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by james
Sat Apr 25, 2015 8:44 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Sunbeam Sport, making progress
Replies: 30
Views: 11312

Re: Finally an Imp owner

Ahh, but that restricts you to about 4 half-days in the summer. :P

The problem is that it's on a school night - if it were at the weekend...
by james
Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:52 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Sunbeam Sport, making progress
Replies: 30
Views: 11312

Re: Finally an Imp owner

Excellent, love the plans and it's looking sharp. :D FWIW - and I'm sure you know this, but take it from me as the owner of a very rusty Imp - you want to stop the rot in the cavities even more than rust from underneath. Oodles of dinitrol cavity wax (the thin one) and stopping the rain leaks (HAH!)...
by james
Fri May 09, 2014 1:13 pm
Forum: Events - Club and Non Club
Topic: Breakdown Insurance Going Dutch 2014
Replies: 7
Views: 2696

Re: Breakdown Insurance Going Dutch 2014

ADAC (big German recovery service) is supposed to do very good value cover across europe, including the UK - a friend switched to them from the RAC and has been very happy.
by james
Fri Apr 04, 2014 10:10 pm
Forum: Events - Club and Non Club
Topic: National Classic Car day - 4th April 2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1788

Re: National Classic Car day - 4th April 2014

Drove the Imp, as normal, and saw an MGA on my way in. He even waved, which is unusual from someone in something shiny and valuable. :lol:
by james
Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:50 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: LYK: Gutters!
Replies: 165
Views: 56712

Re: LYK: Gutters!

Got a bit more work done on the car last month. :D As per, full report w/pics here: http://retrorides.proboards.com/post/1874420/thread Feeling generally upbeat about this at the moment. :D There's still plenty to do, but it's mostly stuff that I reckon I can manage in the odd weekend here or there ...
by james
Thu Oct 31, 2013 12:58 pm
Forum: Motorsport Forum
Topic: quick!
Replies: 10
Views: 5110

Re: quick!

No, this one's white. Was supercharged when I last saw it, but now appears to be twin-turbo. MASSIVE drag slicks at the back. :D

by james
Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:48 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: LYK: Gutters!
Replies: 165
Views: 56712

Re: LYK: Welding pictures and general update.

Just done a big photo update on my retro-rides thread. As ever, head over there for 'full HD' pictures. :lol: http://retrorides.proboards.com/post/1839394/thread In brief: up to a bit over 3500 miles since the MOT, with only a brake adjustemnt, oil top-up, and some fine-tuning of mixture and ignitio...
by james
Wed Sep 04, 2013 1:10 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: '68 Super Imp - Zombie Odie!
Replies: 721
Views: 226165

Re: '68 Super Imp - Odie - :D

Did you also raise the slave cylinder so that the flexi hose goes up not down? Makes a huge difference IME.
by james
Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:07 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: '68 Super Imp - Zombie Odie!
Replies: 721
Views: 226165

Re: '68 Super Imp - Odie - :D

Brilliant to see this out and about. :D

FWIW, I've had a CompBrake master cylinder on my brakes for about 5 years with no problem - and they're the cheapest Girling-copy cylinder about. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/280936719196
by james
Sat Jul 20, 2013 11:40 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: LYK: Gutters!
Replies: 165
Views: 56712

Re: LYK: Weldathon 2013

Yeah yeah, photos. Been a bit busy - I've done very nearly 1600 miles in the 5 weeks since it passed the MOT. :) I've just started a summer job with a classic car restorer (mostly concentrating on Jensens - hope to pick up some tin bashing and GRP skills while I'm at it) which is 60 miles up the M5 ...
by james
Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:15 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Ginetta G15 SC and imp stories
Replies: 352
Views: 124233

Re: Ginetta, G15 currently not turbod aka normally spasparra

I like the black Loctite 5910 RTV that you can get from Halfords. I used it in place of a sump gasket once and it didn't leak a drop. Works well with gaskets too. :D

Not got the hang of sealing the rear main bearing cap with RTV yet though...
by james
Thu Jul 04, 2013 4:44 pm
Forum: Events - Club and Non Club
Topic: Wicked Welsh Newbies..UPDATE
Replies: 93
Views: 34766

Re: Wicked Welsh Newbies

I'm going to say probably - more likely than the national, anyway... ;)
by james
Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:55 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: LYK: Gutters!
Replies: 165
Views: 56712

Re: LYK: Weldathon 2013

Time for a quick update. A bit over a week ago I put it up on stands, adjusted the driver's door, and then tweaked the shell with a scissor jack to get the door fit reasonable. Then last Sunday I worked through the night to replace lots of air with lots of metal. I finished welding 50 minutes before...
by james
Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:42 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: crossing Siberia
Replies: 17
Views: 4915

Re: crossing Siberia

Wow - what an amazing journey. I'd love to do something like that, and especially in an Imp. :)

