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by African Imp
Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:44 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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With Jeans Polo TSi in for a wheel rotation, balance and alignment , my car should be next in and to balance the wheels, as the front shake a little when I am doing 100kph on the freeway.
by African Imp
Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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The car will have driven more than 100,000 kms than shown on the odometer as it had a spare one fitted when this one broke.

Distance is increasing if slowly.
by African Imp
Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:18 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Sunday Driver, I have not been far in the past weeks, so I filled the petrol tank to just past half full and joined a surprising amount of traffic on the coast road in the direction of Cape Town. Lots more traffic than I expected for my 9.30am start, cyclists and motorbikes, cars and scuba divers on...
by African Imp
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:34 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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A fuel cap rubber gasket was found in a spare brake master cylinder service kit, it was from a Triumph TR4.
by African Imp
Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:36 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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The Nun wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:42 am
Oh well if an expert said it that's all ok then.
I remember mentioning the idea to Bob of the Imp Club spares dept, he thought it was an odd idea also?
by African Imp
Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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The recent discussion on rear suspension adjustment reminded me of the road/race Imp that I did some eight years back for a chap from Scotland where the car was later shipped to. The owner was advised to make the rear suspensions adjustable, the photo shows how that was done. I can agree with your ...
by African Imp
Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:35 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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What's the purpose of the upper brake flex hose, why is it left there what holds it there and is it an essential part of the adjustment? :roll: That and the one fitted were new ones imported from The Imp Club spares, a huge crate of parts that the owner flew in at his expense. The hose was later fi...
by African Imp
Thu Jan 09, 2020 5:38 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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The recent discussion on rear suspension adjustment reminded me of the road/race Imp that I did some eight years back for a chap from Scotland where the car was later shipped to.

The owner was advised to make the rear suspensions adjustable, the photo shows how that was done.
by African Imp
Wed Jan 08, 2020 6:29 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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With the silencer hanger moved further back, there was clearance for the assembly, it works well as the connection is rubber so there is some allowance for movment there. I still had to raise the heat shield some, it had 10mm spacer tubes on the rear bolts, I fitted 15mm spacer tubes and now there i...
by African Imp
Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:49 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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The seal Bob supplied me recently was a stiff card type of material not cork. You must be filling it up too often. Now you mention Bob I will confirm that he supplied the cork gasket, there is no one else I have had spares like this out in recent years. I guess he had feed back and stopped selling ...
by African Imp
Tue Jan 07, 2020 6:19 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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The new cork gasket that I imported from one of the UK Imp parts suppliers has not lasted more than six months?

I suspect that the missing bits are floating around in the tank?
by African Imp
Mon Jan 06, 2020 2:25 pm
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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My road test was to check that the fitting of the silencer heat shield was as it should be? it was only after using the engines revs that I heard a noise that should not be there, was it the transaxle, drive coupler nuts and bolts, what? A check shows that the hole in the heat shield that allows the...
by African Imp
Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:55 pm
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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African Imp wrote:
Sat Jan 04, 2020 1:20 pm
The Nun wrote:
Sat Jan 04, 2020 10:12 am
If you mod it now though Roy you will have to send every one who has bought one the improvement mod as well??
I am good for developing extras, the template has been drawn out already, pricing later this month?
Now painted black and ready for fitting, when that will be I have no idea?
by African Imp
Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:54 pm
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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You have to love no longer Roy as Express Panels remake them exactly as they were and only around 80 quid plus maybe another 100 to guarantee you get it there :D That would be close to the cost of the car when I first bought it. I did have a saloon heat shield but donated it to the car that I resto...
by African Imp
Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:52 pm
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Engine nice and hot, drive up our long hill and back down, engine revs available are now as I remember, well I think I do as its been such a long while now :D
by African Imp
Sun Jan 05, 2020 6:36 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

You have to love no longer Roy as Express Panels remake them exactly as they were and only around 80 quid plus maybe another 100 to guarantee you get it there :D That would be close to the cost of the car when I first bought it. I did have a saloon heat shield but donated it to the car that I resto...
by African Imp
Sat Jan 04, 2020 2:45 pm
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Wouldn't it have been better to paint the underside silver to reflect the heat away? I have only ever seen them in black and as Rootes Car Co fitted? How I would love to have the correct shaped sport panel as in this image. I spoke to Terence Tracey of the JoLon Imp fame, he has quite a few imps, G...
by African Imp
Sat Jan 04, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

The Nun wrote:
Sat Jan 04, 2020 10:12 am
If you mod it now though Roy you will have to send every one who has bought one the improvement mod as well??
I am good for developing extras, the template has been drawn out already, pricing later this month?
by African Imp
Sat Jan 04, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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That's a riveting story for 2020 Roy It may end up as such? Basically when I set the stainless steel template out I used the existing holes in the cowl, the forward ones are screw fastened to the holes in the frame around the radiator core, then four more holes were drilled into the cowl side and t...
by African Imp
Sat Jan 04, 2020 7:36 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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This is what is on the radiator now, it would be easy enough to make a panel and close off the open section at the top of the cowl?
by African Imp
Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:40 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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These pics and with the card template that I used to have the heat shields cut to size from suggests and issue with how things will fit?
As my constant curve in the stainless plate will not work?

