During rebuilding a classic car you will face many challenges and have to make many decisions.
Should a part be restored or can you buy a new part or would you upgrade for a newer solution introduced in a later model?
The Morgan 4/4 is still in production and the Morgan Motor Company is still offering parts for almost all versions during its 79 years lifetime.
I decided to restore most of the old parts where it was possible, but I replaced some of the later solutions for better drive-ability and safety reasons. The following were the main upgrades.
– Gearbox from 4 to 5-speed, Ford T9.
– At later change to BGH E8 gearbox ‘long 1st and 2nd’
– New Rear-end 4.1:1*
(the old were 3.68:1)
– Telescopic shock absorbents on rear fat tube bridge
– New steering gear with Gemmer steering box
– Brake assistance
– Bigger clutch 215mm 500nm
– Side mirrors with extension from nineteen sixties. More beautiful than the Morgan original
– Very small extension of the luggage room (for two umbrellas and a toothbrush)
– Steering bridge stability bars and wheel end stop rollers
– Steel tube chassis to chassis under dashboard
– Anti-Tramp bars
– High pressure fuel system with swirl pot and fuel return line to tank
– Short shifter for gear box
*Rearend: New 4.1:1 ratio from Spicer Axles Australia. Former Australian BTR Engineering, former Borg Warner 9 Bolt Rearend. Few years back Borg-Warner was bought out by Dana Corp. and the rears are still produced by Dana today in the same BTR factory under the name “Spicer Axles Australia”.