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by African Imp
Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

When I can I am using Dowty seals on this engine.
by African Imp
Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:16 pm
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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The new engine has a lightened and balanced flywheel and clutch pressure plate.
by African Imp
Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:14 pm
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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I will test the spin on oil filter for leaks with the motor on the bench, cranked with the starter motor I hope to have enough oil flow through the oil galleries to do this.

The hose is to replace the oil cooler.
by African Imp
Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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A spin on oil filter has been a long time on my things to do list :)
by African Imp
Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:47 pm
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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A change of direction, I am now preparing the new ( 2012 ) Singer Chamois Sport engine to go into the Californian.

With its new Hepolite Powermax 0.060" pistons fitted it should be around 916cc and then I may at last loose that oil leak from the cranks scroll area?
by African Imp
Sun Oct 13, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Did Jean drive the car that time? Or dont you trust her? :? Oh I can trust Jean to drive the car ok, as she drove our Singer Chamois as her daily driver for some thirteen years, so meaning she has driven an Imp more than myself in the past twenty years. She has not driven the Californian since it c...
by African Imp
Sun Oct 13, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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A few days back and Jean views the bay and beach where she used to live named Glen Beach with Camps Bay further on.
by African Imp
Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Bill who owns an imp at Durbanville near Cape Town got the water pump drawings from the ARCC and as he has a lathe and is also an engineer he made a new shaft and fitted ceramic washers to rebuild his water pump with.
by African Imp
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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The fix on that one was new seals, new bearings and as the faces on the impeller where the carbon seal sits were worn or undercut and could not be turned on a lathe to clean them up anymore, I fitted a pair of stainless 316 grade washers to the impeller to carbon faces. How did you actually fit the...
by African Imp
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Sounds to me if youve got a lot of dismantled pump parts/mixed up, its going to be hard to know which goes with what? I wonder if thats what happens when folk buy refurbed pumps only the find they start leaking after a relatively short time, the parts its assembled with arent really compatible as a...
by African Imp
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:02 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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A new mouse trap? I need others to advise me here please, as I am living in a partial Hillman Imp vacuum I do not have a lot of information on the Imps and especially after October 1968 when I left England and moved to the country of South Africa. Meaning new parts and changes to existing assemblies...
by African Imp
Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:57 pm
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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The pump that had the shattered carbon seal also saw some heavy action when the new bearing was fitted. :(

It seems that the bearing may have seized and damaged the carbon seal?
by African Imp
Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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This is true : I once saw a bloke hammering in a wheel bearing in a field at National one year. And I don't mean gently either. And he once worked on aircraft too, apparently. :o Andy G. http://www.magical.eclipse.co.uk/impclub/gif2/617sqn.gif Stan How about leaving loose washers and a large circli...
by African Imp
Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:55 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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If the pumps been assembled by hammering/drifting rather than careful pressing it together you coukd damaged the seals? Some folk only have a hammer and screwdriver in their tool kit. Both water pumps that I opened had signs of a heavy hand on the bearing cases, my screwdriver points to the damage ...
by African Imp
Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:44 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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They look like they're shatter damage to me, not cuts. Perhaps it was dropped. Graphite is brittle. JB weld is good, but is it appropriate in this case ? I don't know ... Andy G. We are thinking along the same lines, I have just inspected the carbon side with a magnifying glass, indeed the cuts are...
by African Imp
Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:16 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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In defence of the original water pump design and my feelings that once rebuilt with new parts and as mentioned some machine work, there are some home mechanics out there that do themselves no good at all, the seal in my picture is new, it strangely leaked as soon as water was put into the radiator. ...
by African Imp
Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Imp owner Eric Wells has just been to see me, he brought his Imp and with the water pump assembly that I gave him fitted. The fix on that one was new seals, new bearings and as the faces on the impeller where the carbon seal sits were worn or undercut and could not be turned on a lathe to clean them...
by African Imp
Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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My oil free ( external ) transaxle casing makes me happy :D
I followed the lead from from forum member Noddy and fitted a second earth strap in a more visible position and next to the rear engine mount.
by African Imp
Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:55 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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The Nun wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:43 am
Are you doing stainless shafts for them now ?
Not myself, it was supplied by someone on your side, I will email you the name just now.

The shaft shows no signs of being made on a lathe, it was cast in stainless and including the key slots, the quality is amazing :)

