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Helloo, and looking for a Minor!

Postby Davey » Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:57 pm

Well hello!

I'm Davey from darkest North Devon, and as the subject says, I'm looking for a Minor!

I used to drive them all the time, my first car was a tired 1970 2 door, bought when I was 17, which stayed with me for 17 years. I had a couple of others along the way too. Now what I'm looking for is a good solid car, ideally but not essentially pre 1960 so I'm not tied to an MOT timetable (and because I like the older ones). It's got to be useable, ready to go, and as rust free as I can find it. My budget is £4k but I'd be happier spending a little bit less if I could. So, what do you think - have I underestimated values and overestimated what I can find for my money?

I've had a look at a couple of them above £3k, both pretty from a couple of steps away, one had it's floor welded up... to the sill edge finisher! The other had also been welded up (plates above and below the original floor), a chunk of it's cross member had been removed and not replaced, which worried me a bit.

I'm not worried about welded cars, just it has to have been done safely and in a way that won't promote rust.

So, what do you think? Am I in the right ball park financially? If not, what can I expect for my hard earned pennies?

Oh, and my claim to fame, albeit a flimsy one - I designed and built the original Morris Minor Hubcap Guitar, played by Seasick Steve. If you like blues music, check him out!

All the best, and thanks in advance, davey.
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Re: Helloo, and looking for a Minor!

Postby BrianHawley » Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:31 pm

Hello and welcome from sunny Saudi Arabia!

Sounds like you are in the ballpark if you don't mind doing a fair bit of welding.


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Re: Helloo, and looking for a Minor!

Postby Plin » Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:51 pm

:D Welcome to our friendly forum Davey - hope you find a suitable Minor soon, sorry can't help with an idea of what price is ok for a reasonable saloon.

Very interesting claim to fame, how did you get that commission for Seasick Steve's guuitar?
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Welcome,
You can get an excellent minor requiring nothing doing to the body for that sort of money, I sold one recently that was as solid as can be and struggled to find a buyer even in your suggested price range.
Admittedly I was selling in the dead of winter, now is the time to buy so keep looking.

Shame you weren't around 6 weeks ago.

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Re: Helloo, and looking for a Minor!

Postby DaveS » Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:13 pm

Welcome Davey
Seasick Steve I watched on new years eve .(how old is he? ;) ;)
He played that instrument on top gear I recall.
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Re: Helloo, and looking for a Minor!

Postby plastic orange » Thu Jan 05, 2017 6:06 pm

Hi and welcome.

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Re: Helloo, and looking for a Minor!

Postby Davey » Thu Jan 05, 2017 7:41 pm

Wow, thanks for the welcomes! I've missed Minor motoring and meeting like minded people so much.

Glad I'm in the right ball park money wise, thanks for the tips! I'm looking at a S2 4dr at the weekend, sounds like it's had lots done by it's enthusiast owner, and apparently it's had not much welding. Apparently it has a little bit of 'surface' rust on a couple of doors and '5p sized rust holes' on the wheel arches seen on the rear door shuts (I think they call those 'C' posts?). Will be interested to see, but I must be careful not to be carried away if I could reasonably get a car with less corrosion for similar money.

Seasick's hubcap guitar wasn't a commission - he's a friend and I've made several of his instruments just for fun (we're like minded in our love for home made guitars). Yes - he did play his MM guitar on Top Gear a few years ago, and n Jools' show a while back too. I still have my original 'prototype' of that guitar, along with the backup I made for Steve, both hanging by my fireplace. I'm sorry but I can't tell you how old Steve is - I think I know, but Steve doesn't share it so neither will I :-) I can tell you that the hubcaps on his guitar came from my old 1970 2 door saloon in trafalgar blue, her name is Cynthia and she left the factory 9 days before the last saloon :-)

All the best,

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Re: Helloo, and looking for a Minor!

Postby Panky » Thu Jan 05, 2017 7:59 pm

Hi Davey and welcome :D Ever thought about making a bass from a boot lid :)
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Re: Helloo, and looking for a Minor!

Postby Davey » Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:28 pm

Panky wrote:Hi Davey and welcome :D Ever thought about making a bass from a boot lid :)

Nice idea! I'll ponder it while I finish off building a long case clock from the centre section of a 1000 dash and an A series cylinder head! ;-)
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Re: Helloo, and looking for a Minor!

Postby Plin » Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:34 pm

Well that's a very interesting friend to have Davey. I presume you also enjoy playing the instruments you make?

Hope you do find a sensible priced Minor soon. As you say you do need to be careful not to be swayed by the rose tinted specs we seem to acquire when looking at our lovely cars!!
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