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Morris Minor Hotrod
This is my new LEGO model after a little dark area in my life, I didn’t expect to build again, but when I saw that great building challenge in a Group called LUGNuts over Flickr I just couldn’t resist! The challenge is all about to build a car suggested to you by one of the group admins, so my assignment was to build a Morris Minor; when first Ralph Savelsberg assigned this car to me I said in my mind “no way I could build this car”, but I just thought about it then I decided to build a Hotrod version of this lovely car, the curvy shape was a pain to translate into LEGO, but here it is, ready to hit your PC screens ;-) I would like to thank the great group LUGNuts for this amazing challenge; it was a lot of fun to build this model, and definitely build a classic car again. Hope you like it, thanks for visiting my page.
About this creation


The Morris Minor was a British economy car that debuted at the Earls Court Motor Show, London, on 20 September 1948. Designed under the leadership of Alec Issigonis, over 1.3 million examples were manufactured from 1948-1971. Initially available as a 2-door saloon and tourer (convertible), the range was subsequently expanded to include a 4-door saloon in 1950 and wood-framed estate (the Traveller), panel van and pick-up truck variants in 1952.
The Minor was manufactured in three series, Series I, Series II (1952) and finally the 1000 series (1956). One author described the Minor as typifying “Englishness.”


Today the Morris Minor and 1000 are among the best served classic family-sized cars in the old vehicle movement and continue to gain popularity. The enduring affection for the "Moggie" (also a common British nickname for an undistinguished cat, or a Morgan) or "Morrie" (as it is often known in Australia and New Zealand) is reflected in the number of restored and improved Morris Minors currently running in Britain, Australasia and in India. In addition to more powerful engines, desirable improvements necessitated by the increase in traffic density since the Minor was withdrawn from volume production include the replacement of the original equipment drum brakes with discs. Other important upgrades include the 1,275 cc (77.8 cu in) version of the A-series engine, derided by Morris Marina enthusiasts as a key reason why many Marinas were scrapped. Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson once stated that the Morris Minor is Britain's Volkswagen Beetle.


The overall view:

Here're some shots to the overall view around the model...
















The panoramic sunroof:



Here're some shots for the working sunroof...




And some shots with the sunroof off...






The interior:

Welcome to the whole red interior.







A top shot for the interior.

Here are some pics show the fold down front seats so the passengers could enter the rear seats...






The functional elements:



Everything's open as usual.


I just made the reverse opening hood coz it was easier for me ;p Although, the opening trunk wasn't a journey as well ;(


The Engine:



The convertible version:



A rear shot for the convertible version.


And finally a pic to show you the working steering from the steering wheel inside.




