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A Mostly British Obsession

JCW Brakes, Part 2

Welp, the brakes on the JCW Paceman are done, and the wear sensors were salvagable, so yay!

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JCW Paceman Brakes, Part 1

There really doesn’t need to be two parts to this, but the second one will simply show all of the brakes done and some photos of the car in its final state, as I’m selling it, after a couple of enjoyable years of ownership.

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Spatter Specialist

Despite being in the midst of a slow-motion bankruptcy (or so it seems, someone send me a Morgan to work on!), I’ve been looking to buy a welder. The last welding job I farmed out was both expensive and the work so bad the piece is unusable (sadly, it’s the right front wing on the ’55 Morgan). After just a few weeks (ahem) of looking, Craigslist has coughed up a used example for me to burn holes in metal with. Fixing that awful fender work will be the first thing tackled when I have figured out how to use the thing.

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Leather Assessment

I made new backing panels for the ’55 Morgan +4 doors and quarter panels from 1/8″ ABS plastic sheet, and those turned out well. However, having then poked them inside the existing leather trim, I’m having a bit of an existential crisis about the interior.

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Messy Driveway, Clean Shop

Moving stuff around in the shop to get the Morgan back on the “working” side, now that I’m finished with my friend’s E-Type.

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I Made a Color Thingy

Sky
Eau-De-Nil
Sea Green
Grass Green
Olive Green
Brilliant Green
Light Bronze Green
Light Brunswick Green
Emerald Green
Bold Green
Opaline Green
Light Olive Green
Verdigris Green
Forest Green
Spruce Green

The gadget seems to work…but the darker colors look more like anodized metal than enamel paint. (I kind of suck at colorizing anyway, but at least in photoshop you have fine control; here, using CSS and HTML…not so much.) Some not-all-that-exciting details below the more link, if you want them.

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Color Me Green

The photo at the top is the one bit of original color I found on the ’55 Morgan, on the dash support. (The original color is the lower, lighter shade.) Below are some explorations of similar colors plucked from various period British color standards, as that is probably where this color came from. Read onwards for some bad Photoshops.

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1200

I offered to store a friend’s 1994 Triumph Daytona 1200 for them over the winter as a favor and as part of the deal I agreed to get it back into running condition…wait. Something doesn’t seem right there…so much for deal-making savvy. Ah, well, what are you going to do?

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Left Front Fender

It fits. Well, mostly. My new body is a bit narrower than the old one, I think, but a bit of judicious trimming has the wing fitting OK, so far.

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Sprung Covers

I finished the spring covers and installed them in the car. Above is the paper template used for cutting out the 20 gauge steel sheet. One side has a cut-out for the battery cable.

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