Morgan Over Riders (the original)
by Lorne Goldman and Garth Morgan at the eMog
of older Morgans often inquire where they can source replacements for their
over riders, a popular Morgan option from the 1950s-1970s. These over riders
are very different from those used by the Company since 2002 when they
were reintroduced with the LeMans '62 series. Unlike these recent over
riders, the originals are not aluminum, they are chromed steel, smaller
and contoured. Many owners of later cars, retrofit them at the rear and
remove the bumper
(the correct original over riders fit without any modification to the later
bumper brackets). The over riders (12 oz each) weigh considerably less
than the later stainless bumpers and have a pleasing aesthetic effect.
For years the accepted lore was that the overriders were
sourced form the later version of the Morris Minor. Sadly this is not true.
Sad..because the Morris Minor is a well beloved car still and there is
a constant supply of relatively inexpensive parts for it because of the
level of demand. The Morris Minor overdress are indeed shaped exactly like
those fitted to Morgans
BUT the bracket welded in at their back is set
at the wrong angle. They will not fit a Morgan unless the bracket is removed
and repositioned for a Morgan and welded in place..ruining the chrome finish.
If they are found in a state where they need to be chromed, then the welding
won't cause further damage. However, chroming overriders is very expensive.
The correct original over rider for a Morgan was sourced
off the later version of the Ford 100E Anglia & Popular - 1953/62,
100E Prefect - 1953/62, 100E Escort & Squire 1955-61, Prefect,
Model 107E/108E 1959/61
..a less popular vintage car with only a trickle of replacement
parts. The same over rider price trebles from the few Ford suppliers who
can find one new or refurbished. The best soruces are in the UK..from vintage
Ford suppliers for example http://www.smallfordspares.co.uk/en/part.phtml?PartID=1853
A SAGGING-TO-ONE-SIDE MORGAN? (at the rear)
by Lorne Goldman 2004
is an article that must be put in no less than three GoMoG
indexes, Electricity, Suspension and Exterior. Many owners suddenly notice that from the rear their Morgan is
lower on one side, leaning to the right or the left, depending on which
side the driver sits. If the car leans to the passenger side, get yourself a new wife and ignore this article. Read on.
There are two possible and very common reasons for this,
1. your BUMPER is askew. Park on a level surface and measure the height of the car from the BODY to the ground, first on one side of the car rear and then the other. If they are equal measurements, go to # 2
Now measure the height of the bumper from the ground, first one side of
the bumper and then the other. If the bumper is askew, the entire car
will look like it is as well.
The cure is simple. Have someone pull up on the low side of the bumper
will you push down on the other (high) end of the bumper. Do forcibly
enough until the bumper is level with the body of the car or the ground. Problem cured!
2. one of your rear leaf springs has SAGGED more on one side than the other.
The greater sagging will be on the driver's side...especially on a
couple's car. Males often drive alone and/or the wives are notably
lighter, therefore the driver's side will sag faster. The effect? The
effect is primarily aesthetic but it does reflect a car's lopside balance and
therefore prejudiced handling. Though the dampening rate of
leaf springs do not change as they sag..the ride height does. Yes. It
looks lousy but then, if you want to, you can use #1 in reverse to disguise it if you are so minded. ;) If you are like me, you can correct
the balance and with that, the handling. Of course, you must decide if
you are correcting for use with a passenger (and approximately
what weight) or when driving by yourself.
3. The PLACEMENT of the battery
This one-side's-leaf-spring-wearing-faster-than-the-other happens
sooner and more severely on LHD Morgans than with RHD Morgans.
The reason for this is esy to work out..and sad. Morgan,
with its UK models, places its battery on the left hand side,
behind the passenger.
That makes eminent sense and is standard for a small RHD
car. By doing so, the battery's weight in this placement helps
the weight of the driver. And a good automobile battery is not a
neglible weight..most weigh 20+ kilos which is multiplied in its
effect over normal automobiles which are MUCH
heavier. Happily, that is almost the difference between the
weight of my wife and I. I will let you guess who is heavier.
Additionally, if you cogitate a bit, you will realize that one must double
the weight of the battery to determine the effect of having it one side
rather than the other as moving it means you have not only added its weight to one
side but you have also removed it from the other! So we are now
talking a 40+ kilo effect on a car often weighing well 900 kilos. Yes..this WILL alter
does not change the placement of the battery for the LHD cars. It is
placed behind the driver, adding to the excess burden on that one side.
Add to that fact that later cars (post 1998 on overseas cars and post 2000 on others) have evaporative emissions systems. To
accomodate these systems, Morgan shortened the width of the fuel
reservoir on the RIGHT. The reservoir capacity went from 12.5 imperial
gallons to 12 US gallons or (appr. 52.5 liters to 44.75 liters) a
difference of another 6.2 kilos.
It is not a tough task to change the battery placement to the
correct side. I have done so on all my Morgans after the first. As a
consequence, my Morgans have NOT
sagged unequally and they handle and look better. Of course, the best
idea is to have your wife (or someone who weighs the same) enjoy your Morgan with you.
Happily for owners, this battery placement oversight on the Factory's part, at least for
the last 20 years, has not been a design or supplier problem. As we
find in other production decisions, this is purely a Morgan
production manager problem, aka the boss's mistake. If you examine your
suspension hoop and the tabs (both sides) on your battery shelf, you
will find that there are provisions on the right for battery proper
placement for LHDs as well. They are merely unused!
As an additional enhancement to
balance and handling, I take my wife with me and place her on the right.. I have dubbed her SWATSW.
(she-who-adds-to-sprung-weight) and also because she hits me when I use that term. (mischeivous look)