This is an imported English car and has the original 1098cc engine and the baulk rink syncro ribbed case gearbox (i.e the one where the syncro works!).
I bought this fully restored (or so I thought at the time).
The body is very good, but the wood rot is progressing.
It has had a few mechanical problems, but I am working on these.
This certificate from the Morris Minor Car Club of Tasmania was one of the first produced.
The photo is taken in Bracken Lane in Fern Tree, Tasmania.
Note the certificate number!!!
Just after I had the motor restored, a 5 tonne truck with a 3 ton trailer didn't bother to stop when I stopped at an orange light in South Hurstville.
The Traveller was pushed right across the intersection, and Kerry and I received slight whiplash injuries.
The insurance paid me out, and I am waiting for the wood to arrive from England.
The wood has finally arrived from England, and all the broken bits have been removed.
Some of the new wood has been placed in position, and the roof is held up (just) by the right hand rear pillar.
The new wood has now been installed, and I have started to sand back the old woodwork, in an attempt to ensure that the new wood blends in with the old wood.
Some of the wood is original, and the varnish is very hard to remove.
The wood which has been replaced has a much newer varnish, and is much easier to remove.
Now all the sanding is complete, so the next stage is to apply the first coat of varnish.
This will be a marine grade ultra-violet proof type, and will be done in controlled conditions in a spray painters booth.
Today I took the Traveller to a spray booth at a panel beating shop.
The rear doors and panels were removed, the woodwork given a final sand down, dusted off, and then I finally started to apply the varnish.
The Traveller will sit in the spray booth all weekend, and then will go back to the Morris Minor World till I have time to apply the second coat, which again will be done in the spray booth.
It looks really good, with the new wood not to dissimilar in appearance to the old wood.
This is the Traveller on the street, just before I drove it round to the panelbeaters, gave it a quick sand and then applied the second coat of varnish.
After a third coat, scheduled for Friday 6 July 2007, the panels will be resprayed, and then we can start putting the whole car back together at last.
The painting of the panel behind the bumber bar, the right hand rear side and the rear door panels (not shown) has been completed, and the Traveller is back at Morris Minor World. The next step is to mount the door frames and then install the rear panels and the rear glass.
The door frames are now mounted, and look really good. Unfortunately the top hinge on the right hand side will need a bit of adjustment.
New brackets for the wooden floor support have now been welded in place, and the original wood replaced. The photo shows the boot floor all cleaned out, and the centre support for the floor resting in place.
These photos show the new tow bar and bike beak as well. With the beak in place, only the right hand door can be opened. If the beak is removed as in the second photo, both doors can be opened.
Of course, if there are bikes on the bike beak, then the doors will not be able to be opened.
Next step is to adjust the top RH side door hinge, then fit the bottom panels and the locking mechanism.
All being well, the car should be in my garage in a couple of weeks.
Tonight I adjusted to top right hand door hinge, and then installed the bottom panels in the rear doors, followed by the door furniture and stays. As you can see from the picture, the Traveller is now looking really good.
The next step is to fit the dust seals and then to wire in the tail and indicator lights.
The photo shows Alan from Morris Minor World and David Edwards
The tail and indicator lights are now wired up, and the wiring for the numberplates lights ready to install.
The next step is to wash the car and then take some photos for the insurance company.
Once it is insured, I can then drive it home!!!
At home, I will then tidy the inside up and install the floor.
Now everything is ready for the insurance, after I cleaned and washed the car today.
The photo shows Alan's young friend Jake with the cleaned Traveller.
For all Morris Minor repairs, I can recommend Alan Hall at Morris Minor World in North Parramatta, Sydney Australia
On Friday, I arranged to insure the Traveller, and was able to drive it home to West Ryde with my bike on the bike beak.
Since the car came home, I have fitted the rubber grommets to the bumper bar mounts, installed the number plate lights, cleaned the rear glass and varnished the wooden bits which hold them in, fitted the new (proper) rear door handle, and repaired the hinges on the rear seat. I have also worked out how to access the spare tyre, which is too big to slide out from under the floor.
In the 2 weeks since the car has been at West Ryde, I have completed the boot floor, installed the back of the rear seat, installed and adjusted the new, correct style, rear door handle and installed the rear window glass.
The spare wheel, now fitted with a 155 x 14" radial tyre on a standard 3 1/2" Morris Minor rim, lifts out through the boot floor, which is hinged at the front.
I have discovered a small amount of distortion in the rear left hand side panel where the fuel filler passes through it. This will be fixed and the panel resprayed.
Today Kerry and I went to visit Ken and Aida Dudley in Sylvania, which is where we were going in February before the accident.
This was the first outing for the Traveller after the side panel paintwork was completed.
After riding round Bicentenial Park with the usual gang, we travelled off to Globe Battery Sales & Service in Padstow for the annual Morris Minor Car Club of NSW "Service Day".
