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Marlin Sportster, Cabrio, Berlinetta and Roadster builds Enthused or Confused about your vintage Marlin build? Ask away here or show off your build.

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Old 6th January 2007, 20:53
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Hi Rob, nice too see another builder on the forum
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I thought it was time to update the list of Sportster builders?

1 - Martinclan, (Robin) Bedfordshire E30 2.5 Mechanics almost done - body next...
2 - Andy Dane, Bromsgrove, E36 2.5
3 - Peterux - Peter, Uxbridge, E30 2.0 - engine running but no body yet!
4 - Patrick & Richard, Hampshire, E30 2.5 with a few tweaks and driven
5 - Stuart, On the road but still tinkering.
6 - Jason, Northampton, E30 2.5 The Chassis has arrived, and the build is in progres
7 - Jeremy, belfast e30 chassis, e36 engine 2.5
8 - Alfie, somerset. E30 2.5. Keep getting distracted, too much else going on but slowly getting there.
9 - PJ, from Holland, Cosworth 2.9 v6, just moved house
10 - Will, not sure where, E30 2.0 with the best spring seats in town
11 - Simon, rebuilding a Marlin Cabrio with E30 2.5 in the cleanest garage on earth
12 - Rob Dorey, E36 , The bodys on, floors in and off the stands.
Waiting for prop and interior to arrive. Had the car running briefly, but still need rad hoses and exhaust

Do we have any new builders who want to own up?

thanks

Peter
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Checking in as a new builder - Am I number 13?? Don't mind if I am - reckon it's lucky for some! Sportster based on 325i E30. Bought as a unfinished project from someone else, who gave up on it. In fact they hadn't really started and what they had done I took apart and started again. Getting masses of help from Terry - a brilliant mechanic who specialises in classic cars and helps me out because he's really keen and because he likes to laugh at my desperate efforts! Actually he does most of the work and I pass him things, order parts and pay the bills! (well I do a bit more that that, but you know what I mean)!
Also many thanks to Patrick who took a lot of time the other day to show me his brilliant car - spurred me on and made me realise what could be done. Thanks Patrick!
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Hi Mike good to see you made it here
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Welcome Number 13, aka MC!

Good to see another builder going public. Have you got a website or any pictures yet. (Flickr is free and very easy to start)

Any other secret builders want to own up and have their names added to the roll call?

Peter
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Any new Sportster builders out there?
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I thought it was time to update the list of Sportster builders?

I have updated the status as far as I have gleaned from reading the posts. But please feel free to edit/update your own entry.

1 - Martinclan, (Robin) Bedfordshire E30 2.5 Mechanics almost done - body next...getting ready to run his engine.
2 - Andy Dane, Bromsgrove, E36 2.5 - SVA passed, just needs to get it registered
3 - Peterux - Peter, Uxbridge, E30 2.0 - engine running, car has been test driven, but only about half the bodywork is done!
4 - Patrick & Richard, Hampshire, E30 2.5 almost complete, just finishing the wiring and dashboard
5 - Stuart, On the road and now painted Orange.
6 - Jason, Northampton, E30 2.5 The Chassis has arrived, rolling chassis and the engine and gearbox are in.
7 - Jeremy, Belfast e30 chassis, e36 engine 2.5 - nearly finished?
8 - Alfie, somerset. E30 2.5. Keep getting distracted, too much else going on but slowly getting there.
9 - PJ, from Holland, Cosworth 2.9 v6, moved house and is now painting everything RED
10 - Will, not sure where, E30 2.0
11 - Simon, rebuilding a Marlin Cabrio with E30 2.5 in the cleanest garage on earth - now has doors, dashboard, bumpers and windscreen fitted
12 - Rob Dorey, E36 , The body is on, floors in and off the stands.
13 - Mike C, E30 2.5 watching Terry rebuild his sportster

Do we have any new builders who want to own up and join the list?

thanks

Peter
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Old 24th December 2007, 11:08
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Merry Christmas and Happy Car building/driving in 2008.

I thought it was time to update the list of Sportster builders?