If you do read this at some stage, best of luck, take care, and I hope to be able to buy you a beer at the (inter-)National. :D
by james
Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:01 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: LYK: Gutters!
Replies: 165
Views: 56712

Re: LYK: Weldathon 2013

Wow! :o That is rotten! Well, it was , anyway. :wink: Keep up the efforts, James. Think of driving your soon-to-be structurally sound Imp on your favourite road... 8) Yup - scary considering that the sills were done 4 years ago. There's a hint of cavity wax in the rusty area, but clearly not enough...
by james
Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:44 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: LYK: Gutters!
Replies: 165
Views: 56712

Re: LYK: Engine chosen :)

Due to, erm, fiscal necessity, my current daily will shortly be up for grabs - so I needed something to drive. It seemed like a good idea to weld up the Imp and get it on the road at least for the summer - it frees up a car for sale (without needing replacement), it takes the Imp out of storage (sav...
by james
Tue May 21, 2013 8:18 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: YRD 89C. Is it worth doing... ?
Replies: 57
Views: 16736

Re: YRD 89C. Is it worth doing... ?

Dont just cut all the rot out in one go Dom. Start on one corner and cut out the rot and weld in the repairs before moving on to the next bit. If you just cut it all out what's left will collapse in a heap on the floor. ^ This. Also, it's best to start on the weakest, rustiest bit, to leave as much...
by james
Tue May 21, 2013 1:03 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Ginetta G15 SC and imp stories
Replies: 352
Views: 124233

Re: Ginetta, G15 Turdbo

Erm... grease/lubricant near clutch isn't the greatest idea if you don't want slippage. Any excess will be flung off and can land on the plate. You really don't need a lot of lubricant to make a clutch slip. Ask me how I know... 8) It's only a tiny smear, and the arc it would be thrown in clears th...
by james
Mon May 20, 2013 11:26 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Ginetta G15 SC and imp stories
Replies: 352
Views: 124233

Re: Ginetta, G15 Turdbo

One on the right is an OE Laycock, the one on the left is, IIRC, a QH. Supposedly the QH results in a heavier clutch pedal - whether that translates into greater clamping force or not I don't know. Quick test of clamping force (type-for-type) is to stand on the release tube - stronger ones will take...
by james
Mon May 20, 2013 8:50 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Nods news , Factory fitted cover up / bodge replaced
Replies: 5958
Views: 1302698

Re: Noddys Natterings ,You cant please em all

One of the things I like about the Imp Club is the relative lack of that sort of attitude. :) Stick at it, your opinion is the one that matters. :D
by james
Tue Apr 30, 2013 7:56 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: ... LTU 378C ...
Replies: 359
Views: 111123

Re: ... LTU 378C ...

Soak in Plus Gas for a few days, then take it to a garage and get them to break out the rattle gun. Should take seconds. When undoing some rusty ones - without a rattle gun - I had to fit the wishbone to the car. I then fitted a wheel with a nasty tyre, let the air out of the tyre, and dropped it in...
by james
Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:15 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Nods news , Factory fitted cover up / bodge replaced
Replies: 5958
Views: 1302698

Re: Noddys Natterings , Drum roll please .

Good work - always interestin to hear about improvements, especially when it comes to the effects of Linwood tolerances. :wink: Interestingly, I found that the front-wheel wobble I'd suffered constantly vanished once I rotated the drums on the hubs - there's run-out in both, and one of the 4 possibl...
by james
Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:51 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Dom's Subeam Stiletto Resto!
Replies: 504
Views: 125343

Re: Dom's Sunbeam Stiletto Resto, More problems.

I'm not going to say that I've never had any trouble with Strombergs - but all the problems were fairly easily solved by attention to detail on gaskets, sealing faces, O-ring material (Viton is essential with modern fuel), and set-up procedure. With care to ensure that the butterflies are synchronis...
by james
Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:21 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Dom's Subeam Stiletto Resto!
Replies: 504
Views: 125343

Re: Dom's Sunbeam Stiletto Resto, More problems.

What most of the replies - Pete Richards' aside - don't appear to consider is that it'll get 3/4 of the way up a hill at reasonable speed before dropping to 20mph in 2nd, or drive about well enough for 10 minutes before hitting the wall. As such, I'm 99% sure that this is a fuel supply issue - not i...
by james
Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:21 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: libby the deluxe
Replies: 202
Views: 75209

Re: LBW 514N hillman imp deluxe

sammy the sturgeon wrote:I'll be fitting the tyres and balance weights- with a rubber toffee hammer!! :lol:
Stick-on weights? :wink:
by james
Thu Mar 28, 2013 6:03 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Re: BAZZA'S IMP'S (LNK, NPN & LYH) - New kid on the block
Replies: 1237
Views: 389406

Re: BAZZA'S IMP'S (LNK & LYH) - SPOT THE ROT!

