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Minor Mods

Jan 2016

Here a few small things I have done, some old ,some recent, that are not in the workshop manual or parts list!

1. Battery switch.

Added this some time ago to isolate the battery more easily when working on the electrics. It sits inside the drivers seat box with its connections made under the floor.

2. Power socket.
Added this to provide a source of power for accessories and a means to trickle charge the battery. Positioned in the drivers foot well.

3.Rear door stays
Fashioned some rear door stays to hold the doors just past the 90 degree position. Used a hinge, steel strip (20 x 3 mm) , a pin from a shackle, bits and pieces and a strong magnet.
The magnet holds the loose arm to the body panel when not in use.

4. Panel bracing
The lower side panels, both sides, have been replaced sometime in the past and seemed a bit flimsy...they also moved quite a bit when pressed. Decided to add some bracing  to the area that sits behind the inner door panels. Added two braces per side with a strip of pipe lagging between the brace and the panel. To ensure the brace fastening at the door opening did not clash with the door sealing strip the fastening screw passes through about a one inch length of tube and screws directly into the spar. (6 mm tapped hole) This allows for the door seal to clear the brace. The spars where tweaked by hand to give some tension on to the panel.

5. Gear lever gaiter
Added a gear lever gaiter and securing ring from an MG-B sports car. (I used to have one of these...MGB GT that is). The gaiter is a good to tight fit on the lever shaft and the retaining ring will just fit in the space available.

6. Ashtray
I can't believe an ashtray was not part of the essential 1960's standard I have added one. It bolts on to the drivers tray and swivels away when not wanted... told it was from a Morris Minor van it could have been part of the options list? 

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