Author Topic: AcesLow's 1973 Morris Pick up  (Read 60094 times)

Offline AcesLow

Re: AcesLow's 1973 Morris Pick up
« Reply #200 on: September 09, 2016, 04:05:03 AM »
Hey Jims5543,

That would be great if you could.  I fear my tailgate is bowed. I have nothing to compare it to. I modified the plates that go on the top of the tail light panels a lot to get everything to fit.

Thanks.

Offline Jims5543

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Re: AcesLow's 1973 Morris Pick up
« Reply #201 on: September 09, 2016, 06:35:41 AM »
Hey Jims5543,

That would be great if you could.  I fear my tailgate is bowed. I have nothing to compare it to. I modified the plates that go on the top of the tail light panels a lot to get everything to fit.

Thanks.

Pics and measurements this weekend for you sir. No promises my truck is straight either. IIRC when the vinyl cover was being made the guy told me the bed was out of square by a decent amount. LOL!!  I will measure it up regardless.



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Re: AcesLow's 1973 Morris Pick up
« Reply #202 on: September 14, 2016, 06:24:41 PM »
I measure across the top and at the bottom both read 40" almost exactly if I was to split hairs it would be 40 1/16" top and bottom.

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Offline AcesLow

Re: AcesLow's 1973 Morris Pick up
« Reply #203 on: November 21, 2016, 11:55:51 PM »





Offline stan360

Re: AcesLow's 1973 Morris Pick up
« Reply #204 on: November 22, 2016, 12:38:28 AM »
The pickup is looking sharp.  Are you keeping the blue ?

Offline Merlin

Re: AcesLow's 1973 Morris Pick up
« Reply #205 on: November 22, 2016, 08:34:01 AM »
I am having some serious wet dreams about that shifter right now. I can just imagine banging through those gears right now.


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Offline AcesLow

Re: AcesLow's 1973 Morris Pick up
« Reply #206 on: November 23, 2016, 01:36:54 AM »
Merlin. I do that every day...

Stan360. I want a period corect 70s color. Not sure what that color is yet. Nothing on the outside will be out of the ordinary. I want it looking stock until I turn the key over.

Offline AcesLow

Re: AcesLow's 1973 Morris Pick up
« Reply #207 on: February 10, 2017, 03:13:45 AM »










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Re: AcesLow's 1973 Morris Pick up
« Reply #208 on: February 10, 2017, 09:58:31 AM »
Holy panel gaps, Batman!
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Offline 94touring

Re: AcesLow's 1973 Morris Pick up
« Reply #209 on: February 10, 2017, 12:58:16 PM »
Fit the front end to the wings off the car, clamp, or just go ahead and spot weld. Then fit on the car and with brute force get it snug to the scuttle and A panels.  Helpers or sheet metal screws to aid in holding it in place.  I screw all my front ends on first, then weld. Your fitment really isn't as bad as it looks. It will easily go into place.  The bottom of the a panels can be tricky, and I prefer to not have those fully welded till I know the rest matches up.  If it's way out on the bottom I can modify the a panel where the lip attaches to the door frame as necessary.  Or if it's attached I could always slice a section by the seams and weld in an extension. 
« Last Edit: February 10, 2017, 03:25:03 PM by 94touring »

Offline AcesLow

Re: AcesLow's 1973 Morris Pick up
« Reply #210 on: February 10, 2017, 03:02:50 PM »
I cut one off as the bonnet gaps were not very good.  I dont know if I messed up mounting the a panels or what.  The other wing panel was stretched into place which messed up the scuttle and bonnet gap. I read somewhere that you need to mod the inner wing panels for mk2s as they are made for mk3 and up.. Anyone know what was supposed to be modified?

Offline 94touring

Re: AcesLow's 1973 Morris Pick up
« Reply #211 on: February 10, 2017, 03:16:37 PM »
Bonnet gaps too wide?  Simply take a sheet metal screw and go from the wing gutter to the inner wing lip and cinch it up.  The trick is pulling it towards the scuttle at the same time.  A vice grip pulling the wing to the a panel while screwing the wings toward the inner wing lip usually works.

Offline AcesLow

Re: AcesLow's 1973 Morris Pick up
« Reply #212 on: February 11, 2017, 06:27:52 PM »
When I welded the front on the first time, using the clamps on to make the wing meet the A panel made the scuttle gap bad. It pulled the wing out and made the gap between the bonnet and the wing wider.. What would cause that big of a gap between the A panel and wing? I'm scared my inner wing panel to the door pillar width is incorrect.  I'm going to work on it some tonight and see if I can get anywhere with it.

