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by African Imp
Wed May 27, 2020 6:17 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 drive to the local shops yesterday included rain, lots of rain and we know some snow on the mountains we can see from Cape Town city, the wiper blades cleared the water from the windscreen and did not produce a single squeak :) Imp027
by African Imp
Mon May 25, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
Replies: 9958
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

. As we can see, they sit way out of what I am told they should be, as in at 90 degrees to the glass, so I need to twist the wiper arms. That's why they're noisy in operation it's like scraping the water off one way rather than wiping it off by the looks of it. So this should work better now?
by African Imp
Mon May 25, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
Replies: 9958
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

My Trico wiper blades were new when fitted to the car a few years back, Bob of the Imp Club Spares Department supplied them.

As we can see, they sit way out of what I am told they should be, as in at 90 degrees to the glass, so I need to twist the wiper arms.
by African Imp
Mon May 25, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Not that angle Roy! the angle across the arm flat, (cross section) to the screen so the blade sits at right angle to the screen in cross section then as the blade wipes the screens its not digging into the screen as it wipes one way and skipping over it. Oh dear, I will see how they work next time ...
by African Imp
Mon May 25, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
Replies: 9958
Views: 1269134

Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Stop the wipers when they're vertical up the screen, remove the blades and rest the arm on the screen, is it flat on it, if not twist the end with some mole grips so it lies flat then refit the blades and try it, the wipers usually judder and make a noise one way if the blade isn't square to the sc...
by African Imp
Sun May 24, 2020 6:46 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
Replies: 9958
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

I had reason to drain the cooling system yesterday and I am pleased to see that the Caltex Extended Life Coolant keeps the inside of my engine really clean :t
by African Imp
Sat May 23, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
Replies: 9958
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Stop the wipers when they're vertical up the screen, remove the blades and rest the arm on the screen, is it flat on it, if not twist the end with some mole grips so it lies flat then refit the blades and try it, the wipers usually judder and make a noise one way if the blade isn't square to the sc...
by African Imp
Sat May 23, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
Replies: 9958
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Driving in the rain to the local Spar was not expected, we are now told to expect some snow as well? The wipers were making a noise, both wiper wiper blades and the screen are as new, I have now added a few drops of clear Teepol to the screen wash water to see if that stops the noise? Rain found its...
by African Imp
Thu May 21, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

We in South Africa are now into week nine of a forced lock down due to the virus issue, we were told three weeks to start with! It seems that some small group in government is calling the shots and not the President? the issues on control are many, level four which is now, allows three hours from 6a...
by African Imp
Tue May 19, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Where are they now
Topic: Vin numbers for a 1963 and 1968 Imp?
Replies: 2
Views: 66

Re: Vin numbers for a 1963 and 1968 Imp?

The Nun wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 10:26 am
No they won't let you have the details because of the data protection act now.
Giving out details of owners could be used to locate and steal the cars, makes sense?

Peter, thanks on the information, I can stop looking now! Imp027
by African Imp
Tue May 19, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Where are they now
Topic: Vin numbers for a 1963 and 1968 Imp?
Replies: 2
Views: 66

Vin numbers for a 1963 and 1968 Imp?

Does anyone know how to contact the correct DVLA department to ask re my 1963 Hillman Imp and 1968 Sunbeam Stiletto. I would like to know the Vin numbers and owners after myself? Both cars were owned by myself and in the UK. I have the registration numbers, pictures of the cars also my address then ...
by African Imp
Wed May 13, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
Replies: 9958
Views: 1269134

Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Hope you are going to desolder, remove and straighten out all the dents etc in the header tank Roy..? Presently it looks awful. Oli, Yes, I actually started on it and then saw that the best way is to apply heat and remove the header tank, then I saw that I had a better radiator that required little...
by African Imp
Tue May 12, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

South Africa, the well known radiator company Sliverton has branches in most centers for services, I have a complete radiator set here that carries their label. In my case I use Radiator King as they are known for quick and reliable service, they also do a Door to Door service as well. It is normal ...
by African Imp
Mon May 11, 2020 6:43 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

As painted, I was careful to make sure that the paint reached inside the cooling vanes and from both side to help stop degrade from air and any stray fluids?

