John A. Prestwich Special

Beth and I decided to kind of “Go Dark” on the whole Morgan thing until the car was delivered. That was supposed to be at the end of May. The last minute changes, us ordering all those options from the Geneva Show Car, resulted in some extra waiting, since many of those options had yet to be prototyped.  Morgan and our dealer did their best to keep us informed, as nervous “parents” we were probably pests as the nice summer driving days ticked by. But we do have the first production car with the new 2016 options.

Here are some photos of the Geneva car.

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If you notice, it looks more GREEN then the Factory photos that were leaked the week before?

So, knowing what we wanted we contacted our dealer, who contacted Morgan who gave him the specs. The Prototype is Rolls-Royce Heather. Beth and I went to every Brand of car dealer we could fit into a Sunday, and after many photos and discussions decided that Mercedes-Benz Palladium Silver was the closest color to the one we thought we saw in those factory photos.

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The finalized specification was:

 

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your order , 3 Wheeler – Standard, chassis number x, for Kirk x.

The specification for the car is now finalized.

Your car is scheduled to go into build in week ’16-19.

Please be reminded that payment in full is required before the car is dispatched.

Item

3 Wheeler – Standard (LHD) (MPH)

Quilted Leather Stitching – Square

Polished brass hex wheel centre caps

Rear mudguard

Radiator cowl with screw cap

AERO RACING Jap rocker and crank covers in black

AERO RACING New dashboard arrangement – Tawny

AERO RACING Blockley square cut wheels and tyres

AERO RACING Headlight mesh

AERO RACING Vintage bonnet catches

AERO RACING Full Morgan windscreen

Under bonnet storage box

Cream Bakelite Brooklands steering wheel

Body coloured wheels

Air cleaner in brass

Bonnet louvres

Centre split leather seats

Brass headlamp rims

Pin stripe graphics

Waterproof Leather – XT Saddle Brown

Welcome pack book and DVD

Paint (please include description and paint code)(Any non-standard solid or metallic from our comprehensive range of colours) – 792/9792 Mercedes Palladium Silver (6HYBB)

Black exhaust heat shields

Exhaust Wrap

Tonneau Mohair – Black

Photo build book

Heated seats

Leather storage pockets

ROW specification admin charge – USA

***Email Confirmation – Sent***

Kind Regards,

Morgan Group

So that meant week 19 of 2016 the car would be started, coincidentally, on my Birthday, then 3-4 weeks in build, then 3-4 weeks to ship it. Estimated Delivery: End of June, Coincidentally around Beth’s Birthday!

I wont bore you with the delays, there were issues getting the graphics, and windshield, and instrument panel, and rear fender right, and some slippage of the schedule. At one point, a couple months before the car was finished, Morgan even told me it was completed and awaiting my payment. I got a lot of emails from my dealer, I begged every friend and forum member going anywhere near the factory to send me build photos. Some were even taken by major people in the Morgan organization as they tried to figure out where in the process we were. See as we go from painted body, though 3 sets of graphics, prototype parts, right though Pre-Delivery Inspection, and then Shipping!

I took the day off of work on Delivery day, and took my first-ever UBER ride to pick the car up, Beth met me at the dealership on her lunch hour.

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So, that takes us from Ordering to Delivery!

Watch this space for more Action, Activities, and Adventures to come!

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“The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change” ― Heraclitus

Well the Geneva Motor Show opens today!

On Tuesday Morgan unveiled a car that had the “Heritage” options on it.

Different paint, and Instrument Panel and scads of other cool stuff.

Beth loves them, ALL of them! So the order will be changed.

Goodbye Black Racer, Hello Retro Classic!

We hope you like our new direction!

And if you don’t that is fine too, because you don’t pay the bills around here!

 

Just a quicky update!!!

So… Times change, People change, The Earth cools, the Universe Expands, and I change my plans.

The Wagon sold, I didnt think that would ever happen, but then I didnt think the ’51 would ever go either.

But you can’t cling on to everything, right? Only so much time to enjoy these toys, and an old house, and old trailer, an old car, a sports car, and 6 motorcycles all take time to keep up, which, especially in Michigan, cuts into the time We have to enjoy the toys! Funny how it took me over 50 years to do that math.

Anyway, we are down to 5 bikes now, The CL450 that I restored was the fist to go.

I dont miss that one much, I pretty much finished it and sold it. I didn’t have much emotionally invested.

Now Beth Is talking about selling her 1968 Honda CL175 “sloper” a uper rare 1 year only bike. We bought it to use while camping, but with the truck being SO tall, its just too much of a pain to load. So she is looking for a good clean Honda Trail 70 or Trail 90 to replace it.

Next up, the 1991 Harley FLSTC Heritage Softail. I bought it as a base for Marcel to do the full MOTONISTO treatment on. http://www.motonisto.com/  But then I git it home, and the 6 Month only paint grew on me, and it was in such good shape I decided to go my own way with it. ANd so, as per my usual, I did everything I could think of to make ir dependable, including a lot that probably didn’t need to be done!  New front and rear braided brake lines with black covers, new front and rear brake rotors, new front and rear brake pads, new tank emblems, new heated grips, new front forks complete, new hard bags leather covered with quick releases and World’s Fair emblems. New spark plugs. New Powerlet power adapter, new connector for heated gear, new running light bulbs, New Beck speedometer, new chrome dashboard and bulb assembly, new speedometer clutch and throttle cables, new from solo seat and chrome cover, new paughco 2 into 1 exhaust, new BSA gold star muffler, new Harley ignition switch, new battery, new remote starter switch. Removable windshield. Fresh engine oil, transmission and primary change. Its fun, now I totally get why people love these bikes, But, I need to thin the herd.

