Ups and downs

Practical Classics (UK) - - TEAM ADVENTURE - Brian Pin­ner, Ip­swich

The Ser­vice Guide ar­ti­cle on the Mor­ris 8 in the Au­gust is­sue brought back many happy mem­o­ries for me. My father, who had his ap­pren­tice­ship as a mo­tor me­chanic soon af­ter WWI and who was dis­parag­ing about the ‘fit­ters’ who came into the garage busi­ness af­ter WWII, had what must have been a pre-se­ries model, CYO830, be­cause it had a fab­ric prop­shaft joint.

Liv­ing in Ip­swich, when go­ing up the Bish­ops Hill, we knew to change down be­fore we passed the White Elm pub. When the car needed a de­coke, it was done along­side our beach hut at Felixstowe in the sum­mer. This would only take an hour. I was ‘al­lowed’ to grind in the valves with the coarse paste, but my father al­ways did the fi­nal bit.

My part­ner and I did 1000 miles tour­ing the West Coun­try and the only in­struc­tion we were given was that, if go­ing up Por­lock Hill, to stop at the foot of the hill, put car in bot­tom gear and leave it there un­til we reached the top. This was at a time when a large num­ber of cars needed res­cu­ing by the per­ma­nent AA men half­way up the hill!

Kim Hen­son goes Mor­ris danc­ing.

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