The radiator will now be plastic wrapped and put into storage for when I may require it at some time in the future?
by African Imp
Mon May 11, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
Replies: 9958
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

With an idea to a virus lock down project for the day, I chose the best of three radiators that I have and gave it a good cleaning with a wire brush and 60 grit floor sander paper. I then sprayed it with DTM black paints for metal. The radiator with the brass closure disc over the lower front forwar...
by African Imp
Sun May 10, 2020 6:33 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Yesterday I was sorting through my spare radiators and found one that will be the same as the one on the car now, excepting the early Mk1 forward facing nipple has been closed off on the spare one. I should do the same on the one I am using now one day? No overheating with the early Imp radiator by ...
by African Imp
Fri May 08, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
Replies: 9958
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

The drivers side door glass has always been tight to wind up and down, It could that I have fitted a straight lower track and that the curved one I have in stock came from the Californian?
by African Imp
Thu May 07, 2020 6:32 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

With over a thousand kilometers driven I am pleased to note that the original filling of Shell Oils HX3 is staying clean, I am using a GUD Filters spin on filter code Z85, which is the replacement for the GUD filter that fits the early minis, the filters microns are also suitable for the Imps engine...
by African Imp
Wed May 06, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
Replies: 9958
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

By way of a comparison and placed on a South African map, the re built 1966 Singer Sport engine has now covered 1040 kms or 650 road miles.
used on a regular basis recently as our shopping car the engine runs really well.
by African Imp
Tue May 05, 2020 6:46 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Nearly there and while the shrink tube will be able to handle the bumps and knocks of the seat belt buckle a rubber tube will do the same and also take the bend without it bunching up. The sample shown would work even though its diameter is a little large, I do not have enough to do both handles, so...
by African Imp
Mon May 04, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Pull off the handles and fit some black wiring heat shrink sleeve over the rods and refit the handles that how they were done on the upmarket Rootes cars, not painted. Peter, well done that is exactly what I intend to do later today. I had no idea that process was a Rootes one on some of their cars...
by African Imp
Mon May 04, 2020 7:08 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Some TLC today, small job but the recliner handles will look better when re finished.

The seats and controls are the cars original ones, I do have a second set of recliner seats that came from a 1966 Singer Chamois Sport but as yet I have no car to fit them in.
by African Imp
Sun May 03, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
Replies: 9958
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Thats not dirt - this is dirt :lol: Thats not dirt - this is dirt :lol: Dave, Agreed and you have so much more to contend with where you are with the roads department salting the roads each freeze up. I used buckets of water after the sponge down to rinse the muck of the wheels and suspensions, we ...
by African Imp
Sun May 03, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

While we have a Covit 19 lock down I am using the Imp Californian for the shopping trips, they are not allowed to be extended drives but they are adding some miles to the re built engine, also so sand and salt from the wet roads today :( This is the first time in nearly six years that the car has be...
by African Imp
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Cranking speed dropping as battery runs down? John, I re charged the battery that I use which is an over sized one and has plenty of reserve amps for such a test. Starting at number 4 this time is got 1130 on the gauge, number 3 showed 1130 also, number 2 was at 1220 while number 1 reached 1200. I ...
by African Imp
Sun Apr 26, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

gr88 wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 3:56 pm
A friend put a spark plug partly screwed into the head as he span the engine on the starter motor, the sparkplug blew out and punctured his tank.
Very funny it was ! Stripped part of the thread as well. :D
Thanks, that is very good information which I will accept as advice! Imp027
by African Imp
Sun Apr 26, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

