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ocsum
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PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2020 7:52 pm    Post subject: Lil Jen Reply with quote

Hi Everyone, happy to be apart of this forum, have been researching here for a while before I bought our (me and the kids) first Morris. It's a 53 series 11, bog standard rolling shell that's been stripped. Not a bad thing as I could see for what it is. It came with most parts,3x 950 series 11 engines and 3x series 11 gearboxes plus other spares (carby's,dizzys,starter motors etc).
I don't really have a plan for this, I'm winging it a bit,also the only condition I was allowed to buy it is wifey could pick the colour and she doesn't like Morris beige


Thanks for now and I'm sure I'll have many questions coming soon

Cheers Pete


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PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2020 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just seeing if these links to photos work.


https://i.imgur.com/PpVfkrD.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/fhUTdwA.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/pf2lVhq.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/DQNxeUu.jpg

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Pete


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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2020 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Loks good and fairly rust free, good luck and get started



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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2020 2:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Lil Jen Reply with quote

ocsum wrote:


Thanks for now and I'm sure I'll have many questions coming soon

Cheers Pete


Fire away ~ that is what we are all here for ... to help

Looks a good one to start with. Seems to have had a light bingle on the front left at some stage. What is the colour on the ID plate?

I see that you are up Toowoomba way.



There is a great Morris club in town. Very friendly and affable members
Join up and there will be lots of help and advice there locally too

http://www.morrisdownunder.com/downs/#ab2


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ocsum
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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2020 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Frosty,
according to ID plate it's light grey (may be Birch Grey ??) FAB 21/ 227220. I did take photo's of all the ID plates and no where can I see or work out what year it is,theres no year stamped anywhere? It's chassis # deos fall in the range of Aug 1952 to Sep 1956 according to this site https://potteries.mmoc.org.uk/Identify.htm

https://i.imgur.com/aGf1THI.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/8ErUuDq.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/GadqoMA.jpg - Stamped on fire wall

What do you think, is there a code for this?

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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2020 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John Ballard wrote:
Loks good and fairly rust free, good luck and get started


Thanks John, I'm just sorting the 3x 950 motors I have to see if they are any good at the moment.

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Pete


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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2020 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just reading your post again, Series 11 had 803cc engine but to restore better and a lot cheaper to rebuild a 950 Minor 1000 engine.
1953 first of the OHV engines but should have a "cheesegrater" grill.



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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2020 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi John,
You are correct it does have a cheese grater grill, but I would have though there would be a way to tell exactly what year it is and not a year range. Sorry used to working on Holdens and Fords.


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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2020 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Pete, welcome to the forum.

You have a late 1953 Series II, November/December build from the UK so it would have arrived out here in 1954 if it was an export car from new.

Being a UK build makes your car different from 95% of Morris Minors in Australia. Most were locally assembled from kits sent out from the UK but yours came out as a complete car.

As it is a UK build, the musuem at Gaydon will have access to the original build details if you wanted to restore the car to it's original appearance. Paint, trim, engine/gearbox numbers are all on record. They will also show where the car went from new - either a local UK dealer or for export.

As John says, the 950 engine is a better option over the little original. So much so that there's very few Series IIs running the original engine.

Your car would have had the wier motor tucked up under the dash originally but someone has wisely decided to convert it to the later engine bay set up - much easier access if needed now.



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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2020 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Scott,
How do you figure this from the ID plate? Is there a chart showing this. I had a look on line and the most detailed chart I could find was this https://potteries.mmoc.org.uk/Identify.htm

I'll look into the Gaydon museum and see what I find


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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2020 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi every one,
I have gone over my 3x spare engines with some suprise and disappointment.
1st engine was seized, got it unseized but when I took the head off no4 piston was rusty from a blown head gasket.....Bugger I was told it was a runner and the big end bearings didn't have any scratches or wear on them.

2nd engine we checked valve clearances, had a bit of trouble with the dizzy/leads but got her going, did compression test on 3 seperate occassions and all are around the 125 to 140 psi (dry)

3rd engine ,I'm not going to bother as if I can see it's a rebuild job even though she turns freely.

So I'm looking at the front hubs now as the actual first thing I do on the car and this dumb founds me on my car, some dip shit (sorry for language) decided to angle grind the hub diameter down to fit some other brand stocko rims ,I'm guessing because they didn't have the morris rims but still why butcher the hubs??? Another thing I found was I took the LHS hub off as it felt notchy.
Also a couple of the wheel studs have been ground. So I'm thinking of ditching the fromt brakes and installing disc brakes up front - already doing a fair amount of research on this forum.

https://i.imgur.com/XxbOroo.jpg - Front LHS hub
https://i.imgur.com/6D8EgJh.jpg - Trying to work out the original diameter


Question - what should the diameter of the hub where the rim locates on should be on an original hub? Guys with Disc brakes do you run Morris rims or just mags to suit your hub?

Thanks for reading

Cheers
Pete


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