I think I can leave this idea alone?
by African Imp
Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:39 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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The Nun wrote:
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:45 am
Can't remember Roy, I think it's sandwiched between it at that point where the long side turns the corner.
May we have a picture taken from the rear of the assembly and looking towards the radiator, I want to view the hole in the curved heat shield plate where the drop plate bolts through.
by African Imp
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:51 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Can't remember Roy, I think it's sandwiched between it at that point where the long side turns the corner. Thanks, I have a spare set of all parts required and I will set them up on the bench in the next few days and post what I find out? My 316 grade stainless steel heat shield will require one mo...
by African Imp
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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The first job for year 2020 for me was to be the drop panel that fits from the body to the radiator, I removed it when the new engine was fitted. Having fitted a stainless steel heat deflector I do not think the drop panel can be re fitted without cutting? What are the genuine sports like? The imag...
by African Imp
Tue Dec 31, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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The first job for year 2020 for me was to be the drop panel that fits from the body to the radiator, I removed it when the new engine was fitted. Having fitted a stainless steel heat deflector I do not think the drop panel can be re fitted without cutting? What are the genuine sports like? The image...
by African Imp
Tue Dec 31, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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I had forgotton what the process was to remove the silencer? Remove the strap and the 2 U clamps and pull it off. I wish that was the case but the size of silencer I have sticks upwards into the space and area forward of the engine support cross beam, so it cannot be drawn backwards and out. I sort...
by African Imp
Tue Dec 31, 2019 6:25 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Wouldn't it have been better to paint the underside silver to reflect the heat away? Yes! :D which is why buying one made from sheet alloy from ' Ex - Pressed steel panels' makes sense. . They only do steel ones though? The picture I saw looked like it was alloy, would they do it in 316 stainless a...
by African Imp
Tue Dec 31, 2019 6:08 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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While I knew that the silencer had to be removed to be able to fit the heat shield I had forgotton what the process was to remove the silencer? I got to the stage when I thought the engine cross beam needed removal as the silencer fits in such a way that the cross beam prevents its removal, I was ab...
by African Imp
Tue Dec 31, 2019 5:11 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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oli wrote:
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:53 pm
Wouldn't it have been better to paint the underside silver to reflect the heat away?
Yes! :D which is why buying one made from sheet alloy from ' Ex - Pressed steel panels' makes sense.
by African Imp
Mon Dec 30, 2019 11:56 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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From the other side.
by African Imp
Mon Dec 30, 2019 11:56 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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To fit the heat shield I knew that the silencer had to come off, what I forgot is the way that the exhaust manifold sits that I have to lower the engine to remove the silencer . Anyway the shield is back in place, just need to do the bolts that fasten it and then refit the silencer :) This was all d...
by African Imp
Mon Dec 30, 2019 11:52 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Five hundred miles, just how far is that? Well the town of Hopetown is just over 500 miles from Cape Town, check the map its quite a long drive, about half the way to Johannesburg. :D I did 500 miles yesterday in fact, so you could easily run your car in in 2 days. :D Was that in your 998cc Imp or ...
by African Imp
Sun Dec 29, 2019 11:21 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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A job that I have left right to the end of any works due to the ease of access when the plate is removed, is to refit my home made heat shield between the silencer and the twin Strombergs. It will require the removal of the silencer. Note, the row of holes on the side edge closest to the camera exis...
by African Imp
Fri Dec 27, 2019 5:42 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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The heart of the matter? Did I move a problem from one engine to another, it is probable? The distributor is a genuine and later sport type 41190A one, I bought it from a club member and as NOS, it transformed the performance of the car original engine when first fitted. Check the number 17 stamped ...
by African Imp
Wed Dec 25, 2019 5:50 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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The Rootes WSM141 states that engine running in should be done in two halves, basically the speeds are raised after 500 miles and then again from 1000 miles. That was over fifty years back, with todays modern grades of engine oils I suspect the engine running in would be less? I could ask Shell but ...
by African Imp
Tue Dec 24, 2019 6:17 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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A warning to anyone who has changed over to unleaded petrol as I did a few months back, the normally clean in line petrol filter was showing lots o black flakes in it, when drained out they became smaller parts, this did not happen with LRP petrol.
by African Imp
Tue Dec 24, 2019 6:14 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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As the year end arrives I had one last job to sign off on, that was to torque down the cylinder head bolts again, with more than the required 800 kms on the odometer it was the right time.

I had done them a while back, this time the bolts tightened by quite a lot more.
by African Imp
Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:01 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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With a new distributor cap fitted and taking the advice of Moose, I went for a drive out of the valley and up to Suikerbossie, that is a long hill, a good mile of it, using engine revs and basically on acceleration all the way to the top I returned home and then inspected the NGK BP6ES spark plug. L...
by African Imp
Mon Dec 23, 2019 6:41 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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With the Heppolite Powermax pistons having done the required 500 miles run in distance I will next re tighten the cylinder head bolts, they were done around the 200 mile period as well. I went for a drive to test out the new distributor cap, it looks promising as brief test to 6000 rpm was possible,...
by African Imp
Sun Dec 22, 2019 5:37 pm
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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yes that would alter the points gap and also that alters the ignition timing and it would be erratic so sometimes will cause a normally idling engine to die at low revs other times not. Also and probably harder to tell is the acceleration would be slightly slower or faster depending on where the ad...