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    XI
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    Borehamwood, Herts.

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  1. Morris

    Morris' XI Build

    Oh I did wonder about what constituted a late type Midget (rubber bumper model I guess). I like Simon's solution so I'll try something along those lines. The hand brake lever itself is showing a small amount of corrosion under the chrome in some limited areas so that'll need addressing when the time comes. Btw, I now have my eBay engine stand which I reckon is £25 very well spent. I could never have made one for that price.
  2. Morris

    Morris' XI Build

    Ok thank you Simon, that's quite an elegant solution.
  3. Morris

    Morris' XI Build

    I’ve been pretty busy the past couple of weeks getting everything ready to start assembly. Most of my time has been spent raising cash from the sale of the MG parts. I paid almost £1,300 for the car and have so far clawed back 50% of my outlay from the sale of parts, so I’m very pleased. It hasn’t been without effort though, what with fending off silly questions and inappropriate offers on the auction site, arranging for people to collect items from my home, packaging up parts and printing off postage labels, taking them to the post office and/ or drop off points etc. I have still some of the larger ticket items remaining to sell such as the gearbox/ doors etc. but they have plenty of watchers to I’m not too worried that they are taking a little more time to sell. It’s been an interesting exercise and I’ve met some interesting characters talking about the projects that they are working on! What I am pleased about is that the parts I have sold so far are being used to keep other MGs on the road. Re the XI, I’ve drilled out the countersunk rivets attaching the door hinges to the chassis and removed the wraparound wind shield from the scuttle moulding in preparation for the IVA test (and cunningly ‘hidden’ them in the spare bedroom! ). I cannot fathom though why the door hinges aren’t attached to the chassis using rivnuts, especially as they are removed anyway pre IVA as a matter of course. Post IVA (in the dim and distant future) I’ll put this right and make sure that they are removable. I’ve tidied up the garage to make the XI accessible all the way around the chassis by removing the bodywork. Access is now excellent despite the bikes, part finished go-cart and old MG parts littered around. I’ve just bought a second hand Sealey engine stand (from an auction site) which I’ll be collecting on Wednesday after work. It was very cheap (£25), un-used and local so that will help me no end when I come to disassembling/ re-building the engine. Time has been spent separating the many many parts I’ve bought from Moss into ‘component’ piles, to save time hunting for the correct fasteners when the time comes to fit something. That does though bring me onto a shortfall in the XI ‘build guide’. There is a bag supplied in the kit (for the front and rear suspension) containing three sizes of bolts, two sizes of washers and of course nuts. It is self-explanatory where the long bolts are used, but in a couple of areas it is questionable whether to use a medium or a short length bolt, and whether to use a small or large diameter washer. I understand the logic of using e.g. a large diameter washer against a metallastic bush, but I reckon there are a few extra washers (and nuts) in the bag to confuse the issue somewhat. The instructions for this should be very be spelt out with close up photos to ensure no deviations are made from the intended assembly procedure. Once I am sure I’ve fathomed it out I’ll post some photos in this thread for comment as it might be useful to fellow builders who are scratching their head over this, if only to save some time on the build. I’ve dry fitted the wishbones/ dampers to make sure that the brackets are all in the right place and that the lugs have the correct separation (for the lower damper attachment especially as I’ve read the stories!). Of course it all fits together correctly (with the lower wishbones on the correct side of the car – I’ve read about that one also…! ). The upper wishbones don’t slide smoothly into the mounting lugs so a small amount of tweaking was required, which is very easy to do with a wooden block and a gentle tap with a mallet as we are only talking a couple of mm or so. Initially I thought that it was due to the powder coating that has pushed the apparent location out of tolerance, but it is more likely to be upper or lower tolerances being reached for more than one dimension which sum together making for a very fit tight. The bushes are centralised in the wishbone eyes, but I might even be able to nudge them by a couple of mm although I'll need to be careful for the wishbone eye itself not to rub up against the chassis mounting lug. I'll let you know once I've done the deed as to the most appropriate solution. Feels like I’m moaning a bit here, but my axle and steering have been at the factory’s sub-con supplier for more than five weeks now. In my eyes this is pushing the boundaries of a timely lead time somewhat! Customer service is everything in my eyes and it has been very good up until this point. For this sub-con job though, my phone calls have not always been returned, and no definitive date has been given on when the parts will be ready for my collection. Having said all this, the parts manager did phone me today to say that the wait should be no more than a couple more days. This is a hobby so I shouldn’t really get too worked up over it, but two to three weeks I would have thought to be appropriate for a small welding job such as this? I’ve also found time for some chassis prep. The aluminium sides have slots/ holes in them for the suspension and steering parts. Some edges of these openings were nice and smooth, but others were a little sharp and rough. No big deal to tidy up with a de-burring tool and some fine emery cloth. An odd feature in the driver’s side foot well is that silicone sealant has been used in some areas (i.e. where the chassis tubes pass through a panels) but not in others (e.g. where two aluminium panels come together) where water is sure to get though the gap between the panels ! Again, no big deal really and a quick squirt of sealant in the area will put it right (to be completed once I am on the pedal assembly!). I must say at this point (as I am getting to know the chassis better) that the quality of welding looks to be very neat and tidy. Whether or not this is also an indication of structural soundness I cannot say as I (unfortunately) have no welding experience at all, but it has impressed me as has the overall finish of the powder coating which is very uniform and unmarked. I am though experienced in structural adhesive bonding so I’m happy to pass judgement or advise if anyone needs assistance ! I’m scratching my head a bit over the handbrake dash light switch. The MG handbrake back plate didn’t have a switch fitted, but I can see from the Moss catalogue where it should have been. Looking at the diagram below, is this the later style bracket you would expect to see with an incorporated switch, which is more suitable to use than the switch included in the XI kit (which I haven’t yet found!)? A new switch costs £15 or so from Moss so I don’t want to buy one and not need it (Items 97 and 82 in the Moss diagram below). To follow up on the garage leaky roof, I appear to have stemmed the drip with silicone sealant, so all is well in that department!
  4. Morris

