1970 Morris Minor Traveller 1.1
An all-time classic, characterful British 'people's car'
Original 1098cc engine got tired after 100,000 miles (noisy big end bearings) so I swapped it for a rebuilt 1275cc MG Midget one; car can now do around 100mph top speed!
The bigger engine eventually broke the original gearbox, and snapped a half-shaft. I'll be fitting a Midget gearbox to match the engine - it has stronger needle-roller bearings.
Have since also changed the gearbox and differential, also updated from dynamo to alternator, front drums to Ford Orion/Sierra ventilated discs (one of the best upgrades you can do to these), and original flimsy clutch linkage for a hydraulic conversion. Also changed from the rather ineffectual standard lever arm dampers to modern telescopic type.
Bodywork rusts (though pretty durable), but panels easily available and most bolt on. Woodwork is high maintenance!
Overall, a terrific little car that is fun to drive being very responsive, it is also practical, a good load-carrier and cheap to run and maintain. Maintain it correctly and it'll hold its value or appreciate. Looks sweet too!
However, it is relatively uncomfortable and noisy on the motorway - both wind noise and mechanical thrash. They do require a lot of maintenance compared to a modern car, so you really need to be dedicated to own one. There's a good owners club (Morris Minor Owners Club) and excellent parts availability so they're not difficult to keep going.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 12th November, 2006