Creating the Morgan #1: The Classic One - -The Morgan

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Blog entry by DaveS2 posted 06-15-2022 03:07 AM 527 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my first foray into creating a blog on Lumberjocks or on any site for that matter so I will apologize from the beginning if this is a bit hamfisted or too long winded. Please bear with me and offer any advice you deem valuable to help me improve.

This is the intro to my journey to create the Classic Sports Car – - The Morgan, using a plan I got from Dutchy. So far I have about 55 hours into the build and have learned a ton from this experience. The plan is great and the outcome will be a terrific model. There is much to be learned from this endeavor for me. For example, the plan, while it contains the necessary templates (Pages 48 through 61), there are a lot of things that are not included on the template but that are listed in the initial “Chapters” of the plan. Also bear in mind that the Templates have a legend at the top right corner explaining the naming convention. For example, if a part is labeled “1A 10”, this tells you the Chapter (1), Part number (A) and thickness in mm (10). Very helpful. The “Chapters” are each and every section of the car that needs to be created and they usually contain all the pertinent info like radii, size, full view construction plans, etc. The plans are metric so for those of us in the Imperial world, I found myself floating back and forth between the two worlds. Not a problem just something to bear in mind. If you have metric drills and available metric dowels, them most of the issues go away. The plan has a great page (Page 2) that gives the equivalents of Imperial drill sizes to use when metric are called for. Really a handy thing to have. If you use the templates most of the measuring is done for you.

This is a very detailed plan and you have the opportunity to make it your own by including some details or omitting others. How to create the wire wheels is clearly laid out but you can make your own if you so desire. When I get to that point, I will make mine using the jig is copied from Bushmaster. I will, however, make the tires and rims according to the metric sizes shown in the templates.

My next blog will be about creating the Wheel Space on part 3A. If approached in a thoughtful manner and decisions are made concerning the tire sizing, then its really not too difficult. The plans give you the cut dimensions but they do not tell you how to actually fabricate the finished piece. That’s where you skill comes in.

I hope this has not been too long or rambling. More to come with some photos to help clarify the fabrication. this blog series will not be a step by step journey. It will touch on a couple of the more prickly areas that I encountered. In the mean time, if your interested in seeing how others approached this build, make sure to read Dutchy’s blog on the Morgan and also watch Steve’s (Phenrica Woodstuff) video on YouTube. Both contain a lot of great info and the approaches are somewhat different.

Please let me know if you have any question or recommendations.


-- DaveS2, Canton GA aka pdwoodwerkz

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#1 posted 06-15-2022 08:13 AM

Okay Dave, I’m here for the ride.
Your craftsmanship with Dutchy’s plans should be an excellent blog.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#2 posted 06-15-2022 02:34 PM

Thanks Crowie. I have to get the process for embedding photos down and then I will post another “episode”.


-- DaveS2, Canton GA aka pdwoodwerkz

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#3 posted 06-15-2022 03:00 PM

Thanks for the feedback. I’m going to see if I can possibly use it somewhere.

Steve his video.

Bushmasters spoke wheel challenge.

Bushmaster his wheel making video.

My blog


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#4 posted 06-15-2022 03:50 PM

Thanks Jan for the additional info. This project has been a journey but I have learned a ton of new techniques and remembered many more I haven’t used in a number of years.

-- DaveS2, Canton GA aka pdwoodwerkz

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#5 posted 06-15-2022 08:36 PM

DaveS2 – Since you plan to make changes to Dutchy’s model, I recommend that you do a Google or Bing search on “Morgan auto” and carefully study the images of actual Morgan Plus 4s. There are many details that differ from the wooden model.

-- You know, this site doesn't require woodworking skills, but you should know how to write.

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#6 posted 06-21-2022 11:41 AM

Your on a fun journey, keep it up and love seeing how others get er done. ;-]
I surely loved, building mine!!!

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