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by johnh875
Tue Sep 24, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: What did you do to your Imp today?
Replies: 691
Views: 101338

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

To follow up here's the other car, a GT, and since the last installment I've put cardboard under them to catch oil drips and emptied out parts that were transported inside the car (seats, bumpers, boot cardboard panels/covers). The GT has rust in most of the usual places but it's not that bad and se...
by johnh875
Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: PES 989J... "The Pest" ....in primer
Replies: 993
Views: 294484

Re: PES 989J... "The Pest" .... Pop up paint booth..

Nice setup! Perhaps 4 in, 3 out might help the sucking-the-sides-in issue?
by johnh875
Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:07 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: What did you do to your Imp today?
Replies: 691
Views: 101338

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Here's the 1966 Mk2 Imp, a genuine little old lady car I bought after her grandson did not want it. Apart from the scrape on the side, she was prompted to retire from driving after running into her gatepost one day... Other than the damage there is no rust so I've always thought it's worth fixing; I...
by johnh875
Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:07 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: What did you do to your Imp today?
Replies: 691
Views: 101338

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Moved 2 more cars over the weekend, a Mk2 and a GT, plus engine blocks, gearboxes & other parts. Unloaded in the rain & it was dark by the time I finished, so I'll get a photo tonight. Plus pulled/tore a muscle which will restrict me for a bit but nothing serious.
by johnh875
Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Events - Club and Non Club
Topic: National awards winners?
Replies: 33
Views: 1680

Re: National awards winners?

Good to read of the award winners, shame about the angst that has been caused in the mean time - it can be hard to convey tone in the written word; I doubt any serious personal criticism was intended here. For better or worse communication is a multi-channel affair these days; social media, website/...
by johnh875
Thu Aug 01, 2019 2:38 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Nods news , Sometimes its the little things .
Replies: 5953
Views: 1286321

Re: Nods news , Two engine lid stays .

Nice work!
by johnh875
Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
Replies: 9474
Views: 1155526

Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

I'll have to have a play with that too, the blue car in my photo from last weekend hasn't been driven in something like 20 years and the drivers window is quite stiff - seems to be freeing up a bit with use (wind down to steer when pushing the car, wind up to wash etc).
by johnh875
Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: What did you do to your Imp today?
Replies: 691
Views: 101338

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

I mentioned recently the cylinder head size difference between an Imp and Ford Falcon 4.0 six. The cylinder spacing is the same as when the engine debuted in the first Falcon in 1959 as a 2.4L (144ci), however the cylinder head is longer to house the SOHC timing chain - it was originally OHV. The ne...
by johnh875
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: What did you do to your Imp today?
Replies: 691
Views: 101338

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

At least the accident didn't involve you or the car!
by johnh875
Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Imp with Rover VVC power
Replies: 116
Views: 30703

Re: Imp with Rover VVC power

Well there are some larger parts removed too plus many other things that would definitely add up. One of the race cars out here I heard quoted as 620kg, still with glass windows, no fibreglass and some interior (seats, door trims)!
by johnh875
Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:11 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Imp with Rover VVC power
Replies: 116
Views: 30703

Re: Imp with Rover VVC power

It must have been satisfying to find that rattling door latch!

Do you have any idea how much weight you have saved out of the car via the 'speed holes' etc? (apologies if this has been addressed in an earlier post)
by johnh875
Mon Jul 22, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: VAK 1972 Clan Crusader
Replies: 540
Views: 114630

Re: VAK 1972 Clan Crusader

It can be a bother when hose fittings come off - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Apf_cW-WTf0 (V8 Supercars pit lane fire) Is your steady bar 2 piece adjustable and not a gas strut or similar that it looks like it might be? My race car has a similar thing although done much differently - a solid bar ...
by johnh875
Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: What did you do to your Imp today?
Replies: 691
Views: 101338

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Washed 3 cars on Saturday - 2 of them Imps, first time they've had a tub in many years sitting in a shed & garage respectively. The blue car is example of why you can't trust photos (even slightly blurry ones) it is way less shiny than it looks! The stripes have cracked - not sure you could do this ...
by johnh875
Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Datsun engined Imp. What was that?!!....
Replies: 340
Views: 29625

Re: Datsun engined Imp. Leaky splines and flappy numbers...

Like racing yachts - pumped ballast! You would have a water tank, right?
by johnh875
Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:20 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: What did you do to your Imp today?
Replies: 691
Views: 101338

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Probably just as well to buy a new seat post? As for jacks...
by johnh875
Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Datsun engined Imp. What was that?!!....
Replies: 340
Views: 29625

Re: Datsun engined Imp. Leaky splines and flappy numbers...

