What has "Jim at Historique" been up to lately ?

 

 

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26th August 2019

A dry and sunny Bank holiday weekend. Is that unusual or what ???

It seemed a pity to spend the weekend in the workshop. I can spend some time sitting in the sun maybe drinking a beer or two, but I thought about what needs doing which gets me out of the house and in the daylight.

Soooooo . . . . . I put a gallon of fresh petrol and some jump leads in my 67 Morgan "AKX" and went to my storage unit to dust-off, start-up and move around some of the cars which are not in regular use.

I have learned to use fresh petrol from a container plumbed directly into the pump. Then give the points a quick clean and attach a decent battery or jump leads, or even both. It's always surprising to me how easy some cars burst into life. And what is pleasing, all cars I tried did so.

 

 

I always give cars a quick drive up and down the lane to get it all up to temperature, but I try not to use the foot brake. I have found on cars which are not used, the brakes may well come on, but are sometimes then keen to stay on.

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12th August 2019

Less complicated than I expected . . . . .

A V5 registration document arrived in the post for a Morgan which I brought home from the USA several years ago.

When "NOVA" was introduced, I was told at the time any car from the USA need not be recorded with a NOVA certificate. It was only cars from the EEC which were required to do so. 

BEWARE . . . Apparently this has since changed.

I have therefore recently obtained said NOVA certificates for the cars I have purchased over the years from the USA and this certificating was easy and very straightforward. I then "tested the water" and applied to the DVLA to get one of these cars UK registered.

Again, providing you read and follow the required DVLA guidelines, this was surprisingly straightforward. The car needed to be inspected, just to confirm whatever they wanted to see was in place. And that was it.

I was a bit of a smart-arse and initially I sent photocopies of some documents. The application was simply returned with the comment; READ THE GUIDLINES. Enough said.

For the inspection, the car simply needed to be complete. It did not need an MOT test, nor even insured which surprised me.

The V5 arrived and I then simply recorded the car as being off the road - SORN.

How easy can it be ?

 

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1st August 2019

Those who know me will be aware of my involvement with MG and especially MGB cars. It has for some time been in the back of my mind to fit a nice fast-road specification MGB engine and overdrive gearbox into a classic Morgan.

Yes, I know . . . . it's not original, etc, etc. Don't tell me, you are preaching to the preacher.

Even so, and with no urgency, I have been looking for a suitable car and have found this one which I think is perfect candidate.

It's a 1956 4/4 Series 2.

A period shape I particularly like as mid 1950's cars have a slightly more narrow body than later 1950's cars and it is the low-line but with the high radiator cowl. I like this colour on a Morgan too.

 

 

Known as "Molly" and being one of only 386 series two cars produced between 1956 and 1960. This being number 14 is one the very earliest.

During the 1950's these 4/4 models were the least expensive Morgan available. Fitted with the trusty yet modest in performance Ford 1172cc side valve engine, you would probably now consider this to be a fairly reliable but nothing more than a relatively pedestrian touring car.

I do feel guilty thinking of turning a very nice and correctly restored car into something it never was, logically however it appears there is a very limited market these days for such a low powered 1950's Morgan.

Soooooo. . . . . I thought I would put "Molly" up for sale "As-is".

If no-one buys it, then I might feel less guilty when I start playing around with it.

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15th July 2019

It appears all (most all) old cars leak oil.

My own TR4 "SFF" has recently been doing more than it's fair share of leaking oil on my driveway and so I decided it was about time to do something about it. Time to fit a rear oil seal conversion.

Back in the workshop, bonnet off, engine out, remove clutch and flywheel only to find the engine already has a oil seal conversion kit installed. Mmmmm ?????

Checking through the history file I see the engine was built by Classic and Modern back in 2004, now 15 years ago. Further dismantling to find the split seal and gone quite hard.

 

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Soooooo . . . . . Back on the phone to Simon at TR Enterprises and a new seal kit soon arrives in the post. Now fitted and hopefully this will resolve that problem.

As ever, putting the car back together and improving odds and ends along the way takes longer than expected and the TR4 is now pushed a bit further back in the workshop.

