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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 24th February 2022, 16:06
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PS - Good luck with the bird boxes. I have never had any luck persuading anything at all to nest in mine. However they do seem to like my neighbours ugly Leylandi hedge!
Yesterday, after having work in the cold and windy cave interrupted by the succession of storms, I mounted the completed sparrow hotel on my back wall, and blocked the swift nest entrances pending their return from Botswana in early May.







Today I replaced the top half of the corrugated cave window which Eunice had ripped out, and added a 3x3 central leg to the slightly bowed work bench in anticipation of plonking the engine, and subsequently the gearbox, on it for cleaning etc. Once I'm happy that the jobs which might prove difficult with them in situ are done, I'll bolt them together and offer them up, at which time the real work can begin. Roll on spring and summer!

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Old 18th April 2022, 11:24
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Question Dilemma?

Today, at long last, my no. three son removed his single bed from the cave, allowing me access to my daughter's stuff stowed behind it. A couple of hours of sorting out, organising and re-stowing of said items had the newly swept cave fit for purpose again. Hurrah! The six weeks since my last post haven't been entirely wasted, as I made yet another twin swift nest box from the ply left over from the sparrow hotel. This I mounted with help (it's a two ladder job) last week.

Also in the interim, on a whim, I bought a Dutton Phaeton II minus engine and 'box as it was such a bargain and the front landing strip was looking lonely. Whilst pondering what the hell I was going to do with yet another kit car, I hit on the idea of passing on the Marlin and putting the 'Climax' engine and 'box in the Phaeton instead, which I'm certain is quite a bit lighter. It has the integral front wings and headlights which make it, to my eyes, quite ugly. These I would cut off, patch the holes with ally sheet, and fit Lotus Seven flared wings (I have access to a pair) and headlights on stalks to complete the look.

The question is, should I pursue my original plan or the new one? As my very first kit was a Phaeton II, and I've built a Marlin once already, I'm leaning heavily to the Lotus Seven-ish option.

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Old 19th April 2022, 08:24
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Also in the interim, on a whim, I bought a Dutton Phaeton II minus engine and 'box as it was such a bargain and the front landing strip was looking lonely. Whilst pondering what the hell I was going to do with yet another kit car, I hit on the idea of passing on the Marlin and putting the 'Climax' engine and 'box in the Phaeton instead, which I'm certain is quite a bit lighter. It has the integral front wings and headlights which make it, to my eyes, quite ugly. These I would cut off, patch the holes with ally sheet, and fit Lotus Seven flared wings (I have access to a pair) and headlights on stalks to complete the look.

The question is, should I pursue my original plan or the new one? As my very first kit was a Phaeton II, and I've built a Marlin once already, I'm leaning heavily to the Lotus Seven-ish option.

Regards, Mick
My first kit was also a Dutton Phaeton, and my second a Marlin Roadster. In my view there is no comparison. The Dutton (in my experience) was poorly made and flimsy compared with the Marlin. I may have been unlucky but absolutely nothing fitted on my Dutton and one of my outstanding memories was the steering column support which was a single exhaust clamp and flimsy welded strip. Which needless to say broke at the most inconvinient moment.... In its defence it was very light and it was the first kit I built (I knew nothing....).
But given the choice I know which I would build again.

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Old 28th May 2022, 08:57
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My first kit was also a Dutton Phaeton, and my second a Marlin Roadster. In my view there is no comparison. The Dutton (in my experience) was poorly made.... in its defence it was very light and it was the first kit I built (I knew nothing....).
But given the choice I know which I would build again.
Thanks for that Robin, and in principle I agree, but in this instance, as I'm determined to use the 'Coventry Climax' engine, I shall pass on the Marlin. My plan for the Phaeton is as my post of 18 April, which would result in a similar look to the one on the left in this iconic picture as Team Dutton pass between the pits and main grandstand at Le Mans in '88 (I'm on the right).



I bought a Machine Mart stand for the engine this week as my previous plan of working on it on the bench was simply too iffy. Once I've finished with the Gunk and Autosol I'll post a picture.

I'll be listing the Marlin on Ebay later today: seven day auction with a 99p start and a mystery, but easily reached, reserve.

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Old 28th May 2022, 17:16
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Look forward to seeing your progress 😀
I hope the Dutton you bought wasn't YKX 2X 😉

Cheers Robin
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Old 29th May 2022, 07:11
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Dutton Phaeton Red. 1598cc, tax due 1.1.07, so I'm guessing it's on its way to being a 'barn find'...

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Old 29th May 2022, 08:03
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What a coincidence. YKX 2X, the Dutton I built, is red (green when I built it), had a 1600 crossflow, and according to the gov Web site due for tax 01/01/07....
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Old 8th June 2022, 15:34
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What a coincidence.
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Not really, I checked the reg. on the DVLA site, and posted accordingly...

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