27 Dec

Classic car gift makes charity £25,000 (http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/)

[A special holiday.  Someone got a car they very much wanted and a worthwhile charity welcomed the proceeds.  Well done.  Mark.]

A CHRISTMAS gift with a difference has funded a generous donation to York Against Cancer.

A businessman, who has asked not to be named, has sold his classic Morgan V8 sports car to donate £25,000 proceeds plus Gift Aid to the city charity.

The car had been given to him as a Christmas present by the late York farmer and motor rally driver David ‘Piggy’ Thompson to thank him for advice he gave him some 20 years ago.

David Thompson, father of World Touring Cars star and former British Touring Cars champion James Thompson, was a major motor enthusiast and following the advice, David asked the businessman what sort of car he really liked.

He told David that the only car he had ever really wanted was a Morgan V8. “That Christmas Eve, there was a brand new Morgan sitting on my drive!”, he said.

David sadly died in the years after he made his generous gift, and recently the businessman began to think it was time to do something with the Morgan as he no longer used it very much.

“I didn’t want it to just sit in the garage so I rang David’s widow, Barbara and said, ‘Look, I am going to sell it and give the proceeds to York Against Cancer.’ A sentiment she totally supported.”

Another friend was keen to buy the car and agreed to pay the highest price they could find for a similar vehicle on the internet – with York Against Cancer receiving the £25,000 proceeds plus Gift Aid.

The money will launch York Against Cancer’s 30th anniversary appeal to keep its new mobile chemotherapy unit on the road when it comes into service in the summer.

The businessman has long supported York Against Cancer and David’s widow said that David would have been delighted to see the cash support the mobile unit since he had had to travel to Leeds for treatment during his illness.

Steve Leveson, Chairman of York Against Cancer, said the charity was touched by this kind gesture. “The charity is very grateful for this gift, which couldn’t have come at a better time as we are about to launch an appeal to raise money for our mobile chemotherapy unit.”

18 Dec

How to Wire Driving / Fog Lights (www.mossmotors.com)

Driving lights and fog lights came about as car owners navigated the twisting turning by-ways of misty England. Powerful lighting was necessary to illuminate the road ahead for potential hazards to be successfully identified and avoided. In addition, foggy and wet conditions caused by road spray obliterated the edges of poorly crowned roads. There is one more oft-omitted benefit to driving lights and fog lights, simply stated they are “racer cool”; installing these lights, however,on your favorite British sports car takes planning and preparation.

I remember the days when I rummaged about in my “box of wires” and grabbed any gauge wire of sufficient or insufficient length, splicing together a “rat’s nest” of wire connections and crimped ends to connect any number of desired accessories. After a few smoke-filled incidents I am much more careful.

Let’s begin with your lights already mounted to the car, the wires dangling beneath or behind and waiting to receive power from Mr. Lucas. The first order of business is to determine the amperage of your driving/fog lights. My lamps are vintage and each unit reads 35 watts. The formula for amperage is watts divided by volts equals amps, or W/V=A. Since I will be wiring the lights to the relay with one lead, 70W/12V= 5.8A. I will be using 14-gauge wire, which handles up to 11.8A. Amps are a measure of current flow; volts are a measure of the force behind the flow of current. To protect my 14-gauge wiring I will be installing 10-amp inline fuses. The rule of thumb is this: the fuse ought to be rated near 80% of the amperage of the wire. This will ensure that you blow the fuse before you burn the wire. In my case, 80% of 11.8A is 9.44A so a 10-amp inline fuse is perfect.

I will need several colors of 14-gauge wire: black, green, white, and red. The reason is simple, the color identifies the purpose of each wire and if I ever have a problem I can track it down using my wiring diagram. Here is what I need to complete the job:

  1. Two 10-amp inline fuses (as above)
  2. Wire in the gauge and colors described
  3. Relay (with four male spade connectors on back)
  4. Switch (with three male spade connectors on back)
  5. Female spade connectors (crimp style)
  6. Eyelet connectors (crimp style)
  7. Butt connectors (crimp style)
  8. Electrical tape
  9. Lock ties (small black type)
  10. Crimping tool and cutter for wire
  11. Electric drill and a 7/64” drill bit
  12. Sheet metal screws (for connecting ground wires to body)

A tidy wiring diagram is a must.

