Morris Minor Tourer (1932)

This lovely Morris Minor Tourer was first registered on 12th October 1932 and allocated with the registration mark MJ 1143. We do not have any early history with the car but we do have detailed information on all restoration and refurbishment work since 1999. The Morris is in very good, usable condition.

Records from 1999 tell us that the Morris was subject of a re-commissioning programme that included fabricating a new fuel tank and handbrake mechanism for the car. All the wheels were removed and drums, shoes and cylinders all cleaned. The brake master cylinder was removed and cleaned and new brake and clutch pedal spring mountings were fabricated. A new fuel pump was installed with inline filter and all ignition items were replaced. The carburettor was stripped and a new needle valve fitted, new grease nipples were fitted and new exhaust mountings fitted. Finally before being MOT tested the wiring loom was tidied along the chassis and the steering box re-conditioned.

From looking at MOT certificates (dating back to 1991) it would appear the Morris covered very low mileage since the re-commissioning work and in 2009 the car was sold to an enthusiast in Newcastle. The Morris began to get some use but some issues came to light and the engine was removed from the vehicle. The engine was checked and the oil pump was found to be in good condition and oil ways were clear. On stripping the engine, various worn parts were found and the necessary work was carried out. The crankshaft and block were taken to an engineering company and were re-conditioned as necessary. The flywheel was subject of engineering work and the Morris engine was then rebuilt with new gaskets including timing cover gaskets. The head was treated to new exhaust valves, new head bolts and any other parts requiring replacement or machining were dealt with. On rebuild, the Morris engine ran perfectly and ready for weekend use

Having had various work carried out in recent years, the Morris is now ready to use and enjoy. The car starts instantly, runs superbly with a lovely sweet engine and the four speed gearbox is excellent to use. Gear changes are very easy to master and the Morris handles and steers well. MJ 1143 ticks over nicely, charges correctly and is in very good mechanical order. The car presents well with lovely older paintwork, an excellent underbody and bright chrome, a very good mohair hood and side screens. The upholstery is finished in Black leather and instruments and the dashboard are in very good order. Flashing indicators are fitted as a concession to modern traffic conditions although they are not currently connected up, the previous owner obviously preferring hand signals. As a driving car it is surprisingly nippy and comfortable considering it is over 80 years old.


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