1922 MORGAN DE LUX three wheeler rebuild

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Project by johan posted 1057 days ago 3291 views 1 time 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These vehicles were originally made in Ash, so we went back to using Ash as the rebuild of this car was in plywood and very crudely constructed.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 1057 days ago

That had to be extremely interesting and satisfying. Congratulations.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 1057 days ago

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 1057 days ago


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 1057 days ago

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 1057 days ago

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

-- "Imagination is more important than knowledge" Bibb in CO at

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#6 posted 1057 days ago

That is a nice ash body!

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#7 posted 1057 days ago

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 1057 days ago

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 1057 days ago

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

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#10 posted 1057 days ago

Amazing project it would provide many challenges

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#11 posted 1057 days ago

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 1057 days ago

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 1057 days ago

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 1057 days ago

Very nice work there Johan

-- Nollie Bay City , Tx .

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#15 posted 1056 days ago

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, Vernon B.C. Canada

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