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  1. #1 Proximity of handbrake cable to rear dampers 
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    I have just trial fitted the rear axle, and all the associated bits and pieces, to my Marina based Roadster. My goodness it's heavy!

    I am a bit concerned with how close the handbrake cable is to the dampers. It seems to be worse on the drivers side with a clearance of only 1 or 2 mm. I think it could easily touch when the car is being driven - which I guess would be an MOT failure.
    Is this a standard problem and, if so, what have others done about it? In a worse case scenario I suppose I could extend the hand brake levers (the ones that pass through the brake back plate) by a few mm but that would be a real pain to do.

    The picture was taken with the handbrake cable slack, but even with it under tension, the situation doesn't improve significantly.

    Cheers, Robin

    PS - I am using Spax adjustables - perhaps they are slightly bigger in diameter than OEM dampers?

    hand brake cable by Robin Martin, on Flickr

    axle trial fit by Robin Martin, on Flickr
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  2. #2 Re: Proximity of handbrake cable to rear dampers 
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    Seem to recall mine was very much the same when I built it, never caused any issues in the 12 years I had the Roadster.
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  3. #3 Re: Proximity of handbrake cable to rear dampers 
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    Mine's the same with standard dampers. As dogoncrazy says, not caused any issues and MOT inspector has not mentioned it over the years.
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  4. #4 Re: Proximity of handbrake cable to rear dampers 
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    Normal I believe, this was Q67 during rebuild.

    Robin you might like to think about reversing the top shocker bolts, the way yours are will make any future removal difficult !
    I originally did them as yours, then Ben suggested turning them round
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    hello
    can you tell me the brake cable you have to buy for a marina base roadster thank you?
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  6. #6 Re: Proximity of handbrake cable to rear dampers 
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    It's the standard Morris Marina. Loads on Ebay (uk).
    Cheers Robin
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    I bought a morris marina cable it was too small
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  8. #8 Re: Proximity of handbrake cable to rear dampers 
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    Quote Originally Posted by dcunn View Post
    Normal I believe, this was Q67 during rebuild.

    Robin you might like to think about reversing the top shocker bolts, the way yours are will make any future removal difficult !
    I originally did them as yours, then Ben suggested turning them round

    Yes - I thought about that. But, unless I slot the mounting holes there simply isn't enough room behind the brackets to fit a nut. As it is I had to shave about 1mm off the bolt heads. I have just enough room to get a spanner in as it stands.

    Cheers, Robin
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    Quote Originally Posted by kolmershlagjp View Post
    I bought a morris marina cable it was too small

    Hmm - perhaps it was the wrong one. This is the one I have.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/234224591...MAAOSwITpg~Ch~
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  10. #10 Re: Proximity of handbrake cable to rear dampers 
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    Hi Robin
    I think your top damper brackets are the wrong way around. The build manual states the damper mounting holes should be closer to the outside as per the photo posted by dcunn above in post #4.
    please double check.
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