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by African Imp
Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:13 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Does anyone have experience of a failed rear wheel bearing? I ask as the noise that comes from the nearside rear of the car may be just that? The noise only really sounds bad when the car has driven about ten miles and things have warmed up, brakes etc? At first I suspected the UJ, I still have that...
by African Imp
Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:50 am
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:
Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:29 am
But the parts no good as the centre boss is half missing?

So Loctite it?

No, I have plenty more, it was just proof that the red loctite does grip and as they say it does.
by African Imp
Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Such is the grip of red Loctite that is cleaned up the threads to look like new again :)
by African Imp
Sun Dec 08, 2019 1:33 pm
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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I've never had to resort to using a blow torch to shift a pump pulley. I always assemble it using copperslip on the shaft so it never seizes on, and make sure the shaft and bore are clean and burr free. Peter, its the re use of older and used parts here that is the problem, the shaft was reasonable...
by African Imp
Sun Dec 08, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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The next day I tested the pump further and by connection of an air line, I took it up to nearly two bar, so 28 pounds almost.
The seals did not leak a drop, the larger hose started to leak via its side wall though, it is an old hose and used.
by African Imp
Sun Dec 08, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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With all the related parts removed from the pump I found that it did in fact rotate and feel as it should, so I did a Water Leak test and over night, not a drop was lost. :D
by African Imp
Sun Dec 08, 2019 1:19 pm
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

oli wrote:
Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:21 pm
The 'Spacer washer' is in fact the broken away centre of the mounting flange Roy...
Yes, I was able to work that out for myself, it took a little time though !
by African Imp
Sun Dec 08, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Waterpumps, a new one, to me anyway? The rotation of the pump I removed a week back was restricted by something, investigation showed a small metal object. When the cooling fan mounting was removed with a puller I could see why, the object was the woodruff key, why I wondered, then I found what look...
by African Imp
Sun Dec 08, 2019 5:02 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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oli wrote:
Sat Dec 07, 2019 11:40 pm
And you now have one less usable pulley...
Less or not usable? I have used the same heat source to take most of the damage out, a little action with a suitable hammer and shaping tool and I can use the pulley again.
by African Imp
Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Removal of the drive pulley on the water pump when heat was applied was quite straightforward, in fact the black paint was hardly damaged. I had packed the rear side of the pulley with a wet cloth which I assume absorbed most of the excess heat. The seal on the bearing was wet with water, so little ...
by African Imp
Sat Dec 07, 2019 5:48 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

I mentioned the fact that my sport air cleaner has a venturi pipe inserted where the suction from the crankcase vent pipe is fitted, this I made and fitted myself after InfraZA mentioned that air will always take the easiest route and that a pipe fitted into the suction inlet to the air cleaner will...
by African Imp
Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:51 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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John Simister wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:33 pm
Probably not, but who knows? The need to fund my daughter's wedding was a factor.
John, Well done, you will remember when I met you at Wirral 04 your daughter was with you then, please send her my best regards.
by African Imp
Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:50 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Red Loctite 271 does have a lot of strength !

I should have applied the required heat first?

When I do I will pack the underside of the pulley with a damp cloth to absorb the heat and save the bearing and carbon seal inside the pump.
by African Imp
Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:56 pm
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Peter, you are not alone. I still check the forum each day too. Me too. It's curiously compulsive. My Stiletto went to a new home in Bristol a few months ago but I still can't shake the habit. John, your pale metallic blue Sunbeam Stiletto is one of the best ones I have ever seen, why did you sell ...
by African Imp
Thu Dec 05, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Sometimes Loctite 271 red thread locker can be too good? The last water pump pulley that I bonded on with 271 would not come free, even with a three claw puller attatched. Benefits Loctite Threadlocker Red 271 is designed for the permanent locking and sealing of threaded fasteners. The product cures...
by African Imp
Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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I keep two or three pre assembled water pumps just in case I have a need for a quick swop? Quick it was not when I tried to line up the Bosch 35 amp alternator as what I think is an early Mk1 alloy sub frame does not sit as the later types do and I had to use thick washers as spacers. I had marked t...
by African Imp
Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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I have this morning repeated the drive done yesterday, the idea being to add more miles ( Kms) onto the new engine, I have now done just short of 500 kms, so about 310 miles now. Today and with some newspaper under the crank scroll area I see no leak at all, the water pump looks to have stopped leak...
by African Imp
Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:46 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Since yesterdays drive just the one drop of oil from the crank scroll leaked out after a drive along the coast road in traffic, say doing 50 to 70kms as folk returned home from the city. Yet more will drip out on shorter trips, I think I know why? The piston rings are bedding in but some crank case ...
by African Imp
Wed Dec 04, 2019 6:08 pm
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Bobbycham wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:53 pm
Roy & Peter
Are you both on holiday? :wink:
Bob Imp005
Not myself, I was testing the second water pump out, it also leaked, a longer drive seems to have bedded in the seals, I will drive the coastal road again tomorrow to confirm :D
by African Imp
Tue Dec 03, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

A rebuilt water pump, they normally last longer than 250 miles? It is leaking from the bearing side, so the carbon seal is the fault?

