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    Hi, I am now the proud new owner of a 1984 Marlin roadster. Looking for some information on upgrades for the ital based roadster. Can anyone tell me what running gear I can use to upgrade the front and rear suspension and change the rear brakes to disc. Any help will be gratefully received. Thanks David
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    Hi David,

    There's a mountain of information on topics like this in these forums, and in the members area most if not all of the back issues of the club magazine covering useful topics. I've managed to find most things I need, then if not someone will almost certainly point you at the data you need.
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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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    Welcome .My advice would be, first join the club,second get to know your car. Is everything working properly. Learn about it before you spend money. Remember a Roadster weighs a lot less than an Ital. Spend time reading the articles in the forums (Fora?).
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    The underpinnings of an Ital are fundementally identical to a Morris Marina. Unfortunately there are not that many mods you can make without significant chassis modifications.
    My initial suggestion would be to have a close look at what you have. Replacing all the suspension bushes with Superflex ones is a good start, and then invest in Spax adjustable shocks front and rear. Tyre pressure is significant to handling 20psi is a good place to start.
    Then drive the car and find out where you think the shortcomings are.

    It's a lot lighter than an Ital so by comparison it is already over braked.
    Front discs can be changed to Clio Vented or you can use Princess Calipers. It is possible to fit MGF disks to the rear axle but you will need to fabricate new caliper brackets.
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    Three core radiator, Renault Clio vented front discs.
    The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

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    Dear Friends
    Can anyone recommend a good engineer and coachworks for my 73 engines Berlinetta? I've neglected her and she needs to be repaired and fettled. Electrics are dodgy too.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by davy66 View Post
    Hi, I am now the proud new owner of a 1984 Marlin roadster. Looking for some information on upgrades for the ital based roadster. Can anyone tell me what running gear I can use to upgrade the front and rear suspension and change the rear brakes to disc. Any help will be gratefully received. Thanks David
    I have a 1983 built SWB Roadster with Marina running gear so similar to your ital running gear and I love it as it is.Handles really well,brakes are good as they are,corners well and just a treat to be out driving in the old beauty,first question to me off a bloke was why don't you put twin carbs on it,my reply was why ?,it goes fast enough as it is on one carb.if I were you I would just enjoy the car as it is for a while before getting into loads of unnecessary work which may lead to problems and a lot of expense,you may find that you love it as it is.best of luck whatever you decide and I am sure you will love the attention from people who see you out and about driving in it.
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    Edwardgibbon, If your car is taxed and tested, drive it. Is there a reason why you can't overhaul it yourself? There are enough helpful people on this forum if you get stuck. Rebuilding, restoring whatever you call it should be a Zen type experience, enjoy the doing then enjoy the result even more. Fix a bit at a time, then you don't get swamped by the enormity of your task. If on the other hand you have enough money to pay someone, fair enough. Your car your choice. Good luck.
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    It would be really helpful to know where Edward..... Comes from.
    We each have favourite local mechanics etc, but the UK is a big place.
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    1800TC, Unleaded ported head, stage 2 cam. Ford Type 9 gearbox, Dolomite Sprint rear axle fitted with MGF disc brakes.
    Three core radiator, Renault Clio vented front discs.
    The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

    Loads of Marlin Reference can be found documents here or there.
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    The world is an even bigger place !
    Ben Caswell probably not the last word on anything here!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevejgreen View Post
    It would be really helpful to know where Edward..... Comes from.
    We ache have favourite local mechanics etc, but the UK is a big place.
    Unless already done it would be nice if club members could edit their personal profile to show their nearest town / city. It would make answering posts more relevant and help those trying to organise local events and welcome new members. Has anyone any suggestions how we could encourage this?
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