In this section we tell you why Morris Minors are incredibly durable, and show two examples of repair work that could keep your Morris Minor going for years!
Long Life Cars
The Morris Minor is a great example of a long life car. Why? You ask.
Its heavy gauge metal pressings and sections are individually strong, surpassing the strength expectation of basic safety.
This means that individual rotted areas can be cut out and replaced with new replica sections. You can't notice the difference and it doesnt effect the overall strength.
Funding these jobs isn't always easy, so we have specialised programmes that allow work to be staged over a number of years, without effecting the running and stability of your Morris.
We don't believe in temporary fixes. Touching up is fine, however a rusty panel should be replaced especially if it effects the safety.
1. Front Wing
Unfortunately some Minor owners ignore simple body maintenance...
Over the years, dirt and mud thrown up by the tyres, collects behind the rear end of the wing and around the headlights. This will gradually rot until it bubbles through surface paint, and eventually causes unsightly rusty holes.
A garage may work to either cut out the rusty areas and weld in a patch, or use fibre glass and body filler to build up the surface again. Throw on a couple of paint coats and looks 'like new' for about 12 months... Until the damp gets through again, and you're back to square one!
After a while the wing will collapse and sadly become a MOT hazard. So don't waste your time and money!
A new long life wing will last over 15 years and costs around £600 plus VAT to supply fit and paint, looking and serving as brand new.
2. Front Chassis Leg
As this vitally important structural box section develops serious internal rust, it expresses itself in structural cracks and holes in the outer surface.
Over five years from the first hole showing, it is common for as many as 4 patches to have been welded on top of the rotting member without making it stronger. Cost on average over this period £245 plus VAT.
Short Life Cars
Modern pressed steel cars are built from thin gauge metal in order to reduce weight and cost. The engineering strength is in the total design. All sections and panels are integral and must be in very sound structural order for the whole bodyshell to be safe enough to survive serious impact in an accident. While the introduction of "crumple zones" often makes it uneconomical for insurance companies to cover the cost of repairs and so writing off your beloved vehicle.
Furthermore the reliance of modern cars on computers and complex electronics often makes it uneconomical to replace these parts and so the whole car is scrapped even if its bodywork is in excellent condition