Adventures in Morganeering: Australian Reversing Lamp.

When a new 3 Wheeler ships to the U.S. from the factory, it comes with a European “Fog Lamp”. Now in America, a fog light is a yellow or clear light, facing forward, but across the pond it is a super bright RED light facing Backward!

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The first time Beth and I tried to back into a parking space at night we realized just how much we needed a proper backup light. Red is one of the colors you have more difficulty seeing as you get a bit older….

Looking at the Morgan Parts book I noticed that the Australian specification car has just the clear light I needed.

 

First I had to remove the allens that hold the rear package tray in place to give me access to the rear wheel area.

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The rear splash guard that protects the wiring at the rear is one complex piece of aluminum, 8 Phillips woods screws secure it.

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Now we can access the wiring, and the plate to which the Fog Lamp is secured.

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Next we disconnect the wiring connector, remove 4 more wood screws, and the mounting bracket is free.

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Note the big heat sink at the back of the reversing lamp housing.  And the way that Morgan machines the counter-sinks into the mounting bracket? The same way I would do it at home.

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The new lamp comes with the proper spade connectors to insert into the existing plug, A bit of fiddling and the old ones are out and the new ones in, for a complete factory installed appearance.

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A few wire ties to bundle everything up snugly, then re-assemble.

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2 hours and 14 wood screws later and success!

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Das Bike Projekt: Color Me Conflicted.

Hi folks, long time no blog!

Something interesting happened this week. And it happens every couple of years. After not thinking much about the BMW for a while (I just finished my work busy season, which coincides with the lovely grey Michigan winter) I received a message on Ebay from a pleasant gentleman who asked if the BMW was still for sale, referencing the ad I had posted two years ago.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/171673851003

I told him that I had not really been thinking about it, and the last ad had not met my reserve, but that I would take some fresh photos for him, and add up my receipts to try and come up with a price.

And then this happened…. The bike had sat all winter, I put air in the tires and well…

Now I’m conflicted.

I mean it starting like that, even better than my newer fuel-injected toys,  is no accident, its the result of 6 years of work, and a hot coil, and an electronic ignition, and endless fiddling with Italian carburetors.

Can I put a dollar value on that, even if I don’t ride it enough? To gain what? A wider driveway and a new fence in the backyard?

conflicted…

Rational brain, emotional brain…

Eros VS. Thantos … (Google that one)

conflicted…