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by mickthefitter
Sat May 12, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Morris Marina Forum
Topic: Mk2 1.8 HL Automatic update
Replies: 325
Views: 37889

Re: Mk2 1.8 HL Automatic update

I've removed a post of mine in the thread asking for a TC radiator in the 'Classifieds, wanted items' section and I'm putting an abbreviated version here. David Painter raised some points that I wanted to answer in respect of my Marina HL auto running cooler ever since I replaced the very poor origi...
by mickthefitter
Tue May 08, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Morris Marina Forum
Topic: Mk2 1.8 HL Automatic update
Replies: 325
Views: 37889

Re: Mk2 1.8 HL Automatic update

I very much believe my temperature gauge sender is not at fault, although I admit my voltage stabilizer has been a bit flaky, causing both fuel and temperature gauges to drop to zero, either for a few seconds or the whole duration of a short journey. However increased use of the car last year seemed...
by mickthefitter
Mon May 07, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Morris Marina Forum
Topic: Mk2 1.8 HL Automatic update
Replies: 325
Views: 37889

Re: Mk2 1.8 HL Automatic update

Its about the same with me really. I used to do routine servicing, learned to check the timing and mixture strength on single carb cars, did a few brake shoe and pad renewals, water pumps, three clutches on rear drive cars in league with my stepdad, and did a head gasket renewal on my Mk1 in the 80s...
by mickthefitter
Mon May 07, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Morris Marina Forum
Topic: Mk2 1.8 HL Automatic update
Replies: 325
Views: 37889

Re: Mk2 1.8 HL Automatic update

Oh it was the radiator in mine. Apart from the blocked tailpipe that came to light last year, when I gave up trying to make it run right and handed the car over to my local garage expert. But I had the rad rebuilt with a close-to Sherpa van specification, which is what had been recommended to me. Ho...
by mickthefitter
Mon May 07, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Morris Marina Forum
Topic: Mk2 1.8 HL Automatic update
Replies: 325
Views: 37889

Re: Mk2 1.8 HL Automatic update

Yes I was there. I think I can remember. Didn't you give me a rear light lens you didn't want, out of your boot? Those old heater hoses have been on my mind for a while, though looking at the flexibility of the rubber as they came off (in bits as I cut them) they could have gone on for another 40 ye...
by mickthefitter
Mon May 07, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Morris Marina Forum
Topic: What did you do to your Marina today?
Replies: 2224
Views: 669212

Re: What did you do to your Marina today?

Cassettes not used much, but I kept my pre-recorded ones but binned my home recorded ones a few years ago. Still got a deck to play them on, and a 70s Grundig portable that was a Christmas present over 40 years ago (ulp!) and I have a teeny tiny collection of old car radios and radio cassette player...
by mickthefitter
Mon May 07, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Morris Marina Forum
Topic: Mk2 1.8 HL Automatic update
Replies: 325
Views: 37889

Re: Mk2 1.8 HL Automatic update

Ah, I haven't got any of those. And I'm not sure what they look like. Limited access though, if it's a thing with levers, like pliers. Plus, that wire clip had cut very deeply into the rubber.... :problem:
by mickthefitter
Mon May 07, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Morris Marina Forum
Topic: What did you do to your Marina today?
Replies: 2224
Views: 669212

Re: What did you do to your Marina today?

There isn't much on MW in the East Midlands. Classic Gold is about all. Very period, but limited choice. I think you can get Radio 4, the odd sports channel, and at night the continental jabber but not really a wide selection.
by mickthefitter
Mon May 07, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Morris Marina Forum
Topic: Mk2 1.8 HL Automatic update
Replies: 325
Views: 37889

Re: Mk2 1.8 HL Automatic update

Yeah I think the twin carbs was part of the issue. Not sure why you like 'em better than jubilees. I don't like the way they cut into the hoses. Suppose they're less prone to stripping though. I couldn't cut it in the end. That metal pipe its fastened to that runs down the side of the block behind t...
by mickthefitter
Mon May 07, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Morris Marina Forum
Topic: Mk2 1.8 HL Automatic update
Replies: 325
Views: 37889

Re: Mk2 1.8 HL Automatic update

Miserable little......hoseclip
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by mickthefitter
Mon May 07, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Morris Marina Forum
Topic: Mk2 1.8 HL Automatic update
Replies: 325
Views: 37889

Re: Mk2 1.8 HL Automatic update

Well I'm having huge fun changing my heater hoses. Which by all accounts, once I'd passed the point of no return, looked fine, but going by the wire hose clips on them, they could have been the 40+ year old originals, which is why I got some Kevlar ones off the club a while ago. Only trouble is, hav...
by mickthefitter
Fri May 04, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Morris Marina Forum
Topic: Carbon deposits(?) in cooling system
Replies: 20
Views: 551

Re: Carbon deposits(?) in cooling system

Yeah I did wonder if the string in a cylinder might risk breaking a piston if the head doesn't give way.
by mickthefitter
Fri May 04, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Morris Marina Forum
Topic: Carbon deposits(?) in cooling system
Replies: 20
Views: 551

Re: Carbon deposits(?) in cooling system

I think B Series of this era were black. I'm not sure what kind of oil you are using to try to penetrate the rusty stud. Many times I've heard, but never tried, putting diesel in stuck 'things' and letting it soak in. Its used for trying to free seized engines in the bores I think, but I guess that'...
by mickthefitter
Thu May 03, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Morris Marina Forum
Topic: Carbon deposits(?) in cooling system
Replies: 20
Views: 551

Re: Carbon deposits(?) in cooling system

What have you tried to free the head? I'm pretty sure when I took the head off the Marina I had in 1982, I just belted it side-to-side with a leather faced mallet to break the seal. But then the car was only seven years old at the time. I think I may have heard a suggestion about putting your spark ...
by mickthefitter
Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Morris Marina Forum
Topic: Canadian Mumford
Replies: 8
Views: 397

Re: Canadian Mumford

I do like those narrow whitewall tyres. I did that to my '75 SDL back in the 80s, with a tin of Humbrol paint! Fortunately there was a raised line on the tyrewall I could follow, so they were concentric... I like the chrome on the saloon's 'B' pillar too. Was your show an exclusively British car sho...