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(Note: My email address has changed as of 10/15/03 to jblair1948@cox.net I have not had a chance to make the changes to all the pages to reflect this.)

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This the heart of SOL's Morgan web page, articles on how to fix and maintain your cars. The articles contained here are broken up into two catagories, general and Morgans specific.

The general automotive articles deal with things like Body Work, Brakes, Carburetors, Electrical, etc. While these articles, in most cases, are based on British cars in general, there are some that are based on more modern cars - especially articles dealing with the new sensors for the computer controlled cars. The Morgan specific articles deal only with Morgans. Very little of the information in this section can be extrapolated back to most cars.

I hope you find the information contained here of some help. If you have any articles that you think might be of interest please feel free to email me the articles and pictures. I'll put them up and of course give the authors their credit.

John

General Articles Morgan Specific Articles

Novice Corner
Not restricted to Morgans

These articles are designed for the Novice and provide fundimental information.

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How Cars Work 101 at Inner-Auto Parts covers all major systems in a car
dot_clear Hints for replacing Drum Brake shoes
dot_clear Cooling System & Overheating Tutoral new jan '09
dot_clear Electrical Primer - Introduction to Electricity
dot_clear Electrical Primer - Part 2 - The Ignition System
dot_clear Electrical Primer - Part 3 - The Starting System
dot_clear How Differential Gear works (Video) new Oct '09
dot_clear Metal Cutting new March '09
dot_clear A Serious Look at Tools for the Automotive Hobbyist's Workshop dot_clear Updated June 1, 2009
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General information
Not restricted to Morgans
How Cars Work 101 at Inner-Auto Parts covers all major systems in a car
Car and Truck Definitions - AutoWorld Automotive Glossary
AutoZine Technical School - Mostly new technology but a Great site!   updated link 10/2/06
Detailing
Heat, Rust, & Noise in VW's By: G. Matthew Bulley A must read!!   updated link 5/3/05
Polishing Aluminum
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Body Work
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Autobodystore.com
dot_clear Body work - How to
dot_clear Using Body Filler By: Charles Christ
dot_clear Fighting Rust
dot_clear Painting
dot_clear Temporary Paint Booth new
dot_clear DIY Painting and Body work dot_clear (updated 03/03/09)
dot_clear Bodywork and Painting By: Sumner
dot_clear 3 Articles - Paint removal, Priming and Painting      (These 3 articles at at the bottom of the page.) new
dot_clear Enamels vs Clear Coat Base Coat By: Tom O'Malley (Oct 2001)
dot_clear Spray Guns 101
dot_clear Harbor Freight's HVLP Spray Guns By: Sumner
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Brake System articles:
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Build a Pressure Bleeder for Bleeding Brakes By: Jim Powell
dot_clear Bleeding Brakes By: Harald Sakshaug - Nov. 99
dot_clear Information on Brake fluids By: Kenneth Streeter
dot_clear Brake plumbing By: Chris Kantarjiev
dot_clear Hints for replacing Drum Brake shoes
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Carburetor articles:
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Constant Depression Carb - Theory of Operation By: Dan Masters July 14, 1999
dot_clear Tuning (Setting) SU Carburetors By Roger Garnett, Dec. 5, 1991.
dot_clear Tuning VS Setting SU Carburetors By: Fred Sission, Feb. 15, 1998.
dot_clear Carb Trivia - Weber DGV By: Fred Sission, Greg Solow, and Bob Nogueira
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Catalytic Converters
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How to test a Catalytic Converter
dot_clear More Catalytic Converter information and testing
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Clutch
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Freeing a Stuck Clutch new September 2009
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Cooling System
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Cooling System & Overheating Tutoral new jan '09
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Electrical
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Coils & Things By: Chris Moberg
dot_clear Ballast vs. Non-Ballast Ignition Coils
dot_clear What's the difference, and how to convert By: Dan Masters
dot_clear IGNITION COIL POLARITY - IG-104 By: Barney Gaylord new September '09
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dot_clear Electrical Primer:
dot_clear Electrical Primer - Introduction to Electricity
dot_clear Electrical Primer - Part 2 - The Ignition System
dot_clear Electrical Primer - Part 3 - The Starting System
dot_clear Starter & Solenoids
dot_clear M35G Starter Rebuild Kits By: Bob Sanders
dot_clear Troubleshooting Relays new jan '09
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dot_clear Lucas Distributor info:
dot_clear Tuning the Lucas Distributor By: Marcel Chichak
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dot_clear Modern Electronic Sensors (started appearing about 1975)
dot_clear Hall effect sensors - how they work (points replacement - newer cars)
dot_clear Understanding Hall Effect Sensors (PDF) By: Wells Corp.
dot_clear The Hall Effect and Hall Effect Sensors By: J. B. Calvert
dot_clear The Hall Effect Gaussmeter By: John Boettger, F.W. Bell
dot_clear O2 sensor
dot_clear Introduction to Oxygen Sensors
dot_clear What the Home Mechanic Needs to Know About O2 Sensors
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dot_clear Smith's impluse Tachometer
dot_clear Connecting a Smith's Impulse Tachometers
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dot_clear Windshield Wiper Motor articles:
dot_clear Rebuilding a Lucas 1 speed assembly
dot_clear Lucas 2 Speed assembly By: Dan Masters
dot_clear Special Notes On Wiper Motor Wiring - ET-110 By: Barney Gaylord new link added March '09
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dot_clear Other Misc. electrcial articles:
dot_clear Fuses By: Glen R. Wilson
dot_clear Fusible Links By: Russ W. Knize. new June 2009

