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Sounds like the right front brake cylinder is stuck - probably corroded. Hopefully a good clean out, reassemble and change the brake fluid will suffice. This happens to my 1930 Dodge if I don't drive it: aluminium piston in brass sleeve = galvanic cell.

 

PS. what did you find in the Suburban caliper where the shoes had worn unevenly?

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I have notes from the previous owner that he re-did the brakes and had the cylinders, there are two per wheel, sleeved with stainless steel.  Of course, it does not mean that it was done correctly.  

 

Could not find anything wrong with the Suburban's caliper so will watch it over the next year or so.

 

 

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It is Wednesday, April 12th.  Porsche Jon came over with his 03 Surburban with quadrasteer and self-leveling shocks.  The shocks are original to the truck (266,000 miles on the odo).  They were leaking and throwing codes all over the place.  Jon decided just to take them off and replace them with Bilsteins.  We started at 9 AM and he was out the door by 3 PM.  Fun day.

 

Of course the Jaguar was in the garage so I had to move it out.  It started to rain so put the light plastic over it.  Of course the wind picked up too.  Jon snapped a picture.

 

The seals on the oil filer canister are "unobtainium" so submitted an inquiry to the Jag community.  One guy came back with the specs and source for the seals and gaskets.  So now I have more stuff coming that will hopefully seal the canister for good.

 

  

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John, I need to talk to you and understand what Bilstein shocks are...my 2001 2500 Suburban is getting a little funny in the rear end, seems to hop a bit, has the ride control shocks....love the surreal picture of the plastic cover over the Jaguar!

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It is Thursday.  April 13th.  David, sent you an email.  Going to take a look at the Jaguar front brakes today.

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Another adventure begins.  

 

For yet some unknown reason Alice has been longing for a little station wagon for her and the farm.  She settled on a Morris Traveler that she saw at a British car show a couple of years back.  So ever since I have been looking.  One on Ebay kept popping up, but the price was too high and never met the reserve.  Last night it met the reserve, and we were the winner.  Now we just have to get it from Florida.  I don't think that we are going to pick it up, will have it shipped.  Here are pics of the car from the auction.  

 

 

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Beautiful little car.  I had one, can not remember what year it was. The last year of flathead.  This was in 1969-1970 in Australia.  Surprisingly comfortable.

 

  Enjoy

 

  Ben

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Ben, I had a 1959 Austin Healey Sprite in college circa 1965 and 1966.  So I am at least aware of these English vehicles of that era.  Should be lots of fun.  I still have my Sprite maintenance manual.  It should come in handy.

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Here are a couple of pics of Jon's Suburban and the shocks we took off.  And someone wrote me and asked "what with this farm work you do".  Well this is what Alice lets me do daily.

 

I took my Suburban out for a fuel run this morning.  Brakes worked great and the suspension was nice and firm, but not harsh.  Cannot wait to get it on the road for a long trip.  After I get the Jag finished, I will put it back on the lift and attach the inner fender shield and repair the windshield washer system.  But at least now I am back on the road.

 

 

 

 

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I pulled the Jaguar back into the garage and got it back up on the lift.  Pulled the two front wheels off, and then pulled the hub and brake drum of the passenger side brake.  Everything was nice and clean, no cylinder leaks, drums and brakes look new.  Ah ha, that is the problem.  It has two brake adjusters with fine little teeth on a rod.  As you use the brakes they are suppose to run up on these little teeth and adjust the shoe.  Problem is that the lower rod has lost all its teeth,  So nothing to grab to hence it could not adjust the brakes.  Guess I will be looking for new rods.  Glad that I have figured out the problem.  I will also clean everything up, re-grease all the bearings and do some cleaning.

 

 

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Found a couple of places that had the adjustment bar for the brakes.  Was going to get four, but at $75 each, I opted for one.  So one is coming my way. 

 

 

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John, thanks for email and I replied, my 2001 is definitely loosey goosey (an engineering term also) in the rear, and needs shocks...the Autoride system is dreadfully expensive, just like the air suspension we recently replaced on my wife's Envoy...

 

LOVE the Morris station wagon.  My best experience with a British car was in 1972, I was 21 years old and on a "beer tour" of Europe, I rented a Mini Minor to drive from London to Paris.  Took the Hovercraft across the channel.  Just outside of Paris, was running out of gas and looking for a service station, a Volvo stopped in front of me and I rear ended it.  Got out, I spoke no French and the Volvo driver spoke no English, my little car had the front end pushed in about two feet, his Volvo had a broken tail light and that was all!  He shrugged his shoulders and drove off.  Limped into Paris and parked it in front of rental agency, think I had to pay the equivalent of two dollars for insurance and walked away!  Took a train the rest of my trip... for those who may not know, the Mini Minor was just that, a little bitty slip of a car....While in Munich a week later, I was offered a job to work at the 1972 Olympics, but thought it best to get back to college....on one hand wish I'd stayed, but that was not the best year for the Olympics by any means....

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David, great story.

 

More on the Jaguar.  The rods that are suppose to slip like a ratchet are frozen.  No wonder it ate the teeth.  Looks like they were assembled without any lube.  I was able to free them up with a shot of WD40.  I am going to take them off this afternoon and clean up all the rust.  

 

 

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Still Thursday.  The Morris dealer called me back and said that they needed to talk to the owner to see how he wanted to be paid.  I guess that the car is on consignment to them.  The dealer offered to arrange transport of the car to Virginia.  I am getting a couple of other shipping quotes.

 

On the Jaguar.  I took off the adjustment arms.  They have a little sliding mechanism that froze up.  They are both loose now.  There is a simple adjusting procedure in the Jag repair book.  The little pads that make up the friction material look good too.  Here are pictures of the mechanism and also the notching on both arms, you can see one is a lot less than the other.  

