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    Re: New to me Cabrio,

    Hi Tomcat,
    Welcome to the wonderful world of Marlins. I can tell you enjoyed the drive home.

    I have a hybrid and a Marlin. The driving experience could not be more different. The hybrid insists I...
  2. Re: Cabrio Hunter. Throttle/clutch cables

    If it is the Sierra donor clutch and accelerator cables, and it probably is, the part number can be found here:


    Clutch:
    https://www.fordopedia.org/parts-catalog/sierra-mk1/D2.10

    Accelerator:...
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    Re: Speed prop speed sensor

    I think you need to determine what type of sensor you have at the moment. One of the joys of hand built vehicles is that each builder finds a different way to solve a problem.

    I am pretty sure...
  4. Thread: HELP!

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    Re: HELP!

    To get a replacement I have had some success sending a message to an eBay vendor. I get the feeling it is a bit of a challenge to take the edge off an otherwise boring day. They must have good access...
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    Re: Cabrio engine keeps stopping

    It’s always great to see a problem solved. Enjoy the rest of the year in your Marlin. Paul
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    Re: Seriously Exhausted?

    I too have a Zetec. The cat is in the engine compartment followed by a flexi joint and a 300mm aftermarket box under the passenger seat. I too have grounding problems.

    The engine is too quiet! It...
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    Re: Speedometer gearing

    There are companies that specialise in matching mechanical speedos to gearboxes. Some gearboxes, like the Ford type 9, have a range of speedo drive ratios available.
    Paul
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    Re: Cabrio engine keeps stopping

    I would try to establish if it is a fuel or spark problem. If you can safely reproduce the problem, for example by leaving the car to idle in the drive, then check the plug is giving a good spark....
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    Re: Cabrio engine keeps stopping

    Does it has an electric fuel pump, is it situated at the back of the car?
    Does it have a swirl pot?
    Sometimes this sort problem is caused by fuel vapour trapped somehow. A few pictures of the...
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    Re: Larger disc brakes

    I recently hired a car in Spain. It had lots “safety” systems. I applied the brakes as I approached the exit barrier and nearly hit the windscreen. It was like an on off switch. It took me quite a...
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    Re: Larger disc brakes

    I would have thought, if you are sure bigger disks will help, that one of the established kits would be the safest option. Burton Power has a range of Cortina based options:...
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    Re: Larger disc brakes

    I have certainly noticed the difference in braking with a modern car and my Sierra based Cabrio. I think the problem is the weight of the car. I have approached a roundabout at about the same speed...
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    Re: Fuel pipes and Ethanol

    I drained about 12 litres of fuel from the tank, chucked about a litre on the floor due to crass stupidity before I could change the hose. Having changed the hoses I returned the 12 litres to the...
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    Fuel pipes and Ethanol

    My car, Millie, is 17 years old this year. Parts of it are 37. In a world where the design life of cars is 12 years it not surprising that some components are in need of replacement.

    The MOT man...
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    Re: Rattling headlamp

    Did you kill the rattling insect?

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    Re: E5 Petrol: Buying for the future

    Argentina use a higher Ethenal content today than Europe (E25?). I wonder if that was true in 1983?
    Paul
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    Re: Temperature gauge

    You aught to check the engine temperature independently too. It might be the engine is running hot. Maybe a faulty thermostat or fuel mix.

    Paul
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    Le Mans Classic (2-3-4-5 July 2020) now 30 June to 3 July 2022

    It is back on this year. Whoopee!!!

    I’ve changed the title of this thread to reflect the new dates.

    Now is anybody else going?
    Paul
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    Re: Non-starting problem

    True, I remembered the circuit incorrectly.

    I have found that companies supplying starter motors and alternators are car enthusiast and very happy to make recommendations for kit cars. It makes a...
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    Re: Non-starting problem

    Assume – nothing! The click is probably a relay. A simple bulb and crocodile clip will let you check if the ignition key is asking the starter motor to act. In my experience it is best to plod...
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    Re: Non-starting problem

    My guess is a cable to starter motor problem or earth strap.
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    Re: Non-starting problem

    I have vague recollections off somehow sticking a test dial indicator (TDI) through a plug hole to be certain I had Top Dead Centre (TDC). Then checking the timing marks were correct. I can’t quite...
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    Re: Non-starting problem

    It looks like the bores and pistons are in excellent order.

    According to this Haynes web site
    https://haynes.com/en-gb/tips-tutorials/head-gasket-guide

    “The most common cause of a blown head...
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    Re: Non-starting problem

    That must be a spline. This is what a T55 looks like.
    Paul

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    Re: Non-starting problem

    I removed the head of my Pinto with a standard Torx bit. As I recall the the bolts must be replaced.

    Just checked Haynes and it says

    “Up to early 1984, splined type cylinder head bolts were...
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