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by Mike Hanna
Sun Dec 07, 2014 1:52 pm
Forum: Motorsport Forum
Topic: hscc 2014
Replies: 141
Views: 66112

Re: hscc 2014

Hi. Many years ago when I took up stage rallying I started with a standard diff with Chrysler Comps. Dept. competition planetary and pin set. The planetary gears broke on the start line of the first stage the car hardly moving a foot. Try again! This time I got to about the 3rd stage and the diff ex...
by Mike Hanna
Mon Jun 09, 2014 8:41 pm
Forum: Motorsport Forum
Topic: hscc 2014
Replies: 141
Views: 66112

Re: hscc 2014

Hi Simon. Third place is a great result!. Very well done,but what happened in the second race? Regards. Mike
by Mike Hanna
Fri May 30, 2014 9:02 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: My First Imp (First Sprint this Year!)
Replies: 457
Views: 154625

Re: My First Imp (Another Small Update!)

Thanks for those kind words Neil but the modest success I had with the rally car was entirely down to the car not the driver! Most fun I ever had in a car!! Cheers. Mike
by Mike Hanna
Thu May 29, 2014 7:46 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: My First Imp (First Sprint this Year!)
Replies: 457
Views: 154625

Re: My First Imp (Another Small Update!)

Hi Martin. You would do well to heed the advice of "Moose" and ditch the heat wrap on the manifold. You would be much better to make up and fit good heat shielding between the exhaust and carbs. You could even fit a small fan to blow or suck cold air forwards below the carbs to keep them cool. An al...
by Mike Hanna
Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:27 pm
Forum: Motorsport Forum
Topic: HSCC Historic Touring Car Championship
Replies: 2
Views: 2486

HSCC Historic Touring Car Championship

As most of you may know by now Simon Benoy is leading this championship. I sincerely hope, Simon , that you will be racing at Croft as an Imp winning the championship in the Imp's 50th year would be very good for it and the club, better than letting a ford win it! :x I know as treasurer of the club ...
by Mike Hanna
Tue May 14, 2013 10:29 pm
Forum: Motorsport Forum
Topic: Competition silencers?
Replies: 10
Views: 5794

Re: Competition silencers?

OMG. I didn't know they revved that much! No wonder they blow up!!!! :lol:
by Mike Hanna
Tue May 14, 2013 10:21 am
Forum: Motorsport Forum
Topic: Competition silencers?
Replies: 10
Views: 5794

Re: Competition silencers?

Hi. How is the noise test done? Is your pipe pointing directly backwards in line with the car?. I put a 90 degree turn in the tailpipe to the right side of the car so the noise test is done from the side so less mechanical engine noise is picked up. I also made the bottom of the silencer removable s...
by Mike Hanna
Wed May 01, 2013 7:28 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Re: GLAddis! (804 GLA) Christmas Update!!!
Replies: 1359
Views: 211300

Re: GLAddis! (804 GLA) Baby Steps!!

Hi all. I know the manual says to fit the rack plates with flanges facing up,but logic says to fit them facing down as the alloy clamp blocks don't have a chamfered edge to match the curvature of the plate flange. I have looked at 5 of my low mileage cars which are untouched in the steering departme...
by Mike Hanna
Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:11 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: FFG 549D Rally car
Replies: 646
Views: 181230

Re: FFG 549 D restoration

Hi Mike. It's a long time ago. I think I fitted the shoes on as normal. they used to wear slightly oddly but seemed to work better (vg95's) so I just left them like that. I think I had Sunbeam calipers on the front and a home made pedal box using an alternator bearing. Fantastic brakes! Nice rack mo...
by Mike Hanna
Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:46 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: FFG 549D Rally car
Replies: 646
Views: 181230

Re: FFG 549 D restoration

Hi all. Just been reading this thread. Looks too good to rally! Regarding the rear brake backplate swap, I did that in 1979 after having a pipe ripped off a cylinder in a forest somewhere. Keeps the pipe and cable out of harms way and makes for easier shoe adjustment too. If I remember right I put t...
by Mike Hanna
Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:14 am
Forum: Motorsport Forum
Topic: What Tyres?
Replies: 22
Views: 10745

Re: What Tyres?