Then there is the Beast, Das Bike Projekt, Black Max, The BuzzBomb… 1966 R69s, 1973 R75/5 engine, Seibenrock 1050CC big bore kit. Sig Erson racing cam, 5 years of my life, the most comprehensive Motorcycle project I have ever done, the most expensive, AND the best looking, can a part with it now? is it time? …

We shall see what spring brings!

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1958 Ford Ranch Wagon SOLD

1958 Ford Tudor Ranch Wagon – Off to new loving owners!

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If you really want to be different at your next collector car event, why not have a Big Block Muscle Car that you can haul 6 adults, the Dog, Coolers, and Camping Equipment in. How often do you see a Two Door Ford Ranch Wagon not to mention one with the first year of the F.E. V8. This rare and unique example is an original Arizona car that is straight and solid. The paint is tutone looks fabulous the 390 engine runs strong and it shifts smoothly. It is set up for cruising with a new high dollar MultiPass radiator and Electric fans to keep it cool.

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Features Crate detailed 390 V8 Ford C6 Automatic Transmission Mercury Turnpike Cruiser Steering Wheel Finished in Gloss Ford Commercial White and Ford Vermillion Red Tutone,  Immaculate Red and White Labarron-Bonney Interior Full Fold Down Rear Seat for flat load area Excellent Radial Tires Steel Wheels with spider hubcaps Magic Aire Heater and Defroster, and Step-On windshield Washer.
Full factory In Dash Instrumentation with all the chrome panels, “Interceptor Special” Badging on Glovebox Door Driver’s Side Chrome exterior Rear View Mirror, Interior “Day-Nite” mirror.

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Ultra Rare 1958 Ford Interceptor Special 2 Door Ranch Wagon.

Originally an Arizona Car, very few of these survived.

Up for sale is our 1958 Ford Two Door Ranch Wagon. It has a 390 engine, 4-barrel Edelbrock carburetor, 3 speed C-6 Automatic transmission. Restoration was started in 2000, new paint, interior, rubber, windlace, catwhisker,  all moving suspension parts, springs, engine and transmission.  Every thing on this car was evaluated and rebuilt, replaced, or repaired as needed. This car is a pleasure to drive on country two lane roads or down the expressway.  Many exta parts can be included too. This cruiser is ready to drive! Super comforable, and quick for such a big car.  Any questions or additional pics, concerns feel free to contact me. There’s not a better one on the road.

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California Custom Front Stainless Tube Grill from “Rocco and Cheater”

2-tone Paint – Ford Commercial white, and Ford Vermilion Red

Labaron-Bonney Interior – Red and White

Rare Mercury Turnpike Cruiser Steering Wheel

Interceptor Special Dash Emblem

Folding Rear Seat

Seat Belts

Electric Wipers

Windshield Washer

Power Front Disk Brakes

Trailer Brake Controller

Trailer Hitch

Electric Fan

4 Core Multi Path Radiator

High Output Alternator

Stainless Steel Dual Exhaust and Mufflers

Electronic Ignition

390CID F.E. Engine

Ford Aluminum Intake

Edelbrock Performer Carb.

Ford C-6 transmission with Cooler

9 Inch Ford Rear End

2 inch lowered front coils (not cut)

Brand new rear leaf springs from Eaton Spring.

17000 miles on completely rebuilt engine and transmission.

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Must see, a rare opportunity to own a very rare Ford.

 

Well, What’s the Big News for 2015?

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Well, after getting the Harley (yea, I know) the big news is that in December 2014 I got the news that my adventure with “The Shop, or The Studio, or The Building” the 4000 square foot industrial building where all the work on the BMW was done, and some work on the Wagon, and all the work on the Revcon, and the Avion, and a thousand small projects in between when I would need an Arbour Press, or a drill press, or a band saw, or an Anvil, or a massive overhead crane, was over! The building was sold, time to bug out, time to move the Avion back outdoors, and house the ’58 Station Wagon, and all 5 bikes in my 2 car garage.

Losing the work space and secure storage is painful, going from 4000 sq feet down to 4 square feet of workspace is tight, but worse is not having a refuge, a place where I can go to just be “off the grid”, drink cheap beer and whiskey, watch bad movies, hang out with my buddy Todd, and yes, even actually work on something.

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SO, here is to The Shop, and to Todd for letting me share in the magic, and be the only other person to be granted a key to “Man Land” where the only rules where you had to have a shot of “shop” whiskey upon entering (the lesser known brands), and you never had to pick up your tools until you wanted to. It was a grand adventure.

The finest bottles of whiskey 6 bucks can buy a.k.a:"the lesser known brands"

The finest bottles of whiskey 6 bucks can buy a.k.a:”the lesser known brands”