Find a decent size pair of mole grips. Hook the piston end of a shoe against a recesses next to one of the studs on the hub. With the moles, drag the cylinder slot end of the shoe into the slot (should be easy, might not even need the moles). Then - still using the moles, clamped onto the section of...
by james
Wed Mar 20, 2013 9:48 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Nods news , Factory fitted cover up / bodge replaced
Replies: 5958
Views: 1302698

Re: Noddys Natterings , Singers MOT very soon.

Ball joint covers are available separately for those occasions when the boot has gone but the joint is fine. :)
by james
Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:44 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: the 'TIKI MOBILE'
Replies: 194
Views: 79696

Re: the 'TIKI MOBILE'

Some photos of previous incarnations here:

http://retrorides.proboards.com/index.c ... 490&page=1
by james
Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:30 pm
Forum: Motorsport Forum
Topic: What Tyres?
Replies: 22
Views: 11068

Re: What Tyres?

205/60R13 have been put on the back of an Imp - and they turned - but they'd be far too big for the front.

On the 6" fronts you'd be ok with a 175 or 185/60R13. Both have been fitted without issues - it just comes down to the offset of the wheel.
by james
Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:55 am
Forum: Motorsport Forum
Topic: What Tyres?
Replies: 22
Views: 11068

Re: What Tyres?

The widest 13" tyre availabe that isn't an expensive trackday tyre is a 205/60R13. It's massive, and will still be stretched on a 9" wheel.
by james
Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:19 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Sunbeam Stiletto with a Kawasaki Engine.
Replies: 505
Views: 167352

Re: Sunbeam Stiletto with a Kawaski Engine.

Have a look at Mini Cooper S / Mini Automatic w/disc brakes / Austin ADO16 (1100/1300) diveshafts. They have a hardy-spicer UJ on the inner end (same as the Imp's outer UJ, even the same size), which has a sliding splin to the shaft. The outer CV has splines on the driveshaft end which match the Imp...
by james
Mon Feb 04, 2013 5:36 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: My First Imp (First Sprint this Year!)
Replies: 457
Views: 160073

Re: My First Imp (Rear seat finally out!)

That looks very familiar - chances are you'll have to cut a section out of the suspension 'cone' to gain enough access to repair it properly. It's a fun job...

Also worth checking the panels around the corner just underneath the cone. ;)
by james
Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:01 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Fantasy Imp
Replies: 53
Views: 18547

Re: Fantasy Imp

Don't bother shortening the floor pan, the mx5 has a PPF (power plant frame) Remove the shell (leaving the diff connected to the engine/box with all suspension in place, the get the frame shortened and the prop shortened at the same time. Easy! Mx5's are awesome little cars! And I must say it would...
by james
Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:30 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Fantasy Imp
Replies: 53
Views: 18547

Re: Fantasy Imp

Excellent - glad to know that you've considered it - so many people don't know about it or just work on the basis that 'it'll be fine.' :D
by james
Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:30 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Fantasy Imp
Replies: 53
Views: 18547

Re: Fantasy Imp

Sounds like a plan to me. Shortening the MX5 would certainly be achiveable - they are quite a simple structure through the sills, and the backbone's not overly complex. If you do end up using the structure from one, do watch out for rot around the back of the sills - they are notorious for it. One t...
by james
Thu Jan 31, 2013 7:14 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Fantasy Imp
Replies: 53
Views: 18547

Re: Fantasy Imp

No one car could be perfect for me - it'd always be a compromise. Which is why I have 2 Imps and a Clan as projects... The Clan is going to be a stripped-out back roads toy. Attention to detail in the weight balance (lightweight engine cover and alternator, plastic windows at rear, front rad, modifi...
by james
Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:06 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Singer Chamois coupe, Vickie
Replies: 286
Views: 74724

Re: Singer Chamois coupe, Vickie

The imp club is the only site that wont accept my photo's and it takes ages to convert each and every one! You can do it in batches on your computer before uploading them: Windows XP: http://download.cnet.com/Image-Resizer-Powertoy-for-Windows-XP/3000-18487_4-10905400.html Windows 7: http://imagere...
by james
Sat Jan 26, 2013 5:43 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: FFG 549D Rally car
Replies: 660
Views: 188251

Re: FFG 549 D restoration

Presumably to move the brake pipe above the bearing housing, protecting it from all the things flying past under a rally car.
by james
Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:04 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Re: VWX 317L - Hilda, Lesley's Imp - New MOT
Replies: 322
Views: 133838

Re: VWX 317L - Hilda - Lesley's Imp Paintshop Photos

The best penetrating oil I've used in Chemodex Penol. Plus-gas is a very close second though. http://www.chemodex.co.uk/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=60&products_id=70 I have some wishbones with stuck-in kingpin carrier bolts (10 Tonne press didn't touch them) and no access to real (o...
by james
Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:01 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: FFG 549D Rally car
Replies: 660
Views: 188251

Re: FFG 549 D restoration

The attention to detail on this is stunning. I love the blue stiching on the steering wheel. :D