Comments

 I like it 
  July 25, 2014
This is epic. A great contemporary take on an old classic! :)
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  October 30, 2013
Awesome!
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  August 26, 2013
Excellent work!
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  June 25, 2012
It is a master piece, beautiful indeed
  May 19, 2012
How long do you had to learn to build cars like this amazing Morris Minor Hotrod, you are the king of the lego cars.
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  September 21, 2011
awesome keep it up you never cese to amesaze me :)
  June 4, 2011
I love it! Classic Brit!
Firas Abu-Jaber
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Rolling bricks
  April 4, 2011
Love it!
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  March 25, 2011
Hi. I love this. There are not many Morris minors on mocpages. The curves are excellent. I am currently building an ac cobra using many of the same parts as this, i would love to hear your comments once I finish it. Thanks for looking at my stuff I am honoured by your comments.
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  January 22, 2011
nice
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  January 16, 2011
Hey Firas, It's an amazing build, but sorry it's not suitable fr my contest, because it is not a Bubblecar, nor a Microcar. Because of that, I have to remove it... Sorry, Jonathan
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  January 13, 2011
Amazing!
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  January 9, 2011
I'm glad I finally found the time to comment this jewel. It's probably my favorite creation from you. You make incredible transformers, fantastic super cars but you challenged yourself for this LUGnuts round. Old cars with rounded shapes are hard to build but you did it beautifully and all the functions and improvements are great. It's something a bit between your London taxi and your bettle rod.
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  January 8, 2011
u should mod it for a rumble seat then it have even more openings XD
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  January 6, 2011
It's beautiful!
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  January 6, 2011
Wow, that front end is bang on. Was the coupé rear end treatment deliberate? What engine have you dropped in there, the ubiquitous Fiat 2.0 twin cam or something more exotic? Get that steering wheel moved too! 100% excellent! May I suggest your next Brit car is either the Austin Maxi or 1970's Princess?!?!?!
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  January 5, 2011
Brilliant!
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  January 5, 2011
Maybe I'm a bit latewith a comment...but at least I do comment on a friend's creation: sparkling chrome, classy black outside, cosy red upholstery, outstanding building skills and functional bits and pieces - although it's not a supercar, it certainly is a "Firas". Glad to see you back again...and back building! Best wishes, Jens
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  January 5, 2011
Sweet ride. I'm glad you're sticking around.
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  January 5, 2011
It could definitely pass as a creator set. It looks like one. A great job as always!
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  January 5, 2011
Awesome work!
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  January 4, 2011
Hi, verry cool Hotrod ! My faforit Side is - i can`t say - every Side i find looks good. :-)
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  January 4, 2011
This is insane. Love everything about it.
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  January 3, 2011
I knew it was you. Your cars are top-notch!
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  January 3, 2011
You captured the essence of the classic.
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  January 3, 2011
Glad you didn't stop building ! Sport cars are cool... but this is even cooler ! This kind of round shaped cars are hard to do but your version is awesome as usual ! I'm amazed by the fact that it's not so big, and still with a very high level of details. Congrats on a nice come-back !!!
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  January 3, 2011
Frias, I'm glad to see you didn't quit building. This is another truly inspirational build. I didn't think I'd ever see a hot rod M-M. This is beautiful in all of its English glory. You did put the steering wheel on the wrong side, unless you built one that was sold outside of England! That is such a small mistake on such a great build though. I guess you could just reverse the pictures, right? LOL. Regards, Eric.
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  January 2, 2011
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!!
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  January 2, 2011
Wow! The subtle details really bring this the extra mile! It's sleek, curvy, and almost studless. The overall angle of the chassis is a bit sharp for my taste, but it's still fantastic.
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  January 2, 2011
a big mistake: the steering wheel is on the wrong side ;-). I am glad that you've built something. THE inspiration is back.
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  January 2, 2011
Fantastic... as always. Didn't know something like this will come from you, Great job!
Firas Abu-Jaber
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Evan Sacco
  January 1, 2011
Real awesome job, It's better than any other lego car I've seen. It looks perfect. I give it a 11/10!
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  January 1, 2011
Wow, this is great ! I wondered why we hadn't seen much from you for a while... I hope that 'dark time' wasn't too bad and doesn't come back again. Haha tell me about trying to translate curvy shapes into Lego... but if anybody can do it, it's you - ad you've done excellently ! When thinking of hot rods, though the shape is somewhat similar, I never think of the british cars... yet this one looks great all rodded up ; I love it :) - Dan
