Archive for October, 2013

Morgan Three Wheeler Beginning Details

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Here are more details on the restart of production of the Morgan Three Wheeler – Click here for the story

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The New Morgan Three Wheeler Begining

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

How the Triking Helped Jumpstart the New Morgan Three Wheeler

A gentleman named Pete Larsen (of Liberty Motors in Seattle, Washington) was trying to import a Moto Guzzi powered Triking into the states.  Unsuccessful Pete decided to design and manufacture his own 3 wheel cycle car.  Already in the sidecar manufacturing business Pete used his vehicle design and manufacturing experience and created the American Cycle-car Endeavor or ACE, also referred to as the ACE Cycle Car or Liberty’s ACE.  The ACE is/was modeled after a 1930s Morgan Aero and it is powered by a Harley Davidson V Twin.

Pete’s ACE was in limited production for several years when Andrew English (A world re known automotive journalist) test drove one and did a very nice review that was published in the London Daily Telegraph newspaper in February 2009.  Charles Morgan (president and third generation CEO of Morgan Motor Company) just happened to see the article and pictures and was inspired to bring back the Morgan Three Wheeler which stopped production in the 1950s.

Charles Morgan hired Lance Tunick (an American based automotive consultant) to meet with Pete – this was in early 2009.  This meeting went well and later that same year Charles Morgan sent two top executives (Steve Morris / Director of Operations and Tim Whitworth/Chief Financial Officer) to meet with Pete and further evaluate the ACE.

Needless to say the top folks at Morgan were impressed.  Pete had spent numerous hours on research and development on many engineering challenges on the ACE and was able to correct and/or overcome all of the challenges.

A year later the Morgan Motor Company had an agreement with Pete Larsen for him to provide blueprints, engineering drawings, engineering consulting services and a fully operational ACE.  And the rest is history.

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N731WA Appraisal

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

N731WA Appraisal Summary

1973 Piper PA34200

SN 347350245

12,457 TTAF

Time SMOH on right engine is 1486.6 (based on current tac of 3576.6). Time SMOH on left engine is 879.6 (based on current tac of 2857.3).

 

A visual inspection and log book analysis was performed October 20 2013 on the aircraft N731WA at: Tipton Airport, located in Fort Meade, Maryland.  It is the opinion of this appraiser that the fair market value of the above aircraft is:

 

                                                               $57,275.00 USD

 

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Appraisal Report

731WA Exterior

731WA Interior

731WA Left Prop

731WA Right Prop

731WA Left Engine

731WA Right Engine

731WA Misc Log Entries

731WA Canadian Logs

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