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#554280 - 17/01/19 12:20 PM Morgan Runabout
Bonesie Offline
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Hi folks

The Morgan runabout was released in 2003 ( ran for one year ? ) I believe as 'budget' or entry level and came without refinements or some components of a normal 4/4. Am I right in saying that ?

What is the runabout lacking that the 4/4 isnt I wonder ?

cheers
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#554283 - 17/01/19 12:44 PM Re: Morgan Runabout [Re: Bonesie]
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Plastic seat upholstery instead of leather, I think
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#554285 - 17/01/19 12:53 PM Re: Morgan Runabout [Re: Bonesie]
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I expect Budster will be along in a minute to refute these scurrilous allegations about Stanley's ancestry.....

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#554286 - 17/01/19 12:54 PM Re: Morgan Runabout [Re: Bonesie]
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ah, that would make sense
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#554288 - 17/01/19 01:00 PM Re: Morgan Runabout [Re: Bonesie]
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Bonnet louvres - either none or fewer. Still a nice car though.
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#554289 - 17/01/19 01:04 PM Re: Morgan Runabout [Re: Bonesie]
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From my notes when I was looking for a Morgan:

Runabout:

Focus zetec 1.8 engine, basically a standard-trim 4/4 with no options,

Spec

- fixed range of colours (red, white, blue, green)
- painted wires (as standard on 4/4, no option to change)
- vinyl trim and dash
- basic black synthetic carpets
- no side louvres on bonnet and 12? on top
- union jack badges with "Runabout" logo on the bonnets
- no door handles?, no tread rubbers
- early ones had bumpers, later overriders only (I think)
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#554290 - 17/01/19 01:09 PM Re: Morgan Runabout [Re: PhilRoyle]
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Originally Posted By PhilRoyle
Bonnet louvres - either none or fewer. Still a nice car though.


Ah yes.. none down the side, less on top?


Edited by Bonesie (17/01/19 01:42 PM)
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#554291 - 17/01/19 01:10 PM Re: Morgan Runabout [Re: RBW]
Bonesie Offline
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Originally Posted By RBW
From my notes when I was looking for a Morgan:

Runabout:

Focus zetec 1.8 engine, basically a standard-trim 4/4 with no options,

Spec

- fixed range of colours (red, white, blue, green)
- painted wires (as standard on 4/4, no option to change)
- vinyl trim and dash
- basic black synthetic carpets
- no side louvres on bonnet and 12? on top
- union jack badges with "Runabout" logo on the bonnets
- no door handles?, no tread rubbers
- early ones had bumpers, later overriders only (I think)


yep yep yep ! I see it now !!

Looking at this car and scratching my head at any differences !

https://www.berrybrookmorgan.co.uk/morgans-for-sale/used-morgans/cars/morgan-runabout/
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#554298 - 17/01/19 01:33 PM Re: Morgan Runabout [Re: pandy]
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Originally Posted By pandy
I expect Budster will be along in a minute to refute these scurrilous allegations about Stanley's ancestry.....

lurk


Did someone mention my name?

Right:
Basically, the Runabout was specified as follows;

A reduced number of bonnet louvres, normally just 10 each side to the rear of the bonnet.
Cloth facings to the seats.
Vinyl, rather than leather, covering the inner panels.
Painted wire wheels.
Fixed seat backs.

However:
Some have full bumpers, some don’t.
Some have tread rubbers, some don’t.
Some have a 9 stud hood, some have an Easy-up.
Some have a painted dash, some have a vinyl covering.
Some have a glove box, some don’t.
Some have exterior door handles, some don’t.

So, typically Morgan.

The black top Zetec engine is a cracker, lots of torque for a 1.8!
The reduced louvres mean no panics of flooded spark plugs, when parked on heavy rain!

I have owned mine for 14 years. I bought it on the basis of the newest car I could afford for my budget. Since then, I have made just a few upgrades Connolly leather seats and transmission tunnel - (£450 from a friendly trimmer, by leaving the seats with him for a few weeks during the winter); Motolita steering wheel; S/h walnut dash.

42,000 miles later I absolutely love my 4/4 Runabout (or “Poverty model” as once described by a member of TM)

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#554301 - 17/01/19 01:38 PM Re: Morgan Runabout [Re: Bonesie]
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Here endeth the lesson thumbs

Cheers all and Budster for the thorough explanation.
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