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Martin Hamilton
post 8 Jul 2017, 18:48
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I've had looooads of requests (well, 1 actually) for pictures of this restoration so I thought I'd start a thread where I can keep them all in one place, and this is it.

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post 8 Jul 2017, 18:53
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post 8 Jul 2017, 18:57
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And More, this time the progress on the welding. Well the nasty bits, the prettier bits will be August or later!
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post 8 Jul 2017, 19:05
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So many pics, so little time. Here are some of the engine compartment, engine and reconditioned A60 box before they went back in. It helps when one of your mates is an appenticed BMC mechanic now living 1 mile down the road (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)
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post 8 Jul 2017, 20:07
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Thanks for the pics Martin. I see you are using my favourite shade of Hammerite.
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post 9 Jul 2017, 01:31
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Red cylinder head.... for speed! (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)

Did you have any engine work done?
My Oxford's cylinder head has unleaded valve seat inserts, MGA 1489 inlet & exhaust valves and the ports tidied up. That along with high compression pistons means I can pull a 4.3:1 diff ratio with the 1489 engine.

Was yours a factory floor change gearbox, or changed along the way?

That is a decent bit of welding!
All of the usual places...
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post 9 Jul 2017, 07:40
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QUOTE (webmonster @ 9 Jul 2017, 01:31 ) *
Red cylinder head.... for speed! (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)

Did you have any engine work done?
My Oxford's cylinder head has unleaded valve seat inserts, MGA 1489 inlet & exhaust valves and the ports tidied up. That along with high compression pistons means I can pull a 4.3:1 diff ratio with the 1489 engine.

Was yours a factory floor change gearbox, or changed along the way?

That is a decent bit of welding!
All of the usual places...


The engine's untouched as yet (no reason to) except for the very red recon unleaded head - the previous one was cracked - and MGA valves and an opportunity to look for signs of wear of the bores (none obvious).

All the engine-out stuff was done at my mate's farm as there's plenty of space now he no longer keeps cattle.

The original gearbox was a factory floor change suffering for enormous crashing and banging and no sucess with double-declutching despite the firmness of the pedal, so clearly not an adjustment issue but one with the box itself as testified by one of my other mates, a professional motor mechanic. I was fortunate to find a one-man business only 7 miles from me who does some classic gearbox reconditioning - hopefully to do some "fettling" - but it turned out it was in need of some scrapping.

I told Stuart at South West Gearboxes that the worst was "2nd gear's iffy" but as it turned out this was technical speak for "it's all buggered". Unfortunately Stuart's bravado of I've got lots of spares I can make one up from was misplaced as I had a next day phone call suggesting that if I was a member of a club I should ask if anyone had a box in decent condition because actually he didn't have what was needed, he only had Morris Minor bits and buying new bits and pieces would treble the cost of the recon - so, both arms and both legs.

The replacement box came from Richard Monk at the MCOC and was the best of the three A60 boxes he had in his alladin's cave - at £30, a bargain.

Apparently all of the knackered bits in my box were common failures on the Oxford (1st/2nd transfer hub, 2nd gear, layshaft, seized woodruff key) all of which were rectified by over-engineering on the A60. Stuart took apart, checked and cleaned up all the guts, but re-used some bits of the Oxford casing (I think this was the rear, including the gearchange turret) because the mountings for an A60 are in a different place to the Oxford and this necessitated making new unions* between the bits of casing (* I think this was technical jargon for "I had to drill a couple of holes").

Having put it all back (together with an A60 clutch because the A60 gearbox has more splines than the Oxford) and driven it home it was just slightly catching all gears on the downchange and I found the slave cyliner was leaking. One MGB slave cylinder later and ... no change. I discovered an A60 clutch is slightly thinner than an Oxford where the slave cylinder pushrod bears on the release arm and an A60 slave with a longer pushrod is specified somewhere but I couldn't find an easy source and anyway I'd just put a new cylinder on.......

Back to the workshop manual and what you all know already is that the only adjustment in the clutch system is the pedal free movement - and boy was there a lot of free movement. I bought a new set of pedal pushrods / yoke but in the end just settled for simply adjusting the existing ones, having looked at it and thought "wow, removing and replacing those pedal return springs will be a swine". Job done and it now changes just like I remember my first three cars (all 59 Minors).
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post 9 Jul 2017, 07:51
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QUOTE (Fred Oldham @ 8 Jul 2017, 20:07 ) *
Thanks for the pics Martin. I see you are using my favourite shade of Hammerite.


