Moe says, "I want more
power, new paint, cool wheels, and a useful purpose
Moe's original specifications
This model had a split flat windshield, smaller rear window, and larger wheel openings in the rear fenders than later year models.
With a 918cc
'flathead' four cylinder engine that produced 27 horsepower, and 39
foot pounds of torque, Moe had a
top speed of 62 miles per hour and a 0-60
time of . . . 'eventually.'
Wheelbase: 86"; overall length: 148"; overall width: 60", front track: 50.6"; rear track: 50.3"; and curb weight: 1743 pounds
Over 1.3 million were manufactured between 1948 and 1972, but only a few hundred that were imported into the U.S. have survived.
Unfortunately, Moe was too far gone to restore within our budget,
so we decided to 'repurpose' its most distinctive features into
a flatbed pickup to transport my electric mobility scooter
(to car shows, of course, and similar outings).
found a FiberFab Gazelle kitcar with
factory frame and
the 2.8 V6, automatic transmission, and front disc
brakes from a 1976 Ford Mustang II. - that's about three times Moe's
original engine displacement.
The only structural issue I have to resolve is that the engine, transmission, and radiator mounts must be relocated about a foot forward of where they are now (right). The relocation will require a longer, custom driveshaft to be fabricated, but it will give Moe a wheelbase of 99"
the donor chassis is sorted, I'll affix
half of Moe's
Morris parts in gray, left) to it.
Grafting the back/upper cab section from a 1950 Ford F-3 that I also have (yellow) onto
transplanted front half will be the most time-consuming
part of this build, but if done right, doing so will
increase much needed legroom.
comparison, it'll be easy to fabricate a narrow 6'
long flatbed (with swing-away hoist for loading
my mobility scooter), then
add underbed skirting and affix Moe's rear fenders to the
A set of Prime Hammer (7" wide)
alloy wheels will wear 195/55R15 (front) and 205/50R15
(rear) tires. Those sizes are about one inch
taller than Moe's original tires, but
almost identical to the diameter of those used on the Mustang
II, so the overall gearing will stay the
I'll spray Kirker acrylic
urethane 1K paint (wimbledon white on
the top and buckskin tan on the
bottom), with a mack red separator stripe
that matches the bucket seats. The wheel
centers will get the same mack red treatment, but
the rims and center caps will stay polished.
After tinting it to match the exterior white, tan, and red, I'll apply Raptor spray-on bedliner to the cab floor, inside back panel, and underside of the roof.
A pair of 1969 VW bug front seats with new red TMI covers (left) will be the only upholstery in the cab (this is a 'working' truck, after all).
A full array of vintage-style gauges will add dash to the dash.
Moe will always
be a Morris Minor
A book I found especially useful in this Morris Minor project is shown to the left. You can order it through Amazon.com (at a significant savings) by clicking on the picture.