I think I will now lower the rear suspension a bit while it's off the road (again).

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8th June 2019

I have too many cars and not enough time to keep them all up and running. I had intended to keep this TVR 1800S forever, but . . . . . ?

Someone made an offer and I decided to let one of my TVRs go. The new owner lives in Surrey and intends to use the car in some European Touring / Rally type events. I suppose this will be better than the car simply collecting dust in my storage unit.

Having owned this car for seventeen years, I feel a bit like having sold the family silver. But I also have two other early TVRs which I suppose is a bit greedy.

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1st June 2019

Have finished giving my 1967 Morgan Plus 4 "AKX" a good sort out and it's now ready for some nice warm sunny weather.

 

 

This car I bought from a very long term Morgan enthusiast in the Netherlands some 7 years ago with the intention of using it myself. I bought a 1963 Morgan Plus 4 "FYN" at about the same time and ended up using that car instead. "FYN" having now found a new home and so "AKX" has new been brought out of hibernation.

Not being used is never a good thing to happen to an old car. New callipers, new rear wheel and master cylinder, various pipes, hoses, fluid changes, and more and the car is now running beautifully.

OK . . . . Bring on the sunshine.

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20th May 2019

My own white TR4 "SFF" was restored many years ago from a California imported car with the intention of being used in rallies. Hence the ride height (pictured below) is noticeably high especially at the front.

 

 

Looking through the files I see the car has Revington rally springs . . . but I don't do rallies. Down and dirty works for me, so I call Simon at TR Enterprises for some up-rated fast road springs. Simon suggests; "While you are at it, why not shorten the top wishbones to gain a bit of camber? "

Some days later after an exchange of parcels some new springs and collars and a set of shortened wishbone arms arrive in the post.

Now fitted the car looks much better, but maybe just a bit too high at the rear now ?

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22nd April 2019

Sad to see it go, but my Morgan Plus 4 "FYN" has also found a new home, the new owner being a keen car collector from Gloucestershire.

I have owned this car since September 2011 and has been my regular running and driving Morgan for the last seven summers.

 

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20th April 2019

Our team of skilled technicians are now back from gardening leave and are ready and waiting for their next challenge . . . . .

 

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15th April 2019

My Jaguar XK150 has now been collected by a new owner from East Sussex.

Those who have known me for a longer time may remember I first raced Jaguar cars before moving mostly onto MGBs. My first ever race was in a Mk1 saloon at Thruxton in September 1979.

That was . . . a long time ago ????

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In all honesty I will not miss this car. I bought the car as being "restored" but have since done lots of work to it and I am sure there will be more to do. The car was realistically priced and sold on the understanding it was sold very much "as seen". I wish the new owner well.

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18th March 2019

Have now finished what turned out to be quite a long term basic sort-out of bits and pieces on my Blue TR4 "YHH". Winter weather never helps when I am always reluctant to spend too much time in my non-heated workshop when it's cold outside.

This car I bought about 4 years ago from a home-restorer who made a really nice job of the body and chassis and all the cosmetics. It is a very good car indeed having had a full body off chassis restoration of what was a very rust-free California car.

Typically after some use, a few niggles and snags are found and need sorting. It is said; the final 10% of a restoration can take 90% of the time.

I quite enjoy messing with wiring and although having been fitted with a complete new loom, much of the wiring benefited from tidying. Now sorted, along with many oddities and other snags along the way.

The original Stromberg carbs had also developed a leak and so I decided to fit a nice pair of original but slightly later type TR4 SU carbs.

New brake callipers, new discs, new wheel and master cylinders, and more.

 

 

My first ever "real" sports car was a 1967 TR4a which I bought for myself as a 21st birthday present. I recall paying 175 for it, and was white with black interior trim, wire wheels, overdrive and a Surrey top. Sounds good now, but the car was also quite rusty, the overdrive didn't work and it had glass fibre wings.

I now have two TR4 cars which is a bit daft. Out of the two I have decided to keep my white car.

Soooooo . . . . . with reluctance, I think this blue car is now for sale.

 

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