1968 Morris Minor convertible

  1. Chickenjohn

    Chickenjohn Morris Minor and Porsche 944 fan

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    This is how we found "Dibble" as he was named by the previous owner:-


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  2. Wozzaaah

    Wozzaaah The wizard of woz Staff Member

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    Pic upload tutorial here John.
     
  3. Chickenjohn

    Chickenjohn Morris Minor and Porsche 944 fan

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    Thanks, although it works slightly differently to the tutorial on a Mac.

    The car looks OK from this side, till you open the door:-
    Oops, no sills.
     
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  4. Chickenjohn

    Chickenjohn Morris Minor and Porsche 944 fan

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    plenty of rot underneath.
     
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  5. Chickenjohn

    Chickenjohn Morris Minor and Porsche 944 fan

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    First job was to fit new spring hanger and rear chassis legs
     
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  6. Wozzaaah

    Wozzaaah The wizard of woz Staff Member

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    You need to up your gas flow John ;).
    The good thing about the Morris 1000 is parts are still readily available for them, I doubt there's much you can't still get.
     
  7. Chickenjohn

    Chickenjohn Morris Minor and Porsche 944 fan

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    some repair patches needed to the boot floor.
     
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  8. Chickenjohn

    Chickenjohn Morris Minor and Porsche 944 fan

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    I'm on my 3rd (at least) pub cylinder of CO2. Yes, lots of bits available but some are just bent up bits of steel- more fun (and cheaper) to make then yourself. I bought (and used ) sill sections both sides, RHS front floor pan, spring hanger on plate and rear chassis leg pieces, door bottoms I used, both sides and boot lid lower repair. Many small pieces, I made up myself.
     
  9. Chickenjohn

    Chickenjohn Morris Minor and Porsche 944 fan

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    More boot floor repair- LHS bumper re-inforcement repaired using 2mm plate (was double skin rust sandwich, originally).
     
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  10. Chickenjohn

    Chickenjohn Morris Minor and Porsche 944 fan

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    Lower rear n/s inner wing repair.
     
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  11. Chickenjohn

    Chickenjohn Morris Minor and Porsche 944 fan

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    Rear wing mounted flange needed repairs where it had become rusty and perforated.
     
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  12. Chickenjohn

    Chickenjohn Morris Minor and Porsche 944 fan

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    I used a coarse wire wheel on grinder to remove all loose rust and expose the areas needing replacement. You can get complete sections of wing mounting flange but I decided to replace in sections to minimise distortion this being a convertible with a lot of rust, i cut out only a piece at a time before welding a new piece in. All cutting done with 1mm cutting disks and occasionally tin-snips or air powered saw.
     
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  13. Chickenjohn

    Chickenjohn Morris Minor and Porsche 944 fan

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    Where the innerwing meets the outer wing mounting flange, there are tightly curved sections that had rusted through. I made replacements by bending 0.9mm steel around in a tight curve, using, of all things the morris minor starting handle as a former. Once the welds were gound down and the pieces painted, they look pretty good.
     
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  14. barking mat

    barking mat Barking at Pigeons

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    Blimey, how many corners needed welding? How much rot? Looked pretty tidy from the exterior. Kept near the sea?
     
  15. moggieman Member

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    Blimmey thats some serious work you've put in there, well done. Actually looking through your photos has given me some much needed inspiration to get that last stage of my traveller finished.
    Keep up the good work.
     
  16. Finalreminder

    Finalreminder Professional amateur

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    Good to see a moggie.
    My old man used to buy these in a right old state and restore them to concourse class.
    Great cars.
     
  17. Chickenjohn

    Chickenjohn Morris Minor and Porsche 944 fan

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    Thanks for the kind words chaps! yes the car did look fairly tidy from the outside, would have been a nightmare purchase from Ebay for someone. Just goes to show that Moggies hide their rot underneath. I am nearing the end of the welding (I hope) as the chassis legs and crossmember seem sound but I have yet to strip the underseal off them. It has taken two years on and off since July 2006. The car was not kept by the sea, lived most of its life in Buckinghamshire. I have done quite a bit more work than already shown, which will be posted bit by bit, in roughly the order the work was done over the coming weeks.
     
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  18. Chickenjohn

    Chickenjohn Morris Minor and Porsche 944 fan

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    It seemed a huge shame to put a rusty manky looking rear axle back underneath the restored and painted rear end of the car. So, I laborously cleaned off all the muck and grease with parrafin, used a coarse wire brush on grinder to get the rust off, then phosphoric acid to get into the pits then more wirebrushing, then finally back to the bare steel. two coats of 90% zinc rich primer was followed by 2 coats of Bodyline chassis black paint. The axle will get underbody wax protection together with the rest of the underside once the car is MOT'd and on the road again.
     
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  19. Finalreminder

    Finalreminder Professional amateur

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    When you tack weld the plates on do you then go over and do a continuous weld or just use filler?
     
  20. Chickenjohn

    Chickenjohn Morris Minor and Porsche 944 fan

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    Hello Eggman, I make a continuous butt- weld between the taks- small sections at a time in different alternate places on the patch to minimise distortion. Then grind any uneven tops off, zinc prime, then seam seal before applying a top coat. I like to use "Chassis black" paint for the top coat. I only ever use filler on repairs to visible body colour panels, such as wings doors or rear 1/4's etc.

    Here is the painted restored axle being offered up to the now rust free lower rear wheelarch.
     
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