This Week In The Workshop

This week, our days in the workshop have been both varied and interesting. The week began with a snagging list on the Dove Grey +4, as our customer had identified a couple of things that required attending to. These being slight misalignment of the rear bumper, the desire for a Moto Lita wood rim steering wheel, a luggage rack, and a slight mark on the hood cover, all of which were swiftly dealt with, as well as fitting clear indicator lenses to the front.

The car was handed over with all of the above attended to, and with every single blemish removed. This was, after all, the first brand new customer car hand over at Holden Morgan!

As well as dealing with the new +4 previously mentioned, the +8 awaiting it’s new exhaust system was tackled, with removal of the old, in advance of fitting the new!! The old having rusted and reached the end of its time, whilst the new waited, bubble-wrapped, and ready to fit. Once the old system was removed, the new fitted incredibly easily, very much a quality product, properly engineered and beautifully made. Keep an eye on the website, as we will shortly be listing more Librands products!!

Having finished the exhaust system and fully appreciated the V8 growl in the confines of the workshop, an oil leak around the sump pan was dealt with as well as a new oil filter and a fill of fresh Castrol Magnatec, plus a look at the rear brakes as they seemed to be binding a little

Fitted into this packed schedule, a slight body repair to a Roadster, as the rear valance beneath the bumper was deemed to be a little misshaped, something that was swiftly, yet carefully dealt with!

To end the week and also add a little intrigue to next week, an addition to the Holden Morgan fleet, in the form of an ‘Interim’ +4, very much a rarity in the Morgan world and something which will be expanded on next week…… Suffice to say it arrived by trailer, hasn’t run for many years and will be a very interesting project, once we have all recovered from the trauma of unloading the car!

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Inspection of the sad looking 1969 4/4 has now been completed. This car has been involved in a fire within its garage which has burnt the driver’s side front quarter, badly enough to take out things such as brake lines, wiring etc, and melt the aluminium front wing. We have prepared a list of parts required for the owner to get it back on the road, which I’m sure will be quite an extensive task!

Following on from our successful Dealer Open Day, the aforementioned Dove Grey +4 has found a new owner, and has been prepared for collection, with number plates fitted, any minor specs of dirt removed and finally a luggage rack fitted.

At the same time, our own Ivory 4/4 hire car has been registered and number plates fitted to that one too.

Meanwhile a 1996 +8 has arrived to have a new Librands stainless steel exhaust system fitted, which is a job for next week.
We also had to take all the website photos of a 1960 TR engined +4, a car wee have on sale on behalf of its owner, and one that is a delight to drive, and with a few minor jobs sorting out will be a lovely car to own.

Small component wise, we have managed to satisfy HVC’s appetite for RF95 control boxes, plus several other small items that we build in order to fulfill customer orders.

Finally, we had a most interesting meeting with Suspension Supplies to look at their Morgan suspension improvement package, which is something that we as a Dealer, can fit to your car in our Workshop. Keep an eye on the website for more details on the SSL products.


This Week In The Workshop

As ever, a week in the Holden Morgan Workshop is both busy and pleasingly diverse.

We started the week with a brand new +4 to do a pre delivery Inspection on. See the Car Sales pages of our website to view the Dove Grey +4. This is something we, as a main dealer, do with every new car that we receive from the factory, to ensure that all the nits and bolts are done up correctly and that everything about the car is as it should be. Here at Holden Morgan we give the same treatment to a used Morgan that passes through our hands as the new cars, on giving it a thorough inspection before it goes on sale.

The components side of the workshop has also been busy completing a batch of 10 RF95 Control boxes for Holden Vintage & Classic, and also assembling 60 of the Lucas L548 lamps. This particular lamp is a product that is unique to Holden, in that all of the component parts are manufactured specifically for the company, using, in some cases, the original Lucas factory tooling, combined with a little modern computrickery in the form of a CNC machine to produce the lamp bases.

On top of this, a small cleaning job on Jeremy’s vintage Vauxhall in advance of the VSCC Welsh Trial turned into proper pre event preparation, and to end the week, the brakes for the Jaguar 240 returned from having been completely rebuilt, and a kind customer dropped off a rather sad looking 1969 4/4 for inspection. More this next week!

Austin Seven

Next weekend, we are heading to Exmoor for the first VSCC Trial of the year, so a little car fettling has been the order of the day for the past weekend. Generally, the Austin has been running really well, and I have adopted the ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ policy, albeit with a bit of preventative checking of nuts and bolts etc. However, as it will be getting a full day of hard use, I felt it was time to change the oil in both the gearbox and rear axle. The engine having been done not too long ago (October). The gearbox is relatively easy, as it’s simply a matter of removing the starter motor, taking the gearbox cover off (This provides a bigger target when pouring oil and allows a visual inspection of the level!!) and adding the required oil. The rear axle however, is a different story. Draining couldn’t be simpler – nice big plug on the bottom and oil falls straight into the drip tray. Filling, particularly on an Ulster type bodied car, is a nightmare! The filler is about half way up the banjo casing, handily with a spare wheel well behind it. Jacking up and supporting the chassis on stands helps, allowing the axle to drop as low as possible will reveal the filler. Getting oil in – particularly thick gear oil on a cold winter’s day – not easy at all. Recent purchase from HVC, product 092.713 – – is definately the answer! I have no idea why I’ve struggled with this job for so many years and not bought one of these before. I lost 2 drops of oil and a little out of the filler having put too much in – that was all. 10 minutes had the job done!

This done, the car was given a run around the village to warm it all up and check for leaks. Next a little cleaning as its a bit grubby, and sort out and pack the required tools for the weekend!


1925 Vauxhall 30-98

October 2014

The last Vauxhall outing of the year resulted in a sick engine, curtailing our day out and limping the car carefully home. A lack of compression was diagnosed in cylinder no 4, which, together with a very oily plug indicated that something was not well. As the weather had turned more autumnal and the local roads now significantly muddier, I felt it was time to tuck it up in the garage and investigate the engine at my leisure. Currently I am in the process of removing the cylinder head to investigate (Not an easy task as it’s a fairly hefty chunk of engine) and will report later on what is found, although initial inspection suggests it’s nothing more serious than the head gasket, as a portion of gasket is visible behind 2 of the pushrods.

Vauxhall engine partly stripped

Vauxhall engine partly stripped in advance of lifting the head off

Austin 7 ‘Ulster’

October 2014

In advance of the VSCC Welsh weekend, the Austin has been treated to a complete re-bushing of everything associated with the rear suspension, ie new main spring bushes, replacement rubber bushes on the rear damper drop links, replacement rear brake cams and bushes, and was all topped off with re-lined brake shoes.

A spare front axle was built up using the existing and only fairly recently re-bushed stub axles and new kingpins, the steering track rod was also treated to new pins and bushes whilst it was in pieces. The result, I have to say, is totally different! The car now drives significantly better and actually makes an attempt at stopping! (I managed to lock the rear wheels when stopping at a junction) All the necessary parts were purchased from the Seven Workshop stand at the Beaulieu Autojumble. ( The car was then treated to a thorough ‘going over’ before the event – everything that required it being oiled or greased, points adjusted, plugs cleaned and batteries charged, before the most important bit – a road test! Road test accomplished and all that really needed attention now was the brakes, in the form of a bit of adjustment. This car has ‘coupled’ brakes – which means that both front and rear brakes work together on the same system, unlike earlier cars where foot pedal operates one axle’s brakes and handbrake lever the other. Coupled brake setup is something that takes both time and patience to get right, plus all the cables, links bearings and bushes being in the best condition, but which can be reasonably effective if persevered with.WP_000386