Fault Register Judith and Ken Wightman




Judith and Ken Wightman

On the way to San Francisco from London, Ontario, I had a tire go flat because of a failed valve stem. Then, one hour into MOA IV, my new electronic ignition failed and the car had to be towed to Greg's for emergency repairs. He also adjusted my tappet and remarked that one was amazingly loose and he wished he had another day to look into the cause of the overly loose tappet. The next day at the morning meeting it was noted that I had another failed valve. Hmmm. On the way to get it repaired, I picked up a nail on the freeway in L.A. and had to be towed as my spare was also flat - it was the tire that had failed earlier. We drove from L.A. to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, without incident - unless you count the loud speedometre cable that Tonto fixed by shifting its position under the passenger seat - and except for the fact that I kept feeling that the engine was a bit noisy - loud tappets I thought. In Sault Ste. Marie I had another tire stem failure. We drove to Toronto without a problem, in fact we got the spare fixed in Fergus, Ontario, and so we arrived in Toronto with five inflated tires or tyres as the Brits would have it. We did not leave Toronto under our own power but had to be towed. Our fuel pump had failed and it was put on just a year earlier. At the Beer's shop, north of Toronto, it was discovered that the camshaft had failed - it was the original shaft rebuilt 15,000 miles earlier. A new shaft was ordered from England and installed and a new fuel pump was also installed. During testing the new fuel pump failed and so my original fuel pump, the one that came with the car in 1969, was rebuilt by the Beers and reinstalled. About a month after reaching Toronto, my wife and I went back to the Beers and picked up our car and drove home - we completed our version of MOA IV but a month late. - Oh, I discovered the cause of all the failed valve stems. Everyone who has worked on my car realized that I was not awash with money and so tried to follow my instructions of do not replace or fix anything that does not need it done now. Well, my tubes were the original ones that came with the car when new! They were approaching forty years old!

So, Morgan used fine quality tubes in the cars when new; that is clear. Also, the Morgan original fuel pump appears to have been superior to the replacements installed today. And, never rebuild a cam - it is false economy. Put in a new one. Hardening the rebuilt cam can be tricky and if it fails you are facing a big bill. Also, we hit something on one of the roads that I know might well have stopped my Pontiac but the Morgan flew into the air and after taking a bounce or two carried on without even a shimmy. Fine, strong front end in those cars. Morgan can take some pride in the design and the quality of the construction.

Oh, I did lose the bolts that hold the air filter on my car but another driver had spares and this ended up being no problem at all. All so, I had to tighen the hinge screws among others during the trip but hey this is to be expected.

And that is it...

Do hope you are having a good summer and a restful one...
Ken and Judy Wightman-









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