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  1. #261 Re: Berlinetta build and restoration 
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    Ford Deep Impact Blue is the colour. I've seen it on many Ford vehicles from Transits to Mustangs.
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    Wow! Love the colour!
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    Back in the garage after a busy 3 months working on the farm. So to recap, the Marlin was finally painted at the start of August, after a bit of a wait. The next big job is the interior, which will be entrusted to a local trimmer with a fast growing reputation for excellent work among classic car owners. The Marlin is booked in for the start of January, so I need to get it put together before then. It seems a good idea to leave the wings off until the interior is done, to provide easier access and less chance of damage to the paint.

    The rear boot section was first to be fitted and properly bolted on, which then gave me the ideal solution to the problem of how to safely store the large newly painted hardtop, as it could now be placed in position. The new filler cap was fitted to the panel which had been reprofiled for a flush fit by the body shop, and the filler pipe plumbed in.

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    Next the boot lid was fitted and new handles replaced the old corroded ones.

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    New door handles.

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    New mirrors, without the heads for the moment, to avoid any chance of damage.

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    The door glass was fitted using new channel and seals. New chrome interior handles.

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    The wiper linkage was also fitted, as were the seat belts.

    A current overview of the Marlin.

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    Looking Great Scott looks as if you are on the final push to get it compleate. That stainless bulk head really looks good.
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    Thanks Angus. The stainless bulkhead was a friend's idea, when I was going to just have a stainless panel to cover the hole left by the Cortina heater. As the trimmer has an increasing waiting list I plan to have everything else ready for when it returns from them for a quick finish, so I am aiming for an MOT in March.
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    I had the wheels powder coated and fitted new tyres.

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    The original tyre size of 205/70/15 is a lot less common these days, which made tyre choice difficult, unless you want heavy duty van tyres. There are a couple of budget car tyres in that size, but after reading some reviews I was put off. However, if I change the profile to 65 then the choice is much wider. The problem is that the Marlin needs a big tyre to fill the wheel arch and look right, and also there is a slight loss of ground clearance, although only 10mm.

    In the end I decided to go with 205/65/15 tyres and hope that the Marlin will look ok. After reading many reviews and test results I chose Continental premium contact 5, which had a good balance of performance and reasonable price.
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    There has been a bit of a delay in getting the Berlinetta to the trimmer, they are a wife and husband team with a growing reputation and getting more busy every day. It should take them about two weeks once they start, after that I will refit the wings, bonnet, bumpers and lights, all of which are off to give easier access to the interior. Then it will be MOT time!

    Meanwhile I made a partition in the boot to hide the battery and fuel filler pipe.

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    I used thin plywood and aluminium covered with vinyl. The lid is secured by stainless washers and stainless wing nuts for access to the battery.
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    Why not cover the washers with vinyl to match? Just a bit less obtrusive.Very nice job though
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    I delivered the Marlin to the trimmer today. Starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
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