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  1. #1 Steering column position 
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    One of the worse things IMHO, aesthetically and ergonomically, about the Marina roadster is the way the steering column sits through the dashboard and the resulting rather vertical orientation of the steering wheel. On the Triumph based roadster the column emerged below the dashboard and the steering wheel was at a more rakish angle. I understand that, on the Marina roadster, this is rather dictated by the high position of the steering rack but has anybody come up with a solution to mount the steering column in a better position? As always, pictures tell a 1000 words....

    As a little bit of side information, when I dismantled DRL152K I discovered the steering column was mounted using a large wooden block as a spacer! Amazing what you could get away with 40 years ago!

    Cheers, Robin
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    Here (NZ) you are NOT permitted to weld steering parts
    The Marlin steering column was a complete NO here

    I'm not quite on the road yet!

    I used a Subaru column - which has the crush structure built in - then some Hot Rod coupling with a double D bar - I did rotate the Marina rack a bit
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    I owned Geoff Grumbles Alfa powered Roadster which he fitted a Ford Capri column too in order that the shaft ran under the twin Dellorto's. It emerged just under the two master cylinders through the hole already in the alloy ? support. Still retained the Marina steering rack.
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    Thank-you Duncan. That's exactly the sort of arrangement I was thinking about. Good tip about rotating the rack slightly (so the UJ runs at a better angle I guess). How did you do that exactly? - it has locating flanges on it as I recall.

    Cheers, Robin

    PS- I have workshop envy :-)
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    The rack has cast flanges - I simply cut and filed them down a bit so that I could rotate the rack a bit and still use the mounting points
    My "Certifier" was happy about me doing that - he suggested it!

    The advantage of living here is lots of space so you can build a decent Shed

    The two post hoist - a local company imports them - they are unbelievably cheap - $2,500 - about 1200 pounds
    When I went to pick mine up there was a que of cars with trailers - to get their hoists !
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    Robin, I have got some photos for you of my slight modification that may help you. Despite good advice from an expert I’m still too dumb to post photos on the forum, my fault not the sites! Email me if you would like to see them. My email address is in Pitstop under SEMS meets. Franklin Woodcock.
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    ...........and I hope he won't shout at me, but here are Franklins pix !
    I will let him put the words in
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    As you now know Dave Cunnington was the source of the good advice and you can see the pics. Thanks DC. All I did was space the column further down in the mounting frame. If it is possible to undo the frame from the bulkhead and raise it up then the column could be raised further to increase the angle of the column and thus give a better wheel angle. Short of major surgery this is all we can do. Look at the state of my wiring etc! I am constantly fettling and maintaining my car for constant use so no apologies for tatty cosmetics.
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    Franklin, thank you for your 'tatty cosmetics'. At last, I know that my electrics aren't the only ones in a state of 'constant development'! I like the angle of the Marina steering wheel.
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    Thanks for the info and pictures.
    I have mocked up my new steering "arrangement" using a combination of a Triumph upper and lower column and the old Marina lower column as modified by Marlin. I'll post some pictures later.
    Conviniently the Triumph column diameter and splines are the same as that used on the Marina.

    Cheers, Robin
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