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Posted 04 March 2006 - 08:14 AM
I have a restored 59 panel wagon, and the demensions to get the subaru EA-81 drive train under it look about right :cool: A 4x4 no doubt would be my goal.
Posted 05 March 2006 - 07:21 PM
Posted 05 March 2006 - 09:16 PM
i used to have a white morris minor 2 door, unrestored rust bucket, but man, that thing was cool, definatly alot more of a driver than a 360. mine still sits in Ellenville NY (traded it for a leCar rally sport), pretty much rusted beyond safe now, but i bet it still runs. what went wrong with yours?
do you have any other cars like this? i also had a Hillman Minx, a lloyd alexander, and there is a Daf and vespa 400 for sale down the road from me. of course there was also the 360 van. always wanted a citroen 2cv:D
an ea81 in a morris would be super sweet, but i can`t remember how big these things were under the hood, i don`t think it was wide enough for an ea81. is this what you were looking for from an ea81 junker?
Posted 05 March 2006 - 09:19 PM
this is the body style mine was:
and this is what the lloyd looked like:
there was also a crosley sitting in Newburgh ny for the longest time, not sure if it is still there.
Posted 06 March 2006 - 08:30 AM
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Posted 06 March 2006 - 01:54 PM
Tuned to the nuts, they would produce 100 HP for the race track.
Sir Alec Issigonis designed both the Mini and a substantial portion of the Minor.
Subaru power for the Minor would be really cool. Let's hope it will work. I bet Sir Alec would have approved, both of this conversion and the Subaru itself.
Posted 06 March 2006 - 02:23 PM
After the BugEye or Frogeye model,
also refered to as "Spridgets"
"A" series engines came in 803 cc,948 cc 1098 cc and 1275 cc
Triumphs small car was the Spitfire and used
a Triumph 1296 cc (early) or later 1500 cc engine.
MM's are way kewl but a bit Fra Jilly for my use.
Posted 06 March 2006 - 04:07 PM
Just have to find a nice EA-81 drive train to get the project going.
Posted 06 March 2006 - 04:13 PM
At the time, it was hard to tell the difference. BMC had Austin, MG, Morris, and a bunch of other names under their umbrella. Then they were absorbed/reorganized into British Leyland, along with Triumph, Rover, etc. Hard to keep track of, especially 35 years later and thousands of miles away. It was a dynamic time in the industry in Britain, the dying gasps of the industrial revolution.
MM's had a good reputation for toughness among my relatives who had them. But they were designed for lower overall speeds, and roads that had been around for a long time, even if they weren't always paved. And this was relative to the alternatives available at the time. At that point, the Japanese were assiduously copying these cars wholesale. They didn't start to design their own, and start the improvement process we are benefitting form today, until the mid 60's.
That Lotus engine would be a Ford Lotus, I suspect? Pretty darn good engien, for the time, but a pain to work on. I hear you have to pull the intake manifold to work on the points. I understand the Ford is a fairly common swap for the Minor.
Posted 06 March 2006 - 05:29 PM
I had no problems with any of these cars. In fact I liked them so much that much later I bought an MG Midget ... which more than made up for the good fortune with the earlier Englich autos. A pure POS from start to a much relieved farewell.
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