Here's My Traveller Too (7 replies)
Here's My Traveller Too
I found this one on Ebay almost 5 years ago.
It was a one owner car which had been off the road for a long while. Prior to me finding it, it had been re-commissioned and had new floors welded in. The engine was a bit smoke and the rest of the mechanicals were tired.
The first things to get changed were the wheels, bonnet badge and mirrors.
Next up was a replacement engine with 12g295 head, Oselli inlet, Maniflow exhaust, 7.5" discs, KYB Gas-Adjust shocks, new rear brakes with superfins and another set of wheels. The electrical system was also upgraded with an alternator and a change to negative earth.
When one of the front suspension trumpets failed a set of Hi-los were fitted.
Since then it has had a 998 Cooper engine and 4-synchro. The paint work on the front has got worse so it is soon to be visiting the body shop for a bit of restoration.
Really like the color scheme. The badge did have to go and you were lucky to find a MKII badge. The Dunlop D1s look great, but I guess you had to change the wheels once you went to disc to not necessitate the use of flares or was it a style choice? Personally, liked the wing mirrors, but the Ray Dot works too. Looks brilliant!
Yes the D1s had to go when the brakes were changed. I did toy with the idea of putting 145 tyres on them, but they would look a bit stretched. The original wing mirrors had a habit of folding in above 50 mph, the door mirrors give a slightly better view.
I'm toying with changing the colour when the body is done and have collected a few bits and pieces along the way to put on the car when it is done.
[quote="Edington":35pvxkzj]Not wishing to split hairs, as I could be wrong, but weren't the 'woodies' referred to as a Countryman and the all steel Travellers or perhaps the other way around? Good picture of the front trumpet corrosion! I've had some bad one's but that takes the biscuit! [/quote:35pvxkzj]
The estates that were badged or marketed or built by Austin were Countrymans and cars built/marketed/badged as Morrises were called Travellers. There were Morris Oxford Travellers and Austin A40 Farina designed Countrymans etc...
It's the same with the 1100/1300 ranges, Austins were Countrymans and Morris' were Travellers. It has nothing to do with the wood trim.
You can see the logic in that as the Morris Minor Traveller had already around for a few years, 1952 to be exact, so when the Mini came out and they came up with the 'woodie' version in 1961 they were merely following tradition by calling it the Morris Mini Traveller.
Not wishing to split hairs, as I could be wrong, but weren't the 'woodies' referred to as a Countryman and the all steel Travellers or perhaps the other way around? Good picture of the front trumpet corrosion! I've had some bad one's but that takes the biscuit!