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Old 09-10-2009   #16
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Thanks for the positive thoughts!! I am loving her to bits, literally!! Sounds lovely now btw!! those 903 engines are very revvy but there's no torque!! ALthough there are a few issues that may be causing this

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sorry, like the pandas but the Marbellas are the front is the best bit of the panda, and on the marbella it's just wrong!!
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sorry, like the pandas but the Marbellas are the front is the best bit of the panda, and on the marbella it's just wrong!!
Yeah, I definately prefer the front of a panda, but I am still debating whether to panda it up or not. The sloped headlights have got to give me amazing aerodynamics ::
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Re: SEAT Marbella (Mk1 Panda replica)

Hi, great car for the money!

Just a thought, are your engine mountings ok? It's just that when the bushes wear on a Mini engine stabaliser the exhaust flange can eventually break, just like yours, from excessive engine movement.

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Hi, great car for the money!

Just a thought, are your engine mountings ok? It's just that when the bushes wear on a Mini engine stabaliser the exhaust flange can eventually break, just like yours, from excessive engine movement.

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Yes, on the list of things to do! Just driving very smoothly for the moment, with a bit of wobble in the gear lever. I think the the main reason its happend though is the new clutch that was fitted recently by the looks of things. It is very visious and bites with a bite! If someone dropped the clutch too hard it may have done the same.

Thanks for your thoughts, I am curious why the clutch is so harsh though. perhaps the wrong one was fitted.

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Re: SEAT Marbella (Mk1 Panda replica)

fitted he exhaust yet si? would like to hear it.

anyone else the front of a merbella looks like a renault 5?
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fitted he exhaust yet si? would like to hear it.

anyone else the front of a merbella looks like a renault 5?
Hi, Exhaust is fitted Few little bits to tidy up but otherwise its good. I now have a new issue it seems as I cant seem to get a new gearbox mount from the usual shop. Would SEAT be the only option maybe?

I could order a panda one, but there are so many different types I am bound to get the wrong one again!

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Re: SEAT Marbella (Mk1 Panda replica)

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My adaptor piece at work:


Not a great photo, needs a clean after doing a long drive to london and back but shows it ok. Sticks out a bit but, I think it should be ok. The tow bar is going this weekend.



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Well, just put the last few coats onto the Lancia wheels I got off Kev. Looking fab now i think. Cant wait to wrap them in rubber and see how she looks



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Re: SEAT Marbella (Mk1 Panda replica)

Well new wheels fitted, just about fit ok. I had to use a jig saw on the plastic trim on the rear arches but I think its quite a tidy bodge. And means the tyre is fully covered too









Thought that mpg would have been ruined but just cruized at 80mph up to 90 at times and achieved 41mpg!! Go little 900cc beast!

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Interesting work there fella.. the wheels look great but I have to say I think they look a bit big for the car. Are they 14's ?

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They look well smart Si, Glad they went to a good home. They really suit the Marbella. Well done

In reply to Plugs question yes they are 14" They came off a 1978 Lancia
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Thanks for the wheelie good complements

They are quite big admitadely, but I think it looks worse than it is as she is still at standard ride height. The wheel rolling radius is nigh on identical to standard. Think when I come to lower her though, I will have to modify the arches on the front and also think up something imaginative for the rear arches

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They look well smart Si, Glad they went to a good home. They really suit the Marbella. Well done

In reply to Plugs question yes they are 14" They came off a 1978 Lancia
I knew they looked familiar. Beta coupe I believe.. didn't cars have dinky wheels in those days.

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I knew they looked familiar. Beta coupe I believe.. didn't cars have dinky wheels in those days.

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Your quite right there Plug on both counts
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