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PostPost by: pharriso » Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:55 am

That's a time warp photo! The best of British (Deltic) with the worst of British (Marina)!!
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PostPost by: silverlink » Wed Aug 12, 2020 1:53 pm

Thanks Phil,
Too true!
Never had a Marina but had one of the first Morris 1100's in Scarborough when my dad got one in 1963. It was a good car and was followed by two more a Crayford conversion one which had a full lift boot and rear window. This was followed by a Morris 1300 GT which I used to tow my Cooper 'S' with to Sprints and hillclimbs.
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PostPost by: richardcox_lotus » Thu Aug 13, 2020 6:27 am

My dad also has a Morris 1300 GT. As kids In the back I remember we loved the horizontal speedo gauge.

He replaced it with.... a Marina 1300, which wouldn’t get up a hill under its own steam.

Ah, the 70s.......

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PostPost by: silverlink » Mon Aug 17, 2020 1:28 pm

A few shots taken at Hethel around 1975 on a special visit I managed to arrange, I can vaguely remember seeing some of the first Esprit's been made. The bodyshells were outside and I can remember at the rear of the factory lots of scrap and damaged shells.
Lotus Factory A.jpg and

Lotus Factory C.jpg and

Lotus Factory D.jpg and

Lotus Factory E.jpg and

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PostPost by: The Veg » Mon Aug 17, 2020 11:11 pm

Very cool Ian!
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PostPost by: silverlink » Wed Mar 31, 2021 6:14 pm

Help!!!
After having my car at local specialist to sort out clutch & brakes (refitting servo after overhaul) just before Christmas I drove home and put car in garage. Now three months later I decided to get car out for a run but it wouldn't start. I removed plugs which looked ok and disconnected the coil and turned engine over to get oil pressure up. After refitting plugs I tried to start up but to no avail, I've checked .here's fuel in tank and my thoughts are fuel may not be getting through. Just wondered how much turning it needs to get fuel through.
Any help would be appreciated.
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PostPost by: ericbushby » Wed Mar 31, 2021 10:06 pm

Hi Ian,
If you have Weber carburettors, remove the round jet cover and one of the large main jet stacks and you will be able to see the fuel level with a small torch. If you can see it then it is being pumped and probably OK.
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PostPost by: RichardS » Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:44 am

Hi Ian
I sometimes used to have to recharge the battery and have a second go when the car had been standing for a while as it can take a few minutes to fill the carbs with the manual pump.
If that turns out to be the issue then a priming pump does the trick. I fitted an electric pump in the boot solely for priming if the car has been standing for a while. Last week started first time after standing for 9 months, after 30 seconds of priming. Must not leave it that long this year!
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