 

 

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8 hours ago, Ben Bruce aka First Born said:

Beautiful little car.  I had one, can not remember what year it was. The last year of flathead.  This was in 1969-1970 in Australia.  Surprisingly comfortable.

 

Would that be about a 1952 model? My cousin managed to roll hers in the main street in Dunedin.

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Still Thursday.  That was really fast.  I ordered the oil seals for the Jaguar from McMaster-Carr and they arrived at 5 PM.  Just 20 hours from ordering.

 

Now that I have the seals I can put the oil canister back on the engine and fill it with new oil.  Yahoo!  I will also bleed the brakes at the same tim.  

 

 

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Oh boy!  We have a report from Greg.

 

 

Hey all,
   Just to let you know that something is happening even if it isn't happening fast.   Overland bodywork progresses.   I'm making every effort to salvage original  metal and wood even if nobody will ever know.  It takes a lot more work and time than just starting over with fresh timber and flat sheet steel.   The pic with Nathan,  torch in hand shows a couple things:
     the bottom edge has been replaced ,  that chore left to the capable hands of Thetan Ogle.   I'm still amazed at the quality of his metal shaping and the fact that he joined it by welding and without warpage.  That's why he got the job.
     And Nate helped me with the shrinking of some "oil canning" of the panels.   Any time you pull the metal skin off of a wooden frame,  it won't ever go back on the same way.   
    Now after weeks of work,  the back seat has the structural  and some cosmetic work done,  a coat of epoxy primer and now on to the platform.   I'd done structural work to it back in the 'eighties (nineteen eighties) and now to get the wooden and steel moldings fitted .
    This evening,  the primer almost cured,  Nathan just stopped by to help me reunite the back seat with the platform.   A nice reunion for all.

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 I am hauling a 1941 Chrysler NY from Ocala, FL to Jefferson, MD in about a week - I might have room for a second car ....

 

 

Jim

 

 

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On ‎4‎/‎13‎/‎2017 at 10:36 AM, unimogjohn said:

I took my Suburban out for a fuel run this morning.  Brakes worked great and the suspension was nice and firm, but not harsh.  Cannot wait to get it on the road for a long trip.  

 

John, seems like the perfect long trip for that big Suburban is down to Florida to get the Morris Traveler! :)

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Paul, we thought about going down to get it, but I think that the cost for us to get it would probably be more than the shipping.

 

Well, Friday is about done for car work.  I put back on the Jaguar's filter housing, put in a new oil filter and filled it with oil and a couple bottles of zinc additive.  So with 11 quarts in the sump I primed the system and then started it up.  The pressure jumped to 50 and no oil leaks from the filter housing.  I did have one small water leak, but that was easily fixed with a couple of more turns on the clamp.  I then turned my attention to the front brakes.  I removed the four adjusters on both wheels and gave them a good clean.  The adjusters have two little friction pads that helps control the movement of the adjustment bar.  So now everything is clean, free of rust, and should function as designed.  So I have one wheel back on, and will put on the other side as soon as the new adjustment rod comes in the mail.  

 

The dealer has been trying to get ahold of the owner of the Morris Traveller.  No luck as he is out of town.  To be safe I sent a $500 deposit as instructed by the Ebay sale.  Ebay says that if there is a problem, they will refund the money.  I hope that there will not be a problem.  As soon as we get a bank number from the dealer we will pay for the little car.  

 

 

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Putting the cart before the horse I purchase a Morris maintenance manual and a NOS pair of 1966 Virginia license plates.   These will be the only items I will be buying before the Traveller gets to the farm.

 

 

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Um, sorry, that book is for the 1100-1300 series, not the Morris Minor. The 1100-1300 had a transverse engine and front wheel drive. The gearbox was in the sump. They had "hydrolastic" suspension and were sort of like a pumped up Mini.

 

The Minor had conventional engine and transmission setup with rear wheel drive. Some of the manual will be applicable - the engines are very similar but obviously access to the Minor engine etc. is a vastly easier. My first car was a Morris 1100 1966; it was diabolically difficult to connect the exhaust to the manifold and I had to do it two or three times coz it kept leaking.

 

This would be a better book:

https://www.amazon.com/Morris-Minor-Traveller-Complete-Companion/dp/190613345X

or this one:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Workshop-Manual-Morris-Minor-1948-1970-MM-Series-II-1000-New-Service-Repair-/401303063729?hash=item5d6f86ccb1:g:BAwAAOSwA29Y47uE&vxp=mtr

or even better,

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Haynes-Workshop-Manual-Morris-Minor-1000-All-Models-1956-1971-Service-Repair-/252841669645?hash=item3ade89b40d:g:kVUAAOSwdGFY4Ukh&vxp=mtr

 

Haynes books are OK.

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Spinneyhill, Opps, my bad.  Too much enthusiasm.  Thanks for the input and book recommendations.

 

Update:  Saturday Morning.  Bought the "right" book this time.  Thanks Spinneyhill.

 

 

 

 

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9 hours ago, unimogjohn said:

The dealer has been trying to get ahold of the owner of the Morris Traveller.  No luck as he is out of town.  To be safe I sent a $500 deposit as instructed by the Ebay sale.  Ebay says that if there is a problem, they will refund the money.  I hope that there will not be a problem.  As soon as we get a bank number from the dealer we will pay for the little car.  

 

 

Nice Little car, John. It seems that transactions within the US are not always easy; think about that: I'm now in the process of buying a car, also from Florida. I have to add that I have zero experience with importing cars. It will also be fun!

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