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No MOT for our 1959 Minis

As from the 18th November 2012 it will not be necessary to MOT pre 1960 cars.

For full details please read this letter recently sent to us by the DVLA.

We currently have 184 1959 Minis registered.
Morris Austin
Clipper Blue 36 Speedwell Blue 14
Cherry Red 30 Tartan Red 29
Old English White 22 Farina Grey 24
Moke
(Green)
4
Non Standard 14 Non Standard 11
Total 102 Total 82
The break down between De-luxe and basic is as follows:
De-luxe 104
Basic 22
Unrecorded 58

Variations Engine Bay

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Variations – Engine Bay

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Early style air box points towards the radiator.  This style of air box was replaced after Morris chassis 375 and Austin RHD 2510, LHD 1361. Later style air box pointed to the exhaust manifold taking warm air instead of cold to prevent the carb icing up.
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Very early style vacuum diaphragm unit with large nut where pipe fits, fitted up to approximately chassis 500. Early style fitted on a car.
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Later style vacuum diaphragm. Correct DM2 distributer.
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59 engines have no adjuster on the clutch throw out stop. Unlike October 1960 > style clutch housings.
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Block drain tap on a 59/60 engine. The heater take off tap is accessed from the engine bay on top of the head.
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A four blade fan was fitted to all home market cars, yellow on Austin and red on early Morris cars only, all yellow from mid-way through 59 production.  Export cars to hotter climates had a six blade export fan.  The sixteen blade fan was introduced in Aug 61.
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Oil filler cap is metal. Early magnesium gearboxes – Please follow this link for more information on this subject.
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The master cylinders in the picture are the two earliest types.
The far left hand master cylinder is the correct 1959 type which incorporates a removable “nut” in order to access the seals.  This would be fitted to all 1959 cars.  It was replaced by the right hand master cylinder which has a dummy nut sometime in late 1960.  The cap used on all early cylinders is the metal type.
This style of tapered master cylinder was not fitted to 59 cars originally including a plastic cap.
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This style dot type Champion spark plug caps were fitted to all 1959 Minis.
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A flat topped radiator.  All corner top hose inlet radiators are correct for 1959. A round top hose inlet radiator.
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The Coventry radiator plaque is not always present. Some had Morris Motors radiators rather than Coventry.
image028 A later style radiator without the top hose inlet in the near corner.
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A one piece radiator cowling was fitted until chassis number 4231
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Two types of washer system were used on both Austin and Morris cars.  Standard on de-luxe and optional on basic cars.
Wingard glass bottle and accompanying bracket and pump.  The correct bottle will have UGB 16 embossed on the bottom.  It is a 16 floz capacity.  Glass bottle fitted to Morris cars up until chassis number 34014.  Plastic Tudor has no end date recorded.
A Wingard Glass bottle in place.
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The rival plastic Tudor bottle and bracket with different pump.  Recorded as fitted to both Morris & Austin but only even seen in Austin cars in 1959. A very early engine bay photograph of an Austin fitted with a Tudor Bottle.
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Correct 59 style domed horn. Correct 59 type top engine steady bar.
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A dynamo with a straight or stepped body is correct for both Austin and Morris.
image038 A 59 coil should be Type LA12 and not HA12, so this, with green label LA12 is the correct one.
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A cast water pump with grease screw is correct for all 59’s. The screw clearly visible on the water pump.
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