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Aero progress.. and a new roof! #574280
29/04/19 01:21 PM
29/04/19 01:21 PM
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Afternoon all,

As a backstory I fell in love with Morgans when I first saw Richard Hammond blasting around Dunsfold in the Aero 8 GTN.. fast forward quite a few years and I managed to acquire an Aero 8 of my own, an S1 but not a GTN.

Earlier this year I toyed with the idea of getting a GTN, but in all honesty the cost to change could have bought me a 3 Wheeler and a nice TVR (as well as keeping my S1!) so I figured it just wasn't worth the outlay for the extras.

So I decided being quite attached to my S1 that I may as well put some money into her for the love, and add some upgrades as well.

First off it was time to sort any little niggles, so I have had the following list of work done:
- Full service
- Rehung both front doors
- Reworked door handles/latches and hinges
- Replaced door and roof seals
- Replaced stereo and wiring, and front speakers
- Fixed any faults (electronics box)

However the most fun I have had was sourcing the holy grail of S1 items it seems... sherlock a hardtop roof.
After a lot of time researching, making calls and putting my old detective skills to the test! I managed to acquire one..:



In place to check for rough fit width wise..i.e. make sure this is an S1 not an S2 roof:



I haven't had a chance to fit this properly, as the soft-top will need removing and its not a simple job - seals and clamps will need to be made up, glass found (if anyone has one...!), trimming, painting etc. I also need to come up with a solution to allow the old soft-top to be refitted if required, which will be easier said than done! coffee

I anticipate this is likely to be a winter job, once done I am also looking into:
- Paintwork, roof will need doing so may as well have any other chips and marks taken care of at the same time.
- Wheels, with the hard top I think a gloss black will work better, as the Satin matches the current soft top.
- Brake upgrade
- Engine upgrades (I would like 330bhp)
- Interior retrim with some extras

Will keep you all updated, hopefully some of it might inspire a bit of extra Morgan tinkering! innocent

Nick

Last edited by NickCW; 29/04/19 01:23 PM.

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Re: Aero progress.. and a new roof! [Re: NickCW] #574291
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Nick, interesting project & I love the dark blue metallic of your existing S1

Please post future updates


Jon M
Re: Aero progress.. and a new roof! [Re: NickCW] #574301
29/04/19 04:00 PM
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I suspect that fitting the hard top is going to be much more complex and tricky than it would appear.


Giles. Mogless in Paris.
Re: Aero progress.. and a new roof! [Re: NickCW] #574304
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Great project and good luck with the roof, they look very good on the Aero's.


Regards Richard

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Re: Aero progress.. and a new roof! [Re: NickCW] #574307
29/04/19 04:40 PM
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Looking forward to your updates Nick


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Re: Aero progress.. and a new roof! [Re: NickCW] #574355
29/04/19 09:13 PM
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That's going to be a keeper then.

Nice work.


Just time to burn a little more petrol before dinner.
Re: Aero progress.. and a new roof! [Re: NickCW] #574572
01/05/19 02:14 PM
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Thanks all - it is not going to be an easy job, but it'll get there. cheers


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Re: Aero progress.. and a new roof! [Re: NickCW] #576198
11/05/19 10:16 PM
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Amazing Nick ... if you have any suggestions as to whether another roof can be obtained, please pm me.

Ian


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