We returned to Wiltshire today to catch up with Morris and see how his restoration is going. John, the chap working on him, has pretty much finished sorting out the rust now and was busy sandblasting the bodyshell when we arrived. The bare metal reminded me of the iconic stainless steel finish of the DeLorean DMC-12 (as seen in Back to the Future). Of course, if Morris were left in this state he would rust pretty quickly so I think it's probably best he's painted back to his original colour!
Morris's tiny 848cc engine has returned from being rebuilt now and we were able to marvel at how clean and shiny it looked. Sadly the original cylinder head was beyond repair but the rest of the engine is original. With a mere 34 horsepower Morris is never going to be a speed machine but at least his engine should run as smooth as silk now!
It was lovely to see Morris looking a lot more Mini-shaped today and it won't be long before his 'Maroon B' paint is resprayed. With a bit of luck he'll be back home with us just in time for some warm spring weather!
3 March 2017
If you're interested in the process Morris has been going through you can see my photos from the visit we made to see him a month ago here.