    XI seen for sale

    And I must try to stay focused as I have only just started to build mine!
  5. Morris

    Building my Eleven

    Thank you Rob. Looks like you have plenty of experience in adapting engines to make them fit by understanding what mods work without causing detrimental consequences. I've clearly a lot to learn in that department and will have to stick to keeping installations basic for a while!
  6. Morris

    Building my Eleven

    Ah I wondered how you were getting on with this installation - I'm following with interest.
  7. Morris

    Morris' XI Build

    Thank you Tj, I'll give them a call. My Google search only came up with shot blasting...!
  8. Morris

    Morris' XI Build

    I am considering getting my standard MG half shafts 'Growlerized' (!), i.e. machined in the area at which the splines exit the diff. The machining part of course is no problem, but finding a company who offers shot-peening to improve the fatigue resistance is proving to be difficult to an extreme. I though that shot-peening is quite a common process for crank shafts and con rods etc., but has it been replaced by an alternative method? Does anyone know of any local (to Herts.) or further afield companies who offer this service? Many thanks.
  9. Morris

    XI seen for sale

    And a real hotch potch of parts also (i.e. not very Midget based!). By the looks of the size of that engine surely the weight distribution of the car will bias more towards the front end now? A nice solid project though in the right hands. Is there a formal register held somewhere of all XIs manufactured? Would be very interesting to know how many of these cars have actually been sold since its conception.
  10. Morris

    XI seen for sale

    Has anyone seen this interesting XI project for sale on eBay? https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F264183082123 It comprises an eclectic mix of components including a 2 litre BMW M10 engine that fits under the bonnet, Anglia rear axle, Capri brakes, Vauxhall master cylinder... A good little project for someone!
  11. Morris

    Morris' XI Build

    Oh yes, that makes sense then. The seating (item 59) would be on both sides for alloy clamps for two reasons. Firstly to prevent galvanic corrosion if the alloy clamps are in contact with steel (I don't think that the fat rack is steel though), and secondly to insulate the brackets from road vibration which would eventually result in fatigue damage and eventual structural failure of the brackets. Steel is more 'resistant' to fatigue (small amplitude vibrational/ cyclic loading) than aluminium.
  12. Morris

    Morris' XI Build

    That should be within the capabilities of the home engineer then, a thermal fit. My late uncle once repaired my sister's bicycle using that method when she snapped the frame whilst doing a paper round! It was on a Sunday when newspapers were very heavy (and risk assessments were not conducted by the newsagents!).
  13. Morris

    Morris' XI Build

    I've just checked the Moss catalogue which states that the 1/32 inch shim is used on the passenger side only (for both rack types), items 60 and 128 in the photos below. Mine is metal. Oh dear Stephenh - I'd better not go round corners too quickly then as mine are the pressed steel type...
  14. Morris