dot_clear Heat Shrink Tubing types By: Craig Smith
dot_clear How a Relay works By: Marshall Brian
dot_clear How Wires, Fuses and Connectors work By: Karim Nice
dot_clear Postive to Negative Ground conversion (on Vintage Triumph Register's web page)
dot_clear Trailer wiring
dot_clear Wire 101 By: Craig Smith
dot_clear Wire Gauge and Current Capability Chart new March '09
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Engineering
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Drill Sizes
dot_clear Metal Gauge Thickness Chart
dot_clear Strength (Mechanics) of Materials (Stress, Strain, Hookes Law....)
dot_clear Fluid Flow Fundamentals (Properties of Fluids, Volumetric Flow Rate....)
dot_clear Hydraulic and Pneumatic Design and Engineering (General Design, Fluid Characteristics....)
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FAQs
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Battery FAQ (Car amd Deep Cycle)
dot_clear Gasoline     By: Bruce Hamilton     It's back
dot_clear Oil     By: Ed Hackett
dot_clear POR-15 FAQ
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Hardware Information
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Bold Depot Fastener info       Updated all links July 4, 2009
dot_clear Fastener Type Chart
dot_clear US Wood Screw Diameter Table
dot_clear US Sheet Metal Screw Diameter Table
dot_clear US Machine Screw Diameter Table
dot_clear US Bolt Head/Wrench Size Table
dot_clear US Threads Per Inch Table
dot_clear US Nut Size Table
dot_clear Metric Bolt Head/Wrench Size Table
dot_clear Metric Metric Nut Size Table
dot_clear Metric Thread Pitch Table
dot_clear General Hardware info
dot_clear Extracting Broken Bolts By: Chris Kantarjiev of The Dimebank Garage
dot_clear Good general info on Nuts & BoltsVarious types of Nuts and Bolts By: Joseph C. Dille
dot_clear Various types of Nuts and Bolts
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dot_clear British/Whitworth info.
dot_clear British Screw Systems By: Mike Clarke    Aug 1999
dot_clearIncludes Charts for: British Association (BA); British Standard Whitworth (BSW);
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dot_clear History of Whitworth By: Charles Falco
dot_clear More general info on Whitworth By: Mike Clarke
dot_clear Whitworth - where to get hardware & tools
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Reference Tables
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Decimal to Fraction Chart
dot_clear Decimal & Fraction to Millimeter Chart
dot_clear Metric Tap and Drill Size Table
dot_clear Sheet Metal Gauge Chart
dot_clear Technical Reference Charts - all kinds of info
dot_clear US Tap and Drill Bit Size Table new March '09
dot_clear Wire Gauge and Current Capability Chart new March '09
dot_clear Wood screw pilot hole sizes new June '09
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Machining and Metal Working
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dot_clear Metal Cutting
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Metal Cutting new March '09
dot_clear Links on lathes
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dot_clear Welding Info
dot_clear Aluminum Welding, Brazing, Soldering Aluminum Repair (3 in 1) Rod
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dot_clear General info on welding
dot_clear Metal Web news - info on many facets of metal working including welding,
dot_clear blacksmithing and Jewlery making.
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Tools
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Exhaust Gas Analizer - Build your own - By: Dave Morrill
dot_clear Media Blasting (Sandbblasting)
dot_clear A Serious Look at Tools for the Automotive Hobbyist's Workshop dot_clear Updated June 1, 2009
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dot_clear Part 2 - Specialized/diagnostic tools
dot_clear Who makes what tools? author to remain anonymous
dot_clear More on Who makes what tools? Bob Payne
dot_clear Tool Boxes By: Keith Bucher
dot_clear Body Rotators
dot_clear Build your own body rotator it's back - mirrored
dot_clear Build a body rotisserie using 2 engine stands   By: Hartley Pokrant
dot_clear Build a roll over plywood frame
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Wire Wheels
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A couple of questions about Wire Wheels
dot_clear Wire Wheels Overview By: Arthur Kelly
dot_clear Wheel Tech - WL-102 - Tightening Knockoffs By: Barney Gaylord
dot_clear Tips for the Maintenance of Stag Wheels By: William Mayo and Walter Holliday
dot_clear Truing Wire Wheels By: Rod Schweiger
dot_clear Several tips on Maintaining Wire Wheels On GoMoG web

