Tabetha and her marina
Car sold Jeff Bloom 2009 and Now resides in Gosford area
Bertie and his New clothes
My Marina - a year ago, I wrote off my car (a Ford Meteor). I have always loved English cars, so I went looking for something a bit different to replace it with.
I ended up buying a 1953 Morris Oxford - in beautiful condition, but needing some minor repairs. The minor repairs turned into a cracked chassis rail requiring *major* work, leaving me still without transport.
The man who was repairing the Oxford for me had a 1974 Marina for sale - his father used to own it, but he took it off him, as he was getting a bit too old to drive, and had had his licence revoked.
It was running, it had no rust, so we figured for $500 we couldn't go wrong. After the first drive, I was hooked. It is a surprisingly powerful small car, and (mostly) handles well.
Apart from a disreputable looking paint job, and its current need for a re-ring, I'm really happy with it. It has been a great day-to-day car, and seems to take a lot of punishment (took me a while to figure out the radiator filler assembly...)
Some info on Head bolt tensioning.
Hope this is informative enough - if there's anything else you want to know, drop me a line.