1931 Morris Oxford
Owned by my father in 1954. This car had a side valve engine at a
time when Morris maintained that there was no benefit in overhead
but it had a cover over the head which made it look like an OHV rocker
This was a good family car with stacks of space and excellent hydraulic
brakes but we had quite a lot of problems with it:
The engine burned enormous amounts of oil and we were followed by a
cloud of blue smoke everywhere.
The differential pinion gear lost most of its teeth.
The gearbox wore out its needle roller bearings (these were replaced
with bronze bushes).
The back main bearing always rumbled but the oil pressure stayed good
- subsequently a piece of cork was found to have blocked the oil feed.
The cork insert and oil clutch wore out.
The front wheel bearings became loose in the housings and were a
We eventually traded it in for the Vauxhall Cadet. I find it
amazing that respectable motor traders were then still dealing in 23
- 4 cyl. Side valve. 1803cc.
- Cork inserts and oil clutch.