Oh well, I fitted another one today, seems alright, that one has a new impellor, bearings and very nice seals which have been lightly used :)
by African Imp
Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:39 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Evidence of a pale green paint on what I am told is a 1965 made transaxle suggests an inspection pass ?
by African Imp
Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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I'm sure I've seen lots of these photos somewhere before in the past, unless I'm dreaming in my old age? Your not dreaming , they are repeats , rather like most of TV now :lol: Dave they are not as the stay was bent to shape a couple of days back, I was thinking of copying the curved stay you have ...
by African Imp
Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Fitting the Bosch 35 amp alternator earlier in the year was a good idea, the battery is better charged and the cranking speed is faster as a result. Using an extended adjuster strap that someone made I was able to secure the adjustment of the fan belt but the strap was very close to the alternator, ...
by African Imp
Sat Nov 30, 2019 4:57 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Nitrous oxide injection is my guess. Or, given the pic of the throttle cable, discovering that the throttles weren't opening fully and now are. But I'll go with the nitrous. john, Your correct, with the second option and throttle cable adjustment. As with all the engine ins and outs, I was removing...
by African Imp
Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:39 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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I have discovered a method to get more power from the engine :D
by African Imp
Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:30 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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A compression test done this week shows a marked improvement and in pounds it will be around 180 now, the manual states 180 to 200 pounds so there is a way to go yet? It's not gospel that it's going to get to 200 you know? Bob Imp005 As they say " Time will tell " it started off quite a lot lower, ...
by African Imp
Fri Nov 29, 2019 4:44 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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A compression test done this week shows a marked improvement and in pounds it will be around 180 now, the manual states 180 to 200 pounds so there is a way to go yet?
by African Imp
Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:46 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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This job was done back in 2010!
The engine was then fully assembled and was put into storage pending when I would use it and in which car?
by African Imp
Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:44 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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My 1966 Singer Chamois Sport cylinder head was fitted with new valve guides and also new valves and timing chain, so for the foreseeable future it will run as a new one?
by African Imp
Wed Nov 27, 2019 7:47 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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It's almost as if you were expecting lots of smoke Roy? My sport never smoked until it had 50000 on the clock then just a bit after overrun and that was with the standard 180 head and no seals, I'd very extremely surprised if yours had started to after only 250 miles and with seals as well :o I was...
by African Imp
Wed Nov 27, 2019 4:54 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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The 107 series sport head has the sport sized valves, I also had a set of bronze guides with seals fitted as well, there is no sign of smoke from the engine, not even when it was first started :)
by African Imp
Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:23 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Roy, I think your Imp is conforming perfectly to the third law of Impdom, which is that the majority of miles (or kilometres) covered by an Imp are directly related to activities concerned with enabling an Imp to cover those miles (or kilometres). For reference, the first law of Impdom is that ther...
by African Imp
Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:38 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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The drive to test out the repaired transaxle seal took me about 27 kms and on a nice easy type main road, when I got to the destination, a bus terminus I was aware of a light scraping sound from the nearside rear wheel, this had happened some weeks back when I suspected it was the drive shaft UJ whi...
by African Imp
Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:28 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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The oil leaks were not only from the crank scroll area, one was the union where the oil cooler pipes join to the sport oil cooler boss. Rootes used a Dowty washer as the sealing ring, I suspected that one of the lock nuts would be undersized, I was correct ( Rootes supplied?) the repair involved tak...
by African Imp
Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:53 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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A drive in the Sunday afternoon traffic yesterday saw me do about twenty five kilometers, long hills, traffic lights and cars returning home as it was past 4.30 pm, some stop start stuff as well as nice cruising along the coastal road. The oil leak has it seems stopped ? I see almost nothing on the ...
by African Imp
Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:40 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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The spot you show there is what they had on the oil drip trays under the new IMPs in the showroom I doubt you can improve on it without going down the proper B1 block oil seal route Peter, thanks on that info as you are possibly one of the few forum members who can still remember such details? What...
by African Imp
Sun Nov 24, 2019 9:22 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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I really think you are far too obsessed with oil drops. For goodness sake, it's a 1960s car using 1960s tolerances and standards. They leak. They ALL leak. You'd need the proper seal and related machining to stop it, and even then it might not. Those 2 drops would be considered a full cure in my ga...
by African Imp
Sun Nov 24, 2019 6:05 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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The fitment instructions that came with the Hepolite Powermax pistons gave instructions to change the engine oil when 500 miles have been done.

The oil in the white container was the result of removal of an oil cooler pipe yesterday, the oil has now been in service around 280 miles.
by African Imp
Sun Nov 24, 2019 6:00 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Yesterday and after a local drive I placed some thick perspex under the leak area, this morning I found evidence of two small drops, it looks like engine oil when the colour is viewed on the engines dip stick.

The blue spots are under the perspex and on the white cloth underneath.
by African Imp
Sat Nov 23, 2019 6:10 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Eric Wells, my friend and a long time Hillman Imp owner was here yesterday to check the transaxle progress? I had mentioned to him the issue of pre load last week and I asked him once more, as in when he changed the syncro baulk rings in his early Mk 1 Imp did he also reset the preload? He told me n...