What did you do to your Marina today?

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Re: What did you do to your Marina today?

Post by mickthefitter » Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:24 pm

I think it is leaking from the sump gasket and the union. I've got a new filter anyway (that's the pistol grip looking thing in the bag) so the sump is coming off and the procedure is to dress all the holes with a hammer on a flat metal surface, because the holes can dish, then the bolts feel tight but the gasket isn't compressed. Also only light force is needed to tighten the bolts - I've read only hold the rachet by the head, not the handle. Otherwise you dish the sump holes again. I've also got some Loctite hydraulic seal for the threads on the union. That was £9 for a small bottle...
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Re: What did you do to your Marina today?

Post by JubileeNut » Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:44 pm

Looking very nice that Estate :-)
Have you got all the bits to complete?
Post plenty of pictures of the rebuild please?
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Re: What did you do to your Marina today?

Post by IVOR DENNEY » Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:27 pm

YES I AGREE WITH PAUL LOOKS REALLY NICE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING IT FINISHED

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Re: What did you do to your Marina today?

Post by PHUQ » Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:35 pm

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Is that the mk3 TC estate? Love that car!
Nope, this one is Mud, my ex Tundra one that was with Frank. I've copied all of Frank's photos from Facebook (Austin Morris Services' page if anyone want to look themselves) onto my Flickr, I need to update the thread in Frank's part of the forum when I get a break from wrestling with the really manky Triumph I've lumped myself with...

The Mk3 only has grille, wheels and engine (and most of the interior from memory) and is midnight blue. My one has got all the shiny bits a TC should have ;) Although it is lacking in a few essentials e.g. engine currently.

I did nearly buy the Mk3 as well- the guy who had inherited it wanted £2500 with no MOT and having done nothing to really show it off- I suggested more like £1250 would be more realistic and although I wasn't being so rude to offer that that's what I would be prepared to pay- he then dropped the price to that on the advert and sold it to someone else- if he'd called me back instead I'd have had it!
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Re: What did you do to your Marina today?

Post by mickthefitter » Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:43 pm

I think I overheard somebody in the workshop saying "It's not worth two grand..." while I was waiting for mine to be MoT'd last Wednesday. I paid more for it than that. Whether it was worth it was another matter, but I wanted it and so did someone else at Mathewsons two years ago and it cost me. Having the carburettors rebuilt was the only big money waste. The trouble is these days I value things based on what I think the classic car dealers will ask, which is always inflated. Therefore at auction I valued mine at x-thousand pounds rather than a few hundred. Upper estimate was £2450. Of course I had no idea what was wrong with it till later...

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Re: What did you do to your Marina today?

Post by Morris McKinnon » Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:35 pm

PHUQ wrote:
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Is that the mk3 TC estate? Love that car!
Nope, this one is Mud, my ex Tundra one that was with Frank.
The same one that's pictured on the rotisserie in Franks thread? Well flipping heck, I didn't recognize it! Only last week I was looking at pics of it for reference to see how the rear jacking point is placed. Frank really does work magic.

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Re: What did you do to your Marina today?

Post by mickthefitter » Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:52 pm

I thought it might be Mud, but saw the TC badges and then thought "I don't know this one". But it was always at the back of my mind because it had come from Frank.

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Re: What did you do to your Marina today?

Post by First-Car as Marina » Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:42 pm

Once again not quite a Marina, but have spent half the day welding the Peugeot along the scuttle panel for its MOT (just need to finish welding around the driver's side bits :thumbup:.
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While my girlfriend has been clearing out PDA from the mass of stuff that's built up in it and cleaning up the back floor and boot areas to encourage me to fix it :thumbup:. (It's working ;)).
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Re: What did you do to your Marina today?

Post by PHUQ » Sat Sep 01, 2018 11:41 pm

That's the one Gareth. Frank does indeed work magic- I'm over the moon with it.

Mick, I don't think you paid over the odds for yours, or at least you didn't if you look over the issues that you couldn't possibly have picked up at a pre auction inspection. It's a tidy example of a rare (and fairly desireable by Marina standards) variant. The Mk3 estate TC lookey likey is a bit of a "bitsa" (as is Mud of course really) and when I viewed it although the seller was very open and helpful it was in a fairly dark garage with a layer of dust and grime over it and no MOT, it was a runner but no opportunity to drive it or see it move. So my assessment on price was with a fair degree of caution due to the difficulty of assessing the condition of the body and particularly the paint. It did look like it had a lot of potential though and indeed it looks like it scrubbed up very well. I was probably a bit pessimistic and should have offered more perhaps.
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Re: What did you do to your Marina today?

Post by mickthefitter » Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:43 am

Yeah I'm okay about mine. Something is worth whatever anyone wants to pay for it, and my only auction buying experience was a calculated risk. In spite of my long standing defense of the Marina's reputation, through various forms of media, based on my own positive experience with the MK1 I had in the 80s, I allowed various Marinas for sale in good condition to pass by, in favour of other types of classic car I bought, because I couldn't quite see myself in a 1.3 or anything that had a lesser specification than the 1.8 SDL auto I owned back then. Then the HL popped up in Mathewson's auction ads, and I had to go and have a look. And while it didn't look as showroom fresh as the online photos had made it look, having done 120 miles to get there I took a punt at it and when the bidding started, there were hands everywhere at first. Then towards the end it was me and one other bloke over to my right somewhere. Someone who, the auctioneer told me on the phone the next day, when I was arranging delivery, was one of his regulars, who normally buys a different car every year and takes it back there to sell. I sometimes wonder how quickly NNN's issues would have been solved with that other bidder, and if it would have been moved on again by now.

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Re: What did you do to your Marina today?

Post by Morris McKinnon » Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:47 pm

Went to the Gnoll country park today. Good day, weather was great but it was one of those days where not everything go's to plan! First TDT had to be left behind because her brake pads have worn down to nothing and I didn't have any spare, and our camera was corrupted but didn't know until we were leaving when we noticed there was a delay from the time the button was pressed to the time the picture was taken!
The only pictures that came out was of PTH's nose and her rear end! :lol:
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Re: What did you do to your Marina today?

Post by ScreamingLordStokes » Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:52 pm

And a very nice rear end it is too! ;)

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Re: What did you do to your Marina today?

Post by Morris McKinnon » Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:12 pm

ScreamingLordStokes wrote:
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And a very nice rear end it is too! ;)
It's a little saggy, but age gets us all :lol:

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Re: What did you do to your Marina today?

Post by ScreamingLordStokes » Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:31 pm

Morris McKinnon wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:12 pm
ScreamingLordStokes wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:52 pm
And a very nice rear end it is too! ;)
It's a little saggy, but age gets us all :lol:
True, i've got the same problem, the body rolls like an old boat on a stormy sea and it bottoms out on even the smallest undulation in the road; great fun going over the A57 Snake Pass.
Thankfully i've got a new pair of springs ready to fit. Just had some U bolts made up by Owen Springs:
http://www.owensprings.co.uk/

Decent bunch, they even remembered the specs for Marina springs from back in the day.

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Re: What did you do to your Marina today?

Post by Morris McKinnon » Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:45 am

That's handy to know. I might give them a call as the last ones I bought (eBay) I had to use lowering blocks.

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