You are supposed to do a compression test with all the spark plugs out ! for 2 reasons 1/ your battery doesnt get as run down (effecting the accuracy) 2/if the cylinders plugs are left in it changes the results (ie one 'dead' cylinder would impose less friction on the others being tested). Also wit...
by African Imp
Sun Apr 26, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
Replies: 9958
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Cranking speed dropping as battery runs down? John, I wonder as that would be the cause of the decline almost wedge shape fall in compression? I also added a petrol and engine oil mix from the number one cylinder, it was a while before I tested the compression. What I can do is re charge the batter...
by African Imp
Sun Apr 26, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
Replies: 9958
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

With cylinder number one having a similar compression to the rebuilt engine in the car now, I thought that I was ok with the compression on the old engine as removed.
That was not the case as each cylinder from number two to number four read less and less compression, I wonder why this is the case?
by African Imp
Sun Apr 26, 2020 6:38 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Testing tnhe compression on the cars original engine gave me interesting results, it started well enough?

The picture shows number one cylinder.

I added a small mix of engine oil and petrol to lubricate and help seal the piston rings, the engine was of course cold.
by African Imp
Fri Apr 24, 2020 5:52 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

To have a bench mark to gauge the compression tests on the cars original engine I used the rebuilt motor which has now run some 1001 kms on the road.
The NGK spark plug shows recent and local driving only.
On the advice from Moose it was given a 0.030" gap.
by African Imp
Thu Apr 23, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

To turn the engine over with the starter motor I had to remove and replace the sport type oil filter and base with the oil cooler unions.

I found a socket in the side of the block, at first I thought it was a hole, what was it for?

The block dates to February 3rd 1967.
by African Imp
Wed Apr 22, 2020 7:05 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

When the car returned home on Jusly 5th 2014, the RCO engine number stamp on the cars block took me by surprise, I was used to either a HSO or WSO number, why was this engine stamped differently? Time saw me find out that the engine belonged to a Rootes Car Co export car, this was news to me and tim...
by African Imp
Wed Apr 22, 2020 5:18 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Next is the cars original engine, what was wrong with it?

When I lift it onto the bench and do a compression test I may have at least a part answer?
First I will use the chain block to access the sport type oil filter boss and change that to the standard type.
by African Imp
Tue Apr 21, 2020 8:03 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 mention of batteries reminds me that the addition of a NOS ( 35 years ) Bosch 35 amp alternator was probably one of the better additions that I made to the cars engine electrical system? I had wanted to stay with the original type Lucas dynamo, then the one in use packed up, I sent that and a sp...
by African Imp
Mon Apr 20, 2020 5:02 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

It is good practice not to clean the carbon from the button on cap that gets on the rotor arm. This carbon that has embedded itself in the brass improves the contact and reduces resistance. Only clean the edge of the plate where the arc jumps from rotor to cap contacts, be very careful not to scrat...
by African Imp
Sun Apr 19, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
Replies: 9958
Views: 1269134

Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Why don't you invest in a small solar panel charger you can put on the dash to keep the battery topped up whilst you're not using it? Thanks on the idea, as the car is garaged and when its outside the engine runs most of the time a solar panel in this case would not help, what would work is one of ...
by African Imp
Sun Apr 19, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
Replies: 9958
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

if its a good battery it should be fine even after a few months I have just had a look as to when I bought the battery in the car now, looks like it was mid January 2015, I bought a battery that has a larger (42) amperage than Rootes fitted, it also has a two year warranty. So now at a decent five ...
by African Imp
Sat Apr 18, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Said on the news that Africa will become the new epicentre of the virus, you might be in lockdown for years? Some still have no idea where South Africa is? While we may be at the bottom of a conitnent we are in many ways in aother World? The news this morning is that some 50 persons have now died i...
by African Imp
Sat Apr 18, 2020 5:59 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
Replies: 9958
Views: 1269134

Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

For the next two weeks lock down I will be using the Imp Californian, I drive and Jean shops :)

The roads are near empty.

Even the cars are keeping their distance I see.

This is only the second time I have been out on the roads in the past three weeks, both times in the Imp.

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