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#1 exuptoy

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Posted 25 July 2020 - 09:51 AM

Well, got the Cooper home and in the garage. I think he’s gained the name Tommy....Cooper :D (Viewers of a certain age will understand that one!

I knew when purchased that it has a few issues before I even start digging! First 2 issues are a clutch that doesn’t want to play and a clutch pedal that’s bent at about 20 degrees off centre due to some twonk forcing the pedal which doesn’t move, second is the huge oil leak, seemingly from the timing cover.

So I got it collected by a very nice polish guy local to me who is trying to set up his recovery business and collected for just £75 for a round trip of about 90 miles.

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So we got it home and I made sure I placed a tray under the cover and found a reasonable puddle in the tray the next morning. Seeing as I don’t want a garage floor full of oil I have decided to attack this first. A couple of hours in and this is the outcome.
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And this! The cover gasket was also plastered so the PO did try and cure it and when it leaked again they just covered all edges which did nothing to cure the leak.

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I got it off this morning and there are quite a few bolt holes raised where it has been over tightened and the face isn’t flat. I’ve tried to square it up but would rather a new one. The cover it seems is discontinued and I can’t get one. So if anyone has one available please pm me and let me know as I don’t want to do this job again.

Edited by exuptoy, 25 July 2020 - 09:52 AM.


#2 exuptoy

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Posted 25 July 2020 - 11:48 AM

Can’t get a cover so it’s been straightened out, paint stripped off and is quietly derusting in a citric acid solution.

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#3 exuptoy

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Posted 25 July 2020 - 01:49 PM

Took the parts out, dried them off, blew them down and threw some paint on them. Not too concerned about how pretty they are so long as they’re not rusty! Could have taken a bit more time but happy enough.
Just waiting on a gasket and viton seal now so I can refil with oil and see if it’s better?
Ordered a new genuine Verto slave and braided line too.
As a footnote I found someone has fitted braided brake lines and the Calipers have a link hose like the MG Metro vented ones. The discs aren’t vented so not sure if the caliper is standard?

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#4 I hate Brian

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Posted 26 July 2020 - 10:04 AM

Hi would you please take a few pictures of your cooling pipe setup stroke connections in the engine bay as I need to re-plumb mine back in after resto If you private message me I will give you my email address cheers


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#5 exuptoy

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Posted 28 July 2020 - 07:44 AM

Got wind of a few mini spares lacally from. Guy who used to do auto grass so paid him a visit yesterday and picked up these JBW 7x13 Revolites and Miglia GF arches. I will obviously carry out a light refurb and may even carry out a colour change on them.

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Posted 28 July 2020 - 05:21 PM

Stuck on 2 wheels earlier, offered up the arches and trimmed the rear as it looked over arched. I love the look.

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Parts from Minispares not arrived so thought I’d take a look at the rust in the A pillar. Seems to have been bodged sometime in the past. Dug out some old fibreglass gloop and piece of steel stuck in there to try and reshape the rust!.

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Decided rather than carry out further bodges on the scuttle and wing I thought I’d cut off the wing and A panel. £450 worth of heritage panels ordered thus far with MS.

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Posted 28 July 2020 - 05:34 PM

looks like a great project ,good luck with it



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Posted 28 July 2020 - 08:18 PM

Cheers fella.

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Posted 28 July 2020 - 09:45 PM

Love the colours



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Posted 29 July 2020 - 04:47 PM

Decided to replace the whole front end. Ordered the remaining panels and started cutting near the seams then drilling out spot welds and peeling it all away. I think the plates on the flitch upright will be part of the new apron but for now they can stay until the panel arrives and I can check.

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My front corner also arrived which I’ll need to pick apart to repair the roof and upper screen surround and the new door frame should take care of the rest.

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Posted 29 July 2020 - 09:41 PM

Spoken to Keith Calver regarding duplex timing gears and he advised that his IWIS simplex big pin timing chain is a straight swap for the standard SPi chain and I can retain my tensioner and gears and is suitable up to full race spec so I’ve ordered one from him at £32+ the dreaded and it should be winging its way to me as we speak. I’ve purchased a new genuine water pump and fitting kit so when my timing cover seal and gasket arrive it should be possible to rebuild it and get the motor back up and running before turning my attention to the sticking clutch.

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Posted 31 July 2020 - 07:40 PM

Thought I’d fit my new engine parts today, removed the water pump, removed the timing chain, cleaned the front plate ready for my new chain, started to reassemble and noticed some buffoon had placed too long a bolt in the top of the timing cover which has jacked out the plate bending it then damaged the thread!!! All back off then ordered a new front timing plate from mini spares.

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My new Calver heavier duty big pin IWIS chain.

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Slightly annoyed I decided to pick apart the roof cut to salvage the bits I needed to repair my roof and screen surround.

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Also cut along the scuttle to see how bad the bulkhead was. I was pleasantly surprised.

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I have to collect gas in the morning so I can make a start stitching the roof together.

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Posted 01 August 2020 - 01:46 PM

Got some qurust, etch primed and Rustoleum on the cant rail and inner pillar before sticking in this repair section. I’ll leave the A pillar until I have my new door frame.


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