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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 23rd September 2021, 12:32
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That's engine Porn
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Old 4th October 2021, 22:44
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I second that!
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Old 13th October 2021, 18:12
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However, this morning, serendipitously, a little gem appeared for sale in one of my FB groups at a very attractive price. I PM'd the Bristol based vendor with my 'phone number and struck a deal. It turned out that we'd met at 'Gloucester Goes Retro' in '18 & '19 where we were both exhibiting our cars. Small world!
It's from a 928cc Talbot Sunbeam, and what really appealed to me was its clear Coventry Climax heritage. I've often dreamt of having one powering a car of mine, but my lottery tickets refuse to co-operate . I've never transplanted an engine and box before (unless I count the MG1100 one I dropped in my Minivan 'Traveller', fitting Imp wheels on the front to correct the gearing) so it adds interest to the project. I'm getting the cross member as well so it shouldn't be too difficult - famous last words!

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Have you made any progress checking if it will fit OK? I am now quite keen to go this root myself - should I ever be able to find a suitable engine and gearbox...

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Old 14th October 2021, 08:16
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Hi Robin

I've not even collected it yet, so no progress. I'm still trying to sort out the gearchange problem on the Monaco.

This appeared on Ebay, somewhat optimistic methinks, or I was incredibly lucky!

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Old 14th October 2021, 09:26
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Good spot. I have been searching Ebay with no result. I must revise my search criteria.

But as you say. Rather optimistically priced especially as the condition is unknown. Would you mind sharing what you paid? PM me if you don't want to make it public. It would be good to have as a negotiation point....

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Old 17th October 2021, 15:03
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Agreed. All that shiny aluminium in a dark coloured engine bay will look so good. As for sound, if it's half as shiver inducing as the Fraser Imps I used to watch at Brands Hatch in the 60s I'll be well pleased. Tuning? I'm tracking twin 1.25" Strombergs and an Imp Sport cam...
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Don't forget Imp engines were fitted on a slant. You may find the carbs are at the wrong angle if on an upright engine.
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Old 19th October 2021, 09:58
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As I am a bit of an anorak I bought a copy of the Haynes manual for the Talbot Sunbeam - just to find out a little more about the engine and drive train. I discovered a couple of interesting facts.
1. It uses an early form of electronic ignition for which you need the little electronic module that goes with the distributor. Not a disaster but just as well to be aware of it.
2. The axle ratio is 4.1 or something close. Don't remember exactly and the manual isn't to hand. Not suprising considering the small CC of the engine. The problem is that the 1.8 Marina uses 3.7ish. I am using larger, 15", wheels so unless I change the diff ratio this delightful engine is going to be no good for me. Back to the old B series it seems.
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So one of you might want to grab this...

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Morris-Ma...-127635-2958-0
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Old 20th October 2021, 11:27
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On Monday my no. three son kindly drove me to Bristle (krek spelling) to collect the aforementioned engine and 'box. The vendor threw in (not literally) the rack, cross member, steering column, radiator and a few other related bits and pieces from the deceased Talbot Sunbeam.



The newness of my ratchet straps is very evident. Their predecessors, which had lasted almost 20 years, went away securing a Vespa I sold to a guy who brought a van to collect it, but only bungees for tying it down ...

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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Morris-Ma...-127635-2958-0
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Thanks for that Peter, I shall go for it, hopefully before the Classic Trials fraternity spot it!

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Old 21st October 2021, 16:12
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That's a standard Marina 1.3 axle , the 10cwt van is the preferred choice for trialing , but now rare as rocking horse p--
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Old 22nd October 2021, 09:35
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That's a standard Marina 1.3 axle , the 10cwt van is the preferred choice for trialing , but now rare as rocking horse p--
An internet search revealed that, as the housing is rusty and therefore steel, it has the 4.11. Lower ratio (so higher geared) diffs have alloy housings. I've bought it, with a hefty 'postage' fee, so time will tell. It's scheduled to arrive next Thursday.

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