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!


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.


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


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



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


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.


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.




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


2 hours and 14 wood screws later and success!

Here is the result!20170506_17583220170506_17583720170506_204607

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.

From the ad: 

In October 2010 I bought what is call a BMW /2 “Conversion” Motorbike. It is constructed from taking a /2 bmw chassis (1955-1969), and implanting a /5 Engine (1970-1973).
In the years since it has been completely rebuilt mechanically, while preserving it’s look as an old bike.
I have kept a detailed blog, with thousands of photos and a few videos starting here:
You can keep hitting the “next” button in the upper right corner to read through it all, but here is the bike in a nutshell.
REAL 1966 R69s
1973 R75/5 motor with Siebenrock 1000cc Big Bore Kit
New Nikasil cylinders.
Stainless steel pushrod tubes.
Lightweight 9.5:1 1000cc pistons .
Dellorto carbs, Real Paul Dunstall Silencers (not copies), SUPER rare Sig Erson cam.
New /5 and /2 wiring harness, Rear Fender Wires Replaced, Valeo Starter, Dyna Coil, Uli Electronic Ignition with adjustable Advance Curves, Omega Alternator, 12v AGM Battery, H-4 headlight, new handgrips, mirrors and turnsignals.
All engine, transmission and Final drive seal replaced.
Final drive rebuilt with new gear and spacer plate.
Head redone: Valves, Guides, Springs, Pivots, lifters, and Hardened Valve Seats
Timing Chain, Tensioner, Front crank bearing, and sprockets replaced, later model engine front cover installed.
New period correct Metzler tires, stainless spokes, wheels trued, New High Friction Brake linings installed, wheel bearings packed.
Total R90s Heavy Duty Clutch installed, Oil pump and cover. Engine Breather
RARE tachometer installed, with specail cable to mate to the /5 engine.
All shock absorbers replaced, swingarms greased and adjusted.
All Bowden Cables replaced, Solo seat mounted back 3 inches,Stainless Seat Rail, Fibreglas Enduro Saddlebags,
Small windscreen, EZ_clutch
“How does It run?” I cant believe that in my effort to get all the mechanical details correct I did not talk at all about how it all works as a motorcycle.
It stars, runs shifts and stops just fine! Because of the cam its happiest at higher revs, and drives like a regular R1000 engined bike until about 3500 rpm, and thats when the cam really comes on, then it pulls like a freight train! The Dellortos have accelerator pumps in them and are very responsive. The brakes have a high friction lining, but are still R69s drum brakes……
I should mention that the full persormance potential of this bike has yet to be realized due to having less than 1000 miles on the new Seibenrock cylinders, pistons and rings.

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?


Rational brain, emotional brain…

Eros VS. Thantos … (Google that one)