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Morris Minor Week Car # 3: 1000 Custom Ute Conversion

Welcome to this, the third installment of Morris Minor Week ...

It's true that this custom-built Morris 1000 flat-tray ute, now doing duty as a mobile barista's work-horse and promotional vehicle, has seen better days.  It's also likely that serious Morrie fans will be horrified to see that a sedan was sacrificed in its making.

Whilst it is looking a bit knocked about, UMPH prefers to think (hope, even) that it may have been salvaged from a damaged sedan that might otherwise have been scrapped.  He can't help but be impressed by the ingenuity shown in its construction and design, too.

Please see this coming Sunday's post for the final installment of Morris Minor Week ...



All iPhone images.

Morris Minor Week Car # 2: 'Low-Light' Ute

Morris Minor Week continues, with today's offering being ...

Well-spotted to readers that correctly identified that Morris didn't actually produce a Low-light version of their Quarter-Ton utility!  That didn't bother Vic, the owner and restorer of this lovely, and quite possibly unique, flat-tray; the only thing that matters to him is that he likes it.  UMPH does, too! 

It seems that Vic might be a bit of a restoration wizard, having completely rebuilt this car from the ground up, as well as having been responsible for Nigel's excellent Mk I Sprite (please see:;postID=3155192261352050345;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=1;src=postname).  He's currently doing up a Morris Traveller which, if the standard of his ute and Nigel's Sprite is anything to go by, will also be first rate!

In addition to the Low-light front, the car features front disc brakes and a four-speed…

Morris Minor Week Car # 1: 1956 1000 'Transition' Traveller

For the next seven days, UMPH is paying tribute to the Morris Minor, beginning with ...

This 1956 Morris 1000 Traveller puts one in mind of picnics in the English countryside, complete with wicker-baskets, cucumber sandwiches, thermos-flasks and tartan rugs.  It also conjures up words like splendid and jolly and all manner of other Blytonisms. 

It would almost be impossible to imagine a nicer car to take the family on a picnic in, which is sort of what the owners were doing when UMPH spotted them in Hobart's historic Battery Point.  Admittedly, there were no cucumber sandwiches but the fresh fish 'n' chips they were eating down by the waterfront looked like a pretty good Tasmanian substitute! 

Eagle-eyed Morrie-spotters like UMPH will probably think they've detected an anomaly when they try to reconcile the Morris 1000 in this post's title with the car's split windscreen.  However, people who really know their Nuffields - like the proud owners - will be able to ex…