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You Cannot Spell “Assess” Without…

Well, I’ve almost got the Morgan +4 down to its rather aged and victimized elements, and the picture is not particularly rosy, though we’ll make it right in the end. I feel only mildly foolish for buying a car needed complete restoration which was billed as a decent driving car, but such are the perils of buying sight-unseen!

Below is a quick overview of the condition of the chassis and major steel components. In a word: pretty tough!

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Above is the firewall. What’s frustrating to me about this piece:it isn’t really all that rotten, just a bit in the lower corner that you can see here. That is, if you ignore the top, where the rubber mat was glued in the toolbox. I have no idea if this is common, or if the mat is even supposed to be glued, but what a weird place to turn to Swiss cheese. In addition, you can see a cat door or something similar in the passenger foot well. Maybe an oddball heater of some sort? Anyway, not sure if this is salvageable for less than a new one, and have no idea how accurate new ones are.

Moving on to the chassis:

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There is a chassis number, so that’s something, I guess. Mind you, it’s sitting next to this:

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Which, in its glory, is not even connected on the left side. So it failed to do what it was “supposed” to do and it’s ugly as crap, with the workmanship of a mentally-challenged bonobo, with all the benefits hard-mounting the engine without isolation has on drive-ability. Heckuva job.

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Just behind it is the “repair” of the right spring mount. As seen below as well, this entire side of the chassis is distorted in numerous places.

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It’s hard to see in my photo, but that bolt is pointing at the corner of the driver’s foot well!

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Crack one of many, above, is on the left side, right in front of the transmission cross-member.

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Crack two of many is in front of the firewall cross-member on the right side.

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The exhaust opening has been carefully altered…who am I kidding. Someone gave the bonobo some speed and a plasma cutter.

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Crack three of many, this is the front right of the chassis, where the suspension mounts. Incidentally, nearly every suspension bolt was loose or missing on this side!

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The pièce de résistance is this, the welding of the removable front-suspension sub-frame to the chassis…on one side. Which essentially precludes re-using this sub-frame. So, of the chassis, firewall, and front-suspension sub-frame, I am fortunate to be able to use…none of them. Yay!

Next time, we’ll have just as much fun looking at the fenders, and other steel skin panels.

3 Comments

  1. D. VanRijn

    A Morgan owner must maintain a sense of humor, humility, and a credit card. My car is going on 30 years old, and even though it looks great from above, I’m always expecting a total frame off replacement is due sometime in the near future. Now I know who to call.

  2. jeffrey groves

    gin & tonic { both my b-g.t. AND the drink } are looking much better every time I visit this site… & ask Van Rijn if he can spare you a few Guilders! J.

  3. Kevin C.

    “Decent driving car” is a relative term. Even a terminally ill patient can have a good deal of “function” in their last days. It will be a great car once again.

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