Josh - 1969 Morris Oxford
We could already see that it needed repairs to sills, front wings, rear lower quarters and one patch to the floor, but wasn’t expecting the amount of work it needed.
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My name is Josh
I'm from Wallasey
I have been working at my dad's garage since I left school and I've spent the majority of my free time working on my project cars! Although I have got the 1989 MK4 Ford Escort and my 1994 LandRover Discovery, My most recent project has been my 1969 Morris Oxford, which I purchased in January this year.
The car was bought from a close friend, Ian Lee, who had originally planned to restore the car to its former glory, but with working away a lot and already having a lovely collection of cars just didn’t get the time to do it. When I went to pick up the car Ian gave me some of the panels he had collected to repair it.
We could already see that it needed repairs to sills, front wings, rear lower quarters and one patch to the floor, but wasn’t expecting the amount of work it needed. The car started to take shape after I spent approx 80 hours, removing rot and replacing with new panels - patches were needed in different areas of the car, when panels couldn't be found; this led to me cutting and shaping my own panels!
I had planned to have the Oxford painted, but after driving the car as my daily for a couple of weeks, I soon realised how much I loved the patina look!
I think the most noticable difference in Oxford, is that it is now lowered. Initially, it had been difficult finding any springs that fit until I spoke to Les Dolan (another proud owner of an Austin Cambridge Estate), who let me in to a secret that you can use Austin 3 litre front springs for this job, due to them being stiffer you can modify these springs to fit for a comfortable but low ride. To lower the rear, I had to order MK2 Escort lowering blocks and had to modify them to fit my axel.
Wider steel wheels have since been fitted, until I can find a set of triumph tr6 steels for it.
Its still fitted with its original 1622 b series engine with single SU Carburetor and a 3 speed Borg Warner automatic gearbox, I was going to convert it to manual but after seeing how many automatics are left in this model and how nice it drives it won’t be happening just yet. She’s not the fastest car in the world but she’s a cruiser and real head turner.
My real love for this model of Morris Oxford started as a kid due to my dad used to have these as daily runarounds and also he used the ones that couldn’t be repaired in Banger Racing. I always said I would own one. I have Banger raced a couple of the less fortunate ones myself and are definitely the most fun cars.
At some point in the future I would like to get it sitting a little bit lower, possibly paint work if the patina look gets a little boring. I have got some LandRover LED 7” Angel Eye headlights to go in to make it that little bit more different and to upgrade the current candle lit headlights.
I have already converted all the dash bulbs to LED which makes a huge difference to night time driving, you can actually see what speed you're doing when the needle isn’t bouncing around having a fit.
This car is one of their ongoing build/projects that is actually getting used daily and appreciated. I’m Hoping to get it to some classic car shows and some modified car shows once this pandemic is over.
You would think that finding the spare parts for this is quite challenging but with the “Cambridge/Oxford Owners Club” being as big and helpful as it is and having its very own forum and pages within the forum just for parts it’s been relatively easy. If you love looking at cars or following peoples build or happen to be building one these yourself get yourself over to the page where you will be welcomed by the team whether you own one or not they love to see, speak, interact with new members within the forum!
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