My good friend Kyung is over in Japan on vacation. He’s a fan of the Morgan as well, and was previously able to get me a ride in a new 3 Wheeler. Well, just got a message from him with a couple of photos…
Yup. That’s a new, right hand drive, Morgan.. cruising around downtown in Shinjuku, Japan. Out of place and looking all the more awesome because of it.
In MogRod related news, I’ve got the front and rear of the Solstice chassis free of the main body, and most of the main body chopped up at this point. I’ve been recording video of the chop-up, will try to get that edited into some kind of a short video in the near future. Trying to move forward on the project some, especially since there’s now a possibility we may end up moving in the coming months.
Well now… seems someone at Morgan Motors likes the idea of what I’m calling my project.
Not quite what I’m looking to build, but good grief that’s awesome. As far as April Fools jokes go, that takes the cake.
And some more good stuff:
If the title doesn’t drop a hint, I don’t know what will.
My father just decided to sell off his 2006 Cadillac XLR and buy a 2002 Corvette automatic convertible. It’s got only 12k miles on it, everything’s like new, it’s got a nice aftermarket exhaust, and I’m going to town on the ‘upgrades’ and minor fixes. I’ll be chipping in on paying for the car since I’ll be likely driving it more than he will, and buying the upgrades (sound insulation, upgrade modules, etc) will fall on me. The car will be replacing my Stingray as the commute vehicle, so that one’s earned a ‘garage queen’ status after over 24k miles in less than two years.
I have to say, it’s awesome to have C5 Corvette in the house again, feels like ‘being home again’ for driving a car.
Well, been asking around for the past while, and so far no luck on getting any kind of external resources for the Pontiac’s drivetrain mounting information. Polaris wouldn’t divulge info, Pontiac wouldn’t divulge info, and even GM’s Archive wouldn’t say any more than “sorry, can’t share that info with you.”
It’s been a slow few months on the Airstream as well. I managed to get the interior painted, but haven’t been able to get the spare time to sand / seal / cover the wood floorboards. It’s spent most of the winter with the interior under tarps (and the extended awning).
The ’86 Corvette, which I still need to sell, still needs to get the paint touched up. It’s mainly been because we’ve been so busy at work that I’ve been working weekends while trying to have some kind of life outside of work.
The lack of progress on my projects has me rather frustrated. I’ve had to remind myself frequently on the Airstream that most of the other owners I know who’re working on theirs are retired, which is why the make so much more forward progress than I have. I’m hoping to start taking some measurements on the Solstice chassis soon so I can at least mock that up in Solidworks to the extent that it may help with the Morgan’s chassis design. The sooner I get the info I need from it, the sooner I can get rid of the hunk of metal that was the Solstice and clear up some space around the place.
Time to blow some cobwebs and dust off the old site. The Airstream’s been coming along decently, at the point where I’m getting ready to pull back out most of the interior to lay down new flooring.
But you don’t check out this info because of an Airstream, you want to know about the Morgan. Something interesting’s come up regarding that.
One of the biggest hang-ups I’m currently facing is getting the mounting point info from the Solstice’s hardware to translate that into something I can use for the Morgan. Ever heard of the Polaris Slingshot? I know of them, have seen them in person, even seen them on the road. What I didn’t know? Most everything on there is essentially sourced from the Pontiac Solstice. The work’s already been done. Now I’ve got the task of seeing what kind of info I can garner regarding that chassis… maybe even get my hands on one.
So I picked up a 1972 Airstream Ambassador today. Scored it for only $800 from the tow yard a friend of mine works at. I’ll post up about it on here on occasion, since it will become another one of my project vehicles. The link here and on the “outside connections” page goes to the AirForums thread I started about it. Essentially it’s a 29′ long rolling hotel. It’s dirty as heck right now since the previous owners’ last hurrah with it was to take it to Burning Man 2014, but it should clean up well.
Part of why this is being shared here is that the long term plans are, should I decide after a couple years of trying out travel trailering that I enjoy it, I will gut / modernize the trailer to some extent and get my own tow vehicle (instead of using my parents’ Avalance). That tow vehicle would have to be something that can both haul the trailer and carry the Morgan on its back as well. The idea is, haul the two to some nice place (like Napa) for a ‘long weekend’ and go cruising with the Morgan instead of the tow vehicle.
As for the Morgan, currently a lot of the bigger remodeling projects around the house are either winding down or past major hurdles, so soon I should be able to really start working on that again. As it is, I will soon (possibly this weekend) be going through the huge pile of Solstice parts I’ve been holding on to for no reason and getting rid of them. Once I manage to sort out the clutch issue on the ’86 Corvette, I will be able to move the Barracuda on top of the car lift and put the Morgan and Solstice chassis in the garage for measuring and designing of the new MogRod chassis. (huzzah!)
I was hoping to have a covered area for working on the MogRod, Mother Nature decided otherwise. The area where the Morgan, the Solstice, and all the related parts are currently stored was in a fenced off area which we’d hung a few tarps over.
I say “was” because the rather severe rain storms we’ve had recently pulled half the surrounding fencing down and took the tarps with it. Fortunately the parts and such didn’t get damaged or, as far as I can currently tell, waterlogged. It seems our attempts to set up the tarps such that they wouldn’t hold water backfired. The sheer amount of water that deluged us, combined with rather high tie-off points along the fence, resulted in the tarps retaining enough water to bend and finally snap off a number of the posts at their bases.
After discussing our options, my father and I determined the best course of action would be to repair the fence and take a “lean-to” approach to how the tarps hung from the side of the house. We’ll likely drive stakes into the surrounding yard and tie off the tarps to those in a direct line from the roof’s edge, instead of draping them over the top of the fence. Hopefully this will result in a dry(ish) work area for me to move forward on the project.
Like I said, I had to get a replacement for my poor 2001 ‘vert. I’m happy with the choice…
As for the MogRod itself, we’re still in the middle of some big remodeling projects around the house which have been taking up nearly every one of my weekends since I got back from picking up the Stingray. There’s a huge pile of wood and building material blocking my access to the Morgan and Solstice, but that will hopefully start dwindling away in the next couple of weeks.
So it’s been kind of quiet on here for the past few months, mainly due to a large amount of household remodeling that’s taken up my weekends and being at work til relatively late on a regular basis. On the 27th I’m going to be in Bowling Green, Kentucky to pick up my new Corvette, and then road-tripping back for the next two weeks. Hopefully, once a bit more of remodeling around the house is out of the way after I get back from that trip, I can start focusing on the MogRod again. I’d really like to make some more progress while the summer weather’s in effect.
I’ve got the article about the MogRod uploaded and available for those of you without access to the magazine. James Ball from MOG Magazine was kind enough to send me a digital copy of the article and allowed me to host it here. Enjoy!
MOG Magazine March 2014 – California Reincarnation