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  1. #1 I went for my first long drive to the Tan Hill Inn via Ribblehead 
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    I had some holiday to use before year end, so I took the Roadster I've recently bought for a run from my home in Burnley up to the Tan Hill Inn and back via Clitheroe, Slaidburn, Bentham, Hawes, Buttertubs, Kirby Stephen, Sedburgh, Ribblehead, Settle and Gisburn. About 155 miles, and the car felt great on those roads. I've just sold a Caterham 7 Classic and one of the reasons for selling was that it felt like an act of cruelty taking that delicate chassis for a beating over that kind of road. The Marlin felt a bit more robust and wasn't much slower. The main learning points are 1) fit a heater - the original has been removed to make way for a battery box under the scuttle. 2) fit bigger wind deflectors or rigid sidescreens - it was a bit chilly today. IMG_3201.jpgIMG_3211.jpgIMG_3200.jpg
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    Absolutely brilliant.

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    The car and the scenery look awesome.
    - 9th Custodian of JRR 929D, the Triumph Vitesse based special Paul Moorehouse built prior to the Triumph based Roadster kits.
    - 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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    Empty roads heaven! Last photo for the calendar 2020?
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    Regarding the lack of a heater I was faced with the same problem when I sunk the battery into the scuttle. It was a case of battery or heater and, naturally, the battery took priority. By removing the casing and the large diameter fan from the Mini heater matrix normally used I was able to fit a pair of 12V computer type cooling fans to the front of the matrix which made the whole thing a lot smaller and then re-fit the heater. Admittedly the fans are not as powerful as the original but it still took the chill off around your legs when venturing out in the winter.
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    Car Builder Solutions have some heater options if budget allows;

    https://www.carbuildersolutions.com/uk/heatac

    On bigger wind deflectors or rigid side screens I see that my old Marlin (PKK) has larger deflectors than usual, I didn't have any when I owned the car which is why I made up some rigid side screens which worked well when they stayed on, but may have been lost in a dark garage of a subsequent owner !

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    If I remember the rigid side screens were a bugger to fit securely, probably easier on the very early door less Roadsters, but then of course you wouldn't be able to get in... >)

    However on the last Roadster I had they were smaller and appeared to work OK but maybe I dive more slowly now... it also had a weird bolt on plastic deflector on the top of the screen which is another idea.

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    - 9th Custodian of JRR 929D, the Triumph Vitesse based special Paul Moorehouse built prior to the Triumph based Roadster kits.
    - 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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    I have this fitted and it is not only warm but the fan is excellent.

    https://www.t7design.co.uk/products/...eater-12v.html

    Very small and takes up very little room.

    Along with a Powervamp Odyssey PC680.

    This will easily turn anything upto a two litre engine.

    They are small, compact and can be mounted in any orientation.

    http://www.powervamp.com/?s=Pc680

    Adrian

    P.S. It's what I have used on my Roadster.

    See thread http://www.marlinownersclub.com/foru...hlight=Battery

    There is a picture of the install there, I covered up the gapping hole for the original and mounted it on the bulkhead, now the passenger has some foot room.

    Adrian
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    I have to admit I'd ordered a T7design heater early this week before the drive and I unpacked it today. The first image shows the rough size and the second image shows that it looks like it should fit in front of the battery box, which is installed centrally above the transmission tunnel. This will allow me to keep the currently installed battery.
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    This heater has four outlets - the car already has two scuttle mounted windscreen vents that I can duct to from the top two outlets and use the bottom two for the footwells. I haven't built a car for about 15 years now and I hadn't realised how much stuff is available for today's builders - handy as I don't have Project Binky levels of time/skills/patience to make my own HVAC system.
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    Opening Christmas pressies early? :-)
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