TC9849 EXU Restoration

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TC9849 EXU Restoration

Post by Steve Simmons » Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:13 pm

The newest addition to my list of projects is TC9849 EXU. It hasn't seen the road in 40-50 years, and came to me disassembled down to the smallest nuts and bolts. The previous owner bought it this way 40 years ago. I plan to contact the owner before him and see what history I can find. In all those decades, it has never left the Los Angeles area. It still has its original engine which was reportedly rebuilt decades ago, but it's stuck at the moment so I will be opening it up to see what it will need other than new gaskets. My father has the crazy idea that he wants to daily drive this car, so it's my job to get it on the road before we're both dead.

How TC9849 was found after 40 years of storage...
How TC9849 was found after 40 years of storage
How TC9849 was found after 40 years of storage
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Loaded up and ready for transport to its new home.
Loaded up and ready for transport to its new home
Loaded up and ready for transport to its new home
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Unloaded with my father at the wheel and me in the passenger seat.
Unloaded with my father at the wheel and me in the passenger seat.
Unloaded with my father at the wheel and me in the passenger seat.
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It took three days to get all the parts sorted out. Fortunately it seems to be about 98% complete, but I can't understand why someone would disassemble the car so completely before starting work. I prefer to leave major sub-systems intact, and only disassemble when I'm ready to rebuild them. While sorting the parts I found a lot of great surprises, like brand new Phil Marino tapered axles and a brand new reproduction grill shell. Also perfect original headlamp lenses and tripod inserts. Lots of extra parts also, including NOS period aftermarket turn indicators, both 16" and 19" wheels and NOS Sears Allstate tires that are remarkably soft and perfect. Good for a show car, but I'll only be mounting them to roll the chassis around on when I get to that point.

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Car number: TC9849 EXU
Production date: 3 October 1949
Engine number: XPAG 10507
Casting date: 2 June 1949
Body number: 9440 A 39580 (unknown if original)
Color: Unknown, but shows signs of Regent Red, British Racing Green, Bright Red, Aqua, Clipper Blue, Sequoia Cream and Black.
Front axle ser#: 11404
Rear Axle ser#: 10607
1949 TC8975 / XPAG 9609
1949 TC9849 EXU / XPAG 10507
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Re: TC9849 EXU Restoration

Post by Steve Simmons » Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:28 am

I started on the front end. After sand blasting the axle I had a bit of a surprise. A chunk of plastic-like filler popped out of one of the ends, and a metal-like filler has been applied all over the axle. It's in more places than the photos show, including along the bottom of the main upper ribs. I can't imagine what's going on here and hopefully there wasn't a bunch of crack repair done. The front of teh axle has also been relieved for incorrectly-sized standoffs. It may be cheaper to find another axle than to have this one x-ray tested and aligned.
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Re: TC9849 EXU Restoration

Post by stephen stierman » Thu Nov 28, 2019 3:42 am

Steve, I have purchased a couple of Morgan project cars like that, totally disassembled. The owner has the best intentions, but after fooling around with the bits for several years, realizes he is in way over his head and things just sit for years. Not something to do if you lack the skill set, the money, or the ability to see a project through to the end. As you mention, the way to do a restoration is a sub set at a time, that way you at least have a chance of getting something productive done on the project and the task does not look so daunting.

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Re: TC9849 EXU Restoration

Post by Duncan M » Thu Nov 28, 2019 6:30 pm

Steve- Your car is 17 before mine. Also an EXU.

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Re: TC9849 EXU Restoration

Post by Ray White » Fri Nov 29, 2019 12:50 am

HI Steve. That looks like an interesting project. I don't think I would want to trust that axle so if you can source a better one at least it would give you peace of mind. I shall be following your progress.

Best of luck.

Ray.

P.S. I will not be drilling any holes in my chassis. :thumbs:

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Re: TC9849 EXU Restoration

Post by Steve Simmons » Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:30 pm

Duncan, I wonder if these two cars were on the line at the same time. When finished, we'll have to meet somewhere in the middle and line them up while leaving 16 car lengths between them. :) If yours was before this one instead of after, we could line it up now, this one entering the line as a frame and yours leaving the line completed.

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The previous owner had already painted the frame, axles, brake plates and some other parts with a beautiful professional coating. Unfortunately after 30 years it has become scratched and scuffed, and I prefer using something more durable on these parts anyway. Plus I wasn't entirely happy with the junk left inside the box section of the frame that should have been cleaned out before painting. I found a twig in there with primer on it. Inexcusable.

So while I'm waiting for the alignment shop to clear their frame table so I can bring the chassis in, I've continued sand blasting parts. More surprises as I cleared away the paint. It was hiding a nice little crack in the axle tower that should have been spotted and repaired before painting. This is the first step in failure of the tower, which ultimately results in the car dropping down onto the tire with its full weight, usually while at speed. I know THREE people personally here in So Cal who this has happened to in the past three years. One escaped relatively unscathed. The other two both lost their differentials and a tire. One of them also bent other parts.

Please everyone, check your axle towers for cracks!
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Re: TC9849 EXU Restoration

Post by Duncan M » Sat Nov 30, 2019 4:41 pm

The casting date on my engine (10536) is "8 D9" or 8 April '49. Interesting 2 month spread for cars likely on the assembly line at the same time or one day apart.

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Re: TC9849 EXU Restoration

Post by Mark McCombs » Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:02 am

Steve-
What a great project!

Are you sourcing a tub or rebuilding the original?

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Re: TC9849 EXU Restoration

Post by Steve Simmons » Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:24 am

The tub is a mixed bag. The upper wood is pretty good but the lower wood is rotten. The car came with all the repair pieces necessary to fix the tub but I'll be honest, a woodworker I am not. The chassis is a ton of fun for me but everything that sits on top is not something I'm looking forward to. I will likely repair the tub, but with help. Here is the body in my storage shed. You can kind of make out the good and bad bits.
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Re: TC9849 EXU Restoration

Post by Ray White » Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:08 pm

The scuttle top looks good. That is one of the few parts I was able save from the body of my car. I have spent a lifetime trying to salvage timber framed bodywork on coach built cars but it needs to have integrity. In my opinion, patching up may look O.K. but often lacks the strength that a new frame can impart.

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Re: TC9849 EXU Restoration

Post by stephen stierman » Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:06 am

TC2911 had mostly rotten timbers other than the door frames that were very good and just a few others. If you can save the front scuttle timber that has holes drilled for the firewall location it will be helpful when you start putting things back together again. I also suggest building a new tub on the chassis with running gear installed sitting on its wheels to compensate for any slight "sagging" of the chassis. I find the goal to be essentially to get the doors to shut properly and line up pretty well. Any shimming that you need to do is fair to achieve this since you aren't building a coffee table.
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