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  1. #31 Re: The MARLIN of Dorian Gray...... 
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    No sliding part, is this connecting to a fixed to chassis rear diff? Or is that the shiny end?
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    - 8th owner of Roadster chassis number 2395. Kit manufactured 1983, first registered in 1987. Now owned by Barry!
    - Builder of chassis number 2325 (PKK 989M) in the mid 80's. Now owned by Eric & Lynne in the NE of England.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David View Post
    No sliding part, is this connecting to a fixed to chassis rear diff? Or is that the shiny end?
    As you said "connecting to a fixed to chassis rear diff"
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    It's time to drape ourselves in tinsel and collectively over indulge......

    Last update for 2020:

    The stainless steel tank arrived and it fits like a glove.

    Just waiting for the temperature to improve in my ManCave so I can prime and paint the exposed underside areas. All components for my exhaust also here, and found a pair of new OEM rear Morris Marina shock absorbers, garage is filling up with parts that have to assembled into the chassis. So as a preview of whats ahead of me once it stays above 10 degrees C in my garage, here is my 2021 DoList:


    MARLIN 2021 Do List (* indicates additional funding will be required)

    1. Mount new stainless steel exhaust
    2. Paint and fit new fuel tank and adjust sender float in tank to read accurately against Mazda fuel gauge, if necessary
    3. Relocate handbrake to left side of drive tunnel to clear gearshift
    4. Make new drive tunnel cover
    5. Install Fuel filler hoses and flow and return fuel lines and fuel filter
    6. Seat belts (adapt Mazda ones of go for aftermarket 4 point harnesses, if not possible) *
    7. All wiring (remaking harnesses), reuse OEM ECU and all fuses/fuse boxes, or source aftermarket consolidated fuse box*
    8. Get windscreen wipers and screen washer/bottle installed and working
    9. Plumb in heater matrix, if room, or source electric version*
    10. Re mount Vauxhall Viva radiator, overflow bottle and electric cooling fan
    11. Fresh Brake and Clutch fluid, gearbox and engine oil and coolant (water and flushing agent)
    12. Get engine running, flush cooling system and refill with coolant (with rust inhibitor) *
    13. Make up new Dashboard, instruments and switchgear*
    14. Refit all bodywork
    15. Adapt 2nd hand hinged bonnet to fit engine bay*
    16. Install all front and rear lights and turn signals*
    17. Horn and horn button *
    18. Rear view mirrors*
    19. 4 new tires*
    20. Spare Tire and cover*
    21. Fit new OEM rear shock absorbers*
    22. Refurbish Roof frame
    23. Source windscreen frame mounted wind deflectors*
    24. Adapt 2nd hand screen trim from Hunter as front bumper covers
    25. Cockpit re-trim*
    26. Recover/clean up driver and passenger seats*
    27. New number plates and rear number plate light*
    28. Front Grill and badges*
    29. Re-spray*
    30. Insure and MOT*

    Have the best holiday you can manage with whomever you are allowed to share it with.
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    Looks like my list 2 years ago.

    Good luck, Happy Christmas and New year.

    Adrian
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    Shiny end is the sliding section3
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    It looks like you have sorted your fuel tank now but I'll show you mine anyway. I made it when I built my Roadster back in 83. I has quite an interesting history of its manufacture. the sixteen gauge mild steel sheet that I made if come came from underneath a Diesel Fuelled Stone Vapor Train Heating Boiler that I was involved in removing from a Class 45 (Peak) Railway Locomotive during my Mechanical Fitting Apprenticeship at Derby Locomotive Work in about 72. I claimed the steel sheet as nobody else wanted it instead of it going in the scrap bin. and it might come in handy for my Dad who does car repairs in his spare time. Fast forward about 10 years and I'm building my New Roadster Kit from Marlin and I'm trying to find a good used Escort Fuel Tank without much success. I then thought that it cant be that difficult to make one for the Roadster and we might still just have a nice piece of steel sheet to make it out of. I worked out the sizes using an old one gallon Duckhams oil can (remember the tin plate cans) In the space provided it worked out about six gallons so that would do nicely. I marked out the folds on the sheet and bent it up by hand clamping the sheet between two lengths of inch and a half heavy duty angle iron in a 6" mechanics vice and used a hide mallet to form the bends and the dished bowl in the bottom for the fuel pick up pipe and filter. After cutting the hole for the filler and sender unit I adjusted the sender float arm to give level readers using a Smiths fuel gauge out of a MK11 Jaguar. I then made the tank sides again with the aid of the vice and cut the top and a couple of baffles for the inside all cuts done by hand with a pair of Gilbow Side Cutters.
    Getting the tank seam welded up made use the of the ubiquitous fag packet economy prevalent at that time in the job that I had as a Mechanical Maintenance Fitter at Willington Power Station (most foreigner's whether machining or welding was a packet of the Guys favourite smoke) and 20 Bensons saw me with a fully welded and pressure tested fuel tank as per the pictures. I am rebuilding my Roadster now and the quick whip over with a wire brush and a coating black paint saw it like new again.

