Modernised Morris Minor

Modernised Morris Minor


The original red seats, roof lining and door trim were professionally recoloured grey, and the car fully recarpeted. The original, disasterously uncomfortable Morris seats were ejected and replaced by Mazda MX6 seats. These seats are Recaro copies, which recline, and to gain access to the rear seat, the backs flip and the seat slides foward.
As you can see, the car is right-hand drive, and the passenger's glove compartment opens to reveal the stereo system. Where the driver's glove compartment would be, there now resides a Smith's 60's style 8000 rpm rev counter, flanked by a matching Smiths oil pressure and water temperature gauges.
The speedos' in these cars were originally white faced and read in miles per hour. Ursula has a black faced BMC Mini kilometre per hour speedo.
Under the speedo would normally be a panel containing the ignition key and ancillary switch gear. This panel was removed, blanked out and smoothed over.
The constructor of the car (a friend of my fathers) then rewired the car and incorporated ignition key, blinkers, windscreen wipers and washers and headlights into a late-model Ford collapsible and height-adjustable steering column. As you can see, steering is via the stylish woodrim Momo steering wheel, which also activates dual air-horns.
The original Morris Minor pedals arise out of the floorboards, however Ursula has a late model pedal box, which makes the car safer and easier to drive. One of the modifications we have made in our period of ownership is to put on the drilled pedal-covers as I had difficulty finding the brake pedal. (My father is now less nervous when teaching me to drive.) We have bought a matching woodgrain Momo gearlever knob, to attach to the 5 speed gear box but as of yet, we haven't installed this.
The car has stainless steel door sill trims which look very funky, a centre mount aerial and a modern dipping rear-vision mirror.

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