Morris 8 Engine Build

  1. slim_boy_fat

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    My first car, a Ford Popular E93a, had the three-speed 'box and would top out at c. 55/60 - it's difficult to be more accurate because the speedo needle used to jump about like Zebedee on amphetamines :laughing:
     
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  2. RWD3M Member

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    I think Morris claimed a top speed of 58 mph for the 8. Frightening thought!
     
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  3. slim_boy_fat

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    Aye, a bit like "Your life in their hands" :laughing:
     
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  4. Cobbler

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    I’m puzzled “when the Vulcan was still flying” I think you’re thinking of the Air Tattoo at Fairford. I can’t recall a Vulcan flypast, although we’ve had stunt planes, parachutists & assorts there.
     
  5. minimutly Member

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    What suprises me about the xpag is that:
    a) there are loads of spares still being made,
    B) that no one has improved on the poor design of the 30s - ie pistons, cam, followers, oil pump, crank vibration damper (lack of one)
    Maybe these people can see it would be bad business...
     
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    Hi Cobbler,

    Hmm... that's got me thinking. Defo wasn't Fairford, I've never been there. Where else could it have been though? I need to have a word with the old grey cells, they're not working as they should!
     
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  7. RWD3M Member

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    Ooh, you cynic!

    :laughing:
     
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  9. merryman Member

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    a There are lots of spares being made because there are lots of XPAGs still in use.
    B Difficult to improve on perfection. Seriously the XPAG was a good engine, and T Types can more or less keep up with modern traffic. How many other 40s cars of 1250ccs can do that? Nothing wrong with the pistons, very few will still have the split skirt ones, they mostly have Hepolite replacements which are almost identical to those used on BMC A series engines, nor the cam followers as far as I know, bit heavy by modern standards. Gear type oil pump with full flow filtration, just like most modern cars. The XPAG held land speed records, and was used in early 50s racing cars until Climax became the power unit of choice.
     
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  10. Robotstar5

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    Already got my ticket :thumbup:
     
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  12. minimutly Member

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    Really?
    Cam followers wearing out in 30,000 miles or less, likewise cams - why continue with 3/8 width - madness.
    Pistons with rings 3 times wider than modern ones, consequently still made from cast iron, and because of this width too close to the top. After 40 years some blocks need skimming - no one makes shorter pistons so you have to live with proud tops - madness. The cast rings break, your engine pumps its oil out, crank is toast.
    Cranks that were braking 40 years ago - I have two - why not design a damper?
    And just in case you still think its a good engine, have a look down the inlet ports - the a series was poor, but it was years ahead in gas flow capability - its more like an old diesel head than a sports car engine.

    Respectfully, I believe you are looking through rose tinted glasses at this old boat anchor.
     
  13. Cobbler

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    Are you exhibiting? If so let me know where you are & I’ll come & find you.
     
  14. Robotstar5

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    No, Ill be taking photo's, but it's such a big show my back or feet give out before the memory cards are full :laughing:
     
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  15. Cobbler

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    Call in to the Cobalt tent just inside the gate, we may well have the kettle on & a slice of cake. What day are you intending to come? I’m there the whole weekend.
     
  16. RWD3M Member

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    Hi Cobbler,

    Got to the bottom of this one. It was the Best of British show at Kemble in 2012, blimey how time flies!

    Having said that, there was no Vulcan there either so I don't know where I made that connection!

    Anyway, still hope to make it to South Cerney.

    Cheers,
     
  17. Cobbler

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    Ok, closer to the date, I will PM you & Robo of my name so I can be found. I like to keep myself fairly anonymous, so won’t do it on the open forum? It will be good to put a face to a ‘name’ I don’t know whether I will have time for a chat as it all gets a bit manic at times, we struggle at times to get enough volunteers for the gate!. If it’s quiet, cup of tea & cake maybe. My wife makes tea & cakes to keep everyone going.
     
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  18. Robotstar5

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    Probably be the Saturday as I'd like to get to the Trimpley show near Bewdley on Sunday.
     
  19. cardiffrob Member

    I have several Morris 8 / Minor engines in my cars, including some ALTA conversions. Glad to help if I can. Rob, near Cardiff. gholt7.jpg
     
  20. slim_boy_fat

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    ^^ Just look at the space available round that engine :thumbup:
     
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