To The Nun, email sent.
by African Imp
Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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The spare impeller with the stainless steel shaft tempted me to do a trial assembly, I still need new bearings, the used carbon seals that I have need bedding in though. I did a trial run and can report that the idea works but the carbon is far harder than I would have imagined ? The method used was...
by African Imp
Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Some water spigots are steel. On heated manifolds anyway. The odd drilling plug maybe. Cant remember if the Imp has core plugs :? Oh yes, clutch end ? Heater control ? That's about it. Andy G Yes, I had considered the water heater control but not the heated inlet manifold, my cylinder head uses bra...
by African Imp
Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:25 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Liners are cast iron? Yes I know but they are in an envelope of alloy that even goes up and onto the top of the cast in steel liner. This is why it is normal when wanting to know if an engine has been converted to a 998cc size or larger you remove the small alloy spigot on the side of the block and...
by African Imp
Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:07 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Rust in the Imps cooling system? Where does it come from? The engine is alloy, the coolant around the engine block runs in alloy, the ony componant in an Imps cooling system that can add rust to the coolant is the water pumps impeller, the use of a water additive such as Bluecoll AA is vital, it wil...
by African Imp
Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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The machined assembly with the new center shaft was returned to me yesterday, the carbon seal faces are now clean and true. On inspection I find that the new is none magnetic and possibly 316 grade stainless steel, it also looks like a one piece casting, there are no machine marks on its length . Th...
by African Imp
Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:49 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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When I took the Imp in that belongs to Eric Wells for me to service it, a water pump was one item that needed changing. As I am Erics close friend Imp wise I tend to have an idea what he has done on the car, I do not remember him changing the water pump, it was one that I had rebuilt and fitted to t...
by African Imp
Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:52 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Has anyone tried bonding a thin bronze or stainless washer to the seal running surface for the seal to run on instead of the metal impeller surface? Yes, in fact the assembly that Eric Wells was loaned by me last week has exactly that, the wear faces had sunk downwards to the pump impeller vanes, s...
by African Imp
Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:58 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Strange though that imp pumps seem to be the only ones that leak other cars, even Rootes ones the pumps never give trouble even if they've been standing years, leave an IMP standing for a month or so and the pump will be dripping once moved. It could be that the very thin carbon seal bonds to the c...
by African Imp
Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:45 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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A re faced impeller was returned to me yesterday evening, it makes for a perfect rebuild, with a decent alloy body, new bearings, carbon seals and a paper gasket there is no reason why in service it will not last many years? I only ever use the Mk2 drive pulley, I think there was an issue on the Mk1...
by African Imp
Mon Oct 07, 2019 2:54 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

Andy G

I re use servicable parts but fit new seals and bearings, paper gasket etc.

The new carbon seals are wasted if they are to run on a corroded metal face, so unless your lucky enough to find an impellor with smooth seal faces, find an engineer who can clean them up for you.
by African Imp
Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:29 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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JB weld would have been even better ? Recently there has been some discussion about water pumps and the need to bed the graffite seals in by running the pump dry for a minute or two, otherwise they may leak for a few hundred miles even. Have you experienced this ? Andy G I will comment on the need ...
by African Imp
Mon Oct 07, 2019 5:38 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Brass into alloy is not a good idea, I have put plenty of thread tape and silicone on the union, which may help some?
by African Imp
Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:50 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Out here progress comes in stages and often is the result of a spare that arrived ages ago and from some distant space in the RSA. One such item was a water pump, the shell was in near perfect condition with no corrosion and once clean near new, excepting some idiot had hack sawed the spigot off tha...
by African Imp
Sun Oct 06, 2019 1:45 pm
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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For those who contemplate using an older type transaxle the use of a Viton O ring in the end plate or selector shaft may be a good idea?
by African Imp
Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:00 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Having serviced an early transaxle to fit into the Imp that Eric Wells owns I was reminded of a similar service job on a later transaxle in my own car. Erics has the gear selector shaft O ring seal in the shaft mine has the O ring in the alloy cover. For Erics car I used a Viton O ring, they are sof...
by African Imp
Sat Oct 05, 2019 3:21 pm
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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African Imp wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:50 pm
oli wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:16 pm
Is that bumper bent Roy?
Yes but only a little bit! :D
There are a pair of holes on the top also, fitted with chrome domed blanking nuts, not quite in the same area as each other and I guess they held spotlights once?
As a re chrome plate is now so expensive I can live with what I have? :)
by African Imp
Sat Oct 05, 2019 6:40 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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The Nun wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:09 am
Yes yes but what about all the numberplate mounting brackets in stock, are they staying there? :o
I still have stocks and as buyers who want to keep their Imp original I can make more.

I supply a bending template with each flat plate.
by African Imp
Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:50 pm
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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oli wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:16 pm
Is that bumper bent Roy?
Yes but only a little bit! :D
by African Imp
Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Readers Cars
Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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Having seen the position of the front number plate on the 1971 Hillman Imp that InfraZA owns, I copied that, then ex Imp Club member Eric Wells copied my move. He had the number stuck on the front of the bonnet in black, using a hair drier he heated them up and he says they came off easily. Eric has...
by African Imp
Thu Oct 03, 2019 11:32 am
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Topic: A Californian drying out in South Africa
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John,

Thanks for your comments, that is not wear, rather some marks made by petrol or such, the metal is not worn at all.

Being such a small item a better image was not possible, I did however view it closely by eye and would have changed it if I had seen it was rubbing anywhere?
by African Imp
Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:02 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

The past use of LRP over the past few years and now unleaded petrol keeps the inside of the Strombergs nice and clean.