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We are still here by Keith  (September 2nd, 2010)
Just a quick note to say that we are still around.
The NG has been mis-behaving during the year - first was a failed condenser, AA don't carry any and towed us home!, second was fuel problem, still to fix, AA towed us home. Well at least the saving in petrol has paid for the AA membership!!
The NG has not been out much due to working on the new house. (hopefully you can see that sometime when I get round to posting - probably in the depths of winter!).
Hope your all well and we can arrange a get together sometime.

NG National Rally by Keith  (July 7th, 2009)
The 30th anniversary rally was a great success with a vey nice campsite.
Only problem was I spent most of the time fixing the car and the getting towed home by the very nice AA man.
Will let you know the problem when I sort it out - just ordered some Mallory dizzy bits £72
Lots of thanks to the organisers and the AA !
Comment added by Paul Gray: July 8th, 2009
 Hi Keith - sorry you had problems that shortened your weekend. Mallory bits sound expensive! Will be interested to hear what the problem was when you get the final diagnosis. Did the AA guy have any ideas?

We are hoping to get a few NGs to the Goodwood Breakfast meeting on Sun 2nd Aug - might see you there? Otherwise, will be supporting Bob Morri at the Shrivenham fete on 29th Aug.

Water in the V8 fuel tank by Keith  (September 29th, 2008)
This is a link to my recent events blog about mis-firing on cornering which turned out to be a water in the fuel tank problem.
Water in the Tank

I think water doesn't go down the jets very well so the problem never goes away unless cleaned out. Regular use also helps.

Wife: "There's trouble with the car. It has water in the carburetor."
Husband: "Water in the carburetor? That's ridiculous."
Wife: "I tell you the car has water in the carburetor."
Husband: "You don't even know what a carburetor is. Where's the car?"
Wife: "In the swimming pool."
Marina parts for TF by Keith  (June 10th, 2008)
Marina parts for TF
Comment added by Chris Bone: September 11th, 2008
 Is this group still alive?

I ask as I am about to undertake a complete re-build/overhaul of a sadly negelected Marina based TF (complete with Torsion bar suspension!) an any advice on the process or spare parts sources would be invaluable
Comment added by Keith: September 29th, 2008
 Hi Chris
Yes - we are still alive. The state of the group is best described as hibernating!
You can create your own posts if you subscribe.
I don't have any souce of Marina parts - I was recomended the Marina owners club for parts for my Morris to Marina disc conversion but no luck there. They don't like us using parts from their cars
However bearings and trunions etc are available over the counter from motor factors (also ebay).
I picked up a Marina Haynes manual from ebay - its very similar to the Morris and the suspension is quite basic.
Comment added by Frank Shelley: April 12th, 2009
 Recently, I needed to replace the front tie bar bushes. Contact Superflex on (0)1749 678152, or view at http://www.superflex.co.uk/results.php?maker=29&man_name=Marina&searchmodel=143&Search=Go

I did also find a number of parts on e-bay.
Still here by Keith  (December 1st, 2007)
We (Keith and Som) are still here despite not much activity over the year. The NG looks a little bit down with much of our effort going on other projects. Also the demise of the national rally this year and others being a bit far meant that we didn't do that much in the NG.
We had a few local meetings, plus the excellent trip to the coachworks.
We are looking forward to using the NG more next year (in between respraying the Morris).

Happy Christmas and New Year
Visit to Coachworks near Lyminington by Keith  (December 1st, 2007)
This was a very interesting visit to a coachworks that did full restorations mainly to previously hand built vintage and classic cars. Being hand built these are some of the most expensive restorations you can imagine. One figure mentioned was £750,000.
The cars ranged from Bentley to Maserati, racing Ferrari and the like. Plus some specials. Most were aluminium bodies and the work being done was incredibly good.
This type of restoration is at the oposite end of the scale to my lowly little old Morris.

Many thanks to Michael for organising this outing.

(Although I took some pictures it was on the condition I didn't publish them)
NG Exbury Gardens Visit - 7 Oct 06 by Keith  (June 1st, 2007)
The NG visit to Exbury was very good. Nice run through the forest and a good turnout makes organising it really worthwhile. Thanks for supporting it.
(bit delayed in posting the pics but at least they are here )
Meetings for 2007 by Keith  (April 12th, 2007)
The meeting date of the first sunday of the month will probably be disrupted a little as there a number of other event clashes.

Meetings as follows:
13 May as Stoneleigh is 5-6 May.
3 June.
8 July as NG National Rally is 1 July (although I am also tempted to go to the Morris Minor rally so watch this space).
5 August.
2 September.

Meetings will take place at The Swan pub just west of Lyndhurst at 12.00. This has been restored after a fire (not yet checked it out but will do before the next meeting).

I am hoping to organise at least 1 event. Date TBD but expected to be late summer.

Hope to see you at the meetings.
Comment added by Keith: June 1st, 2007
 As an update - please ring me (number is in the mag) to check I'm going as I am often busy.
Subscribe to receive notifications by Keith  (September 28th, 2006)
This is just a note for anyone interested in knowing about these events.
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Possible future events by Keith  (August 14th, 2006)
Me and Som have started organising a few events (in addition to the monthly meet). These will tend to get organised as and when we feel like it, with our enthusiasm proportional to attendence
But like any organisers thinking of something is the difficult bit so here is a list of ideas for future events. Please feel free to add comments and suggest other event ideas. I will add them to the list.

The list!

Hurst Castle visit - not sure about parking there - alternative could be Calshot castle (small castle).
Cider trip to sample the New Forest Cider (with drive through the Forest).
PicNic - Just go out for a drive and have a picnic. Maybe BBQ in one of the designated areas.
Camping - would more people visit if camping was suggested?

Comment added by -Guest-: June 11th, 2007

To get to Hurst I think you need to walk from Key Haven. However I think a Picnic would be a good idea and would be prepared to help organise if required. Anderton Enclosure could be godd as it is bookable and has Toilets. Maybe followed by a simple treausre hunt and finishing at a pub, say High Corner or the Lamb at Nomansland the list could be endless
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