unimogjohn

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It is Tuesday, early PM.  Another rainy day.  Flooding in NC and VA.  No wonder Jim is still in NC.  He wrote me this morning that he is staying put and will head out tomorrow morning when the rains passes.  Oh well, I can wait one more day.

 

I received the thread maker last night so this morning I chased the threads of the gauge and the socket.  Everything worked great and was able to screw in the pressure gauge.  

 

And in looking around the web I found a cute picture of a Morris Minor Traveller.  Cannot wait until ours comes home.

 

 

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John,

 

i could not not find your address so I dropped your car off on a rural road this afternoon.

 

These people seemed nice enough ....

 

Jim

 

 

 

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Jim, thank you for taking good care of Dexter and getting him home to Virginia.

 

Well, the battery was dead, and there was no fuel in the gas tank.  No problem, just towed it up the hill and into the garage.  Charged up the battery and put in 5 gallons of fuel.  The engine fired right up.  We gave the car a once over and then headed out to test it out.  Alice did a great job driving from the right side of the car and the car ran and drove great.  

 

Tomorrow it will go on the lift for me to check out all the systems, but he looks good.  I did not see any issues.  The engine started easily and ran great.

 

The car was imported from Ipswich, England in 2006 with 88,128 miles on the clock, he now has 92,000.  We have MOT documents from England, and parts receipts form the USA buyer.  I will provide details when I get it all figured out.  The car was originally gray and now is a light metallic green with red interior.  The paint is driver quality, but certainly presentable.  The interior is new and looks very good.  Of course it is red.  The car looks to be in very good condition except for a few pieces on the wood.  Some of the wood has been replaced with new "timber".  I can hardly wait to get it up on the lift.

 

Here are a few pics from today to include Jim's rig.  

 

 

 

 

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You will have to remember this car has a bonnet, not a hood; mudguards or wings, not fenders; and if it had one, a boot not a trunk!

 

I suppose you already know this lingo from ownership of the Jaguar. :)

 

The smokey steering wheel and dash board are a nice feature. I would think it should have a black radiator top tank tho'.

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Spinneyhill, you are correct, there are a few thing that are not correct.  They will be corrected over time.

 

Went thru the paperwork last night and did another once over of the car.  It has a spin on oil filter, which is good.  Battery was flat, but was really low on water, on the charger now.  Looks to have been sitting for the past couple of years.  Still riding on its original shoe brakes, all four corners.  Looks like it has new brakes, clutch and pressure plate, a upgraded head for unleaded fuel, and rebuild of the engine.  

 

I also found the names of the four owners, two in England, once in NC and one in FL.  The NC owner imported the car; and had the car for about ten years and did a lot of restoration work and made it what it is today.  Only thing I have found not working is the front parking light.

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John, you now own more green cars with red interiors than anyone else in the world!  Nice looking little car, congrats......   Umm, cancel that, should be congrats to Alice!

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It is Thursday, Last night Alice took Dexter out for a short run.  She did great, and said that she had a super time.  Of course I was afraid to death.  Made it home OK. 

 

Today I did a full service while Dexter was on the lift.  Everything looks great except for some rust through places in one wheel well and under the doors.  They sprayed a rubber coating on the underside of the car so really no way of telling what evil lurks.  The wood is OK except for a few places.  With a fully charged battery, he fired right up.  

 

So I lubed up the car, checked all the fluids, and then decided to fix the door handle trim that had fallen off.  A clip holding it on had given up, but i found it in the door with a magnet.  Well, that is done.

 

It is such a simple car, it is a joy to work on.  Only thing I have not found is the brake master cylinder.  It must be under the glued down carpet and pad.  The title and bill of sale are suppose to be mailed today so hopefully we can get it registered with the DMV next week.

 

The tires look brand new, but the date code says they are ten years old.  I will run them this summer, but will replace them next year.

 

 

 

 

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Looks good Alice!  Have fun with Dexter.

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On ‎15‎.‎04‎.‎2017 at 6:42 PM, unimogjohn said:

Roger, congratulations.  Cannot wait to see pictures.  

Thanks John!

I promised to make something in due time; for the moment I just have some pictures and the information that the car arrived at the place it will be verified.

The first picture is when it left Florida, the other ones are at his temporary place.

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Yes, John, I also have the impression that the car is fantastic looking. If you allow me, I will tell the story in a dedicated post. To be honest, I don't know the history; the present (sorry, past) owner sent me papers to my home address; that package is not yet arrived.

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Roger, cannot wait until you start telling us about the car, and it's color is the same as Dexter, the Traveller.

 

It is Sunday,  April 30th.  Heading out with the Jaguar XK120 to an all British car show.  First of the season.  Pictures later.