Unfortunately the bikes on the back provided a bit too much torque on the new tow bar when I went over a speed bump leaving Bicentenial Park, and we arrived with the bikes leaning well back.
Much useful help and advice was provided by other MMCC-NSW members, and it was a very slow trip home that afternoon.
It was really gratifying to receive the next issue of Minor Torque, and to see that the Traveller was a front cover star.
Check out the MMCC-NSW web site to find details of other minor events.
I picked up this heritage certificate at the British Motor Heritage Trust not far from Birmingham.
Interestingly, the colour of the car was originally Almond Green. Ron Middleton confirmed that he had changed the colour when I saw him on Xmas Eve 2007.
Check out their web site if you interested in British cars:
After 3 days back in North Parramatta, I picked up the Traveller from the Morris Minor Centre on Friday afternoon.
Alan and Tom had done some great work on the tow bar, and it is now strong enough to support the bikes.
Alan also managed to fix the front suspension rattle - the Traveller now drives like a new car!!!
These photos were taken from Meadowbank Park, which is overlooked by our new unit.
In January 2007, not long before the accident, I had a puncture, and ended up buying 2 new 165R14 radial tyres from Marks and Wallings Tyres Pty Ltd in West Ryde to replace 2 of the 4 175R14 radial retreads that had been fitted to the car when I bought it. The new tyres were fitted to the front wheels.
Today I went back to Marks and Wallings Tyres and purchased another pair of 165R14 radial tyres to replace the old 175R14 retreads on the rear.
Greg Hague remembered the car from January, and changed the tyres without using a power wrench while I watched. He did a great job, including balancing them.
The new tyres are Marangonis from Italy, and they are directional. Once they have bedded in, I will transfer them to the front of the car.
This photograph was taken at a well known winery in Rutherglen, Victoria.
Their wines are very good, and the staff is very friendly.
Check out their website:
2008 - Los Angeles
At the end of our 2008 world trip, on the day Kerry and I flew back from Los Angeles to Sydney, we visited Randolph Williams in Los Angeles.
Randolph loves Morris Minors, and has lovingly restored many cars. One of his latest restorations was a Morris Minnor 1000 Traveller, and I felt very privileged as he let me drive it through some quiet back streets. It felt quite strange to drive a left hand drive Traveller.
Randolph has a website with lots of interesting information about Morris Minors, not only in California but in Scandinavia and England as well. Check it out at:
After my daughter Victoria's wedding in Burnie on 3rd January 2009, I drove the Traveller back to Sydney, stopping at that well known winery in Rutherglen again.
Unfortunately, I only had room for 6 bottles of their excellent red wine, but I did manage to take another photo. You can see from the photo why there was no room.
The Traveller has now been serviced, with just a few minor problems fixed up, and I will spend the next few months tidying it up in preparation for the drive to Brisbane for the 14th Australian National Morris Minor Rally at Easter. Check out the website at:
15 April 2009 - 14th National Morris Minor Rally
Kerry and I had a fantastic time at the 2009 Morris Minor Rally in Brisbane.
We had a leisurely trip up from Sydney, stopping in Newcastle, Coffs Harbour and Ballina before arriving at Rally headquarters on the morning of Good Friday.
I was entrant number 173, with about 200 entrants all told. The Traveller was entered in the Maintained Class for Morris 1000s.
The rain held off for most of the Concourse on Saturday and a great time was had by all. Dinner that night at the Queensland Police Academy was great, with excellent food and some good entertainment.
The drive to Cleveland Point on the Sunday was fun and interesting, with a nice lunch provided.
At the Concourse Dinner on Sunday night, I was amazed and delighted to discover that my Traveller had been awarded a trophy for the "Best Maintained" Morris Minor 1000.
The concluding breakfast on Monday morning was a chance to say goodbye to all our friends, and then start the 2 day drive back to Sydney, stopping in Ballina and Newcastle again.
The Traveller went very well, achieving an average fuel consumption of 41.2 mpg while cruising at 65 mph. The total distance covered was about 1500 miles.
With a repaired speedo and a new speedo cable, it was great to have a speedo needle that didn't flicker.
A check of the odometer on the way up showed that 10 km travelled equated to 6.8 miles on the odometer. At the rally, I measured the diameter (using Kerry's knitting tape measure of course) of my 165 x 14 inch radial tyres - 580 mm - and also of a standard Morris Minor 14 inch crossply tyre - 630 mm. The average of these measurements shows that the speedo and odometer over read (because the smaller tyre diameter means that the wheels turn faster) by about 9%.
This means that our cruising speed of 65 mph on the speedo corresponded to 95 kph in actuality. This of course also reduces the fuel consumption from 41.2 mpg to 37.5 mpg. That's not bad for a 45 year old car!!!
For my international friends, 37.5 mpg converts to 31.2 mpg when using US gallons (instead of the imperial ones that we used in Australia) or to 7.5 Litres/100 km.