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  1. John has fitted a door as well and fabricated new tilt bows as well but has yet to post the details of those, (although I was sure we did....) I'm also waiting a new batch of SCC.2 Brown from my local auto colour matcher, its low on his priorities but he's a nice old chap and has a good eye and works just over the road from where I do, so i'll just have to keep prodding him. hopefully things might start happening again, Shed leave tickets seem hard to come by these days. . Need to get down to johns. and measure things up so Mr Brown of PegasusDrive can crack on with the canvas
  2. and in goes the drivetrain! Attached Thumbnails
  3. More pics of engine progress Attached Thumbnails
  4. A belated update... Hello all, appologies for a lack of activity, There has been progress but its slowed somewhat. We had been waiting for a loom for some time, but eventually got it from a local supplier of Vintage looms. Engine and gearbox mounts were few and far between so we contacted Old Era services who fabricated new dies and refurbished our old mounts, and did an amazing job. Mean while our friend and Morris Register of Victoria Techo Rod Smith, assessed our engine collection, three Tilly engines and two Morris 10 engines, and began work. on our first tilly we will use the SU carby as used on the morris 10 as we only have one Tilly carburettor (SOLEX 30 HBFDO). i do wonder if the Solex will be a weakness, as the SU has such a good name for reliability. No matter thats what they had, and I'd like to get a second one day, but there will be plenty of time for that. sadly only one Original Tilly block was usable, so we've settled on using a car block modified to Tilly spec using bits ratted from the Tilly engines to build the second engine, sadly there aren't a lot of detailed photos other than a general impression of progress. See below. Attached Thumbnails
  5. Great to see you back on the projects Ian, hope to see that standard tilly get some attention as well one day. Cheers Chris
  6. Hello everyone, once again daft question from a wally... so Our Morris Tilly is approaching time to start bringing major components back together, EG engine and gearboxback in, but the local supplies of NOS morris 10 engine and gearbox mounts seem to have dried up, I've approached a Chap in NSW who does rerubbering of engine mounts, but of cause hasn;t got a lot of call for Morris 10m so hasn't bothered with them yet. He's happy to have a go but we'll need a minimum run to make it worth his while. However, surely in The Old country, there would be someone who does this sort of thing? and probably has the Dies etc already, Australian Historic motoring is a drop in the ocean compared to what happens in your part of the world? I have had little luck with the Morris Register, there doesn't seem to be a lot of active restoration going on. Do you folk have contacts that re rubber engine/gearbox mounts/suspension Buffers etc? Has anyone had any luck casting new mounts using modern polyurethane rubber? My profession is chemistry, and I'd be surprised if you couldn't find a suitable PU rubber that can be readily cast and poured, and would do a pretty reasonable job at vibration dampening especially for a modest little moggie engine like the XPJM 1140cc... I'm sure as long as its not some garish colour, no one is really going to get their dander up, and if you make a mess of it it'd be pretty easy to remove and have another go. Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.
  7. What an amazing find, I'm extremely jealous! the information you can glean from this vehicle that other owners can only guess at based on bolt hole distances etc as everything had been stripped from it, just brilliant, a real time capsule piece.
  8. Hello all, Tilly No 1 is streaking towards completion, starting to get our electrics together, Morris tens seemed to use a Lucas RF95? but the Tilly uses a CAV model 75 bt-19x. we have one original that is functional, others that look a little sad. How readily refurbish able is a NOS stock CAV regulator? Should I simply get a reproduction Lucas type regulator, or should i get a modern regulator and hide it inside the regulator box? are these beasties a source of mischief I would be best to avoid? Cheers! Chris
  9. Quick Update: I've been away in the old country for 5 weeks or so, had a grand time, met Rampant_rivet at Caldicott Castle and saw his brilliant Bedford MW, and amongst other things sent my steering wheel frames to Steering wheel Restorations in Kent. They were basket cases the resin castings completely gone, though thankfully the frames were sound. I striped off the old resin, careful use of a dremel patience and thoughtful application of a screwdriver and hammer! When cutting into the resin, I noticed they were an odd shade of "pea/Toy soldier Green" they weren't the Bakelite I thought they might have been. A suprisingly soft material despite its age, very good at clogging up dremel bits! We sandblasted and primed the frames, and that's where things stalled, it was a low priority at that stage and the shipping to the UK would be rather steep. My trip to the UK meant I could save a few dollars on postage so i boxed them up stuffed them into my suitcase, and when the opportunity arrived I sent them, and hoped for the best. after hearing nothing for a few days I rang them, fearing they were lost in the post, "yeah, we recieved them a few days ago, I've just pulled the first one out of the mould, and the second one should be done monday" Wow, I was expecting months. That was just before bank holiday weekend,. I recieved them Wednesday evening, and i couldn't be happier and at the first opportunity I took them down to Johns place and popped them on the Tilly! They even did a reasonable job matching the green!
  10. Hello Jeremy, It was great to meet up today and have a chat and a few mug fulls of Char, your Bedford is an absolute gem and it was a real pleasure to met you, your mates and your lovely wife. Hope you have a great weekend and a safe trip back home. Cheers Chris
  11. John Neville is a Wizard of metalwork! I'm extremely lucky to have such an inventive person to keep this project rolling along.
  12. Sandblasting and painting will have to wait for the new year. Attached Thumbnails
  13. I used welding rods to get the correct size round to make the small keepers for the seat cushion straps. small tabs were added to the seat back and holes drilled to attach. Apart from adding the handbook pocket to the rear of the drivers seat these seats are complete. Attached Thumbnails
  14. I then scrapped up a simple die to form the small pressings. Attached Thumbnails
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