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    Posted: Apr/24/2015 at 11:58pm

Greetings AMColleagues - Welcome to my Marlin thread and thank you for your interest! Hug

The first time I saw a 1967 Marlin was in 2007 when I was driving across the country and saw one at a gas station. Can't remember exactly where, but I think northern Illinois. It was the coolest looking car I'd ever seen. I've always thought 1967 was the best model year for American automobiles - just about everything looks good to me, but nothing as cool as this!

The Marlin in early 2015.

I used the advanced search function on Google every month or so and window-shopped. Found one with a six-cylinder here and a rusty one there, but I wanted a Marlin with no rust and that had all the goodies. Eight years later...found one in the ideal place to find a classic car, the Pacific Northwest. Some dough and a car carrier ride to my garage, and it was home.

This particular Marlin was ordered with the high-compression 343 with AFB carb, floor-mounted shifter, Twin Grip differential, buckets seats, and nice interior.

A couple years later. Taking my time on my ride. Cool

I'm the third owner. The original owner passed away in 1987. His father kept the Marlin in his garage until 2003, when the second owner convinced him to sell it. But, the Marlin spent those years waiting to see the road again; it was driven only about 100 miles in all that time. As you'll see through this thread, things picked up a bit in 2015.

The old peace sticker that's still on the passenger visor. Maybe the Marlin made the trip from Seattle down to the Summer of Love in 1967?



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I received my Marlin on the first day of Spring 2015. But, it wasn't a perfect start.

Moving the car off the trailer was a problem. The motor would stop running as soon as it fired up. After a while, the motor kept running, but would die as soon as the gas pedal was touched. Feathering the gas and letting it idle for 10 minutes gave it enough confidence to leave the trailer. But, the ancient Sears Polyglass tires had other plans. They were deflated and buckling and squashing on the trailer deck; I thought they were going to come off the rims. All this extra "traction" was causing the motor to bog and die out. Fortunately, the tires held air when we filled them, and we got it off the trailer and into the garage.

I didn't have time to match stuff up to the VIN number and verify everything, but enough time to inspect the body, the main reason I bought the car. I've done lots of rust repair, especially to death traps I owned in college. I spent a long time looking for a Marlin with a good body to go along with the performance goodies. The photos I received showed a straight car, and what my eyeballs saw made me feel happy. The driver-side tail light housing had a crack (the car came with an NOS one to replace it) and the passenger door had a crease in it (as I knew from the photos), but otherwise the body was fantastic. I was thrilled! I can find a replacement motor if need be, but where can I find good quarter panels and a trunk floor for a '67 Marlin?



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My first Marlin project went down a couple weeks ago. I wanted to verify things a little more in depth and test drive it for the first time. I crawled under and saw 343 stamped on the block. And, lots of new steering and suspension parts. The Borg Warner transmission is clean as a whistle and the lines look just new. Back on top, the AFB carburetor number checks out with the 1967 TSM. Looked under the rest of the car and there was no rust or even scale down there. I also noticed the front wheels are 14-inch 8-slot rally wheels.

I took it for it's first test drive, but starting was a problem again. It died the first three times, but on the fourth I feathered the gas for a minute until the idle stabilized. The lifters made a bit of noise at first, too, but quieted down after a couple minutes. It died a few more times while backing it out of the garage. I let it idle for 10 minutes while I took photos.

I drove into town to get gas in the tank, a two-mile round trip. I put 10 gallons of premium into the tank along with Torco octane additive, a little lead, and of course some Marvel Mystery Oil. I measured for 95 octane - that should be enough! The car shifts through the gears well, there's no body roll, and no clunks or ominous noises. But, it definitely needs a tune-up, and most likely a carb rebuild. I'll deal with that later.



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You may find that the choke is stuck which would explain the cold start difficulties you had starting it and keeping it running. Make sure the choke plate moves freely and snap closed when the throttle is opened a bit.
Good luck on your project and the car looks really good in that color combo.
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What a great looking car and color combo that will sure turn some heads real nice !!

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That's the car I always wanted, you lucky guy......very nice. 

It's a shame they quit making them.









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Wow that's a real clean car. I like it looking forward for when it's finished.
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Thank you for the comments. Guess I'm not the only person who thinks 1967 Marlins look cool. I'm not a fan of the two-tone paint, though, so all-red might be in the Marlin's future.

Organized the $7K pile of receipts that came with the car and went through the stuff that was in boxes; this is my style of accounting! The big ticket items were the transmission rebuild, SMS upholstery (door panels and fabric and vinyl for the bucket seats), lots of suspension work (rubber and joints up front, new springs and shocks in the back, reinforced rear control arms, bushings, and an Addco rear stabilizer bar), and a bunch of other receipts for things like getting the car up and running back in 2003 from sitting for 16 years, carb rebuild, exhaust system, and various switches and other parts that weren't intended to last half a century.


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Last Saturday was probably the Marlin's busiest driving day since 1987.

To see if I could get it to run any better before I could start test-driving missions, I cinched up the vacuum lines and tried to replace the PCV valve. I couldn't get the PCV valve out, so I pulled with a vice grip and then banged on it like a caveman trying to dislodge it. It still wouldn't come out, so I gave up and started the car. When I turned the key, the motor immediately idled somewhat smoothly; I didn't have to baby the gas pedal or let it warm up to put it in gear without dying. Banging on the PCV valve must have freed it up.

I drove to the tire place and swapped some decent rubber for the horrible back tires. I also asked them to inspect everything underneath the car, and they said nothing needed to be replaced.

I drove around a few miles with my improved back tires and felt happy about not needing to worry about them blowing apart. Then, my old neighbor called and said to bring the Marlin over so he could look at it, so we drove around a little. Then, that night someone else insisted I drive it over, and by the end of the day a dozen people looked at it and I put about 50 miles on it. That was a pretty good day.


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