 

I had an hour or so yesterday with the Morris Traveller.  I wanted to see how rough the wood was on the back barn door where the joint was flexing.  So I pulled it apart and had a good look.  The joints are coming apart so they will need some reinforcement.  And all the screws that hold on the flat steel panel were corroded and not holding the panel firmly.  I had some screws but not enough so have to get some to do both doors.  That will firm things up.  This will be a quick fix as I plan to do rework both doors when I get a couple of days.  The wood itself looks OK, not great, but certainly serviceable.  There are kits available from the UK if I want to make a new set.

 

And I got the right repair book for Dexter also.

 

Alice is driving it around the neighborhood.  It starts right up with the recharged battery.  I do not see any mechanical issues right now that need attention.  I found the spin on oil filters for it.  They are an odd size Fram PH966B, but RockAuto had them so bought three.  I will change the oil when I get them.  The oil looks great in the car now, but will change it to make me feel better knowing what is in the car.

 

 

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5 hours ago, unimogjohn said:

Roger, cannot wait until you start telling us about the car, and it's color is the same as Dexter, the Traveller.

I will do it when I'm getting the paperwork the seller sent me. Yes, the paint is looking similar to the one from Dexter...Who knows, maybe it was repainted with a Cadillac color! I assume that my car is painted Sumatra Green metallic, code 44.

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Still Sunday.  We had a great time at the all British car show.  Looks like over 200 cars attended.  But it was hot, we were cooking all day.  Lots and lots of nice cars.  There was even one Morris Minor Traveller (not as nice or complete as ours).  And three XK120 FHC were in attendance.  We made a 3rd place award, yahoo!  Here are the pics I took.

 

 

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It is Monday, May 1st.  I am sure glad that I am going through the Traveller, system by system.  Today I pulled the wheels to adjust the brakes and also put oil into the rear Armstrong shocks.  All the wheels were on tight except for the driver's side rear.  It was only held on by two of the four lug nuts.  I found a couple of regular nuts and put them on just to be a bit safer until I get lugs nuts for that wheel.  Everything is back together.  The brakes needed some adjusting especially the fronts.  They are simple to adjust, just turn a screw with a flat blade screwdriver.  Tighten until the brake locks up and then back off one click.  The brakes and cylinders look new as well as the master cylinder.  Both shocks needed just a little oil to top them off.  They look like they have never been touched since new.

 

Tomorrow I will take a look at the front shock fluid and also put some oil on the generator's rear bearing.  Then I think that I will take it for a drive, my first.

 

 

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Good looking little car John. I like how you are methodically checking it over to make sure it's safe and reliable to drive.

 

Now you have two Buicks, and two British cars.......you need to consider a second Studebaker. :)

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Paul, I am running out of room..........but..........

 

It is Tuesday.  Spent an hour working on the Traveller.  Checked the two front shocks and made sure they were filled.  The generator looks to have a sealed rear bearing so no oiling to do there.  Nothing else to do but take Dexter for my first drive.  Boy, easy steering, and smooth shifting.  And he really scoots down the country roads.  Alice is going to have a great time with Dexter, I might even be replaced.  Ah, but then again I am the mechanic, so figure I will be safe.

 

Now that I am done, took a few beauty shots of Dexter.  

 

 

 

 

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On ‎30‎.‎04‎.‎2017 at 0:47 PM, unimogjohn said:

Roger, cannot wait until you start telling us about the car

 

John, just for you, I began a post about this new adventure! The title is: I found my luck (maybe)!

Sorry, as I forgot to check the case to be notified for answers, I did not noticed that you already answered my post!

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It is Wednesday, May 3rd.  Yesterday I ordered door seal kits for both front doors of the Traveller from a USA vendor called British Auto Parts in Marcola, Oregon.  I spoke with Jim, the owner, and he said that he had everything.  I also ordered the two wheel lug nuts.  The seals on the door now are just generic house door foam material that looks ugly and coming off.  Time to do back to factory.

 

Well, the day has come, the VW Passat W8 wagon is in the garage.  Its annual inspection is due in June so I better get to the brakes.  Going to replace the rears today both rotors and pads.  They have never been replaced and the little wagon now has 135,000 miles on her.  Last year the inspector told me that they would not pass another inspection so it is about time.  I have all the parts on hand.  And I have the caliper turn in tool to reset the pistons.  

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Give me a brake!  Worked on the Passat W8s brakes all day.  Have the rears done, and one of the fronts.  Half way done on th last wheel.  And I ran out of gas.  So tomorrow they will all be done and the Passat will be stopping again.  As suspected the rear's were about shot, the fronts not far behind.  Here are some pics.  

 

And Alice took Dexter to town this morning to work on her Master Gardener project.  Round trip was about 30 miles.  She said the Traveller ran great.  And everyone loved it.  I put on Farm Use/Vehicle plates.  Still have not received the title and Bill of Sale yet.

 

The Traveller is just a bit larger than our John Deere garden tractor/mower.  Actually, it is pretty roomy inside.   

 

 

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