring Rob noticed that her gas cap was loose, so he made a larger seal and put it on top of her old one to snug the cap up. In doing so, apparently the convoluted venting system in the cap was blocked! When the fuel pump removed gas from the tank, air couldn't replace it, so the pump would eventually run dry! Removal of the extra larger seal may have solved the problem, and we'll find out in the Spring. (The gas smell was cured by replacing the leaking fuel line).

From the get-go considerable grief was suffered due to the conversion of her mechanical clutch linkage to a hybrid mechanical / hydraulic setup, concocted to accommodate the Midget gearbox. Finally got it straightened out - the gear crashing is over! Dave Wood, you may want to see how she drives now!

We will report on progress with the 3 in the future.

Jim & Rob

The drivetrain in this could live on in one of these Morrises!


































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