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Old 28 Sep 2022, 14:25 (Ref:4127766)   #1381
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Whilst we're talking about high performance Morris 1000s....
And the last of them had "staggering" performance with the 1089cc engine in it, I remember supplying a brand new Moggie 1000 van (complete with the "new" column steering lock) in the 70s that BL were offloading, the guy that bought it used it for 10 years with no problems.
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Old 28 Sep 2022, 15:31 (Ref:4127774)   #1382
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They were even slower when the back was full of tools, telephones & cable and a ladder was on the roof.
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Old 29 Sep 2022, 10:47 (Ref:4127830)   #1383
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A pal of mine at school had a moggie 1k as his first car.

As I recall some spirited driving was required to maintain the aforementioned 60mph once it had been achieved.
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Old 29 Sep 2022, 16:39 (Ref:4127880)   #1384
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Don't knock the mighty 948cc A-series


When I had to do the engine change in our A35 (as mentioned in post #1349 ) I was delighted to discover that the engine I'd sourced - which came from a defunct Minor convertible - was of course a 948cc - but the engine we removed was a measly little 803cc from an A30..... Not quite sure how as the A30 was apparently only made from 52-56, and our van was a 57..... presumably sometime in the intervening 10 years it had had a previous transplant


It did feel perkier with the "new" engine
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Don't knock the mighty 948cc A-series


When I had to do the engine change in our A35 (as mentioned in post #1349 ) I was delighted to discover that the engine I'd sourced - which came from a defunct Minor convertible - was of course a 948cc - but the engine we removed was a measly little 803cc from an A30..... Not quite sure how as the A30 was apparently only made from 52-56, and our van was a 57..... presumably sometime in the intervening 10 years it had had a previous transplant


It did feel perkier with the "new" engine
Perhaps someone did a surreptitious swap whilst no-one was looking!

Many years ago when I lived in Norfolk, a local lad on his way home to Cromer in his A35 after a night out, ran out of fuel. He was only just outside the town so he pushed the car into the gateway of a field & walked home. He returned in the morning with some petrol but there was no life from the engine, nothing, so he opened the bonnet to check it over only to find the engine had gone!!
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Talking of transplanting things, a firm that I used to do a lot of work for hired out Transit vans, and a few times they were returned with noisy differentials and once a rattly knackered DI engine !
They did manage to get the cost of the engine back after a court case but as the vehicles weren't always (or never) road tested after they were returned things like transmission swaps were difficult to prove.
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Old 30 Sep 2022, 09:17 (Ref:4127928)   #1387
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Perhaps someone did a surreptitious swap whilst no-one was looking!

Many years ago when I lived in Norfolk, a local lad on his way home to Cromer in his A35 after a night out, ran out of fuel. He was only just outside the town so he pushed the car into the gateway of a field & walked home. He returned in the morning with some petrol but there was no life from the engine, nothing, so he opened the bonnet to check it over only to find the engine had gone!!
Not so easy now with anything "modern" when things like a Viva or Escort
engine/gearbox could be whipped out in 15 mins
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Talking of transplanting things, a firm that I used to do a lot of work for hired out Transit vans, and a few times they were returned with noisy differentials and once a rattly knackered DI engine !
They did manage to get the cost of the engine back after a court case but as the vehicles weren't always (or never) road tested after they were returned things like transmission swaps were difficult to prove.
I seem to remember that the early DI transits were very noisey even when new .

Back in the 90s , when I was doing a lot of miles as an engineer / tech courier , we had some vehicles loaned to us by Ford research / developement at Boreham .
It was handy for them as an independant testing idea as we would normally do about 100,000 miles per year .
One Transit was a really wonderful machine , it would whistle straight up to 115 MPH and in another quarter mile would be doing 120MPH.
On a dual carriageway you would get a Rep in their Mondeo etc come up alongside going into a roundabout and leave them standing accelerating out of it .

After about a year with 100,000 miles on it was returned to Fords and they were pleased with the results , but they never said quite what the spec of it was . I do think it was perhaps a bit too quick to go into production for sale to the average White Van Man .