Morgan Specific

How Did I Get Into This Mess? dot_clear Updated 06/13/09)
Getting Started
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Front suspension articles:
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Restoring a Morgan Rebuilding the Front End
dot_clear Front Wheel Vibration
dot_clear Dampener Blades new March '09
dot_clear Tuning up Front - Decambering    By: Jerry Willburn
dot_clear It's What's up Front that Counts!    By: Jerry Willburn
dot_clear Kingpin Clearance The Experts Panel @ gomog

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The wooden body tub:
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Wood Work - Dismanteling the Tub
dot_clear Putting the Wooden Body Frame Together
dot_clear Fasteners For Wood Body Subframe
dot_clear Wood screw pilot hole sizes
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Brakes:
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Rebuilding the Hydraulic Brakes system
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Body sheetmetal:
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Installing Windscreen FrameBy: Greg Solow Jan. 99
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dot_clear Making a Morgan 1/4 Panel    By: Bob Nogueira March 97
dot_clear AL. Cap strips for the rear deck    By: Bob Nogueira - Aug. 1999
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Clutch articles:
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1960s vintage +4 Clutch information    By: Greg Solow Oct. 98
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Carb Info
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Constant Depression Carb - Theory of Operation By: Dan Masters July 14, 1999
dot_clear Tuning (Setting) SU Carburetors By: Roger Garnett, Dec. 5, 1991.
dot_clear Tuning VS Setting SU Carburetors By: Fred Sission, Feb. 15, 1998.
dot_clear Carb Trivia - Weber DGV By: Fred Sission, Greg Solow, and Bob Nogueira
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Chassis
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Putting the Chassis Back Together
dot_clear Pulling the Engine and/or Transmission    By: Jeremy Edwards & John T. Blair (10/98)
dot_clear Rear Chassis Kick-up    By: Bob Adair
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Cooling
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Morgan Radiators (Aluminumn)    By: Nelson Warner
dot_clear Fighting the Overheating Problem    By: Dwight Smith, MOG NORTHWEST
dot_clear Installing an Oil Cooler    By: Armando Picciotto July 97
dot_clear Removing The Radiator    By: John Rogers, Greg Solow, Joseph DeLuca - Jan 99
dot_clear Termosyphoon Cooling modifications on a '34 4/4 By: Harald Sakshaug, Aug. 98
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Electrical
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+4 Ignition module
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dot_clear The Ignition Light Theory of Operation By: Gerry Willburn
dot_clear The Wiring Harness dot_clear Updated June 17, 2009
dot_clear The Wiring Diagrams
dot_clear Comments on installing British Wire's wiring harness (7/99)
dot_clear Moving the Headlight Dipper Switch By: Nelson R. Warner (2/02) dot_clear Updated June 17, 2009
dot_clear Starter & Solenoids
dot_clear M35G Starter Rebuild Kit    By: Bob Sanders
dot_clear Heater - Hup brand    By: Tim Johnsonnew March '09
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Hardware Information
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dot_clear Screw list for the Wooden tub
dot_clear Screw list for the chassis and bodynew
dot_clear Wood Drilling Chart
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Misc. information
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Gas Tank Removal        updated 09/02/09
dot_clear Interior FAQ (5/99)
dot_clear Miscellaneous Topics 1
dot_clear Covers some short items on: Sheet Metal under door frame, Sealing the Wooden Tub,
dot_clear Damp Coarse, Wiring Harness Loom, Various Rear End Notes, Caution about Wire Wheels,
dot_clear Cleaning ideas, Loctite
dot_clear Miscellaneous Topics 2
dot_clear Safety, Rubber matting, Better Visibility, Brake fluid reservoir, Fitting the top and tonneau,
dot_clear More windshield wiper motor, Headlight alignment, Cleaning metal parts, Painting chassis,
dot_clear Shinny exhaust manifold, Keeping paper work clean, replacement tie rod ends, Word processing
dot_clear Link to Vintage Triumph Register page   Another source for +4 Info Specifically the Triumph engine
dot_clear Link to SOL's Tech page    Lots of intersting information
dot_clear Link Lorne Goldman's GoMoG Tech page    Lots of intersting information
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Parts information
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Parts Sources
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Rear Suspension
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Misc. Rear End / Differential Info. By: Michael D. Miles, PE
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4/4 Corner
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Pulling the engine and transmission from a 4/4
dot_clear Morgan 4/4: Sierra 5-speed Gearbox Conversion By: Tim Hurst in Australia new March '09
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Plus 4 Corner
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+4 Clutch info By: Bob Bowie in Maine new
dot_clear Morgan UP-Grades for the Road By: Bob Nelson
dot_clear Replacing the Timing Cover Gasket By: Jerry Murphy and Don Sforza
dot_clear +4 VS Triumph Water Pumps By: Jerry Willburn, July 99
dot_clear +4 Oil leak By: Fred Sission
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Plus 8 Corner
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+8 page
dot_clear +8 Alternator info.    By: Chas Wasser
dot_clear Electronic ignition for 1971 +8


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