Nice update (as always). Looks like the tiny house thing has hit NZ too, and interesting set up with the slide-out.
by johnh875
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Nods news , Sometimes its the little things .
Replies: 5953
Views: 1286321

Re: Nods news , Playing with Alternators again.

I dare say it is fair to say that the alternator has much better efficiency than the old generator, and would take less power to drive even with the higher output?

Also the cut-in rpm would be for the alternator, so below idle speed for the engine when installed?
by johnh875
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Where are they now
Topic: Rootes Rally Imps
Replies: 13
Views: 2502

Re: Rootes Rally Imps

I don't know, nor the source of the car - the undamaged photo shows the front badge of a 'normal' Imp not the newly-released GT with its Chamois-style dummy grille. There were several Imps raced in period and I am not sure that any have survived or been documented. Back in those days cars were often...
by johnh875
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: What did you do to your Imp today?
Replies: 691
Views: 101338

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Would they have been optional on Singers then? I'm not sure any cars had vanity mirrors for the driver in the sixties. Comments about sorting out faces I will let through to the keeper! :D
by johnh875
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: Where are they now
Topic: Rootes Rally Imps
Replies: 13
Views: 2502

Re: Rootes Rally Imps

Thanks to Mr Johnston for posting a new photo of his car that prompted me to do the search, and also jogged my memory with a bit more information that was provided by Robert Cain in South Australia; and article in Modern Motor magazine advising of Rosemary's visit to Australia for the launch of the ...
by johnh875
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: What did you do to your Imp today?
Replies: 691
Views: 101338

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

There you go, I never knew Imps ever had vanity mirrors! Mind you Singers are very thin on the ground out here.
by johnh875
Mon Jul 08, 2019 4:57 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Nods news , Sometimes its the little things .
Replies: 5953
Views: 1286321

Re: Nods news , C/O reading

Dave ' Linwood ' Lane wrote:The Singers engine lid vibrates slightly when its up and the mixtures not bang on - an easy way for me to tell if its moved at all.
What an ingenious tuning mechanism Rootes provided there... :D
by johnh875
Mon Jul 08, 2019 4:36 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Datsun engined Imp. What was that?!!....
Replies: 340
Views: 29625

Re: Datsun engined Imp. First roadtrip...

To eat your dinner, you serve it up on a plate :lol: Andy G What is a plate? We just use our hands down this way. Meat off bbq, onto bun/bread, into mouth. Can verify this, I remember seeing a kid being told to put back his paper plate at a bbq, he had a piece of bread. :D Good luck with stopping t...
by johnh875
Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Datsun engined Imp. What was that?!!....
Replies: 340
Views: 29625

Re: Datsun engined Imp. First roadtrip...

I don't know what inspired such a high price in that particular case, but I do remember going with a friend to look at Cooper S's about 20 years ago and he had about a dozen different things to look for to determine if the car had been re-shelled or not, and whether different components were origina...
by johnh875
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Where are they now
Topic: Rootes Rally Imps
Replies: 13
Views: 2502

Re: Rootes Rally Imps

Not a rally Imp but it sure is Rosemary Smith. This was in Australia, does anyone know when? Check that rear wheel camber! Looks like it was stock car racing? This was a 'demonstration' at Sandown racecourse in southeast Melbourne, apparently 16 April 1967 as per this photo of the undamaged car pos...
by johnh875
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Datsun engined Imp. What was that?!!....
Replies: 340
Views: 29625

Re: Datsun engined Imp. First roadtrip...

I'm not sure how you could claim there were only 4 in the country, back in the day several Rootes dealers would import cars outside what Rootes Australia sold and I have heard about a few Chamois, not to mention what has been brought in more recently - one of our club members brought a Californian w...
by johnh875
Tue Jul 02, 2019 5:03 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: What did you do to your Imp today?
Replies: 691
Views: 101338

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Actually I like that suggestion more - a clutch would have made a bigger hole. I'm not sure how many years ago, about 10, one of the local racers had a clutch explode on the 1-2 shift starting a race; afterwards the gearbox was not connected to the engine any more and he picked the block clutch moun...
by johnh875
Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:09 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Datsun engined Imp. What was that?!!....
Replies: 340
Views: 29625

Re: Datsun engined Imp. First roadtrip...

