Mor­ris Mi­nor

1960 Mor­ris Mi­nor Con­vert­ible En­gine 998cc/4cyl/ohv Top speed Plenty Gear­box 4-speed man­ual

Practical Classics (UK) - - CONTENTS -

Work done

Rear wings painted and hung; light­ing planned.

It’s been an­other month of slow progress. Body­work has sapped time once again but I’ve fi­nally got the rear wings in colour and hung on the car, com­plete with con­trast­ing navy blue pip­ing. Once the car is com­plete with a navy hood and pin­stripe, I’m hop­ing this will be the el­e­ment that al­lows the car to re­ally stand out. Up front, I’ve been think­ing about light­ing. I want to keep the traf­fi­ca­tors, but also want to use the car with­out wor­ry­ing about peo­ple not see­ing me in­di­cate. I’d there­fore like flash­ing in­di­ca­tors but don’t want to sim­ply bolt a nasty or­ange boil onto each cor­ner. Luck­ily Bet­ter Car Light­ing has the an­swer with a set of clever LED bulbs. For the front, I have bought a later type twin fil­a­ment side­light unit and care­fully trimmed the outer lip from the rub­ber. With the orig­i­nal side­light lens in place, they look orig­i­nal, but can now hold the clever new bulbs. A warm white LED pro­duces the side­light, then a ring of bright or­ange LEDS flash to turn the side­light into an in­di­ca­tor when re­quired. For the rear, there’s a sim­i­larly clever setup that I will dis­cuss when I get there. More soon.

At least the hole makes it eas­ier to clear leaves.

Danny mar­vels at the murk­i­ness of the Mini’s old oil.

Elec­trick­ery un­der­way to start the en­gine.

RIGHT New side­light units. RIGHT BE­LOW Be­fore and after.

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