After Sir Alec Issigonis designed the Morris Minor, it went on to become a popular classic car. Of all the models to be produced, the Morris Traveller is perhaps the most striking in terms of appearance. With an ash wood frame and two side-hinged rear doors, the Traveller was billed as an estate model.
The wooden frame of the Traveller is what makes it appealing to classic car enthusiasts. But what’s the best way to preserve the wood and how do you go about maintaining the car? We’ve put together a handy guide that will tell you all you need to know.
Understand there is no permanent solution
First, it’s important to realise that there is no definitive way to make the wood last forever. The frame is part of a moving vehicle that’s constantly under pressure every time it’s on the road. At some point, the frame will begin to show signs of wear, so it’s better to identify the kind of problems that affect wooden frames and do your best to protect against them.
Common problems include:
• Wood getting damp and rotting
• The amount of wooden joints trapping water easily
• Ultraviolet light breaking down the top surface of the wood
• Once you’re aware of these problems, you can make a decision on how to maintain your Traveller.
Decide what finish you want
Taking into consideration how your vehicle is stored will help on deciding what finish you want. For example, if the Traveller is a show car and stored in the garage, then you won’t be restricted for choice. But if the car is on the road then it’ll be exposed to all kind of weather, making your choice very important.
What types of finish are there?
The two practical options to choose from are a gloss finish or a microporous woodstain. If you’re going to use a gloss finish then you’ll want to use a high-quality exterior vanish with an ultraviolet screen. This will help to seal the wood against damp and prevent ultraviolet light from damaging the surface.
Using a microporous woodstain offers good protection from water and UV. It also has the advantage of letting damp out along the surface of the frame. In addition, it’s easy to maintain and tends not to peel or crack.
While it’s important to maintain the frame, you shouldn’t forget about the rest of the car. If you’re interested in finding out about how to keep your Traveller in pristine condition, then we have a
guide on how to clean and wash your classic car.
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