My car was originally a light-mid-green, Fred, not massively distant from the Hammerite. I briefly considered a bright and non-contrasting colour, but that would have been rude!
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post 9 Jul 2017, 09:16
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The Hammerite is a very good match for the Austin's Spruce Green. Your engine bay is looking much smarter. Working in a clean zone is so much nicer than grubbing about in sixty years worth of oily filth. Looks pretty rust free in there too.
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post 9 Jul 2017, 09:56
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QUOTE (Fred Oldham @ 9 Jul 2017, 09:16 ) *
The Hammerite is a very good match for the Austin's Spruce Green. Your engine bay is looking much smarter. Working in a clean zone is so much nicer than grubbing about in sixty years worth of oily filth. Looks pretty rust free in there too.


Aaah so that's the official name! Yes its a very good match isn't it! I found the easiest way to remove the grease was a wallpaper scraper, so thick was it, followed by Mr Muscle Oven cleaner and some Orange handwash. It is completely rust free thanks to the oil and grease. A different story to the front of the wings, though.

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Update Pictures
The welding continues, if not apace then at a pace. The cabin floor is finished and both sills are now welded in place. A new patch is needed by the rear spring hanger, after which the new springs can be installed (and new track rod ends and steering gaiters while the car is on Darren's ramp). Meanwhile, I've continued to acumulate significant amounts of "stuff" including 2 new-old-stock SF80 trafficators. Well they were sf120s but that's only sf80's in a metal box.

Sorry for the quality of the pics, Darren wasn't in and I didn't know where the light switches were. And yes, I do still have one green door card. The cover of the remaining red one is in my garage along with more door card material than you can shake a stick at (there was a minimum order quantity of "lots")

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All the welding underneath is now finished so I thought I'd treat the floor to a dose of Hammerite before the seats go back in...... Over the next couple of weeks I'm intending to fit an alternator and electronic ignition before making a start on the remainder of the topside rust and the headlining.

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The new leaf springs are on and the rear of the car is transformed. Its now perfectly level and looks "right" as opposed to the very "laggy" rear end before. Unfortunately I didn't have my phone handy when it was on the ground so I'll have to post some pictures "in due course.

The car's up on a ramp again because another patch of tin worm has been discovered in the rear offside front wheelarch (IMG:style_emoticons/default/sad.gif) .

However, I'd rather have found it now so it can be fixed.....

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Great pictures Martin. Thank you.
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I said I would post some picture showing the effect of the new rear springs. Well as they say round here "ere tiz". Better pics next week.

AS a reminder of how it looked before, I've included a picture taken last year before work started in earnest.

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I said I would post better pictures showing the effect of the new rear springs and here they are. For reference, the first couple of pics are "before" - its a huge difference and I don't think my dog will be able to jump high enough to get in the back so waterproof rugs will be installed for the rear bench, which she can reach!!

The front bumper & brightwork is in my shed, in case anyone's wondering. Tomorrow I'm investigating a new headlining and and a re-spray.

This weekend is the Beaulieu Autojumble, who knows what goodies will be available (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)

Cheers!
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Stance looks much better. Well done.

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Looking again at the pictures of the new springs, what are those 'button' like shapes? Are they some kind of anti-friction spacers, instead of the zinc interleaves that my A90 has? Or am I way off?
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QUOTE (Fred Oldham @ 30 Aug 2017, 08:59 ) *
Looking again at the pictures of the new springs, what are those 'button' like shapes? Are they some kind of anti-friction spacers, instead of the zinc interleaves that my A90 has? Or am I way off?


Hi Fred
I think they are just retaining bolts with big heads underneath. They're at the end of each leaf and my assumption was they stop the leaves moving fore & aft, but I suppse there could be spacers between each leaf. (All that means is: "I really don't know" (!).

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QUOTE (Martin Hamilton @ 30 Aug 2017, 11:06 ) *
Hi Fred
I think they are just retaining bolts with big heads underneath. They're at the end of each leaf and my assumption was they stop the leaves moving fore & aft, but I suppse there could be spacers between each leaf. (All that means is: "I really don't know" (!).

Cheers!
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HI again Fred n'all

I've just looked at the old springs, there is a large rivet at the end of each leaf - as they are most easily seen from the top perhaps they are actually pegs welded to the top of each leaf? So the mushrooms are probably just a huge rivet head?
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