MORGAN 4/4 BUYING TIPS
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.