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Neil KilBane
Posted on: June 21st, 2010, 23:43:41 Quote Report to Moderator
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just a little fine tuning left to do.


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Well many years after I first started building my Mini Marcos the day eventually came when it drove to and from an event. I had taken it on a trailer to the IMM in Birmingham and the Marcos 50 last year but last Sunday I drove the 206km round trip from home to Classic Car Live at Mondello, (a smaller Irish version of the Goodwood Festival).
The only glitch on the day was an intermittant loss of my rev counter.

The noise inside is fairly loud, Weber 45 and straight cuts/drops, but ear defenders work wonders.
The tunnel gets warm from the exhaust, so I will have to have to do a little work there. I also need to do something about a foot rest for my left foot.

Other than that it was a blast. I'm a very happy bunny indeed.

Here are a few pics of the car from the show.




(Extremely jealous Irish Mini Owners Club President)






 

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John Dickens
Posted on: June 22nd, 2010, 07:28:47 Quote Report to Moderator
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Very nifty.

I like it!
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Stuart
Posted on: June 22nd, 2010, 11:56:17 Quote Report to Moderator
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Well done Neil    only taken it 32 years or so to get on the road  
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Bent Larsen
Posted on: June 22nd, 2010, 15:55:49 Quote Report to Moderator
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It took its time   well done
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Posted on: June 22nd, 2010, 16:05:50 Quote Report to Moderator
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Wonders will never cease! Congratulations!
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Tertius van Zyl
Posted on: June 22nd, 2010, 17:50:19 Quote Report to Moderator
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Delighted Neil...considering it was 5 years ago that you were giving me advice on my build and 3 years since my MM took to the road!
Good things come to those who wait!
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Graham Bichard
Posted on: June 22nd, 2010, 20:46:10 Quote Report to Moderator
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Well done, Neil!
Car looks great  



Can't wait to get to that stage!
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Peter Bremner
Posted on: June 22nd, 2010, 21:40:28 Quote Report to Moderator
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Looks good.
What's the next project?
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Syd Crawford
Posted on: June 22nd, 2010, 22:49:26 Quote Report to Moderator
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Wow! That's huge. Congrats Neil! Never thought the day would come!
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Neil KilBane
Posted on: June 22nd, 2010, 23:28:08 Quote Report to Moderator
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just a little fine tuning left to do.


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Thanks for all the nice comments guys.

Great wheels move slowly as they say.

There are still a good few bits to do, it could be a good while before I'm truly finished it.

The paint was done before I got the car and there are a good few blemishes and "bloom" in the paint they are deep down and no amount of cutting or compounding has been able to get them out. So a repaint is on the cards at some time.

The interior is painted matt black at present but I do have the proper head cloth to go in at sometime, I have also a full set of windscreen rubbers to replace the current ones which aren't the best.

On the engine side I have a Megajolt that I am going to fit and I have a bit of work to do to sort out the suspension, equalise the angles and make sure the back wheels follow the fronts.


As for the next project, I have a Clubman Estate that I am also restoring, I'm looking into a Micra engine conversion for it .

I also have another Mini Marcos, MM7139, a MkIII 1967 car, I have it about 10 years at this stage but it's just an unpainted rolling shell. I don't know if I 'll ever do anything with it though at this stage, the wife insists it will be sold but we'll see.

 
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Gert-Jan Westerveld
Posted on: June 23rd, 2010, 20:08:03 Quote Report to Moderator
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Well done, Neil! Car looks great.

next year IMM switserland with the marcos?

Cheers G-J

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Guy Humphries
Posted on: June 23rd, 2010, 23:17:33 Quote Report to Moderator
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We all knew you could do it
Well done Neil!
(oh b****r, that means I'll have to finish making mine look pretty now...)
And btw, I agree with G-J, no excuses for not making Switzerland next time  
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Neil KilBane
Posted on: June 24th, 2010, 11:27:35 Quote Report to Moderator
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I'm hoping to take my sons to the IMM next year, so it will be the estate that will be going to Switzerland.

 
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Gert-Jan Westerveld
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Quoted from Guy Humphries, posted June 23rd, 2010, 23:17:33 at here
We all knew you could do it
Well done Neil!
(oh b****r, that means I'll have to finish making mine look pretty now...)
And btw, I agree with G-J, no excuses for not making Switzerland next time  
Guy



So there is no excuses for you not to be there Guy whit your Marcos

Cheers G-J

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Joost van Dien
Posted on: June 24th, 2010, 20:25:39 Quote Report to Moderator
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Drive it as much as possible!


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Very nice done Neil! Keep it running and hope to see you next year on the IMM!!

Cheers, Joost
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