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  December 31, 2010
Fabulously detailed piece of machinery! The red interior really makes this baby pop.~H
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  December 31, 2010
just fantastic, a brilliant build, now if you could just do it 6 wide !!!
Firas Abu-Jaber
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Lego Creator
  December 30, 2010
Please check out my newest moc http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/244435
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  December 30, 2010
Excellent build, good to have you back. :)
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  December 30, 2010
Again a fine model Firas! Classic, but not old-fashioned. And indeed, the curves must have been pretty hard to make, but that's the case with a lot of cars (if you want to do it right!) Greetings, Fred.
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  December 30, 2010
A beauty... I recognize this car from my "European Vintage Cars" calendar :)
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  December 30, 2010
Beautifully crafted, great job on this. Perfected to your usual standard!
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  December 30, 2010
Amazing! But I've found that sometimes the hardest cars to build end up being the best-looking when they're finished, and this is a perfect example. Congratz on the spectacular job with the curvy shape, and it's always nice to see working steering from you. On a side note, I think this is one of the coolest British-built cars! Well, this and the Reliant Scimitar...
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  December 30, 2010
Thanks a lot guys for the nice comments, feedback and compliments, I'm so glad you all like it, it was a hard time on me in the last few weeks; but I'm so happy that I managed to start building again. This was a very fast build, my fastest yet, took me around 5 days , but I'm glad for the way things turned out. Thanks again guys and I hope I'll never stop building again. And, "HAPPY NEW YEAR!" every one, enjoy your time!
 I made it 
  December 30, 2010
Thanks a lot guys for the nice comments, feedback and compliments, I'm so glad you all like it, it was a hard time on me in the last few weeks; but I'm so happy that I managed to start building again. This was a very fast build, my fastest yet, took me around 5 days , but I'm glad for the way things turned out. Thanks again guys and I hope I'll never stop building again. And, "HAPPY NEW YEAR!" every one, enjoy your time!
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  December 30, 2010
Quoting Lego Creator Please check out my newest moc http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/244435
Well, may be I would, but... I would appreciate it more if you at least told me your opinion in my model instead. Thank you.
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  December 30, 2010
Quoting Henrik Hoexbroe Excellent, -but why is the steering-wheel reversed¿?
I, honestly, don't know :0 But thanks any way, glad you like it.
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  December 30, 2010
Quoting Legofanatic 18dude Beautiful! But please, please, please, please, please, please, please don't stop building! You are arguably the best on here besides Sean!!! Great job, P.S. Hey, Firas, I thought you were buildin' me a street car what I like to call a CAMRY!!! Comeon, don't stop until you've built it. Best builder in the world! Okay, I'll stop flattering you...
Well it's not my kind of cars to build in LEGO; but I'll see what would happen ;) any way thanks for the big compliments.
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  December 30, 2010
Quoting Mattyy 666 weell, you really proved that you can do anything, from sleek italian supercars to beautifull classics. Well, YOU ARE THE MASTER
Master!? Wow! that's really too much, I think there're a lot of BIG names around here in building LEGO cars, I just hope that I'm one of them... Well, any way you'd be the master for your age, your building skills are for sure beyond just a 14 years old little man ;)
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  December 30, 2010
Quoting Nick Barrett Wow, what a brilliant little car! I used to have one these and loved it - this wonderful model brings it all back - and they always did look good with a few mods. Thanks for showing us this, it's an amazing piece of work. Happy New Year!
You used to have a real deal of this amazing classic!!? Wow, this is really something. any way thanks a lot, glad you like it.
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  December 30, 2010
Quoting sam knavel Once again you have made a sweet car Firas. Do you think you can pull off a Saleen as your next creation, if so, quote this comment. -Sam
Well, it IS a Saleen, but I don't think it would be the Saleen you meant in this comment, you know what I'm talking about ;) AW thx for the nice compliment.
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  December 30, 2010
Quoting Siddhart Jaipal Do you remember the Stallone's action flick "Cobra"? This is the car that Stallone drives during the first part of the movie. I liked it when the chase went going like crazy!
Of course I do! Glad you like it mate.
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  December 30, 2010
great to see a new moc from you! nice job on the steering. and the engine is great too. everything is just excellent. by the way, please check this out: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/232668
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  December 30, 2010
This is more WOW than WOW! WOWOWEE! It's a thing of beauty!
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  December 30, 2010
yet another stunner!
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  December 30, 2010
Wow... tons of new and interesting techniques from you.. I'm glad you managed to finish this in time, 'couse you received the appointment in almost halfmonth, didn't you? Super!