    Morris' XI Build

    In a naive sort of way I thought that the ring gear was bolted to the flywheel with tabs. My flywheel is allegedly lightened, so all will hopefully be revealed once I get to that stage. On the subject of welding on the ring, maybe the same person who did the lovely neat weld on my handbrake lever! Yes, I reckon the designers don't venture onto the shop floor as they'll be questioned how they expect a quart to be fitted into a pint pot as per their design!
  15. Morris

    Morris' XI Build

    I reached a milestone over the weekend by having completed the MG strip down (sorry yet more photos but the last ones I promise). I am now left with a bare shell, and Mrs R has expressed pleasure at the prospect of getting one third of our driveway back! In general, the condition of the vehicle was pretty good, and I expect it would have been fun to have got it on the road and had some enjoyment out of it prior to its demise. Nonetheless, the fuel tank was only held in by three of the six required bolts, so maybe I saved myself the embarrassment of driving down the road and the tank dropping out from beneath in a shower of sparks…! I have to say I found the disassembly quite enjoyable. Armed with penetrating fluid and a nut splitter it went very smoothly. It is not often that one has the opportunity for new experiences when middle aged, and I found it quite therapeutic! It’s also given me much more confidence in my practical abilities to build the XI. Even though I’m a professional composites engineer by training, the opportunity at work to now even get close to real hands-on engineering is very elusive. Unfortunately, newly qualified graduates in the engineering or design professions rarely make it onto the shop floor even for a look around, and they need to roll out a ball of string to find their way out of it back to their desks (via the coffee machine of course) – a real shame and a reflection of the computer modelling generation. Generalisation I know, but practical skills are gradually being lost in the UK, and going with it is the appreciation of how machinery actually works and feels from a truly practical and fundamental perspective… I spent much of Sunday photographing 30+ MG parts I wish to sell on Ebay. Amazingly I might even get the money back that I paid for the car. Note that I am currently in optimism mode as I’d certainly buy the parts if I were re-building a Midget! Anyway I’ve made about £140 so far so that’s almost a new lumpy camshaft’s worth…! I noticed when I separated the gearbox from the engine that some of the teeth on the starter ring are quite badly damaged (from operating the starter when the engine was running?), so that’ll be another replacement engine component to be added to the shopping list! As I am running this project in a very linear fashion (with me being the project manager, chief engineer, sales and marketing, quality, finance, stores etc. and supervisor to my 8 year old apprentice!) I am now experiencing the age old problem of how to build a car in a single space garage. Now that I have fully stripped the MG, all spare space in the garage not taken up by the Westfield and my wooden engine gantry (plus bicycles and my son’s half built go-cart which mysteriously found their way in) is taken up with old oily bits of MG. The XI is in there somewhere! I’m next going to utilise the z-axis of the garage volume with the XI body mouldings by supporting them on false cross members up near the roof. On that note, I have managed to cleverly secrete brand new items of the build in various areas of our house, with the exhaust manifold behind the sofa bed in our spare room and the new steering rack hiding beneath our bed! I think I’ve got away with it so far but I live in fear of being found out or of smaller items being sucked up by the vacuum cleaner. I do draw the line though when it comes to used parts in the house as ‘eau d'oil’ only has limited appeal to the non-engineers of the household! That though brings me onto another little job to do – the garage roof has sprung a leak (or I’ve ‘accidentally’ locked next door’s cat inside the garage), and whenever I go into it following some rain, there is a puddle of water on the XI’s (long and curvaceous!) bonnet. Now, the rain is clearly not pouring in but there is obviously a little problem with a roof joint. Anyway I squirted some silicone sealant into the suspect overlap joint and will await the next shower with trepidation! Like I said, the leak is not really a worry to me, but once I have started the build and especially installing the wiring loom, the last thing I want is for smoke to start escaping from the wires when I connect up the battery! In summary, I am now getting dangerously close to actually starting the XI build. Once the garage is a bit clearer and the body mouldings have been hoisted out of the way, I’ll be removing the doors and the wrap around windshield (maybe for secretion in my son’s bedroom on top of his wardrobe – he certainly won’t object…!). My MG axle and steering column section are still up at the Westfield factory for welding. This is the third week but I am in no desperate hurry to get them back, as firstly I have no actual space in the garage to put them, and secondly it’s a 4.5 hour round trip to collect them from the factory. That’s about all for now.
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