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Offline 94touring

Re: AcesLow's 1973 Morris Pick up
« Reply #213 on: February 11, 2017, 08:38:02 PM »
It's tricky.  Any time you move one spot it shifts the next.  That's why I'm a big fan of sheet metal screws to cinch it all up. Are these heritage panels or knockoffs?  If I encounter a problem it's always bottom of A panel to bottom of wing.  That gap can be too much to vise together.  Then it becomes a matter of tweaking the apanel to the door frame, either by shaving door frame lip or bending out a panel lip to buy myself length to join up the a panel to wing. In an extreme case the a panel to door gap becomes too wide and looks bad, and I weld in a small strip on the a panel to rid the gap.
« Last Edit: February 11, 2017, 08:43:56 PM by 94touring »

Offline AcesLow

Re: AcesLow's 1973 Morris Pick up
« Reply #214 on: February 12, 2017, 12:14:05 PM »
They are heritage panels. Spent alot of extra money for the nicer panels.  50.gif Not a fan of bodywork..

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Re: AcesLow's 1973 Morris Pick up
« Reply #215 on: February 12, 2017, 01:29:59 PM »
Me either.....I did a ton of it on my Jag when I did the rustoration......now I let Dan do it.
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Offline AcesLow

Re: AcesLow's 1973 Morris Pick up
« Reply #216 on: February 12, 2017, 09:55:36 PM »


Driver side is the same. So at least im consistent lol..

The front panel is welded on already.Should I drill the welds out and assemble the front end off the truck. Will that make this easier...

Offline 94touring

Re: AcesLow's 1973 Morris Pick up
« Reply #217 on: February 12, 2017, 11:32:11 PM »
Yes drill out the welds on the front end panel.  Then I'd suggest at least tacking the wings to the front end panel to have one complete unit properly fitted to then proceed to the next challenge of getting scuttle and A panel fitments.  Next fit your subframe and initially lightly bolt the front end to the eye bolt holes.  Now begin pushing and pulling and man handling things till it fits. You may find tightening the bolts on the front end help or hurt, but it gives you a variable to play with.  Use the screw trick to keep things held in place as you achieve best fitments.  That wing to a panel gap is close enough that you can definitely get this fitted perfectly.

Offline AcesLow

Re: AcesLow's 1973 Morris Pick up
« Reply #218 on: February 13, 2017, 02:59:00 AM »
Thanks 94touring! Ill post some progress picture tommorow.

Offline AcesLow

Re: AcesLow's 1973 Morris Pick up
« Reply #219 on: May 20, 2017, 07:14:19 PM »
Front end is still not on. I have been trying to get some smaller jobs done.







Almost done. Little clean up still needed.


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I am  50.gif as I had an idea on what I wanted to do with the doors. The bottoms of the pockets are thrashed.  I cut one off to repair it.  I like the flat inner door style of the mk3/mk4 minis. I am stuck at a crossroads now to either repair the door pocket and reinstall it or build a inner structure and then sheet the door with a piece of carbon fiber to match the dash.  Ideas or thoughts?

Off for the next week and would like to get a move on this. Buddy wants it to be at his wedding in September so I am shooting for then to have it running (not painted). Subframes are read to go in after the body work is complete... 20.gif


« Last Edit: May 20, 2017, 07:30:02 PM by AcesLow »

Offline AcesLow

Re: AcesLow's 1973 Morris Pick up
« Reply #220 on: May 20, 2017, 07:18:43 PM »


I did remove the front panel and modded it a bit. Removed the front plate mount and tucked some angled brackets up that will be hidden behind the bumper for structure.
« Last Edit: May 20, 2017, 07:26:30 PM by AcesLow »

Offline AcesLow

Re: AcesLow's 1973 Morris Pick up
« Reply #221 on: May 24, 2017, 03:10:10 PM »
Inner wings were stamped 1/4 inch different. I reshaped the drip rail and everything lines up alot better.

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Re: AcesLow's 1973 Morris Pick up
« Reply #222 on: May 24, 2017, 03:35:26 PM »
I've read where others have complained lately about the quality of Heritage panels....seems to be hit or miss.

I like those eyeball vents, where did you get those?
« Last Edit: May 24, 2017, 03:39:58 PM by MiniDave »
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Offline 94touring

Re: AcesLow's 1973 Morris Pick up
« Reply #223 on: May 24, 2017, 06:33:02 PM »
Heritage can be every bit as tricky as knockoff.