A Mostly British Obsession

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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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Dashboard Scuttle and Such

It was a struggle, but I finally have the scuttle in place, and while it needs a lot of work with file and filler, it’s looking OK. This entire car is going to be “OK”, I think, which is, er, OK.

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We Have Brakes — Or “Brakes”, Anyway

The brake fix actually worked, so that’s something. Above is an exciting photo of the cylinder in the car, which now actually has “brakes” for skinny Morgan drums values of “brakes”.

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State of Ms. Fairchild, Braking News

The checklist for seeing if “she” starts is getting shorter: Get the scuttle on, with dash in-place, wired and plumbed; secure steering column and cross-scuttle support once the dash position is known; route choke cable; do a static coolant leak test (ie, put coolant in the system); add a fuel filter (I bought one for an MGB and forgot the MG uses a larger diameter fuel line); find and fix prodigious leak on diff; re-hang the exhaust…and once the dash is in place, turn the engine around to pump some fuel and see where that system leaks. And leak it will.

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Tank Boy

The fuel tank, which has at times felt like a project on par with the entire car, is installed, finally. And I fixed the sending unit for the gauge, if you want to call my repair “fixing” rather than “bodging”.

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Solution to a Baffling Problem

OK, the problem above wasn’t so baffling; it just shows the JB Weld applied to the tank pickup, which was loose. Once in place on the car the pickup is held in place by the line leading to it, so the JB Weld is mainly providing a seal rather than structural strength. That said, I admire JB as a statement of hope; it’s often deployed as a last-ditch effort to fix something; fingers get crossed, everyone relaxes, congratulates each other and thinks “thank goodness”.

And then it fails. In my experience. Let’s hope this is different!

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