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. 

Monday, 9 September 2019

Relishing Really Rusty Relics at Wonderful Wolseley Weekend run

 We decided to take the scenic route and stay at this interesting small hotel in  the town of Exloo.
 In Exloo there was definite theme of garden gnomes.
There was even a theme park with a giant gnome at the entrance.
And this was the view from our hotel room.
 The club event brought quite a few different cars to the start.
 The event was hosted by the friendly Mr. Misker, a formet BL dealer who has changed his showroom into his own personal car themed atraction, called Myskery
 Outside the cars kept arriving.
 It was a while we saw three Metros
 The cars inside varied from Morris to Mazda
 Besides cars there was an exhibition of paintings and taxidermy.
The taxidermy was very skillfully done, though I have never seen a gang of squirrels move large stones to build a cairn.
Back to the cars: there was even a twin of a certain wel known red Mini.
This brawny little A40 wanted a little tweaking before it roared off for the map reading run. 

The run finished at this very modern looking building of "het Smalspoor Museum", an extensive collection of narrow gauge trains.
 Weather was wet sometimes, but the clouds made for a dramatic backdrop.
 We had reserved parking.
 Though some Citroën Tractions had found it first.
 In the sheds they kept about 70 of these little engines. The entire collection totals about a hundred.
 The workshop was immaculate.
 The finished locomotives looked like new machines.
 More of these engines were put to pasture, though this very rare example will be restored sometime in the future.
 Despite the rain we hopped on a train for a tour.
 This must be the biggest machine, though it is clearly not a locomotive. But it is an impressive stationary engine that used to power the peat harvesting machinery.
The whole line up before departure. It was a great weekend.