Hi all. I feel I must comment on this trend of fitting wide wheels on the rear of Imps before someone gets seriously hurt. The Imp has about 66% of its weight on the rear, even more will transfer to the outside rear wheel when cornering. The further out the wheel is from the hub the greater the leve...
by Mike Hanna
Wed Nov 14, 2012 7:04 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: ANDY DAWSON TRIPLE CCC IMP
Replies: 4
Views: 2347

Re: ANDY DAWSON TRIPLE CCC IMP

Hi All. The "Triple C" project Imp is indeed in my workshop needing a bit of a rebuild. It is looking a little sad for itself. The front has taken a battering,the front suspension mount is back and up about 3/4" and the front panel and spare wheel well are rippled. Luckily I have a very good used fr...
by Mike Hanna
Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:04 pm
Forum: Motorsport Forum
Topic: British Historic Rally Championship - 2013 Update
Replies: 214
Views: 91207

Re: British Historic Rally Championship - 2013 Season

Hi Rod. I don't think I would be competitive now, getting on a bit you know.:lol: Anyway I no longer want the responsibility of looking out for the well being of a navigator! I can't really get lost on a circuit I just follow the rest of the silly sods round and round and round and..... :wink: I hav...
by Mike Hanna
Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:56 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Dom's Subeam Stiletto Resto!
Replies: 504
Views: 120507

Re: Dom's Sunbeam Stiletto Resto!

Hi Dom. Have you checked the gearbox mounts are the correct way round ( side to side) as they are offset ? Or has the car had a shunt up the rear ? Mike
by Mike Hanna
Sun Apr 29, 2012 5:53 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Meltdown Motorsport - In the bleak midwinter
Replies: 762
Views: 128803

Re: Meltdown Motorsport - Deja-vu

Hi. Unless the skew gear has ground out part of the timing case the pump will stay in mesh, just. Anyway once the pump is out of mesh the engine stops. Why are you loosing crank pulley bolts? nose of the crank worn? pulley worn? Oil surge is not the problem. Steve Platts is using the same sump/block...
by Mike Hanna
Sat Mar 31, 2012 7:55 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Meltdown Motorsport - In the bleak midwinter
Replies: 762
Views: 128803

Re: Meltdown Motorsport - Time to strip (snigger)

Hi Nick. Looks to me like debris from the main bearing going caused the big end damage. You need to unplug all the engine oil ways to see what is in them and rod them through. When my engine blew up due to surge the main bearing was fine. Yours looks more like foreign matter damage from what I can s...
by Mike Hanna
Thu Mar 29, 2012 10:11 pm
Forum: Motorsport Forum
Topic: Lifing competition rotoflex couplings
Replies: 9
Views: 4477

Re: Lifing competition rotoflex couplings

Hi. I always used to fit all the bolts with the nuts next to the diff so if a bolt broke it didn't gouge the diff casing. I can only remember breaking the coupling/bolts once in 3 years.It was on a single venue on an old air field near the start of the first stage. I had to run back to the service a...
by Mike Hanna
Thu Mar 29, 2012 10:46 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Meltdown Motorsport - In the bleak midwinter
Replies: 762
Views: 128803

Re: Meltdown Motorsport - Come in number three your time is

Hi. Of course we could all be barking up the wrong tree! We mustn't loose sight of the fact that the centre main bearing has to feed 2 bigends. Perhaps this area needs work..But I do know that the engine I blew up at Donnington was due to oil surge and with my sump with a Ben Boult alloy BSK (simila...
by Mike Hanna
Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:20 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Meltdown Motorsport - In the bleak midwinter
Replies: 762
Views: 128803

Re: Meltdown Motorsport - Come in number three your time is

HI. I think the clue to the problem could be the length of time it initially took to get oil circulation in the first instance.. Perhaps the oil used is too thick when cold and the pump is struggling to get the oil round quick enough on initial start ups thus doing "minor " damage to the shells. Mike
by Mike Hanna
Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:25 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Meltdown Motorsport - In the bleak midwinter
Replies: 762
Views: 128803

Re: Meltdown Motorsport - Come in number three your time is

Hi all. Perhaps this being a"spare engine" sitting unused for a period of time the bearings dried out and together with the extra long route to fill up to get pressure the damage may have started before the engine was run. Might be the system got an air lock Perhaps an electric oil pump should be em...
by Mike Hanna
Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:43 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Meltdown Motorsport - In the bleak midwinter
Replies: 762
Views: 128803

