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Banned Morgan



Silent Running

A series of unfortunate of events this year has left the Morgan languishing in the garage for large chunks of this summer. Plans drawn up during the dark nights of winter had to be shelved while other, more pressing matters, (one involving the Devon Air Ambulance), have taken priority.

To compound this annoyance, the Morgan has never run so well. Even the bevel box that can sometimes prove troublesome on these cars doesn’t complain and remains practically silent.


Morgan banned from ‘Run For The Hills’ event

The car is registered for the event but my little navigator, Morgan M4L has been banned from attending.

So you are allowed to wander around the Malvern show ground smoking a pipe or while using one of those ridiculous vape dummy’s but not while accompanied by a sausage dog in goggles. This apparently, is due to loud noises and fireworks. We wouldn’t have stayed for the fireworks and he travels in a Stage 1 M3W for goodness sake..

I should have checked before registering  but have become so used to Devon and Cornwalls easy going attitude to ‘ hairy children’ that I forget he is a dog.

If there is a positive to all this it’s not running the risk of being enveloped in a huge cinnamon flavoured cloud. What is all that about..?



With all the summer rain I briefly reconsidered wearing a helmet. (Yes, I know they look stupid)

But a helmet does protect the wearer from needle sharp cold rain and noise even though they look pretty ungainly in the Morgan. I cant help thinking of those large hair salon driers. So in spite of the rain I still don’t think I will bother.




Added Theatre: Winter Job No 10


New Options list: Aero Racing Ltd Stage 1


My M3W with Aero Racing Stage 1 fitted – S&S Stealth filter and Muscle cover

Morgan will happily build you an expensive epilepsy inducing dogs dinner of a car from it’s newly expanded options list. It seems the urge to order a car with a gypsy caravan theme is strong in the some parts of the world and Morgan plan to capitalise on it.

There are two items on the expanded list I would have ordered had they been available in 2014, the rear mudguard, (now fitted), and the stage 1 kit.

Clatter clatter.. 

There are some very cheap ways to improve the running of the S&S engine. All that is required is the inclination, a bit of time and effort and a realisation that there is a strong possibility your Morgan will end up sounding like a bag of spanners and cease to be road legal.

Aero Racing Stage 1

Avoiding the cheap route and to protect the Morgan’s warranty, appearance and legality it was decided the Aero Racing Stage 1 from the factory would be the best option.  Morgan parts rarely work out cheaper than third party equivalents but in the case of my 2015 vehicle the Aero Racing kit was £640 less than the nearest (available) alternative.

The downside to the Aero Racing option was the four month wait. Four months to deliver parts? How is that even possible?

Next posts.

  • Kit details. Removal and refitting overview
  • S&S marketing hype. Insurance and legal implications
  • Video comparison
  • Blue Loctite as a recreational drug
  • Db comparison. Road test and conclusion



Fitting of the Stage 1 is straight forward but alignment is critical to maintain heat shield clearance and avoid early bobbin and/or exhaust failure through pre loading. I was going to cover the fitting in a blog entry but at seven pages it became a guide.  I am happy to email a draft copy on request.

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Oil Tank gasket fails (again)

The oil tank cap gasket has failed again. It seems to last a year before swelling up and tearing itself free of the retaining bolt. The new version includes a larger washer.


Mincing about: M3W winter Job No 2


Winter job number 2


Every job – Tea, BBC and rich tea biscuits



An enterprising M3W owner has been advertising large grommets to seal the redundant service hole in the compensator housing. Even though the hole is quite large I’m not 100% convinced that road debris will find its way inside. I bought one and fitted it just in case. Perhaps it will stop parts falling out?

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Wamericanch2hen my engine spluttered to a halt back in June, I complained loudly on social media that some of its parts appeared to have been made from American Cheese.

I recently got an email pointing out the engines are actually made in Wisconsin by people referred to as ‘cheeseheads’ a pejorative term for Dutch settlers.

I apologise unreservedly for my slight but making engine parts from America’s cheese mountain is not working out too well for me.

Mincing about: M3W winter Job No 1


Dzus Fasteners



The bonnet of the Morgan Three Wheeler is attached by four Dzus fasteners. Like me, this type of fastener has been used and abused on aircraft for decades.

The problem is, if you have the manual dexterity of a commodity trader or the thumbs of an accountant you will probably struggle getting them to line up and latch.

There is a £10 kit of springs and cup washers available which may make things marginally easier for the limp and floppy. On reflection, I probably didn’t need them.


