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Marlin 5exi builds Calling all you sexi builders....sorry 5exi builders, show us your progress.

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Old 9th March 2018, 08:11
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I have been rebuilding a 5exi for nearly two years now. It was in a sorry state when I bought it and IMO, one step away from the scrapyard.
Anyway, besides completely refurbishing the suspension, one of the other big jobs, was getting the interior done.
For all intents and purposes, it is now complete. Phew!
Some before & after shots.
Now to fit the windscreen...
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Old 10th March 2018, 15:20
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Looking good, well worth the effort I would say

What did you do to the dash, is it wrapped or painted?

Alex
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Old 10th March 2018, 16:42
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Looking good, well worth the effort I would say

What did you do to the dash, is it wrapped or painted?

Alex

Hi Alex, thanks for the kind words.
I wrapped it with 4-way stretch vinyl material and used high temperature contact adhesive. It's about 1mm thick.
It was my first attempt at doing something like this so although I can pick fault, I am really pleased with the end result.
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Old 12th March 2018, 05:16
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Very nice good job.

Has he car passed the IVA/SVA?
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Old 12th March 2018, 11:51
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Very nice good job.

Has he car passed the IVA/SVA?

Thanks :-)
The car was SVA'd May 2006 (not by me). I bought it in April 2016 in a terrible condition and have been working on it ever since...
Getting to the end of the long slog now and I'm hoping to be at Stoneleigh with it this year
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Old 14th March 2018, 18:52
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Ok cool - had a look at that stuff, might have to try it out!

Whatís next in your agenda? Time to remove the dust sheets soon and blow off the cob webs

Alex
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Old 14th March 2018, 20:21
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Ok cool - had a look at that stuff, might have to try it out!

Whatís next in your agenda? Time to remove the dust sheets soon and blow off the cob webs

Alex
Hi Alex, you will certainly find the 4 way stretch easier than normal vinyl to apply. Although, it was still a lot of work and I had to cheat in a couple of places where there was too much excess material.

As far as the agenda goes, I have just got in from the garage after bonding in the new windscreen.
The number of jobs on my to do list is dwindling quickly.

You going to Stoneleigh?
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Old 22nd March 2018, 21:14
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I did not realise that Stoneleigh was so close, itís approx 35 miles from home. Iíve never taken the 5exi on the motorway 😦 so that could be fun!

Hoping to get the car out over the next few weeks in the warmer weather. There are a few things I need to do but have just been lazy over the winter 😔! Haha
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Old 26th March 2018, 11:49
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I did not realise that Stoneleigh was so close, itís approx 35 miles from home. Iíve never taken the 5exi on the motorway �� so that could be fun!

Hoping to get the car out over the next few weeks in the warmer weather. There are a few things I need to do but have just been lazy over the winter ��! Haha
I'm about 100miles away from Stoneleigh, so I will be travelling down the motorway. Mine has the 1.6 K-series engine and gearbox, so I expect high(ish) revs at motorway speeds due to the gearing.
It'd be good if you can get there as I'm hoping for a better than average attendance by 5exi owners.
I am expecting to get my car MOT'd within the next 2wks so I can finally enjoy the fruits of my (2 years) labours.
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Old 27th March 2018, 19:52
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A little further away then!

I’m pretty sure I’d be refuelling after 50 miles haha! I’ve put a MG6 1.8 turbo engine in, needs a good test this year with the whole setup. I’ll get some pictures over the coming weeks. Do you plan on keeping the 1.6?

The PG1 is a much better box too, easy mod with cheap MG TF parts.

Alex

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Old 28th March 2018, 11:54
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A little further away then!

Iím pretty sure Iíd be refuelling after 50 miles haha! Iíve put a MG6 1.8 turbo engine in, needs a good test this year with the whole setup. Iíll get some pictures over the coming weeks. Do you plan on keeping the 1.6?

The PG1 is a much better box too, easy mod with cheap MG TF parts.

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Hi Alex,
Interesting engine choice, basically an updated K-Series, so no major drama in fitting?

I think there may be a little seeping on the gearbox seal so if I do have to take the gearbox off, I might just put the PG1 in instead. Like you said, cheap enoughÖ

As far as the engine is concerned, Iíll wait for the whole potential emissions proposals thing to blow over before thinking about changing it out. Besides, I think I need to get some enjoyment out of the car as I have done nothing other than rebuilding.
As much as Iíd like 300BHP monster, I think an extra 20-40BHP over standard will be enough for the fun factor.
I have looked into standalone ECUís, new Piper cams, vernier cams, mapping and even done some research on adding a turbo but that will be ďPhase 2Ē work which Iíll do over next winter.

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Old 9th April 2018, 21:42
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Yes essentially a k series, but much improved.

Thereís a bit of work to get it back to a k-series, changing over most of the sensors, inlet manifold etc. Some of the block holes have changed too, in particular the crank sensor. Easy enough to make an adapter to hold the original sensor.

The system is running on MEMS 3 ecu, reprogrammed by Z&F tuning. Although not dynoíd myself - the map with decent intercooler and breathing can show 210 bhp.

Iíd love a 300 bhp engine as you mention, but for easy, simplicity and cost this was the next best thing. Sounds great with that turbo tucked behind your head

Youíre right - enjoying the car is paramount this year as itís been garaged for most of the 2 years Iíve owned it. There always appears something to do/plays
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Old 14th April 2018, 15:49
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After a 2yr rebuild, MOT passed!
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Old 17th April 2018, 16:26
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well done,

must get mine out of the garage and get it in for a MOT. I have not driven it since August last year !
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Old 18th April 2018, 18:06
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Great news, just in time for this weather!!
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Old 18th April 2018, 21:09
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well done,

must get mine out of the garage and get it in for a MOT. I have not driven it since August last year !
Thanks.
PS. Stop messing about and get your car out in the sun and to Stoneleigh!
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Old 18th April 2018, 21:55
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Great news, just in time for this weather!!
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Old 18th April 2018, 22:02
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My now road legal 5exi.
Hopefully I've uploaded the pic properly.
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