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  1. #1 Operation Blown Fuse Replacement: the total rebuild diary of a Marina based Roadster. 
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    Hello all

    Falling from Charybde to Scylla when I tried to fix things on the Roadster I bought from a german guy last november, all turned to be clear: It would be a complete rebuild.

    The car received its V5 in 1984 but prior that experienced a complicated birth: hole drilled and closed with mastic or left open everywhere, screws and nuts of very different quality from new stainless metric to used imperial, electric harness taken roughtly from the donor car and stretched to the limit...

    Yes Cameron, you were right, nothing but a complete rebuild was mandatory

    I was advised to open a diary, so here it is.

    Now the beauty is totally nacked, the serious game will begin with de-rusting and repainting.

    On the kitchen table Santa returned in April and all the necessary stuff for a brand new electric harness was received from English suppliers.

    Stay tuned
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  2. #2 Re: Operation Blown Fuse Replacement: the total rebuild diary of a Marina based Roads 
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    OK looks like fun...what sort of time scale have you set to finish it ?

    Should we put this thread in with the build diaries ?

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    Yes indeed you can!

    Time scale... I would like that everything should be done this year.

    CAD work and chassis refurbishing should be carried out this month and during my holidays in may, let say that october is a fair target for first road tests.

    Christophe.

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    OK looks like fun...what sort of time scale have you set to finish it ?

    Should we put this thread in with the build diaries ?

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    Dashboard temporary CAD drawing, before laser cutting of alu sheet.

    The dashboard features two 3mm sheets: a frontal one to hold the gauges, warnings and switchs, and a structural one behind so that stiffness of the assembly is sufficent for 4 point holding (2 lateral and 2 top) and for withstanding weight and vibrations. I did that because Lucas switches can not stand more than 3mm of panel thickness. A single piece made of 5mm would have been much less expensive.

    Marlin_TdB_03.jpg

    All smiths electronic classic gauges:
    - Tacho 80mm on the right, Speedo 80mm on the left
    - Right side: water temperature and fuel level
    - Left side: voltage and engine head temperature

    Santa made faces at me, but this would be AGAIN Xmas in may

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    I cant wait to see how that turns out
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  6. #6 Re: Operation Blown Fuse Replacement: the total rebuild diary of a Marina based Roads 
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    Make sure you have room to hold the gearstick in first and third gear without bashing your hand on the lower centre of the dash.
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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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    Hello David.

    I indeed took this in account, and therefore I reproduced the overall dimensions of the existing MDF dashboard, leaving enough room under for gearstick operation.

    And I'll use a thin rubber edge trim around the frontal sheet to prevent accidents

    Christophe.



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  8. #8 Re: Operation Blown Fuse Replacement: the total rebuild diary of a Marina based Roads 
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    Hello Cameron.

    I'll do my best to maintain this diary as pleaseant to read as I can

    To do: learn to use... a digital camera.

    Christophe.
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    If you can prepare CAD drawings like that, then Digital photos will not be a problem !

    Looks very impressive.

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    Hello Cameron.

    I'll do my best to maintain this diary as pleaseant to read as I can

    To do: learn to use... a digital camera.

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  10. #10 Re: Operation Blown Fuse Replacement: the total rebuild diary of a Marina based Roads 
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    Good work today !

    - All paints (chassis/engine-gbox/manifold/radiator), primers, rust removers, cleaners and alu varnish ordered from RESTOM, a specialized French manufacturer with a very good reputation for classic car chemicals.

    - CAD design of dashboard is completed and transmitted for quotation of laser cutting (green:face/yellow:structure/magenta:dashboard and electricals holders)

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    Stay tuned
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