Cleaning the Morgan Wheels
I had been putting off the annual 'Wheels Off' cleaning of the Roadster 100's Wire Wheels but yesterday I decided to begin by removing the front ones.
Having purchased my new Lionel Roberts Wheelwidget Spinner Tool and a new Breaker Bar & Socket, I began.
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I did try to remove the Spinners a while ago with limited success. I had loosened three spinners then but the fourth Front Wheel would not budge, with the wheel spinning on the garage floor. With no assistant available yesterday to operate the brakes I resorted to the Mallet for the first movement of that one.
The Lionel Taylor Spanner and Breaker Bar.
The Close View.
My Spanner was one of the Early Prototypes, thus the missing metal near to the 'S'.
It is made from High Grade Aircraft Aluminum.
The Offside Front Spinner in the 'Undo' position.
And, In the Tightening Position.
With the car up on its Axle Stands, as soon a both wheels were removed, it was obvious that I had long neglected checking the condition of my Main Spring and Bump Spring Gaiters.
Before I remove them it is worth saying that most owners, who use Gaiters, only use a set of the lower Bump Spring Gaiters designed and supplied by Morgan Owner, Dave Wellings.
Back in 2013, I posted this topic (Link Below) in my Blog which clearly indicated how both sets of Sliding Pillar Springs are subjected to Road Dirt Ingress shortening the life of the King Pins and the associated Bearing Bushes.
The Lower Bump Spring Gaiters featured in that posting are the same ones still on the car today and embarrassingly in need of renewing.
The Nearside Bump Spring Gaiter
The Offside Bump Spring Gaiter
Both are covered in excess grease, after 7 years of not being removed or replaced. The old used grease has seeped under the base and crept up the outside of the cover grabbing road dirt over the miles.
The Nearside Gaiter showing the build up of discarded used grease on the inside.
The Offside Gaiter with a similar build up of old grease.
Because the Car is on its Axle Stands at the moment the Bump Springs are at maximum compression.