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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 May 2009, 17:35
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Default Latest progress on the Gooster

here's the latest update on the saga.

http://www.greatoldone.co.uk/Site/Bu...ng_Lights.html

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Flippin 'eck you could eat your dinner off it! Mind you it would probably be a bit overcooked once it had been in the Marlin engine bay

I also had some - err - issues with the SVC torpedo indicators. The SVA version (they do two types) are pretty poorly made. Unusual for SVC as most of their stuff (like the headlights) is pretty good.

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Old 6th May 2009, 21:45
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Yeah - the headlights Pauline bought me for my birthday are so nicely made. I was a bit disappointed when I saw the flaw in the chrome on the indicators, but I rang the chap and he was very pleasant and said he'd sort it all out.
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I also had some - err - issues with the SVC torpedo indicators. The SVA version (they do two types) are pretty poorly made. Unusual for SVC as most of their stuff (like the headlights) is pretty good.
You may want to give SVC a call - I sent mine back, and had a call from them yesterday. They've gone through their entire stock looking for replacements for mine, and have rejected it all as substandard. They're getting new ones in (they're been cast at the moment, and will then need chroming) in a couple of weeks time.

Maybe yours came from the same bad batch?
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You may want to give SVC a call - I sent mine back, and had a call from them yesterday. They've gone through their entire stock looking for replacements for mine, and have rejected it all as substandard. They're getting new ones in (they're been cast at the moment, and will then need chroming) in a couple of weeks time.

Maybe yours came from the same bad batch?
Thanks for the info. I ended up with two that are reasonable - if not perfect. I will look at the again tonight and re-access them in light of this new information. Isn't the internet wonderful.....

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Latest update here:

http://www.greatoldone.co.uk/Site/Bu...ubthumpin.html
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You've been putting in some good hours to get all that done. It brings back many happy hours round at my lock up I lost count of how many times i fitted and re-fitted rear tub . Have you fitted your fuel filler hose because that'll be a few more hokey cokey's.

At least you got galvanised striker plates, mine were just plan old steel plate!

I didn't bother triming my rear tub around the wheel arch. Does it really foul the rear suspension?

Now on to the fun of cutting the bonnets....
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Hi GOO. My first post on here. I've got a Cabrio that is just about to go for IVA - Nowhere near as smart as your as I've gone for a more functional look!

It just went through an MOT (though it might be a good plan!) and it failed on headlamp beam patterns. My lights were very similar to yours and had sealed beam units in them. I had to replace the lenses with quartz halogen units.
The other fail item was it ran out of fluid in the winscreen washer bottle.

Seems you can get an MOT against the chassis number.

So now it is insured and MOTed, and waiting for a IVA appointment.
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Hi GOO. My first post on here. I've got a Cabrio that is just about to go for IVA - Nowhere near as smart as your as I've gone for a more functional look!

It just went through an MOT (though it might be a good plan!) and it failed on headlamp beam patterns. My lights were very similar to yours and had sealed beam units in them. I had to replace the lenses with quartz halogen units.
The other fail item was it ran out of fluid in the winscreen washer bottle.

Seems you can get an MOT against the chassis number.

So now it is insured and MOTed, and waiting for a IVA appointment.
Hello Chris - welcome on madabout........

There are a few of us building Cabrios who will be very interested to hear your experience under the new IVA - particularly the petrol tank.
Do you have any pictures you can post here?
I have a BT Flickr site, which is very easy to post to.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikes_bmw_marlin_cabrio/
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That looks super shiny, very nice - and welcome Chris
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Welcome aboard, Chris!

Any pics of your Cabrio?

Thanks for the warning on the headlights, although the lights I have aren't sealed beam - they take a normal H4 lamp inside the body.
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Some pictures, Still got plastic covering on the Ally.
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Welcome Chris, looks great.
Looking forward to hearing about your IVA experience! (Will be booking mine for July!)
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Looking really nice
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Looks really good! You've done well to make it fit - I had to have some 'help' with mine!
I notice your exhaust runs very close to the brake lines, as it does on mine. I'm planning to try and squeeze in a heat shield in between them, maybe using the top exhaust clamp to attach it.
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I notice your exhaust runs very close to the brake lines, as it does on mine. I'm planning to try and squeeze in a heat shield in between them, maybe using the top exhaust clamp to attach it.
Yeah - I have some exhaust wrap to go round the 'U Bend' and straight section up to the cross link. I'm also toying with the idea of getting some of this stuff to go around the brake lines:

http://www.cbsonline.co.uk/velcro-te...ving-430-c.asp
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looking really good
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indeed, I've thought about changing to side pipes - still same manifold just bring them out under the car.
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Got the other side on tonight, and managed to fire her up.

BRUMMMMMM!

She sounds sweet.
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Video of the exhaust:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGKvThxqTNc

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