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Re: 4/4 ownership 3 years in - build quality, mods etc [Re: Fox Terrier] #536841
11/10/18 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted By Fox Terrier
Nice write up Andy. I still remember meeting up at the factory when yours had been built (if my memory is right) and mine was still on the production line. So mine is 3 years old now but I dont have a story of upgrades and modifications to tell like yours I’m afraid. The biggest change on mine was when I took it to Techniques for its first service and they re-routed the handbrake cable and did the “flash” ECU upgrade (or whatever it was - I wish I’d paid more attention). Went’ like a scalded cat after that. I do still sometimes hanker for the skinny tyres of the 4/4 but other than that I’m wholly satisfied with mine although in hindsight I wouldn’t have bothered with the radio.


Yes I remember it well - mine was sitting ready for dispatch and yours was in the paintshop where you signed the frame. How fast 3 years go.

Plus 4s don't seem to suffer with the bottoming out issue of 4/4s I am told. Due, I think, to stronger springs being fitted at the factory.


I have always wondered if i'd use a radio in the Morgan and you have confirmed what I suspected!


2015 Morgan 4/4 (Wolf tuned engine, steering and suspension)
Mazda MX5+some preserved BL relics.

Re: 4/4 ownership 3 years in - build quality, mods etc [Re: andymot] #536847
11/10/18 11:09 AM
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Great write up.
We have done some of the same mods to our 2011 4/4, I am doing the 4 shocks this weekend. Good to hear it stops the crashing up front, that’s what I was hoping for.
I can’t speak highly enough of Cain and Michele either. An enormous help and great friends, supplying me me with parts and always ready to chat on the phone to give me advice when I ask.
As have so many others on here that have helped with advice and even buying and mailing parts to me down here in Tasmania too.


Cheers John
2011 4/4 - "Elrond"
2007 Elfin C3 Clubman - “Gimli”
Re: 4/4 ownership 3 years in - build quality, mods etc [Re: andymot] #536856
11/10/18 12:20 PM
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An excellent write up, Andy..!

So glad you're settled & happy with your car. People like you are a credit to the Morgan community.


Steve
Re: 4/4 ownership 3 years in - build quality, mods etc [Re: Stringers Best Mate] #536860
11/10/18 12:42 PM
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Originally Posted By Stringers Best Mate
An excellent write up, Andy..!

So glad you're settled & happy with your car. People like you are a credit to the Morgan community.


+1 Great stuff, well done Andy.


Tim H.
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Re: 4/4 ownership 3 years in - build quality, mods etc [Re: andymot] #536865
11/10/18 12:48 PM
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Good on you Andy.
Nicely written piece thumbs


Graham (G4FUJ)

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Re: 4/4 ownership 3 years in - build quality, mods etc [Re: andymot] #536914
11/10/18 05:00 PM
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Eloquently makes the case for buying a well sorted second hand Morgan. smile

Do insurance companies need to know about modifications? I was reading a thread elsewhere that they can be quite tricky about any mods.


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Re: 4/4 ownership 3 years in - build quality, mods etc [Re: Neilda] #536916
11/10/18 05:21 PM
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Originally Posted By Neilda
Do insurance companies need to know about modifications? I was reading a thread elsewhere that they can be quite tricky about any mods.


Depends on the insurance company. Basically, the lower the premium the more risk-averse the policy. Decent outfits like Headley, Gott & Wynne, etc will use sensible underwriters who will have a more understanding attitude to modifications.


Tim H.
1986 4/4 VVTi Sport, 2002 LR Defender, 1957 R4 CV, 2005 Ferrari Vipar
Re: 4/4 ownership 3 years in - build quality, mods etc [Re: Neilda] #536920
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Originally Posted By Neilda
Eloquently makes the case for buying a well sorted second hand Morgan. smile




Of the 3 I have owned only the new 4/4 Sport I bought had problems with multiple cracked windscreens, leaking licquorice water tubing and bits falling off as they became unglued to name but a few. So yes there is a very good case for buying second hand when hopefully the PDI has been completed by the previous owner grin2.
The 2 Plus8's there were no surprises or bits falling off.


Regards Richard

1999 Indigo Blue +8
2009 4/4 Sport Green
1994 Connaught Green +8





Re: 4/4 ownership 3 years in - build quality, mods etc [Re: andymot] #536925
11/10/18 06:09 PM
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Thanks for taking the time to post that, I enjoyed reading it.

Re: 4/4 ownership 3 years in - build quality, mods etc [Re: Neilda] #536927
11/10/18 06:17 PM
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Originally Posted By Neilda
Eloquently makes the case for buying a well sorted second hand Morgan. smile

Do insurance companies need to know about modifications? I was reading a thread elsewhere that they can be quite tricky about any mods.


It’s very sensible to advise your insurance company of any mods. I’ve heard of companies refusing to pay out if a car has stickers on it 😳. I’ve never had problems with Headley....none of my mods, from throttle bodies through to alloy wheels caused any increase in premium.


Jays
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