Re: Meltdown Motorsport - In, out, in, out, shake it all abo

Hi all. Bad luck your engine going off song Nick . It is unlikely to be oil surge as the circuit was awash and a standard sumped engine might have survived on it. Steve Platts won the class and finished a very good fourth overall in the dry race using exactly the same sump. He and David Heale had a ...
by Mike Hanna
Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:15 pm
Forum: Motorsport Forum
Topic: rawlson Imp NEW PICS
Replies: 16
Views: 7528

Re: rawlson Imp

Hi all. Yes Neil that is me keeping a tight line on a 90 left in the "Forest of Dean" in 1981. Great event for me as I managed to finish without breaking the crown wheel and got 1st in class (1300cc) and 13th O/A.
by Mike Hanna
Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:06 pm
Forum: Motorsport Forum
Topic: LINES INSIDE
Replies: 14
Views: 6247

Re: LINES INSIDE

My old rally car had the fuel pipe in the normal place under the tunnel with no extra shielding and in the 5 years I used it I never had any trouble. In a lot of the current rally Imp photos I see the cars look to be too low especially at the front. There are other reasons that I would keep it under...
by Mike Hanna
Thu Jul 21, 2011 12:52 pm
Forum: Motorsport Forum
Topic: Speedo drive with Viva hubs / discs
Replies: 15
Views: 4277

Re: Speedo drive with Viva hubs / discs

Hi Nigel. The low pivot mounts will add approx 16mm to the track, add Viva disc also and you have nearly 1.5 inches extra track on the front compared to a standard mk1 Imp. I would always use the mk1 high pivot for any sort of competition Imp, especially for rallying as it gives greater ground clear...
by Mike Hanna
Thu Jul 21, 2011 7:40 am
Forum: Motorsport Forum
Topic: Speedo drive with Viva hubs / discs
Replies: 15
Views: 4277

Re: Speedo drive with Viva hubs / discs

Hi. Anwr does say that it pulls out on right lock.If the outer is fixed to the stub axle properly this would suggest the outer is stretching on lock thus pulling the inner out of engagement. IIRC when I rallied an Imp with Viva hubs all I did was to fix a pin in the Viva dust cap, but I used the hig...
by Mike Hanna
Wed Jul 20, 2011 9:28 pm
Forum: Motorsport Forum
Topic: Speedo drive with Viva hubs / discs
Replies: 15
Views: 4277

Re: Speedo drive with Viva hubs / discs

Hi. As the stub axle position is unaffected by fitting Viva discs perhaps you have a mk 1 cable fitted to the wider track mk 2 suspension mounts. It may be that the mk2 cable might be a little longer?? Anyone out there know? Cheers. Mike
by Mike Hanna
Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:29 pm
Forum: Motorsport Forum
Topic: Improving brakes on rally Imp
Replies: 14
Views: 5566

Re: Improving brakes on rally Imp

Hi Geoff. Just picked up this thread. On my Rally Sport Imp I had .625 m/cyls on original pivot point distance. On the front:- Viva discs and hubs, IIRC Sunbeam/Avenger callipers with standard pads. Rear :- Swap back plates one side to the other and mount upside down (so adjuster at bottom and cylin...
by Mike Hanna
Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:33 am
Forum: Motorsport Forum
Topic: Cadwell Park BBQ sunday
Replies: 27
Views: 6819

Re: Cadwell Park BBQ sunday

Hi all. Andy forgot to mention that he drove impeccably to not just put his imp on pole for the race, but also led the race, building up a near 10 second lead until his engine went sick. A MOST impressive performance, just a shame he couldn't entertain us all in the second race. Well done Andy. Mike
by Mike Hanna
Wed Mar 16, 2011 2:39 pm
Forum: Motorsport Forum
Topic: Clan Roll Cage
Replies: 92
Views: 38413

Re: Clan Roll Cage

Hi all. Pete, I am not someone trying to cause problems in fact the opposite I am merely trying to save other competitors problems at scrutineering. I read the new rule to mean that between roof and floor there should be only one bend, otherwise you have to have a reinforcement bar. ( They don't say...
by Mike Hanna
Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:26 pm
Forum: Motorsport Forum
Topic: Clan Roll Cage
Replies: 92
Views: 38413

