MOR­GAN 4/4 BUY­ING TIPS

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Auction News -

Con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, no Mor­gan has ever had a wooden chas­sis. They do, how­ever, have tim­ber frames which can de­cay over time, es­pe­cially when stored in a damp cli­mate. Many cars will have re­ceived re­place­ment ash frames at some point in their lives, how­ever.

Post-1986 cars had the wings painted separately, as op­po­site to al­ready at­tached. The body/ frame is de­signed to flex, and the painted-over bead­ing on pre-’86 cars can crack and al­low in mois­ture. It is not un­usual to find rot be­hind the wings so in­ves­ti­gate thor­oughly.

An elec­trolytic re­ac­tion oc­curs some­times on the front wings where the steel sup­port brack­ets are at­tached. At­ten­tion should also be paid to all places where there are fit­tings on the car. Paint blis­ters may in­di­cate rust spread­ing un­der­neath.

The Se­ries III cars have 105E Anglia en­gines, which are rel­a­tively ro­bust, but the 109E unit in the Se­ries IV model is known to suf­fer from tim­ing chain rat­tles and piston slap. Both will be im­me­di­ately ob­vi­ous.

It isn’t un­com­mon to find cars that left the fac­tory equipped with pre-cross­flow Ford en­gines run­ning later X-flow units. It shouldn’t de­tract too much un­less you ab­so­lutely in­sist on orig­i­nal­ity. The later CVH en­gine is prone to wear with its valve guides, while the Fiat twin-cam units from 1981-85 are rel­a­tively bul­let-proof but only 96 4/4s were so-equipped.

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