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#21 Post by Geek »

My first car was a Morris Marina 1.8 in white, purchased second hand in 1983 for £600 - it was dreadful. I recall spinning it 360deg in the wet on a roundabout whilst going quite slowly.
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Chuck wrote:GeeRam: ttiuwp ttiuwp ttiuwp

Marina 1.8 TC, you were a brave man eh! lol lol lol lol
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My sole defense m'lud, it was cheap......and there was a reason it was cheap, it was a Marina TC :D

Hideous pile of steaming poo......only had it for 8-9 months and it consumed 2 gearboxes in that time.
It was however, quite good fun in a way, as you got understeer, oversteer, all sorts of steer, and all at an absurdly slow speed......so you could be an utter hooligan at pretty much walking pace lol

Here's the only photo I have of the metallic purple pile of poo - circa winter of 1984/5.
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#23 Post by Chuck »

My sole defense m'lud, it was cheap......and there was a reason it was cheap, it was a Marina TC
lol lol lol lol lol

VERDICT: Not guilty on grounds of diminished responsibility - you were clearly mad and skint when you bought it lol lol lol lol lol
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#24 Post by Ovenpaa »

I had an 1800 TC as well, it used to eat windscreens and destroy leaf springs like they were going out of fashion. Hit anything bigger than matchstick on a corner and it would step out.
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Chuck wrote:
My sole defense m'lud, it was cheap......and there was a reason it was cheap, it was a Marina TC
lol lol lol lol lol

VERDICT: Not guilty on grounds of diminished responsibility - you were clearly mad and skint when you bought it lol lol lol lol lol
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It was the only the 2nd (and last :D ) British Leyland car I've owned (the other one being the the ubiquitous Mini as a first car)
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#26 Post by Chuck »

My old fella had a burnt orange marina 1.3(?) coupe company car - wonder what he did to deserve that?

It ate diffs at an alarming rate though!

I think TC meant Totally Crap!
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Chuck wrote:My old fella had a burnt orange marina 1.3(?) coupe company car - wonder what he did to deserve that?

It ate diffs at an alarming rate though!

I think TC meant Totally Crap!
cheers lol

Typical BL shonkiness really. The Marina was really just an enlarged 1940's Moggy Minor wearing some sort of glam rock era attire, and quite why anyone at BL thought it would be a good idea to drop a torquey and pokey (in comparative terms) MGB lump into a car that had a Moggy Minor 1000 diff, gearbox and antiquated suspension is perplexing to say the least. But, that was BL in the 70's. Not really fit for purpose in any way.......mind you that was as much the Govt's fault for forcing all the elements of an already disjointed BMC merger in together with Rover, Triumph and Jaguar etc to form the monster that was BL.
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#28 Post by Chuck »

GeeRam, then they outdid themselves (sarcasm) with the Allegro and that awful steering wheel....the old fella got one as a company car ......Oh dear.

Still it was a step up from the Moggie 1000 Travellers (gearbox munchers) and the Austin Vands and A40.

Ah yes, he also got a few Austin 1100 company cars.......these were fun and quite indestructible - even when bounced off the rear of an unlit Anglia estate that pulled out in front of me! :squirrel: :squirrel: :squirrel:

Once I figured out that rear passenger ashtray on the floor a LOT of fun was had in those back seats ...a LOT! shakeshout shakeshout shakeshout :D :D :D ;) ;)
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#29 Post by GeeRam »

Chuck wrote:GeeRam, then they outdid themselves (sarcasm) with the Allegro and that awful steering wheel....the old fella got one as a company car ......Oh dear.

Still it was a step up from the Moggie 1000 Travellers (gearbox munchers) and the Austin Vands and A40.
My close mate from school had a maroon Austin Aggro as his 1st car at 17, when I had my Mini, but his parents had their own wholesale C&C business, and so unlike me, he only had to suffer it for 6 months or so, until he turned 18, when he then got given a brand new Golf GTi..... 8-)
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#30 Post by Chuck »

My old fella got a new company car pretty well every year - so I always had something new to run about in till I got an old Mk 1 Cortina 1500 GT.

Total death trap looking back on it but once again, TONS of fun in and with it ;) ;) ;)
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