Before cutting any wire, a good diagram is in order. Draw a diagram on plain white paper with wire gauge noted and colors identified. Each component must be labeled. This wiring diagram will stay with the car so make it neat and easily readable. Pictured is my wiring diagram for installing two fog lights with fuses, a switch, and a relay. If you need assistance drawing a diagram, refer to your car’s factory workshop manual  [factory workshop manual??]. You’ll find examples of switches, lights, fuses—it’s helpful to understand and keep a universal language of the components in your drawings.

Relays are an important component in wiring fog or driving lights with a 30-60A draw. Basically, the relay protects the switch from getting hot and creating unwanted resistance. The low current through the switch triggers the relay to make a higher current connection to the heavy load of the fog lights. If you purchased your relay from a reputable source, it will have numbered terminals, which aid greatly in connecting everything correctly.

The fog lights are positioned first, the switch second, and the relay last. Since the switch will be on the dash and the fog lights at the front of the car, the only location decision to be made concerns the relay. I want the relay in a protected place near the front of the car. It needs to be near a 12V power source. I have chosen a position on the inner fender arch away from heat, but protected from road spray.

Use a test light to confirm your power sources for both the relay and the switch. I found a power source for my relay terminal number “30” on the low beam wire of the left headlight. I will splice into this wire so that my fog lights will work only when the low beams are on. I found a hot connection at the fuse block for the switch. Both of these 12V power lines need a 10-amp inline fuse.

Disconnect the battery!

Start with the ground connections for each component. Locate a suitable body connection point and drill a 7/64-inch hole in the body. Crimp an “eyelet” connector on the ground wire and screw a sheet metal screw through the “eyelet” and into the body. This must be done for the switch, the relay and each of the fog-lights. The relay ground terminal is numbered “85”.Now you are ready to run your wires according to the wiring diagram. Keep wires close to an existing wire loom and be careful of loops and sagging wires, which may snag on a moving component of the car. Do not add the crimped ends to any of the wires until all the wires are in place. Cut and leave about 6 inches of extra wire at every terminal point.

Drill the required hole in your dash for the switch; leave the switch free for the moment. I like to start wiring everything together at the switch and work my way toward the relay and the front of the car.

The switch has two remaining terminals. Connect a green wire from the “acc” terminal on the back of the switch to the number “86” terminal on the relay. The last terminal on the switch connects to the power source. This white wire will need a 10 amp inline fuse and is connected to the fuse block.

The relay is wired next. The power source for the relay is drawn from the low beam wire of the left headlight, as noted above. Splice a red wire from the headlight wire to the relay terminal “30.” This line needs a 10-amp inline fuse, so be sure and wire one in. The final terminal on the relay is numbered “87.” This terminal will carry power to the fog lights.

The fog lights each have two wires, one for ground and one for the 12V power. One of these wires from each fog light has already been connected to ground. A three-way connection must be made joining the second wire from each of the fog lights to the red wire going to the relay terminal “87.”

Finally, attach the switch to the dash and the relay to its location. A test is in order before you use the lock ties and button everything up.

Reconnect the battery

Turn on the ignition and hit your switch. Nothing should happen. Now, turn on your headlights to “low beam” and the fog lights will come on. Toggle the switch and see that the lights work properly. Use lock ties to secure all wires.

You are now ready to move about the country! Your lights will penetrate the fog and… they look “racer cool.”

By Ric Glomstad

07 Dec

Local distributor resolves ADR hurdles impeding sales of iconic British sports cars (http://www.motoring.com.au/)

In the On Again, Off Again Battle – Morgans Are Legal Again – In Australia!!