It's times like these I probably should be on FB, but there you go!

I haven't heard of too many Imp sales in Australia and don't follow them religiously, but I can only hope (?!?) $14k is a reasonable price. Somehow I'm not so sure.
by johnh875
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: What did you do to your Imp today?
Replies: 691
Views: 101338

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

A couple of out of the ordinary things - a combined SU intake & exhaust; I suppose a muffler could be added, I can't imagine it would be much louder than one of the cars I drove where the exhaust pipe into the body of the muffler had rusted and didn't join any more? Also something has been chewing o...
by johnh875
Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:40 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: What did you do to your Imp today?
Replies: 691
Views: 101338

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

On Saturday took my green Imp to Maffra, our car club is participating in a display of Bygone British Brands (isn't that nearly all of them?!?), we had 16 cars in total from 1930s on, with one other Imp. Then on Sunday while I had the van & trailer brought another Imp home and a heap of parts. All t...
by johnh875
Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:11 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: The Vusky. Bit of wiring
Replies: 530
Views: 104996

Re: The Vusky. Lock cover replacement .

Yes there is something to be said about not attaching things too well... My uncle used to street-park his BMW in inner Melbourne and occasionally had the bonnet badge stolen. When asking if it could be attached more firmly to avoid that, the parts department said yes, but then instead of a $50 badge...
by johnh875
Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Datsun engined Imp. What was that?!!....
Replies: 340
Views: 29625

Re: Datsun engined Imp. First roadtrip...

Frank had lots of Imps! Including some rare ones, eg one of the half-dozen Commer vans brought out by Rootes Australia, one of the Farmimp ute conversions from NZ, and I think a Chamois (not many in Australia).
by johnh875
Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: The Vusky. Bit of wiring
Replies: 530
Views: 104996

Re: The Vusky. Springing into action ( but softer )- review

Interesting to read on tweaks to fine-tune the driveability.
by johnh875
Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Datsun engined Imp. What was that?!!....
Replies: 340
Views: 29625

Re: Datsun engined Imp. First roadtrip...

Not sure, maybe he adapted the Imp flywheel to the Mazda or made a custom one, presumably with an adapter plate for the bellhousing. Frank Schoenberger in Qld had the car from what I can remember.
by johnh875
Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:45 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: What did you do to your Imp today?
Replies: 691
Views: 101338

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Did some more sorting & unpacking in the garage, including turning the car around and putting it in the back corner in anticipation of perhaps collecting a car or two from storage on the weekend (6hr round trip...). Under the bench at right are the gearboxes plus some wheel rims and other parts, and...
by johnh875
Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Datsun engined Imp. What was that?!!....
Replies: 340
Views: 29625

Re: Datsun engined Imp. First roadtrip...

A 12a is roughly about 110lbft torque at 4000 so not an absurdly huge amount. However isn't autocross quite harsh on drivelines? There would be a lot of first and second gear work, some stopping and starting but given the gearbox issues and rotoflexes I doubt he would be deliberately harsh on it, b...
by johnh875
Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:12 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
Replies: 9474
Views: 1155526

Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Who knows what you will find! One of the Imp racers here hit a concrete wall up the top of Bathurst side-on at about 100mph, and the car was repaired afterwards (it was more of a glancing blow). He was fully-committed to a corner when a car spun ahead of him, and he also spun when braking, and hit t...
by johnh875
Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:04 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: Datsun engined Imp. What was that?!!....
Replies: 340
Views: 29625

Re: Datsun engined Imp. First roadtrip...

I couldn't put a figure on the limit, but there definitely is one. Russ Day used to run a 10A powered Imp (may have been 12A?) in autocross years ago, and had problems stopping the gearbox cases splitting via the main shafts being pushed apart, I don't think he was able to effectively reinforce them...
by johnh875
Wed Jun 26, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: What did you do to your Imp today?
Replies: 691
Views: 101338

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Repairing bonnet and interesting to see the result of the factory adjustment to get the alignment right. They have just given the rear corner a good whack to align it with the scuttle panel, it's not surprising then that replacements don't fit well. I'm sticking with the original Scott Nothing like...
by johnh875
Fri Jun 21, 2019 5:12 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
Replies: 9474
Views: 1155526

Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

No, I haven't been to South Africa. We got the same era Ford & Mazdas here, no bakkies though - the closest was the Mitsubishi Lancer-based Proton Jumbuck (as in obsolete colloquial name for sheep, eg from the poem Waltzing Matilda) or Subaru Brumby.