I have updated the status as far as I have gleaned from reading the posts. But please feel free to edit/update your own entry.

1 - Martinclan, (Robin) Bedfordshire E30 2.5 Mechanics mostly done - Engine running -body fitting in progress.
2 - Andy Dane, Bromsgrove, E36 2.5 - SVA passed, and on the road
3 - Peterux - Peter, Uxbridge, E30 2.0 - engine running, car has been test driven, bodywork is nearly done
4 - Patrick & Richard, Hampshire, E30 2.5 SVA passed and is on the road. Well it was until the wishbone snapped
5 - Stuart, On the road and now painted Orange.
6 - Jason, Northampton, E30 2.5 The Chassis has arrived, rolling chassis and the engine and gearbox are in waiting for Marlin to finish moving to get some more parts.
7 - Jeremy, Belfast e30 chassis, e36 engine 2.5 - nearly finished?
8 - Alfie, somerset. E30 2.5. Engine running
9 - PJ, from Holland, Cosworth 2.9 v6, moved house and is now painting everything RED
10 - Will, not sure where, E30 2.0
11 - Simon, rebuilding a Marlin Cabrio with E30 2.5 in the cleanest garage on earth - looks nearly finished?
12 - Rob Dorey, E36 , The body is on, floors in and off the stands.
13 - Mike C, E30 2.5 watching Terry rebuild his sportster

Do we have any new builders who want to own up and join the list?

best regardsd to all Sportster builders old and new,

Peter
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Old 24th December 2007, 11:24
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Thanks Peter, xmas wishes to eveyone as well. Maybe we'll pick up some more builders over next year!
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Gosh (or words to that effect) no new builders since July! Where is everybody?

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Gosh (or words to that effect) no new builders since July! Where is everybody?

Robin
Worse than that, it was April when Mike C added his name to the list.
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Well its now over a year since I updated the list below.........
If you are new the forum and not on the list, let me know and you'll be added......

I have updated the status as far as I have gleaned from reading the posts. But please feel free to edit/update your own entry.

1 - Martinclan, (Robin) Bedfordshire E30 2.5 Mechanics mostly done - Engine running -most body fitted - just needs interior and SVA.
2 - Andy Dane, Bromsgrove, E36 2.5 - SVA passed, and on the road,
last seen at Stoneleigh show last May.
3 - Peterux - Peter, Uxbridge, E30 2.0 - now fully SVA'd and registered, part way through fitting the windscreen and hood and has an M52 engine upgraded 'in-planning'
4 - Patrick & Richard, Hampshire, E30 2.5 SVA passed and is on the road. Well it was until the wishbone snapped, Now back on the road again with M20 upgraded to 2.8 litre and throttle bodies upgrade being built
5 - Stuart, On the road and now painted Orange with windscreen and hood fitted.
6 - Jason(GOO), Northampton, E30 2.5 Rolling chassis and all engine fitted and first run 5th jan 2009. Currently playing with the knitting...
7 - Jeremy, Belfast e30 chassis, e36 engine 2.5 - nearly finished?
8 - Alfie, somerset. E30 2.5. Engine running?
9 - PJ, from Holland, Cosworth 2.9 v6, moved house and is now painting everything RED
10 - Will, not sure where, E30 2.0
11 - Simon, rebuilding a Marlin Cabrio with E30 2.5 in the cleanest garage on earth - now completed and SVA'd. He's thinking about a psychodelic colour scheme...
12 - Rob Dorey, E36 , SVA'd and on the road
13 - Mike C, E30 2.5 watching Terry rebuild his sportster??
14 - Mike - M50 based Cabrio - rolling chassis and engine in
15 - Son of KDo - taken delivery of Sportster chassis - unknown status
16 - Tim Brierley (Timbo) - building first M52 based Sportster - rolling chassis and engine installed, working on the wiring...
17 - Kieran - 318i based Sportster - stripping and painting the donor parts
18 - Jeremy (Ward)- building a Z3 (M3) based Sportster - rolling chassis with the engine fitted...

