My long term project , morris truck v8

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My long term project , morris truck v8

Postby pamorrisguy » Sun Mar 13, 2016 3:22 am

I have been looking on here a wile and like all your projects, just thought I would post some pics of my morris truck. I have been working on it slowly for years when I don't have anything else going on. Recently I have been pushing to get it together more than ever. Here is what I started with.
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I decided to use a traveler body to give me more cab room . I need all the room I can get with the v8 requiring more room.
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Welcome to this place, :D
Looking forward to reading and seeing more

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Welcome to the forum. You're spoilt for V8 choices where you stay.

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Re: My long term project , morris truck v8

Postby Plin » Sun Mar 13, 2016 12:55 pm

:D Welcome to our friendly forum pamorrisguy - we shall look forward to watching your pick-ups transformation.
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Thanks for the welcome guys, we do have a lot of options here for engines. I decided to go with the small block chevy because I wanted a manual transmission and I found if I used a trans from a 2wd chevy s10 it would put my shifter in just the right place. I have torn down a few parts cars to get the parts I need and sold off the rest. I Looked for a wile to find a suitable frame and I finally settled on an 87 2wd Toyota truck frame. I tore down the truck then cut down the frame. I narrowed it, shortened it and stepped in the front frame horns. I like the Toyota front steering because it has linkage that can be shortened. I got my rearend from an 84 jaguar xj6 that I bought localy , it had engine problems so I picked it up cheap. I narrowed the rear 6" on each side.

Its nice to see you guys are open to modifications, it seems like a lot of morris guys are not. I too love original morrises but I like to see just about anything that someone is willing to save.
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Welcome,

interesting project, will keep an eye on it's progress,

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Looking good.

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Here are a couple more pics, I had to cut out and redo most of the bottom side of the cab. I used quite a bit of square tubing for the frame, it looks like a lot but it all does have a purpose. The rear suspension works on a cantilever setup that allows more travel with less airspring and it relocates them to the back out of the way.
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That's a strong chassis. Neat solution for the bags.

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plastic orange wrote:That's a strong chassis. Neat solution for the bags.

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It was the only way I could think to fit everything. It turned out to be a lot more complex than I originaly planned but I think it should work. I have seen some cantilever setups on other mini trucks but nothing exactly like this so time will tell if it was a good idea or not.
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Some pics just fitting the body fitting and the exhaust and engine mounting, I ran my drivers side exhaust out the front so I would have more clearance and less heat in the rear. I had a driveshaft made to fit the chevy trans and jag rear. It has very small glass pack mufflers.
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this should be close to ride height , It will lay out on the frame at its lowest. I found the fiberglass front fenders at Carlisle a few years ago.
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Here are some pics of my floor, trans tunnel and engine bay. I decided to pull the body and sand blast the frame.
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Very interesting, obviously you are very skilled in this. Totally diggin that trans tunnel, it's a work of art :D

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