Morris 8 Engine Build

  1. Wallace

    Wallace Member

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    Is there much call for white metal bearing material these days? I found a few ingots in the shed at the weekend.
     
  2. RWD3M Member

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    Probably. It's quite niche nowadays but try finding your local Engineering works that still carries out the process. Perhaps they'll take them off your hands.
     
  3. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    Aye, but you'd not believe the fun with that car. All my pals were in pretty much the same boat back then - if one broke down we all rallied round to fix/help.
     
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  4. ronan

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    Funny you say that, i was following this rebuild of a ford model A sidevalve, and the lad adjusting the valves said it was daft too.



     
  5. ronan

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    I know some old 40's and 50's british bikes had babbetted or white metal big ends, most now bore out the conrod eyes and fit shells, but sometimes i suppose you cannot avoid using it.

     
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  6. Wallace

    Wallace Member

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    I think my Father would have used the white metal for his Austin 7, I remember him talking about breaking the crankshaft.
     
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  7. minimutly Member

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    2 bearing crank, daft idea. Three, now that's the answer....
     
  8. Wallace

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    I looked for some info on the 7 engine and see that a 3 bearing crank has a white metal centre bearing, it would have had a hard life under my Fathers ownership as he didn't like to hang about!
     
  9. minimutly Member

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    There you go, I allways thought they were 2 bearing. Learn something every day
     
  10. Cobbler

    Cobbler Codger bodger

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    I seem to recall, early 7’s were 2 bearing & later ones were 3. The 2 bearing ones, if you were tuning it, you shaved the middle 2 piston tops to take up the crank whip at revs. I’ve never had or taken apart a 7, just what I was told by those that had. I’m sure someone will be along soon with the full story.
     
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  11. RWD3M Member

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    Finally, the engine went in today!

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    I've had a couple of minor issues to deal with not least was the water outlet elbow being too close to the block!

    It seems that the later block (of which I have an example) has the oil filler on the side of the crankcase whereas my older block had a filler tube on the top of the timing chain cover.

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    As a result, the water elbow didn't come far enough away from the block to allow me to get the water hose on. Fortunately I discovered this whilst building the block up on the bench! A 3mm alloy spacer has now been inserted and seems to do the job.

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    I've also run the oil pump up with a drill and have a bucket load of oil pressure too! :laughing:

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    I do need a bit of a tidy up but I'm tired and hungry and the wife is away for a couple of days so I'm off for a curry. :clapping:

    Hope everyone's had a good weekend.
     
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  12. Wallace

    Wallace Member

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    Minor issues on a Morris? Like what you did there! How do you cope in that untidy workshop? :D
     
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  13. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    @RWD3M Is that a GT6 lurking there?
     
  14. RWD3M Member

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    Bu99er, I genuinely never spotted that!
     
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  15. RWD3M Member

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    Well spotted Slim,

    It's a @73 Mk 3. Had it for about 13 - 14 years. I restoed it before I did the Morris. It's been around a bit too. I'm pretty sure there isn't an A road or B road north of the Great Glen it hasn't been along! It's also been to Orkney and Shetland (twice).
     
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