    Roadster Fuel Tank 4.jpgRoadster Fuel Tank 5.jpgRoadster Fuel Tank 3.jpgRoadster Fuel Tank 1.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by marlinmick View Post
    It looks like you have sorted your fuel tank now but I'll show you mine anyway. I made it when I built my Roadster back in 83. I has quite an interesting history of its manufacture. the sixteen gauge mild steel sheet that I made if come came from underneath a Diesel Fuelled Stone Vapor Train Heating Boiler that I was involved in removing from a Class 45 (Peak) Railway Locomotive during my Mechanical Fitting Apprenticeship at Derby Locomotive Work in about 72. I claimed the steel sheet as nobody else wanted it instead of it going in the scrap bin. and it might come in handy for my Dad who does car repairs in his spare time. Fast forward about 10 years and I'm building my New Roadster Kit from Marlin and I'm trying to find a good used Escort Fuel Tank without much success. I then thought that it cant be that difficult to make one for the Roadster and we might still just have a nice piece of steel sheet to make it out of. I worked out the sizes using an old one gallon Duckhams oil can (remember the tin plate cans) In the space provided it worked out about six gallons so that would do nicely. I marked out the folds on the sheet and bent it up by hand clamping the sheet between two lengths of inch and a half heavy duty angle iron in a 6" mechanics vice and used a hide mallet to form the bends and the dished bowl in the bottom for the fuel pick up pipe and filter. After cutting the hole for the filler and sender unit I adjusted the sender float arm to give level readers using a Smiths fuel gauge out of a MK11 Jaguar. I then made the tank sides again with the aid of the vice and cut the top and a couple of baffles for the inside all cuts done by hand with a pair of Gilbow Side Cutters.
    Getting the tank seam welded up made use the of the ubiquitous fag packet economy prevalent at that time in the job that I had as a Mechanical Maintenance Fitter at Willington Power Station (most foreigner's whether machining or welding was a packet of the Guys favourite smoke) and 20 Bensons saw me with a fully welded and pressure tested fuel tank as per the pictures. I am rebuilding my Roadster now and the quick whip over with a wire brush and a coating black paint saw it like new again.

    Roadster Fuel Tank 4.jpgRoadster Fuel Tank 5.jpgRoadster Fuel Tank 3.jpgRoadster Fuel Tank 1.jpg
    Ah, life moves on. Sadly the days of payment in fags has long gone. The cold weather has stopped me even starting on my DOList, however have sourced all the extra component I need to complete my build. Only real challenge ahead of me (famous last words....) are the electrical harnesses, both low and high voltage circuits. Do have a reasonable multimeter, but tempted by one of those kits that track/identify potential breaks in wires/circuits. Post up some pictures of your prMX5 engine in Marlin bay2.jpgogress, I'll do same.20180627_120658.jpgNew rear exhaust can.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by marlinmick View Post
    It looks like you have sorted your fuel tank now but I'll show you mine anyway. I made it when I built my Roadster back in 83. I has quite an interesting history of its manufacture. the sixteen gauge mild steel sheet that I made if come came from underneath a Diesel Fuelled Stone Vapor Train Heating Boiler that I was involved in removing from a Class 45 (Peak) Railway Locomotive during my Mechanical Fitting Apprenticeship at Derby Locomotive Work in about 72. I claimed the steel sheet as nobody else wanted it instead of it going in the scrap bin. and it might come in handy for my Dad who does car repairs in his spare time. Fast forward about 10 years and I'm building my New Roadster Kit from Marlin and I'm trying to find a good used Escort Fuel Tank without much success. I then thought that it cant be that difficult to make one for the Roadster and we might still just have a nice piece of steel sheet to make it out of. I worked out the sizes using an old one gallon Duckhams oil can (remember the tin plate cans) In the space provided it worked out about six gallons so that would do nicely. I marked out the folds on the sheet and bent it up by hand clamping the sheet between two lengths of inch and a half heavy duty angle iron in a 6" mechanics vice and used a hide mallet to form the bends and the dished bowl in the bottom for the fuel pick up pipe and filter. After cutting the hole for the filler and sender unit I adjusted the sender float arm to give level readers using a Smiths fuel gauge out of a MK11 Jaguar. I then made the tank sides again with the aid of the vice and cut the top and a couple of baffles for the inside all cuts done by hand with a pair of Gilbow Side Cutters.
    Getting the tank seam welded up made use the of the ubiquitous fag packet economy prevalent at that time in the job that I had as a Mechanical Maintenance Fitter at Willington Power Station (most foreigner's whether machining or welding was a packet of the Guys favourite smoke) and 20 Bensons saw me with a fully welded and pressure tested fuel tank as per the pictures. I am rebuilding my Roadster now and the quick whip over with a wire brush and a coating black paint saw it like new again.

    Roadster Fuel Tank 4.jpgRoadster Fuel Tank 5.jpgRoadster Fuel Tank 3.jpgRoadster Fuel Tank 1.jpg
    Stone Vapour boilers were part of my engineering heritage too. My dad worked for Stone, and I ended up working in their steam engineering design office in Crawley, Sussex until they went into receivership, nothing to do with me!

    we had a test rig with three in a row, quite spectacular when all at full power.
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    I'm also stopped by the cold weather and my next task is to create my new wiring loom, I am using one of those Basic Kit Car Loom Kits from CBS.
    It seems a good basic staring point for the loom that I'm creating as mine is just a basic old school loom ie no silly electronics or monitoring systems (1.8 TC Marina based car) The loom that I made 35 years ago was just a bunch of wiring stripped out of a Rover SD1 Interior this gave me a pre-wrapped loom of wires that I ran through the Marlin. shortening cables and fitting appropriate connections as required. I could have used it again but after 35 years some of the connections had corroded. I'm hoping to complete the rebuild by late Spring/Early Summer.
    To combat the cold weather I have erected a Poly Tunnel in my garage with the car inside and with a small convector heater it soon gets warm enough to work on the car.
    My real problem at the moment is Lockdown Lethargy I just cant motivate myself to do anything I had a real good start last year completing lots of work on it including Engine, Suspension, Brakes, Gearbox rebuilds and a complete repaint and purchasing a Cabrio as well, but at the moment I've definitely lost my mojo. My proposed completion date is getting nearer.
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