I don't drive my Morgan too often in the winter but I do drive it. I'm not all that mechanical and pulling plugs and filling cylinders with oil seems harder than just driving the old car for 45 minutes every four weeks. If you don't run an engine regularly, the cylinders can rust. I know this is true but we don't want to go there . . . well, maybe we do. That incident, as embarrassing as it is, is at the core of this blog.
You see, my Morgan was vandalized years ago. And to make a long story short, I was forced to store the car for years. Finally, I found someone to fix the car, loaded it on a flat bed and had it trucked to Bolton, Ontario.
When the mechanic pulled the head, he discovered the pistons were rusted to the cylinders. "Didn't you put oil in the cylinders," he asked. "Of course," I replied. "I did that before putting it into storage."
"That was years ago! Heavens, man! Haven't you heard of gravity? Over time the oil seeps down to the bottom of the engine leaving the cylinder metal exposed," he explained. He then took a power chisel and broke up the pistons and chipped the cylinder sleeves from the engine.
Lot's of other stuff was equally damaged from doing nothing. I began to think my old car was a lot like a person. Nothing is as damaging as just sitting. If you want rusty arteries, just sit.
It took my mechanic about three years of off-and-on work to put my Morgan back on the road. When I had some cash, the work was on. When I didn't, the work was off. There were a lot of off times.
I loaded it on a flat bed and had it trucked to Bolton, Ontario.
You know what's coming: I loaded it on a flat bed and had it trucked to Bolton.
So, what's the point of all of this? Why is this blog titled "It's a green car?" If you're thinking it's because of all the money, the green, that the little car has devoured, you're wrong.
If I asked you to name a car that was designed and built around the principle of weight reduction, you might not think of a sports car but you should have. My Morgan doesn't tip the scales at even 2000 lbs., and yet it can mosey down highway 401 and hold its own against the turbulence caused by even the largest trucks. Size does matter and small is better. And what you do with that small size is important, too.
According to the Cardiff University report, "despite the traditional styling of Morgan cars, they can out-compete most . . . modern competitors in terms of environmental performance." And, as I said, they're no slouches on the highway either. (Ah, but twisty, narrow, back country roads, like those snaking up and down the Niagara escarpment, on those roads from hell Morgans find heaven.)
- low weight
- good use of materials
- low emissions
- a green manufacturing system
- and lastly, forward thinking
Now, your might think that durability was the weak spot in the Morgan green armour. If you did, you're wrong. Morgans are durable. I bought mine in December of 1968 and yet among Morgan owners, I'm a bit of a newbie. One fellow, I know, bought his Morgan in 1956! The factory encourages this by supplying parts for up to 50 years after a car was produced. And don't discount the emotional attachment owners have for their Morgans; Morgan owners are as durable as their cars — although I have never needed a flatbed.
Lastly, if you believe a car company famous for deviating little from a 1930s design is hardly a forward thinking company then you're wrong again. Morgan has embarked on the LIFECar project designed to prove that you can be lean, green and still have fun. I wish them luck.