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Category: 1955 Morgan +4 (page 2 of 8)

Tubby

The tub is skinned–doors are next, and then fitting the rear fenders. I’ve put a couple of coats of primer on the work so far to see where I’m at. It’s also time for a “jeebus there is a lot of dust” cleanup of the car and shop.

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I Suck at Bodywork

But we knew that. I have put on and sanded back off a gallon of filler on my new steel panels–I (finally!) was able to get some primer on one tonight. The filler isn’t too thick, but that beaded spare opening really pays havoc with keeping the panel flat.

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Rear Shaping Up

Not mine, obviously, that’s a lost cause.

I started the quarter panel on the driver’s side…I still have to dress the fold-overs a bit more, properly cut around the door catch and guide, and decide how to fold the very tail end. It’s a lot tougher than it looks to get nice folds, and this panel has a lot of tool marks on the flanges (which will be hidden, but still feels a bit blah).

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More Oops

Update: Made an extension for the back, see bottom of post.

I had the rear deck panel pretty nicely completed…until I looked at pictures of a few other cars and thought “hm, the vertical bit at the rear of the panel looks a lot narrower on those cars. Hm.”

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Deck is Stacked

I spent way too long trying to salvage the original rear deck panel, which has been hit a million times. I’m working on its replacement. I’ll use the wire bead from the original inside of my new spares opening, which should be, er, “interesting” to make. An update when it’s done.

Not a Fan of 2017

Nor 2016, for that matter. Above you can see the fairly horrible rear deck panel, which will look OK after filling and what-not, but, man, it’s in tough condition. I also discovered the fuel tank is leaking, and best of all, the rear suspension cross-member had to be moved half an inch forward so the spares emerged in the right place.

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Well, That Didn’t Take Long

Believe it or not, between the last post and this one, I have spent all my “car time” getting the Morgan scuttle to fit a bit better (again) and then filling it so it wasn’t a complete disaster. A bit more about that inside, but here’s Reg the faithful MGB, and the XJS which was going to be a “quick sale” (and which I need to sell but have not found the time), and Goldie in her carport digs.

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Morgan Runs

Just a brief note that the Morgan fired right up and sounded pretty nice actually. The one thing the darn thing hasn’t fought me on, so far. You can see I’ve painted the top frame, though I still need to dye the fabric webbing, which has sun-faded but is serviceable.

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Lucas Switches

Lucas gets a bad rap, but they generally built their stuff to last fairly well…bullet connectors not withstanding. Let’s take a look at what the ignition/headlight combo and foot high beam dip switches look like, you know it will be fascinating. Or something.

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We Have (Murky) Light

Well, some of my cheesy temporary lights work, but only after chasing out a short in one of the small lamps. Sadly, it seems like some of the “original” electrical equipment is not actually operable; so far the list definitely includes the DB-10 control box for the rear lights, and possibly the combination light/ignition switch, which at best seems fairly flaky.

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