Regular readers may recall me talking about my brother’s lovely old 28′ Dodge. Well I’m happy to be able to report that he has made some great progress on the car of late as the pictures below will testify:
These fenders have had the attention of an old school professional pannelbeater and now that they have been painted they look delightful
The same chap made the front valance piece from scratch when the original was beyond repair
Glossy is an under statement!
The seats have been recovered before and missing springs replaced with blocks of foam
the old cover removed from the frond squab
new springs are being sought
the front seat back uncovered
wood was used a great deal in early cars
the core of vintage seats is much the same as inner spring mattresses
pretty good for a very old seat!
seat back cleaned up
there are two ways to make pleats this is one f them
Cut your Material into 100mm strips and sew them back together
There you have it and I hope to soon ride in this fine old automobile
I have just realised that I have not added the last few Vids to this blog and I will now remedy that omission
More progress on the body work in particular I have fixed the bottom of the grill with a patch piece and begun to make the body sides which makes the car look more like my vision for the project.
The latest vid on my progress with the Morris project; its coming along rather nicely and I am learning how to make the most of my new panel beating kit that my children gave me for father’s day.
As I have had time to think about the colour of the engine components I tend to think now that it must have been rebuilt at some point because it should have been painted green, and will be again after I have taken the head off and re-seated the valves I will have a good look at the ports while I have the head off and at the very least try to match them to the Mini manifold that I have bought for the car, Extractors would be very nice however at this point in time I just want to keep engine tuning rather modest just making the engine breathe better should give worthwhile gains without a large expenditure.
Morris 8 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
- Morris Eight episode two (iainhall.wordpress.com)
- Morris Eight episode two (iainseven.wordpress.com)
Here is the next installment in my Morris Eight Saga
In this episode I have reworked the cockpit sides, made a new (temporary) drag link and track rod and experimented with headlight position. I have also had some very good results using “rust converter” on the car.
Posted in Morris Eight, Progress report
Tagged cars, DIY, drag link, Engine transplant., entertainment, Morris eight, Morris Z, pointy tail, rust converter, transportation
I’m trying to make better vids for the build diary which are a bit more concise and to the point . This episode shows the set up for the engine/gearbox install along with the necessary set up of the cockpit. Rather than making things like the floor and seat base structure part of the body I am building them into the chassis to make for a far more rigid frame. Its probably overkill for the modest performance of the Morris engine but I just want to make the best car that I can.
Posted in Progress report
Tagged base structure, best car, cars, DIY, Engine transplant., fuel tank, gearbox, Morris eight, Morris Z, open wheels, rigid frame, seat base, transportation