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  1. Great to see you back on the projects Ian, hope to see that standard tilly get some attention as well one day. Cheers Chris
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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!
  6. 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
  7. John Neville is a Wizard of metalwork! I'm extremely lucky to have such an inventive person to keep this project rolling along.
  8. Sandblasting and painting will have to wait for the new year. Attached Thumbnails
  9. 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
  10. I then scrapped up a simple die to form the small pressings. Attached Thumbnails
  11. I cut a piece for the reinforcing and plug welded it in place Attached Thumbnails
  12. I had some sheet metal folded and scribed the shape onto it. I cut a piece of 10mm bar the same shape to dress the edge and folded a new piece of 4mm wire into the edge using a pair of pliers. Attached Thumbnails
  13. That almost completes the bottom half. The seat back on the complete set of seats we have are not good enough to use so I will make two sets of those. There is a reinforced section on the bottom which has two small pressings which take the weight of the seat back against the legs. The first thing to do was unpick the wire edge and fold out the frame for a pattern. Attached Thumbnails
  14. I drilled holes around the edge of the seat base to plug weld to the frame and turned down some half inch bolts to match the stepped bolts that hinge the to seat halves together. Attached Thumbnails
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