I almost pressed the button on the Stage 1 while ordering the springs. Glad I hesitated,  the web page was wrong. They do answer emails (well, eventually.) But, by the time I had the correct info, the moment had passed and I had come to my senses. Anyway, the genuine Morgan Stage 1 probably won’t  require selling  body parts.

(to be continued in a future post)


When I bought the CTEK battery conditioner for the Morgan Three Wheeler a couple of years ago the lead for permanent connection supplied in the box was unfused so it was never fitted. CTEK now offer a protected lead for those with OCD. The oddly named CTEK Comfort Indication Kit is a snip on eBay for the price of two springs.

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Morgan M3W at 7k miles



Morgan Three Wheeler 7000 miles

The Morgan Three Wheeler ends this season a better car than it started. The mods and updates throughout this year plus a ‘no prisoners’ approach to hunting down the rattles and squeaks have paid off.

The new tyres make it feel more planted, the mods to the engine have made it run better and the transmission changes have made the whole drive train practically silent. At 7k miles the M3W is a delight and runs better than when it left the factory.

Perhaps Morgan should have told me I was buying an unfinished project?

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A false start..

So I wasted a whole day cleaning and protecting the Morgan Three Wheeler. At this time of the year the weather is supposed to be pants. Ok, so it is cold and windy but the sky is blue and the lanes are mostly clear of mud and ‘cow eggs’.

I know this is just a blip on the downward weather spiral but no complaints from me. Any excuse to dress up.

Although we obsess about the weather in the UK we really don’t appreciate just how civilised our climate is. I remember, one winter, our garden furniture blew over but we got through it and it made us stronger.. 🙂

The only access to the main road from our house suitable for a three wheeler is being closed for a month by British Telecom. The alternative is very steep and has a grass verge in the centre. This will be the end of serious Mog driving for this year.

Memorial to a Dead Morgan M3W




Memorial to a Dead Morgan Three Wheeler

In 40+ years on the road I have only once returned home on the back of a recovery truck. I can’t help pointing to the spot where the Morgan M3W broke down each time we pass. Pointing, “We broke down there…” Is this a Morgan Three Wheeler tic? Perhaps erecting one of those roadside shrines that seem so popular would end this compulsion….?


Tooled up?

If you have been following the blog you will know I’ve have had a couple of outages in the M3W. It would be fair to expect I would carry more tools and spares in the light of such disasters..

In a previous engineering life I used to occasionally fly with a 767 to Moscow. I only ever took a Leatherman and a pen. Only once did it all go ‘tits up’. I just gave the captain a reassuring cuddle and used the pen. We departed on the return leg to London on time.

The Morgan Three Wheeler is almost certainly less reliable than a 767 and the pen is unlikely to be of help so it has been replaced by Morgan Rescue and a mobile phone.

Yes, I have an inner tube, a cam belt and a big spanner made of wood which may  accompany me on an extended trip in the M3W but Im a realist, if it can’t be driven, it will need recovering. Options for roadside repair of a Morgan Three Wheeler are limited.



I’ve never understood the appeal of fitting a noisy exhaust to a small family car. Why would a grown adult want their tiny engined ‘saloon’ to sound like an asthmatic boy scout with whooping cough? How on earth can they hear BBC Radio 4 above all that din?   🙂

MMC strangled the Morgan Three Wheeler to get type approval but it is still noisy. Most options to release this strangle hold are expensive and some inevitably produce more noise. Perhaps something to consider while sitting by the fire this winter. Luckily, M3W, family saloon it isn’t.


I wondered today if it were possible to catch Tourette’s from a forum?


This is the end M3W




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The end, my friend.. Morgan Three Wheeler..

Ironic that the Devon and Cornwall police should take an interest in the Morgan Three Wheeler during what may be the last proper trip of the season. 

I carry printouts of the Road Traffic Act and DVLA legislation covering the display of licence plates on tricycles should I be stopped. The UK police are the best in the world but there is little point in arguing with them at the roadside. Luckily, in Devon and Cornwall being shot for a motoring offence (or any offence) is as likely as being hit by space debris.

I had previously wondered if the Morgan M3W triggers a warning on the ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) fitted to some traffic cars as they often do a ‘double take’ as I burble past..

Nothing was said and it I didn’t feel it was the time to ask. So I later posed the question indirectly to a MET officer. It seems as far as they are concerned a vehicle registered as a tricycle such as the Morgan Three Wheeler does not require a front plate and ANPR only works if a plate is fitted.

In reality, it doesn’t matter what the law says but how it is interpreted by those that enforce it.