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post 27 Jan 2014, 19:22
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Man buys Morris Isis.
Man parks Morris Isis in garage, piles stuff in front of it.
Man forgets about Morris Isis.





Man goes into garage.
Man is looking for something, moves stuff around.
Man finds Morris Isis!
Morris Isis is one of the oldest existing examples!

True story, guys.
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post 27 Jan 2014, 19:56
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That's pretty cool :-)

I'll bet Howard could tell us more about this one (IMG:http://www.wolseleyforum.com/style_emoticons/default/rolleyes.gif)

27mpg. Humph. I'll bet the speedo is under-reading (IMG:http://www.wolseleyforum.com/style_emoticons/default/wink.gif)
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post 27 Jan 2014, 20:04
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Wonderful story..... I bet he would sell it for 12 grand though!


QUOTE (webmonster @ 27 Jan 2014, 12:56 ) *
27mpg. Humph. I'll bet the speedo is under-reading (IMG:http://www.wolseleyforum.com/style_emoticons/default/wink.gif)

Don't forget those are Yorkshire gallons, with 12 pints. (IMG:http://www.wolseleyforum.com/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)
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post 28 Jan 2014, 01:25
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That bloke reminds me of someone...Arfur something?

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post 28 Jan 2014, 02:54
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I wonder if that is the same model as this one that I had a hand in rescuing a few years ago. It was in the wilds of British Columbia then but the man who bought it has had it fully restored. Must have cost him quite a bit.
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post 28 Jan 2014, 04:36
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QUOTE (fussyoldfart @ 28 Jan 2014, 15:54 ) *
I wonder if that is the same model as this one that I had a hand in rescuing a few years ago. It was in the wilds of British Columbia then but the man who bought it has had it fully restored. Must have cost him quite a bit.
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Oho! Was this one a very low mileage example? 26K miles or something?
Are you still in touch with the restorer?
This one is a series II, and the one in the article must be a series I if it is 1955-56. Although it has a later 'squares' style grille...
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post 29 Jan 2014, 19:55
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QUOTE (webmonster @ 28 Jan 2014, 04:36 ) *
Oho! Was this one a very low mileage example? 26K miles or something?
Are you still in touch with the restorer?
This one is a series II, and the one in the article must be a series I if it is 1955-56. Although it has a later 'squares' style grille...


All those interested can view the short piece on Graham's Isis here

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south...kshire-25934347

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post 30 Jan 2014, 02:13
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QUOTE (webmonster @ 27 Jan 2014, 23:36 ) *
Oho! Was this one a very low mileage example? 26K miles or something?
Are you still in touch with the restorer?
This one is a series II, and the one in the article must be a series I if it is 1955-56. Although it has a later 'squares' style grille...


I could, with an effort, try to contact the new owner. Is someone anxious to try to buy it?
The car had spent a lot of time out in the sun and all the vinyl trim needed replacement. Also at the time the engine was in the boot. I don't think it was low a mileage find.
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post 30 Jan 2014, 21:02
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So - back to Graham's car.

It is a Series I, and the lowest known chassis number that is roadworthy in the UK - BUT - at some point it has had quite a few modifications carried out.

1. Obviously, it has lost it's original early type grille and now sports the late Series I, all Series II grille.
2. It has a rather intriguing wooden dashboard, complete with full instrumentation - looks rather Wolseley 6/90-esque to me.
3. It has column change, but it on the opposite side to how we would expect to find - maybe the original owner had a poorly left arm?
4. Servo brakes have been fitted, and the servo is located in front of the rear axle.
5. It has overdrive, but the operating cable has a black knob rather than an ivory one (which all Isis had).
6. Mini rear lights (probably much later than all the above).
7. Series II Isis steering wheel fitted.
8. Looking at the wiring under the bonnet, it looks as if the overdrive was a later fitment because the relay is in a non-standard position (first overdrive equipped Isis was ch.no. 5108 according to my notes), and there are two fuse boxes and two horn relays.

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post 30 Jan 2014, 21:14
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That's actually quite a nice job on the dashboard...... OK OK, I'll shut up...

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post 30 Jan 2014, 21:17
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QUOTE (Llansadwrn @ 30 Jan 2014, 21:14 ) *
That's actually quite a nice job on the dashboard...... OK OK, I'll shut up...

Actually - I liked the dashboard as well.

1500 gear knob?

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post 31 Jan 2014, 06:28
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I saw the wooden dash on the bbc video link. The 4 gauges around the central wireless speaker grille makes me think it is from a Riley 2.6. Certainly a clever job to make the dash fit nicely.
You can see the covered up dash 'switchboard' - upholstered underneath the parcel tray. It still has the heater blower motor.
The Riley 2.6 (and later 6/90) had the brake servo fitted in front of the rear axle too.

The under-dash wiring. I'm not a sparky, and looking at this I'm glad I'm not (IMG:http://www.wolseleyforum.com/style_emoticons/default/wink.gif)

Certainly an interestingly customised car, and not distastefully done. Sure is odd to see a Morris with a wooden dash!
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post 31 Jan 2014, 06:30
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QUOTE (fussyoldfart @ 30 Jan 2014, 15:13 ) *
I could, with an effort, try to contact the new owner. Is someone anxious to try to buy it?

No, but it's nice to hear of someone giving an Isis a full resto. It'd be great for the new owner to show us some photos here, that's all (IMG:http://www.wolseleyforum.com/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
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post 31 Jan 2014, 08:30
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Deferably the Riley dash.

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post 31 Jan 2014, 21:56
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QUOTE (Danny @ 31 Jan 2014, 21:30 ) *
Deferably the Riley dash.

...to which he fitted the wrong gauges and cut an extra hole for another gauge!

However, just imagine going into a wreckers yard (even back then!) and finding a nice Riley 2.6 dash.

This car has certainly had an interesting history.

Has it still got the single SU of the Morris?
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post 31 Jan 2014, 22:01
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And now I'm curious about that pic of the front of the car.
I can see the straight line of the steering arm going out to the tie-rod end, but what is the other bit there?
An anti-roll bar?
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post 31 Jan 2014, 22:11
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QUOTE (webmonster @ 31 Jan 2014, 15:01 ) *
And now I'm curious about that pic of the front of the car.
I can see the straight line of the steering arm going out to the tie-rod end, but what is the other bit there?
An anti-roll bar?

You don't mean the broken tow strap do you?
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post 31 Jan 2014, 22:19
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QUOTE (Llansadwrn @ 1 Feb 2014, 11:11 ) *
You don't mean the broken tow strap do you?

Rats. I see the other end now, under the driver's door. I'll stop getting all excited now. Fun spoiler (IMG:http://www.wolseleyforum.com/style_emoticons/default/wink.gif)
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post 31 Jan 2014, 22:35
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QUOTE (webmonster @ 31 Jan 2014, 15:19 ) *
Rats. I see the other end now, under the driver's door. I'll stop getting all excited now. Fun spoiler (IMG:http://www.wolseleyforum.com/style_emoticons/default/wink.gif)

That's how he gets his 27 mpg.........

You notice that apparently he's never had it on the road since buying it all those years ago, so quite how he's ascertained the fuel consumption is a mystery to me.
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post 31 Jan 2014, 23:45
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QUOTE (Llansadwrn @ 1 Feb 2014, 11:35 ) *
That's how he gets his 27 mpg.........

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You notice that apparently he's never had it on the road since buying it all those years ago, so quite how he's ascertained the fuel consumption is a mystery to me.

That's a good point.
Maybe 27mpg is a road test figure for OD equipped Isis?
Of course real life figures can be quite different...
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