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My rally service barge - originally a LWB V4 2 litre - would pull about 85mph unloaded, but after one long haul back from a rally near Bury St Edmunds, towing the Lada rally car, I was so unimpressed by its pulling ability when fully loaded that I went out next day and sourced a 3 litre Capri engine. It went an awful lot better after that (whilst of course looking like a diesel as you needed to use the diesel front panel to accommodate the V6 ) . Amazingly the fuel consumption was barely affected - maybe 14mpg for the V6 when towing compared to 16mpg for the V4 - but it was so much better And out-dragging other service barges was fun
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My rally service barge - originally a LWB V4 2 litre - would pull about 85mph unloaded, but after one long haul back from a rally near Bury St Edmunds, towing the Lada rally car, I was so unimpressed by its pulling ability when fully loaded that I went out next day and sourced a 3 litre Capri engine. It went an awful lot better after that (whilst of course looking like a diesel as you needed to use the diesel front panel to accommodate the V6 ) . Amazingly the fuel consumption was barely affected - maybe 14mpg for the V6 when towing compared to 16mpg for the V4 - but it was so much better And out-dragging other service barges was fun
A friend of mine had a V6 Transit as a rally service barge .
He liked it a lot until one day the shaft driving the distributer & oil pump failed .
The trouble was , this was during a rally in Holland , [ possibly the TULIP ].
He had also just rolled his manta rally car .
So , while the rest of us carried on rallying , he set off for the ferry with his rolled Manta towing the Transit towing the trailer
In those days we used the Felixstowe /Zeebrugge route , and he lived in Felixstowe , so he did not have far to go off the ferry this end .
I think these days you would get pulled over before going very far like that .
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Perhaps someone did a surreptitious swap whilst no-one was looking!

Many years ago when I lived in Norfolk, a local lad on his way home to Cromer in his A35 after a night out, ran out of fuel. He was only just outside the town so he pushed the car into the gateway of a field & walked home. He returned in the morning with some petrol but there was no life from the engine, nothing, so he opened the bonnet to check it over only to find the engine had gone!!
There was a time, back in the 80s or 90s iirc, where the car parks at Heathrow had a reputation for similar issues, although in some cases it appeared that swaps were completed rather than just straight removals.
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Not a Ford, but about 20 years ago I had occasion to have to drive a LWB high roof Mercedes Sprinter from the Southend area back to Hertfordshire. As I was running really, really late, I put my foot down on the M25, which was surprisingly quiet, and was astounded by not only the acceleration but also by what the top speed might have been - I was doing well over a 110, and there was still more to go if I had pushed the pedal down to the floor.
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My rally service barge - originally a LWB V4 2 litre - would pull about 85mph unloaded, but after one long haul back from a rally near Bury St Edmunds, towing the Lada rally car, I was so unimpressed by its pulling ability when fully loaded that I went out next day and sourced a 3 litre Capri engine. It went an awful lot better after that (whilst of course looking like a diesel as you needed to use the diesel front panel to accommodate the V6 ) . Amazingly the fuel consumption was barely affected - maybe 14mpg for the V6 when towing compared to 16mpg for the V4 - but it was so much better And out-dragging other service barges was fun
Had a 2.5 LWB V6 from Ford at Tyrrell. Fitted with overdrive and a sort of mechanical anti-lock system for the rear brakes. Plus the diesel front.

Somewhere around the 15k miles mark one of the senior team guys drove it back from the Spanish GP, towing and well loaded, over night in order to get a full extra prep day before the next race and the DFVs back to Cosworth for their refresh.

Unfortunately to do that had had filled up the tank and some jerry cans with regular, not great quality at the time, petrol in Spain. Then driven it flat out for about 1200 miles. I seem to recall that the things was absolutely covered in a fine red sand as well and the air filter looked dreadful when someone finally got around to looking at it.

It sounded a bit rough for the rest of its life, though as far as I can remember there was never any serious rebuild for the engine. It never seemed quite a peppy after that trip.
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Not a Ford, but about 20 years ago I had occasion to have to drive a LWB high roof Mercedes Sprinter from the Southend area back to Hertfordshire. As I was running really, really late, I put my foot down on the M25, which was surprisingly quiet, and was astounded by not only the acceleration but also by what the top speed might have been - I was doing well over a 110, and there was still more to go if I had pushed the pedal down to the floor.
I've never driven a Sprinter but back then they did have reputation for ridiculous speed and when cruising at sensible speeds on motorways, as I did commuting back in the late 90s and early 00s, it was usually wise to get out of the way of Sprinters.

Never buy a used one was a message of the times as I recall.
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In the late seventies I used to accompany a friend who was competing in the European F Ford Championship. One of the other racers, an American, had an ex BRS Austin walk-thru type van. On one occasion it staged one of its frequent breakdowns at Hockenheim, so one of the other lads volunteered to tow him back to England with his V6 Transit. En route, they both got done for speeding!
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