[According to the Australian motoring press Morgans are again in compliance with the ADR and the favorable exchange rate with the UK make them just a bit more affordable.    Mark ]

It has not been possible to take delivery of a new Morgan sports car in Australia throughout much of 2016, due to the impact of revised Australian Design Rules.

But that issue has been sorted, according to the brand’s local distributor. And reinstatement of ADR approval for the Morgan range brings with it lower prices, due to a more favourable exchange rate with the Pound sterling since the BREXIT vote.  The range and pricing (in Australian $$) are now as follows:

4/4 – $89,900
Plus 4 – $99,800
Roadster – $139,500
Plus 8 – $220,000
Aero 8 – $275,000
3Wheeler – $93,900

05 Dec

2016 MOGSouth Holiday Party, Dec 3, 2016, Black Mountain NC

The 2016 MOGSouth Holiday Party was great fun! The weather on Friday and Saturday was typical North Carolinian Mountain weather, cool and crisp.

Andrea and I, and Ian and Barbara Shelmerdine, traveled, albeit by air, up from Orlando for the party. The weather was certainly a change for us, coming from the 80s of Florida. We were usually cold the entire weekend but it was good. We did get a little rain late Saturday night and Sunday, but by then it didn’t matter, the party was over.

Gene Spainhour and Pat Harris were our hosts and they did a great job managing this new location for us and making the MOGSouth Holiday Party one to remember. The Monte Vista Hotel in Black Mountain, NC was a wonderful location for the Party. Again, nearby Asheville NC, Black Mountain was a very quaint town tucked into the North Carolina Mountains.

It was great to see everyone and reconnect! And, it wasn’t just about the old friends.  There were a good number of new members at the Party, 6 new couples I believe.  It’s good that MOGSouth is growing and evolving.  We are ceratainly challenged by the expanse of our region, but nobody can deny that MOGSouth is a tremendous group of great folks that enjoy the cars but, in many cases, may enjoy the comraderie and socializing just a bit more.

The town’s imaginative Christmas Parade was scheduled for Saturday afternoon, and luckily for us, ti passed right in front of the Hotel. We were are all on the street out front of the hotel or on the Hotel’s porch, watching the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Dog Clubs, and all sorts of other town entities parade by, decked out with Christmas lights, decorations and playing Christmas Carols. Most were throwing candy and beads for the kids which kept the bunch in front of us hopping to get their fill. Quite interesting and quite fun.

After the parade the MOGSouth group congregated on the Hospitality Suite for a little libation prior to dinner. A quick clean up and then we were off the Holiday Party’s main banquet. Given the size of the MOGSouth group, well over 60 folks, the hotel had converted their entire restaurant to a banquet hall for just us. I was somewhat surprised that the other guests in the hotel as well as other Restaurant patrons were seated in alcoves off the lobby.

The Holiday meal, either chicken or salmon, was very well prepared and kudos to the chef for feeding 60 folks at one time, and not relying on a buffet. Well done! After dinner a few remarks.  The Mother Courage Award was presented to Judy and Pat Buckley.   Well-deserved and hard to argue with their contagious enthusiasm.

Then off to the Hospitality Suite for dessert. Very nice.

Andrea and I, and Ian and Barbara Shelmerdine, had the opportunity to use Sunday to visit the Grove Park Inn and see the holiday Ginger Bread House competition. The imagination and the skills of those creating these whimsical moments of ginger bread and candy is beyond belief.

We found lunch at the Inn and visited their Antique Car Museum.   A small museum, only 20 cars, but a nice representation of motoring through the 40s. Several Cadillacs. It turned out that the entire collection was the property of the original Asheville Cadillac dealer and many of the cars came on trade into the dealership. The only British car was an MG TD.

We relocated to a hotel near the Asheville Airport to position ourselves for an early morning flight out of Asheville back to Sanford Florida. All in all, another great Holiday Party!! Extremely well done, Gene and Pat!! A great Holiday Party!! Thank you.