Morris Minor 1000 Review

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weta's review of Morris Minor 1000

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“I learnt to drive in a Morris Minor and have owned and...”

Written on: 05/01/2004 by weta (1 review written)

Good Points
Reliable if serviced regularly.
Economical.
Easy to work on at home.
Handle well if you replace the crossply tyres with radials.
Small but big enough for 4 adults plus bags.
Engine is easy to work on and parts are easy to find (most engine internals are the same as early Minis)

Bad Points
Rust prone in doors and sills and lower edge of wings/guards.
Head gasket weak.
Trunnion joint screw-thread (on kingpin) strips if not well maintained and can cause the wheel assembly to 'fall off'.
Standard cross-ply tyres will allow the car to jump across the road on bumpy corners.

General Comments
I learnt to drive in a Morris Minor and have owned and driven one ever since - over 20 years now.

The Minor 1000 (948cc or 1098cc) are great for city travel but doesn't have the performance required for long distance motorway work. Top speed in a standard Minor 1000 is realistically around 65mph but at that speed there is very little acceleration potential left. It's happiest at around 45-60mph.



With some simple bolt-on modifications the performance can be improved to make motorway driving much more pleasant - extractors/headers and a larger SU carburettor (1.5" from the Marina works well) make a big difference to engine performance, radial tyres and telescopic shocks for road holding, brake booster for stopping and if you can find one, a 3.9:1 diff head (e.g from a Wolseley 1500) makes cruising at speed much more comfortable.



Drum brakes are perfectly useable. There's no need for disc brakes if you keep the drums, pads and master/wheel cylinders up to scratch.



The Minor 1000 is easy to drive, nimble around town, easy to park, and stands out from the crowd of Jappas and Euro-boxes.

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150483_Dan006's Response to weta's Review

Written on: 16/07/2004

My grandpa had a morris minor 1000 and it was very nice!! I found that when i looked on your review you had on bad points a bad head gasket can be weak that does not sound nice espacially if it is the exhaust head gasket!
<br>i think think that car is lovely by the looks of the report
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<br>thank you
<br>dan006

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Awg's Response to weta's Review

Written on: 25/06/2005

'weta' has given a really good review here. I would also like to add to check the rear leaf spring shackles where they fix onto the underbody. This was (is) a regular MoT test failer. To run a Minor sidevalve engined car would be a labour of love these days, also the 803 c.c. (I think it is) unit is hopelessly underpowered. But there again this is a review of the 1000 and the 998 c.c.(?) unit is the one to have. It propelled along those Austin A40 Farinas and quite a few other models too. A great unit - but keep an eye (or rather ear) on the timing chain. Drums brakes all round DO work well with the Minor, - but ok, convert it if you insist! I'll second the point to not use crossply tyres.
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<br>Now it's easy to let your heart rule your head over classic cars, especially in Summer. Bear in mind the Minor's demisting ability in Winter is awful. People used to buy a product they wiped onto the interior of windows to stop them from misting up! The heater is not bad actually, but most Minor users of old kept a blanket for rear seat passengers. The heater unit can also be very noisy and prone to failure; as also can SU electrical fuel pumps. As our excellent reviewer said - these cars are a doddle to work on oneself. You'll need a grease gun. Happy motoring, - if I spotted a nice Minor made between 1965 - 1970 I'd buy it, if only to hear that beautiful throttle back on the exhaust system!

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