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 Post subject: Re: Our current vehicles
PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2021 12:28 pm 
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I had an 1850 Dolly but it was a money pit!!!! I drove from Bury St Eds to Norwich to see my girlfriend (now wife) and a spark plug came out the head!! Cost a fortune to have it helicoiled. I tried a Sprint but in the end bought a race tuned Cooper S 1360 (was 1275) which made Dolly Sprint look like a Toledo! It had 200 hp with twin, twin choke webers etc.......................

My Dolomite was no problem at all apart from the time the timing chain tensioner broke at 80 MPH on the M25! Timing chain came off dumping all the valves into the pistons. I can still remember changing the engine on the driveway outside my house, an exercise I wouldn't even attempt today. It was easy back then though with no complicated electronics to worry about, just a few bolts, some wires, and a few pipes. I did once have a Morris 1100 which had been fitted with a race-tuned Cooper S engine. Went like a rocket, but it was a pig to drive in traffic. I used to have to carry several sets of plugs everywhere with me as I knew that if I got stuck in traffic it would foul its plugs up and drop cylinders. It would do that constantly unless you drove it hard. Virtually no tickover, no power below 4,000 revs, close-ratio gearbox, and to keep to 30 MPH you had to keep it in first gear and keep slipping the clutch or the engine would stall or foul the plugs. Not really a road car at all.


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 Post subject: Re: Our current vehicles
PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2021 1:05 pm 
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My Cooper was fine in any traffic as you could pull in or out the second carb when ever you wanted. Single carb was used for economy and around town but if you felt happy you pulled what used to be the heater knob this via a vacuum brought in second of the big webers. You then had around 125 miles with 2 full tanks lol!!! Engine would happily spin round to near 9000 rpm and from 6000 you got this deep growl from the racing cam. Only needed clutch around town as it had Jack Knight racing box so quick shift. Had an exhaust you could put your arm in! Wolfrace super slot wheels, twin Cibies to light up everywhere, Wood & PIckett interior, webasto roof, Corbeau race seats and harness and neat roll cage. Went like stink. It would do 60 in second gear with ease and 100 would come up stupidly quick in 3rd gear with engine screaming!!! Never did 0-60 but reckon around 4 secs. Never took it over 100 as rather scary in such small space. Sold to American off Mildenhall base (we lived in Newmarket in late 70's) who sadly killed himself in it 2 months later - hit a tree!!!!! Poor devil. There was an old chap who lived in Bury who serviced it for me every 3 months. I supplied stuff and he simply tinkered to keep it running perfect - he refused to drive it..................sold it for twice what I paid for it; wish I still had it.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2021 8:10 pm 
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My Cooper was fine in any traffic as you could pull in or out the second carb when ever you wanted. Single carb was used for economy and around town but if you felt happy you pulled what used to be the heater knob this via a vacuum brought in second of the big webers. You then had around 125 miles with 2 full tanks lol!!! Engine would happily spin round to near 9000 rpm and from 6000 you got this deep growl from the racing cam. Only needed clutch around town as it had Jack Knight racing box so quick shift. Had an exhaust you could put your arm in! Wolfrace super slot wheels, twin Cibies to light up everywhere, Wood & PIckett interior, webasto roof, Corbeau race seats and harness and neat roll cage. Went like stink. It would do 60 in second gear with ease and 100 would come up stupidly quick in 3rd gear with engine screaming!!! Never did 0-60 but reckon around 4 secs. Never took it over 100 as rather scary in such small space. Sold to American off Mildenhall base (we lived in Newmarket in late 70's) who sadly killed himself in it 2 months later - hit a tree!!!!! Poor devil. There was an old chap who lived in Bury who serviced it for me every 3 months. I supplied stuff and he simply tinkered to keep it running perfect - he refused to drive it..................sold it for twice what I paid for it; wish I still had it.