Do we have any new builders or anyone I missed who want to own up and join the list?

best regards to all Marlin builders old and new,

Peter
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Well its now over a year since I updated the list below.........
If you are new the forum and not on the list, let me know and you'll be added......

I have updated the status as far as I have gleaned from reading the posts. But please feel free to edit/update your own entry.

1 - Martinclan, (Robin) Bedfordshire E30 2.5 Passed SVA and is currently 'naked' having his body painted
2 - Andy Dane, Bromsgrove, E36 2.5 - SVA passed, and on the road,
last seen at Stoneleigh try to sort his cooling system?
3 - Peterux - Peter, Uxbridge, E30 2.0 - M52 engine still lurking in the garage but paint job nearly finished
4 - Patrick & Richard, Hampshire, E30 2.5 finished and painted, They won the MOC Best Car at Stoneleigh last year!
5 - Stuart, On the road and now painted Orange with windscreen and hood fitted, expert on wing stays :-)
6 - Jason(GOO), Northampton, E30 2.5 Fully IVA passed and flying from her nest. Expected to be seen prunning her feathers at Stoneleigh this year :-)
7 - Jeremy, Belfast e30 chassis, e36 engine 2.5 - busy been getting married, honeymooning and building heat shields
8 - Alfie, somerset. E30 2.5. Engine running, still making progress...
9 - PJ, from Holland, Cosworth 2.9 v6, moved house and is now painting everything RED-no updates on his website?
10 - Will5, not sure where, E30 2.0 - busy building his extension?
11 - Simon, rebuild a Marlin Cabrio with E30 2.5 in the cleanest garage on earth - now completed, SVA'd and painted silver with new balck wheels.
12 - Rob Dorey, E36 , SVA'd and on the road and speedo fixed
13 - Mike C, E30 2.5 watching Terry rebuild his sportster - no update??
14 - Mike - M50 based Cabrio - exhausted and battered, looking at his wiring next
15 - Son of KDo - taken delivery of Sportster chassis - selling or sold?
16 - Tim Brierley (Timbo) - build the first (and only?) M52 based Sportster - passed IVA and is on the road when the BMW immobiliser isn't sulking
17 - Kieran - 318i based Sportster - stripping and painting the donor parts-no update
18 - Jeremy (Ward)- building a Z3 (M3) based Sportster - rolling chassis with the engine fitted...-no update
19 - David C - Cabrio bulder trying to get IVA'd before 2th April
20 - Chris Cussens - his Cabrio is IVA'd and painted BRG. If not driving to work in his Cabrio every day can be seen running through Dorset villages
21 - new bulder - lost post?


Do we have any new builders or anyone I missed who want to own up and join the list?


If you have any other updates , let me know and see you all at Stoneleigh?

cheers

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I may be that new builder! Sorton Jones retired in N. Dorset. Trying to get going on my build of an E30 based Sportster using bits from my dead 325i Sport. I bought the chassis too long ago to remember and have been tied up with life. However, I decided to join this forum to give myself an incentive to get on. I hope to be at Stoneleigh on Sunday all being well.
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Thanks Sorton, yes you were the one, but I couldn't find your last comment.

Anyway, good to have another builder to add to the list and i'm sure we'll all provide lots of advice and encouragement!

It'll be good to meet up at Stoneleigh...

Here is the list updated...

