1922 MORGAN DE LUX three wheeler rebuild

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Project by johan posted 08-30-2011 08:49 PM 5207 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a wonderful opportunity of rebuilding the body of a 1922 Morgan de Luxe three wheeler motor car.
This was a daunting task because not one of these vehicles were built the same. I had to work off blue prints and an existing body that was in itself a rebuild in plywood. Between old drawings, photographs and the decisions of the owner, we eventually made it.
These vehicles were originally made in Ash, so we went back to using Ash as the rebuild of this car was in plywood and very crudely constructed.
Picture 1. Shows the beginning of construction in Ash.
Picture 2. Shows all the blue prints, plans and photographs.
Picture 3. Shows the back view of the vehicle with the single wheel cover.
Picture 4. Shows the first of the metal parts being fitted.
Picture 5. Shows the top view of the interior.
Picture 6. The original Morgan de Luxe, 1922 model.
Now that I am finished with my woodworking bit, and as soon as the owner has completed the vehicle, I will post more pictures.

-- Johan, South Africa,

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#1 posted 08-30-2011 09:04 PM

That had to be extremely interesting and satisfying. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 08-30-2011 09:17 PM

Wow! how cool Is that. I’ve been wanting to build a old car with wood. thanks for posting.

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#3 posted 08-30-2011 09:20 PM


with your woodworking skills
i expect this is as good
if not better than the original

the shot of the wood sealed is beautiful

what a great project

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 08-30-2011 09:34 PM

Very cool!

I can’t say that I’ve ever seen one before.

Thanks for sharing!


-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#5 posted 08-30-2011 09:48 PM

Now that is too cool! How long did the build take?

-- you may only live once, but if you do it right that's all you need

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#6 posted 08-30-2011 10:02 PM

That is a nice ash body!

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#7 posted 08-30-2011 10:31 PM

Wondeful! You get so much satisfaction out of a project like this.

About a year and a half ago I had the absolute pleasure of rebuilding a 1915 Model T for a friend and I have to say it remains one of my favorite projects I have done. There is something about seeing something so old returned to life.

Great work Johan! It looks like this fine piece of automotive history will once again ride proud.


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#8 posted 08-30-2011 11:42 PM

great job Johan
thankĀ“s for sharing ,injoyed to see it comes alive
great you shared the wall too , gives a hint of what it takes to do a restoring job :-)
looking forward to see more pictures in the future


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#9 posted 08-31-2011 12:22 AM

Most interesting. You did a great job of restoring this automobile. Thanks for sharing with us.

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#10 posted 08-31-2011 01:15 AM

Amazing project it would provide many challenges

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#11 posted 08-31-2011 02:41 AM

Great work. Morgans are still being built today, albeit with BMW drive train, but still with Ash frames and floorboards. I hope to bwegin the body of my 1921 Model T delivery hack soon.

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

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#12 posted 08-31-2011 03:19 AM

Nice work on duplicating that body. I can’t wait to see it completed!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 08-31-2011 03:34 AM

well first of all your work is spot on, second that ash is beautiful wood and third, i cant wait to see your final pictures of this , great job and thanks for sharing it, you must have had a great time doing this, after the many other projects ive seen you do, doing something of this magnitude had to be very fulfilling…..grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 08-31-2011 05:40 AM

Very nice work there Johan

-- Leon .

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#15 posted 08-31-2011 12:47 PM

Super job on a real piece of automotive history !
I had a ride in a Morgan Plus 8 in the 1970’s..the only problem was the weather..
even sealed that ash swells up in the wet..we almost had to get out over the sides !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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