Friday, 27 September 2019

Moody sky paddle

 Looks like summer is finally over. Look at the sky today!

Monday, 23 September 2019

Market Garden 75th anniversary: convoys and army camps

 To commemorate the 75th anniversary of operation Market Garden, several groups of collectors of military vehicles and reenactors staged convoys  and camps along the famous route from the south of the Netherlands to Nijmegen. We visited the final camp of the (mostly British and Belgian)"Liberation Task Force" in Slijk Ewijk and the next day we drove our Austin Ten to a layby on the route of the larger, mostly Dutch convoy. 
 The Liberation task force camp was very well laid out. Here the Belgian section was preparing their drive home after they' d asked us to take their photo with their cameras.
 The camp was built with very authentic looking equipment, so if you pointed the camera the right way it was all very convincing. Most people looked a bit tired after a week of convoying and waving to crowds.
 This convoy had several tanks and other large tracked vehicles too.
I call this a big gun on wheels, but I'm sure there is a more correct classification.
Though the tracked vehicles are impressive I like the large trucks best.
 Next day we took the Austin Ten to a lay-by along the route. Incidentally , this is situated on the German border.
 Everybody was busy waving. Whole families were piled on top of large vehicles like this DUKW
 And smaller bicycles and motorbikes
 This was probably the larges vehicle. We saw no tanks in this convoy.
 Smallest vehicle must have been this paratrooper bike.
 Flags all over the vehicles
 This driver was happy to see us
 Where to?
 All loaded up and kitted out

 Someone's mother in law?
 Don' t mind the smartphone.
 This must have been quite the restoration project.
Not an old vehicle, but a nice touch. 

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Morris Minor Hubcap tool

Originally a suitable tool to remove the hubcaps on a Morris Minor came with your car and if lost you can buy a small tool for this for very little money. Still, these tools seem to get lost easily and people try to remove their hubcaps with a screwdriver. This invariably damages the paint and makes the cap fly off with a lot of noise. 
I couldn't find my tool, so I just made this one out of a thick piece of steel wire. The hook was pounded flat so it fits under the cap. You can bend it so it fits your hand. If you make the tool a bit longer it will be even easier to use, but I wanted this one to fit a small toolkit in the car. 
Insert the hook under the rim of the hub cap, near the ¨buttons" that secure the cap and pull the cap off. It works on Minis and others too. 

Morris Minor tapered front hub bearings.

Even though the Minor has been very reliable and enjoyable during the past events, there still is this annoying vibration under braking. As the hubs seem to show a definite wobble I decided a set of better hubs with new bearing would be a good idea. 
 I got these tapered bearings and a set of modified hubs to fit them. The insides of the hubs are machined out, so the bearings can be fitted without the spacer. The axle stub,  that was designed for press fitting of the bearings, needs to be sanded down to size carefully so the bearings slide in place an can be adjusted conventionally by adjusting the nut.
 This is the machined hub.
 The hub and bearings fitted to the hub before adjustment. After adjustment and refitting of the drums and wheels it was time for a test run. It all seems a lot better, but there still is some vibration.
 Another possible cause could be loose parts in the suspension. I did find some movement in the nut (covered in copper grease in this photo) that secures the tie bar and I tightened the tie bar bushes, but that made no difference. Very annoying after fitting new Drums all around, tires, polyurethane upper swivel bushes, bearings and hubs. So I can see more investigations are in the future for me.
Meanwhile I made this little tool for removing the chrome hub caps. With this tool it is very easy to prise them off without damage.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Morris Minor Betuwe rit Leerdam

Our Minor joined a cheerful group of fans of the iconic Morris Minor car enjoying a rally in the glorious sunshine in the historic town of Leerdam. 
The leader of the pack was this beautiful 1939 Morris Eight.

Friday, 13 September 2019

Puddle paddle

Suddenly, after some heavy showers, the sun came out. Beautiful skies, lots of birds getting ready to fly south. Sandy beaches and no one there.