Look, calving season on the prairies!!
Say hello to 'TARDIS'
a 1968 Morris 1000 Traveller. The history, as far as I can piece it together,
is that a doctor brought it to Canada, directly from UK, maybe 20 years
ago. It's still right hand drive. It was deposited on a used car lot in
Vermilion, Alberta, where the last owner's father bought it. He used it
for about 5 years then parked it because it 'needed new brake lines'. At
that time it had only 35 K miles on the clock, had never been modified
or messed with in any way. All the parts it came with from the factory
were still there...amazing. Of course, the entire brake problem turned
out to be leaking rear wheel cylinders which could have been fixed for
about $20. Stupid.
When I got the car home
I started up the engine for the first time in 5 years. After 20 minutes
of running, and fiddling, it settled down to a nice idle, demonstrating
that it really is a low-miles car.
Unfortunately the car
was improperly stored these last 15 years. It was raised up on blocks in
a backyard. This in itself is not a bad thing, but being exposed to the
sun for so long took its toll on the paint and rubber seals. When the windscreen
seal shrank it allowed water in which soaked the carpets, and, well you've
all seen that mess before. Round the back the valence panels and area around
the fuel tank were completely packed with mud which held the moisture against
the steel. Fortunately, restoring Miniís is cheap! A couple of hundred
Canuk $ will fix all the damaged panels.
Donít bother checking
back to this page for updates, it will be at least a year before thereís
room in the workshop for this project.