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  1. Cheers all. The shifter rod problem was just the small spring clip that retains the end of the rod in the auto lever. It was bent way out of shape so not even trying to hold things together. No idea what caused this. I was able to straighten it out, but fitted a different one anyway. In other more mundane matters. I fitted some rear mudflaps. Had not previously noted they were made in NZ.. The petrol tank cap I had found, which belonged to no particular vehicle I can think of, was behaving amazingly. So I got suspicious. It began making a lot of vacuum n
  2. Drove to Islington to help Zeb rebuild the front suspension on his Marina van. It all went well, so we aced a couple of other bits then had a couple of beers to celebrate. As you do. Heading home as it got dark I was enjoying the drive, and the lights were all in my favour through town until I reached Brougham/Ensors and had to stop. As the lights changed I did the expected thing. Floored it. At this precise instant the accelerator cable pulled itself neatly out of the carb linkage and I was suddenly going nowhere, which the other traffic found perplexing. Much as I did. Aah. M
  3. Finally everything was in place for the wof check. My wof guy has met many of my previous Marinas, and he knows that I know far more than he does about them, so he sticks to the necessaries. Absolutely everything worked, and the only negative comment he could make was that the seat belts were a bit faded. Indeed they are, but it has taken them 38 years to get to where they now are, so I am not expecting any trouble with this over the next few 6 monthly wof's..! With that in the bag I headed directly - did not pass 'go' - to my exhaust guy. Turned out they
  4. I was waiting for something else to happen before I could attempt a wof, so I decided to do something about the dashboard switch lighting. The rocker switches have tiny screw in lamps in them, but they often manage to either fail or quietly unscrew themselves resulting in partial blackouts. That can actually be a bonus, because when they do work they get so hot that operating the switches can be a health risk. On top of that, they melt. Hey. We got LED's these days... The bits look like this.. I sacrificed a switch body to use as a jig and soldered up the LED pl
  5. The front carpet finally got fitted - it was originally from a manual so had to be cut around the shifter which has a bigger footprint. Fortunately the console hides any bad judgement.. Yay. Got seats. Brilliant. Well, the seats themselves aint, but having some at all is. Tempted to get the vinyl repaired, being as they are the right colour and all. Really comfortable to sit on, so that's a win. Some covers would also do the job. Considering options. Next was the parcel tray. Bloody handy things they are too. Also contains the fuse
  6. Final touches to the suspension and underside were now taken care of. While it was an 'option' most NZ Mk3 Marinas had a huge swaybar fitted from new. This thing is 1.125" (28.5mm) so it makes all the difference in the world to cornering performance. Sedans also got a smaller one at the rear which doubled as a trailing arm arrangement, but the estate had stronger rear springs so there are no mounting points provided. Also in the category of 'useful stuff' there was a factory sump guard. It is made of quite sturdy plate, and in the absence of any crossmember it
  7. Well that was a happy thing. After a bit of carb tuning it was much happier at idle, but I also had to retard the timing slightly. It was spot-on by strobe, but as the engine is running 11/1 the fuel is not up to it and needs to be slightly less advanced. Despite the driving position being a bit plush I was keen to make sure everything worked as intended. This is the steel side... .. and this is the alloy side.. Beginning to look like something now.
  8. I had cleaned up the carbs and manifold bits that came with this engine, so they all got fitted looking a tad fresher... Don't be ridiculous.... I also found a powder coated rocker cover that I knew I had stashed somewhere. Somebody went to great trouble to have it powder coated with the existing dent still in it...? Next obvious step was to refit the aircleaner, indigenous to Marina models that got all the otherwise MGB stuff, but which rather wisely drew their air from the cold side of the engine... The next step involved adding some
  9. Inspecting the front suspension revealed some early stuff fitted here as well. Seems this car was built with parts from several. Perhaps the donor car also supplied the twin-carb 1800 engine as this would have originally had the 1700 O series. The early suspension had rubber bushes in the shock absorber arms, which form the top arms of the suspension, so that allows a bit of vagueness in the steering. There was also a camber change at some point, but as I could not detect any difference in the dimensions of this setup otherwise, I decided to reuse the uprights but convert them to later sp
  10. I had noticed the rear brakes were dragging a bit when pushing the car around the yard, and the handbrake lever was a bit naff, so I replaced that while the carpet was out, but it made no difference. I attempted to back off the adjusters but there were none, so I plucked a drum off to find there had been an earlier rear end fitted which had the 'auto-adjusting' (hohoho..) setup, which doesn't. As there was a good rear end of the proper type hanging around I fitted it along with a new pair of shocks. As this one had been out of service for a
  11. The engine got its dulux overhaul, and the failed water pump was removed. The estate was moved to the working space and its engine/gearbox dropped out. So now we have two engine/gearboxes to deal with. Whoopee. Before the swap can take place the car needs to be changed from manual to auto, so all the carpets come out. As the carpets have in some way been treated to look matte black they were destined for the tip anyway. I had some carpets from a similar car stored so the rear set got fitted while the auto shifter was install
  12. It takes a whole lot longer to remove all the ancillary bits of an engine than it does to remove the dang engine. I try to keep things in groups, so I will be able to find all the manifold nuts/bolts when I next need this manifold again, for example. Sometimes it works. Got this thing looking good. Took a few years on the
  13. The engine could apparently be started, but there were wiring issues to sort and the ignition key/steering lock was partially porked and would not return from starting position, so I decided to replace it and deal to a few electrics before attempting to see if it could make noises. Easiest way to replace the ignition is to swap the steering column rather than drill out or nuke the anti-theft bolts with their snapped off heads. The engine bay was a bit squiffy. Cables had been routed in interesting ways, the airfilter was removed, and the coil had been wrapped in a soft drink can - pr
  14. I pretty quickly discovered that this car had been assembled in order to sell it - not to drive it. While the previous owner said he managed to get it running, and it smoked profusely, he also found that there was no gearbox oil and the gearbox had not been assembled completely, as-in the tailshaft housing had not been tightened up and that was where all the oil had leaked out. I had a quick look and found that the gearbox support had not been tightened up either.. There were also the occasional wiring alterations which had been left to do their own thing.. It was beginning t
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