1 - Martinclan, (Robin) Bedfordshire E30 2.5 Passed SVA and is currently 'naked' having his body painted
2 - Andy Dane, Bromsgrove, E36 2.5 - SVA passed, and on the road,
last seen at Stoneleigh try to sort his cooling system?
3 - Peterux - Peter, Uxbridge, E30 2.0 - M52 engine still lurking in the garage but paint job nearly finished
4 - Patrick & Richard, Hampshire, E30 2.5 finished and painted, They won the MOC Best Car at Stoneleigh last year!
5 - Stuart, On the road and now painted Orange with windscreen and hood fitted, expert on wing stays :-)
6 - Jason(GOO), Northampton, E30 2.5 Fully IVA passed and flying from her nest. Expected to be seen prunning her feathers at Stoneleigh this year :-)
7 - Jeremy, Belfast e30 chassis, e36 engine 2.5 - busy been getting married, honeymooning and building heat shields
8 - Alfie, somerset. E30 2.5. Engine running, still making progress...
9 - PJ, from Holland, Cosworth 2.9 v6, moved house and is now painting everything RED-no updates on his website?
10 - Will5, not sure where, E30 2.0 - busy building his extension?
11 - Simon, rebuilt his Marlin Cabrio with E30 2.5 in the cleanest garage on earth - now completed, SVA'd and painted silver with new balck wheels.
12 - Rob Dorey, E36 , SVA'd and on the road and speedo fixed
13 - Mike C, E30 2.5 watching Terry rebuild his sportster - no update??
14 - Mike - M50 based Cabrio - exhausted and battered, looking at his wiring next
15 - Son of KDo - taken delivery of Sportster chassis - selling or sold?
16 - Tim Brierley (Timbo) - built the first (and only?) M52 based Sportster - passed IVA and is on the road when the BMW immobiliser isn't sulking
17 - Kieran - 318i based Sportster - stripping and painting the donor parts-no update
18 - Jeremy (Ward)- building a Z3 (M3) based Sportster - rolling chassis with the engine fitted...-no update
19 - David C - Cabrio bulder trying to get IVA'd before 2th April
20 - Chris Cussens - his Cabrio is IVA'd and painted BRG. If not driving to work in his Cabrio every day can be seen running through Dorset villages
21 - Sorton Jones - North Dorset -dusting off the cobwebs from his chassis and rebuilding his dead 325i Sport into bright new e30 based Sportster


Any more??


...peter
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Hi Peter,
Thought it about time I registered on this site as the threads have been quite interesting to read.
I completed my Sportster build a while back passing the SVA first time on July 13th 2005. It's based on a BMW E30 325i and it's now finish painted in Jaguar Carnival Red (maroon metallic).

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Hello to all.

Probably don't qualify as a builder yet but that's about to change.

I built a Marlin Roadster back in the late 80's before the days of SVA and IVA and fuel injection and engine management systems and internet and build threads and forums. All I needed was a minimal instruction set, a quick MOT and a meeting with the local vehicle registration office (who came to me!!) and I was on the road. It was all Marina based - lovely long legged B series engine meant it barely needed a gearbox but it didn't have much of a top end. I kept it for about five years and then other priorities and lack of space meant it had to go.

Now seriously contemplating a repeat excercise with a Sportster. But looking at all your build sites and reading the forums it looks like a much more complex endeavour that it was 25 years ago. But I seem to recall most of the fun was in overcoming the challenges so I'm not put off yet. Faint heart never......... etc.

I would really like to make contact with some of you to see and talk about the fruits of your labours. I live in Reading so I'm not too far from anywhere. As you can imagine, ('cus you've all been there) I've got loads of qestions at this stage that which could easily be answered over a chat rather than fill up a forum so it would be good to meet. I see I'm too late for Stonliegh this year.

One question to start though at this planning stage:- E30 or E36. I see earlier in this thread that the E30 wins the popularity stakes but there's some question over the E36 ECU reliability.

I'm looking forward to being part of this forum and once I've worked out how to do it I'll post some pictures of the old Roadster on flickr.

Nigel
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Old 11th June 2010, 14:13
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It was much easier than I thought.

Here's a few pictures of my MK2 Marlin Roadster taken around the South west in 1987/88.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/51027720@N07/?saved=1

Nigel
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Hi Nigel, very nice I'm south of you between Basingstoke and Winchester you're welcome to pop round and have a nose at the Sportster if you like
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Hi Patrick,

That would be fantastic.

I've been enjoying your build site. A real inspiration and a woderful resource for anyone starting out.

It'll before few weeks before I can get to you. I'm recovering from a broken collar bone, ribs and wrist following a mountain bike accident - hence the time on my hands to research this project. But I would really appreciate having a chat with you and seeing your roadster before I embark on this venture. I'll put a note on the forum when I am able to drive (and write notes..!!) again

Many thanks

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