Re: Clan Roll Cage

Hi Tim. My understanding of the MSA wording on front legs makes your front cage illegal. Why has your front leg got a bend mid way down the windscreen pillar that does not seem to follow the pillar anyway? why can't it be straight from top to dash? You could always move the leg back slightly so it i...
by Mike Hanna
Mon Mar 07, 2011 12:00 pm
Forum: Motorsport Forum
Topic: HSCC Historic Touring Cars 2011
Replies: 341
Views: 116877

Re: HSCC Historic Touring Cars 2011

Hi all. A return to the grid is a long way off at the moment (if ever, might not be able to afford the fuel!!!). The shell I am in the process of restoring is going to take time build into a racer. I shall take some pics of its present state and Colin Rooney has very kindly offered to post them on h...
by Mike Hanna
Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:50 am
Forum: Motorsport Forum
Topic: Clan Roll Cage
Replies: 92
Views: 38413

Re: Clan Roll Cage

Hi Tim. (Swimpster.) I have just seen your photos of the Clan roll cage you are building. Looks good, but you should take the opportunity to make the centre hoop foot plate go up the vertical xmember face so that the cage stiffens the xmember mount and the cage leg will then be bolted to a steel mem...
by Mike Hanna
Mon Jan 24, 2011 11:52 pm
Forum: Motorsport Forum
Topic: Rally Imps
Replies: 73
Views: 77909

Re: Rally Imps

Hi all. Thanks for posting these for me Colin. I rallied this car in the Rally Sport championship in 1979, 80 and 81, I had limited sponsorship from Mopar in 1979. I led the championship all 3 years but didn't win it, but class wins in 79 and 81. It was a fantastic car to drive. The engine was ultra...
by Mike Hanna
Mon Dec 20, 2010 11:00 am
Forum: Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2011 MSA Blue Book
Replies: 6
Views: 2913

Re: 2011 MSA Blue Book

Hi. Pete, I was picked up by the scrutineer because my crutch strap was a year older than the rest of the belt but passed it when I pointed out that the crutch strap was'nt mandatory. Cheers. Mike
by Mike Hanna
Sun Dec 19, 2010 10:12 pm
Forum: Motorsport Forum
Topic: R20 or R21
Replies: 25
Views: 6715

Re: R20 or R21

Hi. In the late 70s early 80s I rallied an Imp and used the R22 because the lobe is nicely rounded and very kind to the valve gear. It gives very good torque and happily reved to over 10000 rpm . I remember doing 9300 in 5th gear in a forest. It would have gone more but I was chicken!! More recently...
by Mike Hanna
Sun Dec 19, 2010 5:28 pm
Forum: Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2011 MSA Blue Book
Replies: 6
Views: 2913

Re: 2011 MSA Blue Book

Hi Colin. I was informed by Dallas Smith the HSCC scrutineer that historic cars do not need to have FIA approved seats . Is this still the case for next year? Cheers Mike.
by Mike Hanna
Sat Dec 04, 2010 5:35 pm
Forum: Motorsport Forum
Topic: Spaceframe Imps
Replies: 1340
Views: 899535

Re: Spaceframe Imps

Hi. The yellow imp in the previous post is I understand the one referred to as the "Custard Bullet". I bought the doors from it on Ebay, and collected them from a guy in Gloucester ; The body tub (floor/bulkhead) was sat on his drive. It was rusted well beyond repair. The doors had more paint than f...
by Mike Hanna
Sat Nov 20, 2010 9:24 pm
Forum: Motorsport Forum
Topic: EMERY RACE IMPS.
Replies: 3
Views: 2568

Re: EMERY RACE IMPS.

Hi. I am thinking about a return to the grid, but i am in no rush. If i do build another car it will be on the track fully developed from my experiences with my first car ( Which is now going quicker in the hands of Colin Gunton !!!) I wouldn't build it a lot differently to it. Mike
by Mike Hanna
Thu Nov 18, 2010 8:00 pm
Forum: Motorsport Forum
Topic: EMERY RACE IMPS.
Replies: 3
Views: 2568

EMERY RACE IMPS.

Hi. Does anyone have any magazine articles/literature/ info/colour photos of the Paul Emery race Imps in the early 60's ? Cheers. Mike
by Mike Hanna
Sat Nov 06, 2010 10:26 pm
Forum: Motorsport Forum
Topic: HRSR AGM
Replies: 3
Views: 1656

Re: HRSR AGM

Hi. Unless you are going to propose the Imps get heavier I doubt there is any chance of a change in weight as the Imps are getting too damned quick for em!!!. Mike