Tag Archives: Morgan

Black Rock North Cornwall

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Sunset at Black Rock Beach North Cornwall                                                            iPhone image

Nissan v Morgan

Frustrated with my recent dealings with Nissan, in particular Nissan Bodmin, we took the Morgan to a local beach last night to watch the sun go down. Instant, pain relief which returned this morning in the shape of more phone calls and emails to Nissan EU.

Maybe those that criticise Morgan have never owned a Nissan? I know this is swimming against the tide of popular belief but the Morgan, at this point in time, is a delight, the Nissan, not so much.

Price increases

Deeper pockets are now required to buy the new EU compliant M3W. Its luxury car pricing  without the luxuries and if you fancy a mudguard it will cost extra…


 

King Harry & Morgan Three Wheeler

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Narrow Streets and Cobblestones

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Normally we will drive miles out of our way to avoid paying a ferry or navigate tiny Cornish streets. In the Morgan, not so much. Its another thing you can do in a Morgan without people minding too much. (Even with the Stage 1 soundtrack) This is the King Harry Ferry near St Mawes.

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More Lost Parts

I found the large grommet fitted to the compensator housing (detailed earlier in the blog) has vanished. Maybe it is just as well. I won’t be refitting it.

 

Tea and Cakes

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Mudguard update

The new mudguard definitely keeps everything cleaner in the rear wheel bay but there is evidence that stones are finding their way between the mudguard and the boot liner. There is also some minor contact between the two on bumpy roads when fully loaded. 

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More lost parts

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I seem to lose the suspension nut covers on a regular basis. One day they are there, apparently quite tight and the next day they are gone. Ten spare caps arrived today, enough to last until the end of the season 🙂

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Around the Block

Everyone has a favourite local driving route to take in lunch, a cup of tea or perhaps something stronger. Who needs an excuse to drive a Morgan? With the summer influx of tourists this route is not for the self conscious or camera shy.

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“Hello, I must be going…”

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Cold start churn and whirr..

Spark plugs are a 5000mls replacement item but changing them sooner can dramatically improve cold starting and at £6 a set (eBay) it is a no brainer. Had Morgan aligned their replacement with the oil changes it would have made more sense. So, Plugs replaced this week and cold starting has returned to normal (although the old plugs looked fine).

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Gobs on Sticks

I’m not sure why some forum dwelling Septics take so much pleasure in adding little side swipes to their posts deriding British engineering, culture, food and even parts of Britain itself. Perhaps they think they will get a reaction from the ever polite Limeys?

The reaction of British Morgan owners seems to be to step back from the forum resulting in it becoming less useful. How do these passportless gobs on sticks know so much about things beyond their borders and why do they insist on posting  drivel?

There are exceptions of course but Morgan ownership in the US appears to come with an entirely different mindset where the adage  ‘If you have nothing to say, say nothing’  needn’t apply.

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Added Theatre: Winter Job No 10

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New Options list: Aero Racing Ltd Stage 1

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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

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Guideguide

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.

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Mincing about: M3W winter job No 8

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Two Tribes

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The pedals in the Morgan Three Wheeler unbolt and move to suit various sizes of driver but it’s not a practical roadside exercise. Adding a bolster to move the driving position 4″ forward to accommodate a shorter driver is (maybe) an option for domestic harmony.

The foam was cut to size (eBay) and leather for a slip cover sourced. Storing it may be an issue on a fully loaded run but we shall see. Seatbelt extension is also required.

Maybe winter job number 9 should be a luggage rack?


Mincing about: M3W winter job No 7

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Exit through the gift shop

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The steering wheel is arguably the focal point of any cars interior. Current Three Wheelers come equipped with a comfortable leather wheel but the design is bland and unsympathetic.

Choosing a replacement wheel for a 1930s ‘inspired’ car should be easy but finding one is a little harder. The most popular replacement is Morgan’s own ‘Morris Minor simulator’ wheel which is nice but misses the date criteria by 30 years.

‘That will be a special order then sir…’ said the nice lady from a shed at the Thruxton circuit and within three weeks a parcel arrived. The end result is nothing short of spectacular.

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Photographs reproduced with kind permission of Moto-Lita Ltd

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M3W Winter job No 7b

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The leatherwork in the Morgan Three Wheeler is secured with stainless screws and chassis mounted rivnuts.

Loose rivnuts can be tightened quite easily without the need for special tooling but incorrectly formed rivnuts will need to be replaced. Annoyingly, I found one that needed replacing during the first week of ownership. Job 7a done (it’s only taken me two years.)