Firas Abu-Jaber
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sam knavel
  December 29, 2010
Once again you have made a sweet car Firas. Do you think you can pull off a Saleen as your next creation, if so, quote this comment. -Sam
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  December 29, 2010
Wow! Amazing work on this!
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  December 29, 2010
Good to see building again! Wonderful work on this Hot rod. All the little chrome/silver bits work well. Nice to see its got steering as well! I've also noticed the tiny difference in the tyres - very nice!
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  December 29, 2010
A beautiful, beautiful job.
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  December 29, 2010
Really nice Morris Firas. I love the black with the red interior it looks fantastic. At first I thought it was a real model car, but when I clicked onto it I new straight away who this was built by! Great job
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  December 29, 2010
Another fantastic build Firas. The shaping and part usage makes this one of my favorites of your cars. Hope you had a Happy Hollidays. Hope to see you here more too.
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  December 29, 2010
Excellent, -but why is the steering-wheel reversed¿?
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  December 29, 2010
Nice to see a model from you again and as usual it's another marvel. Also hope that things will get brighter for you...
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  December 29, 2010
Looks great; awesome color scheme!
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  December 29, 2010
Very good build Firas. It is out of your comfort zone, but truly well executed. Awesome work all around.
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  December 29, 2010
A-MA-ZING! I recognized it right away and you did a perfect job modding it.
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  December 29, 2010
Stunning work once again, Firas. Love the punch of the red interior against the black on this one. Great to see some new work from you...hopefully one of these days I can finally reciprocate (been dealing with builder's block for months now). Anyway, beautiful job!
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  December 29, 2010
Wow.long time no see.where you been man?i thought you stopped doing creations!man that car pretty good.the best feature is te steering,pretty small too.
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  December 29, 2010
I'm speechless. The interior being a different color is awesome. The whole car is just spectacular.
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  December 29, 2010
Beautiful! But please, please, please, please, please, please, please don't stop building! You are arguably the best on here besides Sean!!! Great job, P.S. Hey, Firas, I thought you were buildin' me a street car what I like to call a CAMRY!!! Comeon, don't stop until you've built it. Best builder in the world! Okay, I'll stop flattering you...
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  December 29, 2010
My goodness! This is a great model... like the Dodge Viper, I never really liked the original, but the creation you've built is amazing. Wonderful job replicating all those curves.
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  December 29, 2010
Oh snap! This is incredible quality. Nice to see working steering from you too. As always, 5 stars, and welcome back to MOCpages. I'll be posting something soon too - you've been away nearly as long as I have, but it means more when you're not posting as you've had such an impact on MOCpages : )
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  December 29, 2010
weell, you really proved that you can do anything, from sleek italian supercars to beautifull classics. Well, YOU ARE THE MASTER
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  December 29, 2010
i love retro! and you certainly have all the best of them, this car is spectacularly cool and good looking! merry christmas firas! your use of round parts is awesome, yeah, fantastic car!
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  December 29, 2010
Wow, what a brilliant little car! I used to have one these and loved it - this wonderful model brings it all back - and they always did look good with a few mods. Thanks for showing us this, it's an amazing piece of work. Happy New Year!
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  December 29, 2010
A pain to translate into LEGO indeed, that's why I love to build old style vehicles. The challenge! You did an awesome job, wow The beautiful slopes and angles you have manged to pull of is wonderful, the interior is an nice touch as well. Good job!
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  December 29, 2010
What a beauty you made there!
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  December 29, 2010
not my kinda car, but who cares, this is amazing, the roof is great and thats just AWESOME, great work, and welcome back to LEGO :)
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  December 29, 2010
wow thats impressive
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  December 29, 2010
Man! As usual, simply breath taking!
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  December 29, 2010
Do you remember the Stallone's action flick "Cobra"? This is the car that Stallone drives during the first part of the movie. I liked it when the chase went going like crazy!
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  December 29, 2010
wow, I didn't realize, the steering mechanism blends in the engine so nicely, impressive
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  December 29, 2010
Awesome, I love that red interior, oh and that engine, yummy, great functions as well, I didn't expect it to steer with that big engine on the front, fantastic job !
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  December 29, 2010
Awesome job Firas
 
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