What I liked about my "1100" was that it was didn't look anything but a bog-standard Morris 1100, apart from wider wheels and twin tail-pipes. Not that most people saw much of it after the lights changed anyway, just a white dot in the distance. It had twin huge SUs, but what else had been done to it I don't know. Very high lift cam I do know, and I think it had been bored out. It didn't like going much below 3,000 RPM, but when it hit 4,500 it just launched! The guy I sold it to didn't use it on the road at all, he put it on the track and apparently did quite well with it.

I used to do all my own work in those days, and it needed constant fettling to keep it on-song.


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 Post subject: Re: Our current vehicles
PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2021 2:51 pm 
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Mine didn't look that fast as only obvious thing was exhaust size (which is what most people saw) and slightly extended wheel arches to cover the Wolfrace wheels.

Yeh the high lift cam lifted a long way and sometimes sounded like coming through bonnet at 9000 rpm, but mine would drive around town fine; you simply kept in a low gear if you wanted to move quick. From what I recall the engine was a 1275 from an Austin 1275 and was bored out by specialists to 1360 with the racing gas flowed head and race cam. Must admit it was great fun to drive round the small Suffolk roads where we lived. Exhaust was pretty quiet but then under power gave that deep Cooper growl and then howl. Nearest I've come to the noise was in sons JDM Honda Civic EK9 which revved freely to 7500 rpm - that had amazing sensation at 5500rpm when VTEC cut in of gaining a second power surge - wow.


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 Post subject: Re: Our current vehicles
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Norfolk Jim wrote:
Mine didn't look that fast as only obvious thing was exhaust size (which is what most people saw) and slightly extended wheel arches to cover the Wolfrace wheels.

Yeh the high lift cam lifted a long way and sometimes sounded like coming through bonnet at 9000 rpm, but mine would drive around town fine; you simply kept in a low gear if you wanted to move quick. From what I recall the engine was a 1275 from an Austin 1275 and was bored out by specialists to 1360 with the racing gas flowed head and race cam. Must admit it was great fun to drive round the small Suffolk roads where we lived. Exhaust was pretty quiet but then under power gave that deep Cooper growl and then howl. Nearest I've come to the noise was in sons JDM Honda Civic EK9 which revved freely to 7500 rpm - that had amazing sensation at 5500rpm when VTEC cut in of gaining a second power surge - wow.

When I bought that 1100 the guy who sold it to me told me that it had a 1300GT engine in it. I only found out what I really had when I tried to get spares for it. It wasn't running well when I bought it, but I thought it was basically sound. It was giving symptoms of fuel starvation and someone suggested I try new needles in the carbs, so I went and bought a pair of 1300GT carb needles and fitted them. That made it 10 times worse! So I spoke to a friend who I knew was an expert on those engines and he told me what I really had. Between us we got it running, but it was only really happy blasting along a motorway, where it would easily leave virtually anything. I came to the conclusion that it had such a wild tune that it would only be good on a track, so I sold it. It wasn't really a road car, and I couldn't enjoy driving it to work and back which was its main use at the time. On the 15 mile journey to work I rarely got the chance to get it beyond 2nd gear. It would go right off the clock in 3rd and 4th wasn't much use below 70. It was a beast! Yours sounds much more driveable.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2021 10:03 am 
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Oh wow. Yes mine was driveable on whatever roads. I used to drive from Gazeley to Bury and back daily which meant A45 dual which was great. Likewise mine would go off the clock in 3rd in a cough and sneeze - scary but at least driveable as a proper Cooper. The guy I bought it off spent hundreds on it having seems flat welded and the lovely Wood & Pickett interior. The seats were incredibly good and being able to use either one or both carbs was great. It was ***** quick on one carb and that's how I normally drove it but I remember one day my dad having a brown trouser day when he collected it for me from a service. He was a little cold so pulled what he thought was the heater lever and went off like a projectile................I got a slight telling off until I showed him how to drive it. The chap was very sad selling it but he had developed epilepsy so was no longer able to drive. He lived fairly close so every so often I'd take him for a blast - he was also very upset when the yank killed himself in it. Like yours I don't think anything on the roads then would catch it.


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