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I have heard from Greg Mackie, and he is progressing (at last) work on his restoration job;

https://goo.gl/photos/XuyCzSsDrwg6onQE8

The car has a quick (probably illegal) trip 'down the road' and is now off to the trimmer, after which the mud guards will be fitted. No doubt mark and/or Machiel will have something to say about the project. Me? I have not a clue, merely a reporter of fact.

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Looks a very nice. Good to see.

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Is that a bit of Italian you are lapsing in to Simon - 'looks a very nice' ?!

Yes it does look good.

Bet you are eyeing up those wheels...!

Cheers

Mark - now back from Italy

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lovely!
there was a S1 wheel advertised in Miscellany. I was caller number two :(

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I was at Goodwood Revival yesterday and saw a 1930's saloon car (a Salmson?) with wheels that looked very similar to the Easi-Clean wheels you Series 1 racing boys covert.

I am sure this is a silly question but surely those wheels were not just made for the Morgan Motor Co.

The whole ethos of HFS was to use proprietary parts where possible to keep the costs down.

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i thought they were fitted to Milk Floats

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I was surprised to see two Easiclean wheels (four stud) at Beaulieu (one marked up 'as for Morgan?'), but both had 4.5" PCD when measured.
The six stud Easicleans frequently on eBay are for Morris 8 S2 cars, if not others.
I had a discussion with a S1 owner about the reality of swapping the outer rim of a damaged Morgan wheel with one off a Morris. Removing the twelve? rivets is the least of the issues, the two parts of the wheel are so well pressed together the rivets do little.
The person who achieved it said he would NEVER do it again.
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That's interesting [or perhaps not]. My wheel PCD measures 130mm - same as 4-stud VW wheels!

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Our Antipodean friend Greg has sent me an up-date on his re-build, along with a couple of pictures for those interested in old Morgans. It is awaiting the attentions of a trimmer to be complete, and very nice it looks too,

https://goo.gl/photos/XuyCzSsDrwg6onQE8

No doubt Mark will be wanting a detailed history.

Thanks Greg, good of you to keep us clued in.

Love to V.

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Thanks Bob.

"V" is traveling fairly well at present...your efforts are obviously working!

Cheers, Greg

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There are surprisingly a number of Series 1's down under as can be seen on the Morgan Club Of Australia's web site

http://www.morganownersclub.com.au/series1.html.

Even my close neighbor has one

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Bill's "Queenie" on a recent club run in WA.Photo by Ian Merker

Most are being driven all year round although now (in the cooler months) is best suited to the siphonic cooling systems!

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More series 1 attending the Morgan Diamond Muster in Bathurst NSW over the week end.

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John Merton's blue coloured standard special engined Morgan parked in front of the 'one door' Morgan

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Another standard special engined Morgan

Talking with John Merton, he is convinced that all pre war four fours were designated 4/4 and not 4-4. Hmmm, I will have to amend my book!

As an aside, check out all those easi clean wheels. I have wind of 4 spare easi cleans languishing in a shed in NSW that maybe up for grabs?

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Hi John,

if there's some wheels around, please let me know. I am still short of wheels for FYL.

thanks,

Simon

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Re John Merton's belief that ALL pre-war 4 wheeled Morgans were designated 4/4 and not 4-4s. He makes a very good case and I agree with him. I argued the case with the Morgan Historic Register who listed my car as a 4-4. They have now decided all pre 1937 4/4s are 4-4s just to keep me happy I guess! All those '4-4' owners had better grind off the '4/4' on the castings of their bell housings......

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Concerning Series One wheels. Mike Anthony, a long time Series One enthusiast in California and an ex-pat, told me he had heard a story that HFS Morgan probably got the original wheels from the British Salmson company when they decided not to go ahead with a proposed model in the mid 1930s. The suggestion being that HFS was always looking for a way to keep costs down.

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