R.I.P. MMPU

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bbennett
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R.I.P. MMPU

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I was on my way to Adirondack Tire to get a couple tires mounted for the dub and dispose of some old tires I pulled off rims I was going to save. Tooling along the back road and a woman in a Toyota pulled a left turn right into poor sweet old MMPU. I'm afraid she's dead. The forged steel left control arm is broken clean off, the right rear wheel is folded under, and I think I broke the rear view mirror and the windshield with my head. It's raining and I haven't tried to pry the bonnet open but I'm pretty sure the radiator is kaput and there is a small fuel leak near the front. Looks totaled.
Called my doctors office to see if I can get a checkup. I did walk away from it but the knee is a little sore. The other driver was trapped in by her airbag. MMPU doesn't even have seat belts. Might be a good thing it was right hand drive.
Don't know how I'm ever going to replace her.
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Sorry to see and hear that news, the Pickup does look a sorry sight, I’m pleased you were able to get out in one piece though. Hope the knee recovers soon.

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It is good to be able to talk about this and it seems though devastated as you must be, you are taking it quite well. Tend to your injuries..you walked away, that is always a good thing..!

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:( So sorry to hear that your beautiful pick up has been ruined by a careless driver, but so pleased to hear you were able to walk away albeit no doubt rather stiff and sore. (Will you be able to recover much from insurance?)

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Spending most of my career In Acc repair I have seen and repaired hundreds and hundreds of cars , I will never forget one Ford escort Van that had hit a bus head on !!! You could physically walk under the Van. And the Gent survived to tell the tale .

A,m glad you are Ok ... It is a simple Vehicle to the restore.... but will take Time.... Are you are retired?

On a lighter note at 48 am starting up on my own with a friend : Precision Panel Craft.

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so sorry about your p-u
it can be repaired
all the parts are available
but so glad you are not too badly hurt
just shows how strong our little hero's are.
brian 8-)

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bbennett
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I went to ESM's site and put the larger parts that might be needed in a basket to get an idea of the cost. Apparently their registration form wouldn't accept my US phone number and I couldn't register or get shipping costs. Sent them an email, maybe the problem can be fixed Monday.
You're right it does look like most of the parts are available. One of my concerns is the torsion bar. The steel control arm broke clean off maybe an inch from the splines and I worry that the torsion bar maybe damaged. I could probably find a bar from a scraped salon but are they the same? I did see a conversion kit to coilover Spax tube shocks.
Are there other parts suppliers I should be looking at? The couple I used over here seem to be gone or moved away from Minors. Getting the insurance to pay up is going to be a big factor.
Thanks everyone for your support and well wishes.
Bill

Edit;
Unbolted the bonnet for a better look. Didn't see obvious frame damage but the cab is badly racked. The firewall crossmember below the battery shelf is bent and twisted. The steering rack also appears bent. Looks like I bent the steering wheel and dash with my old bag of bones. Plastic bits from the Toyota continue to fall out. Does Heritage make LCV cabs?

ESM explained what I was doing wrong so I now have the access I need.
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Hello BB,
I know you are in the USA
try Andrew Eggleton
(back cover of our magazine) or below try:
'Morris Minor Centre Birmingham'
they do overseas delivery,
your area code to England
then direct line to EWAN 0121-543-1639 or 0121-544-5522
mention my name for discounts as a member of 'LCVReg'
speak to 'EWAN'
he knows me as "Moggybrian" (Brian Lee)
I am a long standing customer
they sell most everything you may need if you decide to
rebuild your beloved P-U
worked for Steve Austin!!!.....sorry you may be too young?......the million dollar man!!
Best Wishes,
Brian.

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bbennett
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Thanks Brian,
I'm certainly not too young, too old I'd almost forgotten about the $6m dollar man. I kinda liked Lindsey Wagner though. Forgot how much she cost.
70 but feeling 90 since about Friday. Doc called for some more tests. At least I'm luckier than Mark Donahue (sp). He walked away from the shunt that killed him. Pretty sure I'm beyond that window though.

Over here the two door was the most popular variant. Does anyone know if it's possible to cut the front off a salon doner and graft it to a pickup cab at the rear door posts? I'm thinking that the firewall and that crossmember that carries the shocks and rack is going to be a challenge to straighten out. Seems like transplanting just the firewall would be tricky.
BB

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If you look close to your truck cab and that of the van...the b-post has block inserts where the hinges normally go...some say otherwise but if the cab was not shared then why the hinge cutouts....the basic shell forward is that of the 4 door....your doors are the very same as the 4 door saloon....main difference is the level of dress..the truck and vans were not dressed with chrome bumpers but painted and shorty bumpers at that, no hood side trim nor script. Door panels were utilitarian with lever pulls. Also your window trim on your wrecked one was never a truck/van item but changed by yourself or a PO. Your cab rear did not look that bad but then again I have not seen it in person or other pictures...the cab went into the bed but from my perspective it looked more like the results of a buckled frame...these are notorious for being weak in this area to the front spring hanger due to rust over time. Anyway, I would pull the truck bed and inspect the back of the cab and see in the rear panels can be salvaged...

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