FAMILY AFFAIR BACK IN FRAME
Car #Morgan #Super-Sports
Run by James Page
Owned since February 2010
Total mileage n/a
Miles since May 2014
Latest costs £50
When Dad and I first started to acquire the bits that will eventually make up this Morgan, a colleague offered me a bet: he said that my daughter, who was only a few months old at the time, would be at secondary school (so, at least 11) by the time that it was finished. How I chuckled and took his bet. And how, with Jessica now five, it looks as if he might have been right.
Not that progress has been nonexistent. Far from it, in fact. We are still awaiting the secondhand front hubs that I wrote about last time – David Browne, the Three Wheeler Club’s parts guru, has got one set aside for us and is waiting for another to become available. In the meantime, we’ve found somewhere that can fabricate not only a new rear hub but also a propshaft. At the time of writing, Dad was about to go and see local enthusiast Nick Taylor about a possible engine, too, so some of the major components are coming together. Some of the more minor ones, as well. Alan Terry, the owner of an MX4 - engined Super Sports, kindly donated a steering wheel, and we’ve got at least one of the levers for it after I bought a throttle control at a Richard Edmonds auction last year.
After rummaging around in his garage, Dad also unearthed a horn that was last fitted to ‘Henrietta’ – his father’s Riley Nine Monaco – in the 1950s. He had a Lucas wiper motor as well, origin unknown, that Port said looks like the unit that was also fitted to Series I Landies. It’s for 12V electrics, but we’re planning to run the car on that system anyway – not that we need to worry about such details for a while yet. The club operates a sparesexchange scheme, and our bartering currency for the front hubs consisted of the various leaf springs and gearbox crossmembers that we didn’t need. Having got rid of those, we were left with the correct number of everything, and managed to source some U-bolts that will connect crossmember to spring at the rear end.
Most Christmas and birthday presents between Dad and I now consist of Morgan-related bits and pieces, and #2014
’s seasonal gifts included The Best of Clarrie – a collection of technical articles written by long-time enthusiast Clarrie Coombes. These span correctly aligning the rear wheel using string to cutting splines in propshaft ends and explanations of the inner workings of pretty much everything that you’ll find on a three-wheeler.
Full-sized Meccano takes shape: with sliding pillars up front, plus gearbox and forks at the back. MTWC technical bible was a present from Page’s dad.