From: user on
Noddy wrote:
> "Charles" <CSpanner(a)> wrote in message
> news:h7npso$7il$1(a)
>> And why or how would you fit 2X dual throat webbers onto a two inlet port
>> head? You have enough of a problem with fitting 2X 1 1/2 SU's for road
>> use.
> For a man who claims to own some interesting English cars you seem to be
> incredibly ignorant about them.
> Google is your friend Roger.
> --
> Regards,
> Noddy.
Seriously how would twin 2x webers pass a roadworthy as a single twin
choke was difficult enough and the mechanical problems were not worth
the effort you spanker
It might be possible to forgive trevor but you know better ( or should)
From: Jason James on

"hippo" <am9obmhAc2hvYWwubmV0LmF1(a)> wrote in
message news:h7nl1c$t90$1(a)
> I've never *owned* a car I didn't like but I've driven plenty I wouldn't
> buy.
> That's not to say that any of the following were oil tight or trouble
> free!
> Minor: 53 & 56 2 dr, 59 4 dr, 63 van (stolen, vanished, then showed up
> restored by a later owner about 15 yrs later - good to see it still going)

Morry thous' had that special thing about them which ensured their ongoing
popularity. I haven't owned one, but the conversion to a Datsun 1000/1200 or
later Sunny engines (1400cc), have been a great mod. One in town here (Datto
1200) gets along quite nicely.

> Mini: 64 850 (1st car), 70 & & 71 1100, 72 998 (swapped with broken
> suspension for a registerable Honda Lead with 56000Km)

"The" moment for BMC ie the coming of the Mini. 'Nuff said.

> 1800: 66 MkI, 68 & 70 MkII

Good family cars IMHO for the non-performance orientated,..tho they did well
in some rallys,..needle-bearing rockers and some other decent mods.

> Herald: 66 wagon. Ok, it was as frustrating as all hell, needed to be
> retarded 22deg to get any sort of performance and then it leaned out at
> top speed and broke the oil rings BUT nothing else with 4 wheels except a
> Black Cab had a 26' turning circle. Very handy in London traffic except it
> stalled trying to climb out of steep cambered gutters on full lock! Got me
> round the UK for 4 months in 75-76 (check the pertrol and top up the oil
> please...)

I had a convertible Herald which had seen better days. I had to cut the back
feet off the seat to fit my frame in. It had twin SUs and a manual (finger)
carby tickler. It had rusted out in the frame. Too much rallying, too much

> Then not strictly English, but Leyland Australia:
> Kimberley: bit more power than 1800 but engine v fragile

Didnt know the 6 was weak. Wasnt it a Nomad donk with 2 extra cylinders?

> Nomad: 2 x 5 speeds that went to someone with more time & money and less
> sanity than me (maybe) - no money to re-register at the time.
> To put yer average Brit car in perspective though, drive a 70s Moskvich
> wagon on Russian cross plies in Winter, or an Austin 3 Litre quickly on
> backroads, or a Bond Minicar ANYWHERE, or try using the brakes in an
> Austin Gypsy to avoid anything!
> To be old and wise, one must first be young and stupid. So there!

Too be honest, my first car was a '56 Hillman Californian. Reliable,
reasonabley well built, double valve-springs, and 8 port head. 1390cc. Never
looked like failing :-)


From: F Murtz on
Jason James wrote:
> Was there a ray of sunshine peaking thru the darkness of pomme engineering?
> Yep,..for me the Austin 1800 MkII.
> -handled well . Not sure whether this was a function of the hydraulastic
> suspension?
> -Huge interior with good seats. The steering wheel was bus-like in its
> position, biggy. The boot was a tad small.
> -economy was excellent. The pushrod 1800cc B series donk was capable of
> 30+mpg highway. The donk was a good revver which made up a little for its
> low power.
> - the car was good to drive. It's stability and general solid feel was
> excellent
> Not so good>>
> -engine was 70hp, so had the power/weight of a Holden grey-motor.
> -the cable gears were prone to probs like being very tight and leaking oil
> as the bowden inner corkscrewed oil out of the g/box
> - the back wheel arm-bushes are rubber (MKI were tapered roller), and tend
> to turn in their bracket. Tightening the centre bolt doesnt help if they
> have been this way for long. Advanced cases got noticeable rear-wheel
> neg-camber.
> -door-handle chrome plating peels giving you little razor cuts,..the
> window-winders snap-off

DB 18 consort with pre selector gearbox.
From: Toby Ponsenby on
On Thu, 3 Sep 2009 14:21:44 +1000, Noddy blathered on in:

> "Marty" <martywoyzak(a)> wrote in message
> news:ajHnm.15567$ze1.8600(a)
>> First car was a 1960 Mini 850 with the rubber suspension. Gutless, and
>> built from tinfoil but it handled like nothing else. Easily got valve
>> bounce in top gear going down hills like Bulli Pass :) I destroyed two
>> engines before the car eventually caught fire due to a short circuit in
>> the rear seat.
> You're not confusing that with a Dak Dak are you?
> Mini's carried the battery in the boot, and there wasn't much near the rear
> seat that could start a fire.

The battery was in the boot.
Starter solenoid somewhere between there and the engine bay:-)
Set-up was like that because there simply wan't room for and engine *and* a
battery under what passed for a bonnet, and nothing whatsoever to do with
intelligent placement of a battery away from heat.
Matter of fact, IIRC the battery was sitting right above the exhaust -
well, either that or the fuel tank occupied that particular position of


Corripe Cervisiam
From: Jason James on

"Trevor Wilson" <trevor(a)> wrote in message
> **These words reminded me of my dad's first car - a Ford Prefect
> (apologies to Douglas Adams). He spent what seemed like every weekend in
> the garage pit, working on the thing. Gearbox? Incredibly unreliable car.

Man, does that ring a bell. Dad bought a 1938 Standard 8. He was always
working on it. The 1000cc toy-engine pie-crusted exhaust valves on a regular
basis, then it broke the skirt off a piston during a sunday drive.
Incredibley undersquare B/S. Eventually he traded it for a Vanguard,..but
had second thoughts (Vanguards weren't that bad a car-had dry liners and a
tough engine/gearbox) and bought an FC Holden.

The FJ Holden
> that replaced it was an absolute revelation by comparison. It was decently
> reliable. If you don't count the cooling system problems when towing the
> 'van that is.

Yeah, for their time they were good value for money.


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