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  1. #11 Re: Marlin Roadster Registration Advice 
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    Is that a registration plate I can see...propped against the tunnel side...possibly _OV 110A...worth checking with DVLA perhaps..?
    A-suffix is 1963 so might be consistent with a Herald donor...
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    Hi All,

    So, b_caswell, thank you for the information and the link. There is a hell of a lot of stuff to comply with BUT nothing is impossible right!!??
    I have read through a good chunk of the IVA manual for the seat belt anchorage, steering column etc... I'm going to have to make a CAD model of the car to wrap my head around a suitable framework for introducing triangular members for seat belt anchor points. And will need to source a suitable steering column safety device or impact deflection work around, I'm sure it can be done!
    Has anyone converted to power steering before??

    The car did come with a windscreen that is stamped and cut to size so that a bonus!! (providing it actually fits!!)

    What is a pain in the bum is the potential loss of the VIN plate... I will take a closer look behind that welded section when I'm next at the vehicle, but my gut feeling is that you are right. It's probably been dressed off during prep work of the additional bracket. (as mentioned someone had intentions of making it a kill climb car so probably didn't care about retaining the number...) will update when i know!
    In case it is missing I would have to apply for a new VIN right??

    Hi David!
    I have a feeling the car has had an 'interesting' history in which i mean I think its been on the road as something else... It does look like its been on the road at some point but I have very limited info... and with a potential lost chassis number i have a feeling i wont find anymore history...

    lil_red_roadster, Hi!
    Yes you are correct, I forgot to mention that
    the reg plates were in the pile of stuff that came with it but they are registered to a 63 plate Ford Anglia (ADV 110A)
    The car also came with (i think) a 1.3 ford engine (needs work if its going to be used, don't think ill use it), Ford wing mirrors, and a Ford steering wheel (manky). I have a suspicion whoever, may have had intentions of trying to register is as a ford!!??
    Are these plate going to be of any use to me of should i throw them? (considering i have no V5 either.)

    Cheers!
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    That Ford Anglia reference triggered a memory. See this thread https://www.marlinownersclub.com/for...ghlight=anglia and in particular DC's post. Same car? If so hopefully DC can help out with history.
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    Hi Sam. Ben Caswell and I have looked several times at pictures of this car as it has come up for sale at least four times in 2015/16/17 - there was an old thread on here about it at the time

    Initially the seller was using the Anglia plates/ engine/ rear axle as part of the deal - latterly not, as a Mazda MX5 donor was then mentioned !

    We are pretty sure that the car was on the road as JM(W?)P 39(X?)(K?) and sorry, no we don't know the chassis number !

    The only pic we have of the car was when it was up for sale as a 1986 car in Which Kit mag advert August 1990 with an Alfa Romeo engine/box.

    I cannot enhance the pic enough to read the reg.

    Sorry but I'm away from my computer until Thursday evening(18th) but I shall log on then to see what else you have managed to find out.......and if you email me at home I can send you the old "for sale" pics

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    PS Totally a long shot, but maybe you could talk to "Which Kit" mag people and see what has happened to their archives...then maybe get a good copy of that pic and then talk to DVLA
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    As regards seat belt mounts, my last car had a rear roll bar which doubled as one of the roof supports and had the upper seat belt mounts welded to it. Still seems like a good design to me.
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    JWP 39K comes up as a Volvo and JWP 39X a beige Austin. Nothing on JMP 39K or X.
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    Having tried to enhance the image I think it is 30K...and JMP 30K comes back as a 1972 2l Alfa.
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  8. #18 Re: Marlin Roadster Registration Advice 
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    Bit of a long shot but..........
    JMP 38K comes up as a 1972 Alfa Romeo.
    As the advert states it has an Alfa engine then this would make sense, just incorrectly registered.
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    That's interesting!!

    Firstly the eBay listing in Bristol is the same car, no doubt about it i am Gloucester based, this listing was based in Bristol, the tires etc are still the same

    Second, the Which Kit listing image has got the same 'bulge' on the bonnet to make clearance for something (presumably carburetors)
    this 'bulge' isn't very common for what i can tell as i have found no other images with a similar feature, so definitely has the potential to be the same car!

    I'm amazed about the quantity on information found so far!
    lil_red_roadster - that reg number would correlate with the build at the time being an Alfa,
    Also another oddity is the reg number JNP 39X produces a red Ford Escort and in the pile of stuff that came with it was a set of ford wing mirrors, ford steering wheel, and a 1.3 (think escort) engine.
    Along with a for Anglia plate (but no V5).
    Very strange situation.

    What I'm unsure about is if I do end up identifying the reg plate for this car, without the Chassis number I'm kinda stuck aren't I?
    As to get a V5 replacement I need the vehicle details and VIN...
    Also I don't have the Alfa engine, (I have got an MGB engine and gearbox)

    Would there be any beneficial result in chasing the reg plate number of this vehicle?
    Or without the chassis number am I going nowhere?
    The registration side of things is not an area I now a lot about.

    It seems like the car has been registered as other vehicles, can that be done?
    As I have an MGB engine and gearbox , and potentially the car has an MGB diff (according the that eBay listing found) could i pass it off as being an MGB?

    Sorry for all the questions, all of your help has been great so far!!
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    That’s not an MGB diff to my eyes!

    Many Marina based Roadsters are misidentified as MGB based because of the sheer volume of B series engines in existence.
    The Marina and MGB main engines are indeed similar but there are strategic differences with the ancillaries especially from the rear on the block aft. The back plate, starter motor, flywheel and clutch mechanism being very different and not interchangeable with each other.
    The Marina is a bit of a parts bin car, mostly Triumph derived from the gearbox through to the back axle, which is essentially filled with a Triumph gearset and bearings.
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