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Old 28th August 2009, 14:05   #1
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Default Restoration: 1950 Morris Minor Convertible

One more British superstar. And a Convertible

Well this project is for a friend of mine. Although restoration started 6 months ago, but could not take a flying start due to non availability of tinkers and painters.

Now the car is re-located to a well known mechanic, 1 km away from my house.

The car is now stripped down of all parts and tinkering started along with mechanicals.

Will keep updating regularly.
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Old 28th August 2009, 14:17   #2
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Pavan you have already started another one. I am hooked on to your post as usual
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Pavan, your enthusiasm and energy never ceases to amaze me ! All the best for this one too !
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Pavan, congrats on yet another great find.
For your reference, please look at the workshop manual thread; someone has posted the link for the Official Service Manual of Morris Minor MM Series (In PDF Format). It will definitely help you. All the best for this restoration process.
However, here is the page from German brochure for Morris Minor - Tourer (Convertible).
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Pavan nice project you got on hand. Good Luck!

Is restoring cars your day job too or do you do it as an hobby?
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Hi pawan what you are restoring is on my eternal wishlist a low light Morris Minor convertible. I will be studying this thread intently. Do pepper it with some research that you come accross will help people like me who hope to own one soon. Best of Luck and regards Amol
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Pavan you have already started another one. I am hooked on to your post as usual
Hey thanks buddy, This restoration project is for my friend.

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Pavan, your enthusiasm and energy never ceases to amaze me ! All the best for this one too !
Sirjee, the word "AUTOMOBILE" never ceases to amaze me everytime.

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Pavan, congrats on yet another great find.
For your reference, please look at the workshop manual thread; someone has posted the link for the Official Service Manual of Morris Minor MM Series (In PDF Format). It will definitely help you. All the best for this restoration process.
However, here is the page from German brochure for Morris Minor - Tourer (Convertible).
Thank you buddy, This useful information will come to lot of help during the resto project.

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Pavan nice project you got on hand. Good Luck!

Is restoring cars your day job too or do you do it as an hobby?
Bud's i do have a very demanding Day Job. Restoration is my passion and hobby.

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Hi pawan what you are restoring is on my eternal wishlist a low light Morris Minor convertible. I will be studying this thread intently. Do pepper it with some research that you come accross will help people like me who hope to own one soon. Best of Luck and regards Amol
Yes buddy, this one is going to be a quick restoration, i intend to finish it before the end of September.



Engine dismantled and opened, OMG !..... Water.....! sigh... water has entered into the engine , but not a sad sight, the wrong head gasket installed earlier has prevented damage (OYE LUCKY, LUCKY OYE..)

The engine will now undergo one complete overhaul, we are leaving no stone unturned during this restoration, the Morris is expected to come out of the workshop just like a BRAND NEW car.

Thats the goal but , lets see how it goes.

For some pics on progress.
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Good luck on the restoration Pavan..the car is on right hands now.
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Good luck on the restoration Pavan..the car is on right hands now.
Thanks buddy, already too much at hands right now.

Suddenly becoming a bit difficult to juggle between work and restorations. Anyways, need to finish whats at hand right now.

Now coming to the restoration process, Work started at a decent pace, engine parts ordered presently, sadly needs a complete overhaul.

Few bits missing from the car due to re-location, getting them is a big jig-saw puzzle.

Anyone can suggest what color the lowlite convertible's came in from factory.
By mid september the car's supposed to be painted.

The surface is now been scarpped untill the bare body metal is seen.

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This car restoration has suddenly caught up speed

First coat of base paint gone today, we are using the original Bottle green on this car, with a camel color convertible roof. The car is out in hot sun almost giving it a baked texture for the paint. he he... hope the weather keeps like this for some more days.

Tomorrow the first coat of actual paint will be sprayed.

Parallel y work on the mechanicals, including brakes /suspension will start from tomorrow. Engine spares been ordered already are yet to arrive by this weekend.

Lets see how fast this car will come out restored,since there's no time-frame or deadlines decided

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Note: Mods please change the thread title as

Restoration of a Morris Minor-Convertible.

Any one could help me with the right color combo for this car??????
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MODERATORS: Still the thread name remains unchanged!

Anyways getting back with the restoration story.

2nd week into the restoration.

1) Engine bearings changed
2) All connecting rod bearings changed
3) Valve cutters and guides changed
4) Valves grinded
5) Bore polished and new piston rings replaced
6) The Oh-ree-geeenal SU carb serviced.
7) Suspension and steering has problems, will be dismantled today.
8) Rear fuel tank cleaned.
9) All chrome stuff, tinkered and sent for chroming
10) Clutch plate re-done with new linings riveted


Phew.. This new guy is damn fast, something that i am not used to (he he....)

The second coat of paint will be sprayed in a couple of days, before the engine, gearbox mounting, and suspension goes back.

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Pavan, please do us a favor.
* Either go through the announcement section once more and read on how to request for a mod's intervention
* Or else PM fellow member Gowda79 and find out how to do it since for this once he did the job for you that brought us here.

There is no reason to believe that posting notes to the moderators, in bold, in your every second posts will help you get any immediate mod intervention. The fastest way to achieve the same is through Report a Post feature.
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Pavan, please do us a favor.
* Either go through the announcement section once more and read on how to request for a mod's intervention
* Or else PM fellow member Gowda79 and find out how to do it since for this once he did the job for you that brought us here.

There is no reason to believe that posting notes to the moderators, in bold, in your every second posts will help you get any immediate mod intervention. The fastest way to achieve the same is through Report a Post feature.
Point taken

Gone through the section, Thank you very much.
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Week III - Restoration Progress

As on Date, Tinkering is 100% complete.

All panels which were warped or cut have been taken care of, any welding required is also done. The bumpers, Front grille re-shaping, All Done. From now no more tinkering.

The Third coat of paint is done, before the last 2 finishing coat of paint to be sprayed in the coming week.

Engine is been color coded as per the original setting, New head gasket arrived with few suspension and steering parts from Chennai. The mechanic is working on starting the engine by weekend. yaaay...

Finally things are falling in place during this restoration.
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