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Post by kilty » Sun May 29, 2011 8:51 pm

Been a wee while since any activity, I hope all`s going well mate.

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Post by The Nun » Sun May 29, 2011 9:00 pm

bazzateer wrote:LNK's 185-60-13s on 6x13 alloys rub the inner wings on full lock but he's passed the last 2 MOTs like it.
its not too hard to build a steering rack stop plate to stop the wheels going too far and fouling the inner arches.
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Post by bazzateer » Sun May 29, 2011 10:12 pm

It doesn't bother me anyway. Very rarely do I have him on full lock.
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Post by colimp66 » Sat Jul 09, 2011 8:48 am

Hi folks,
been a good whilst since I've been on here. My aopologies as I totally lost interest in The Pest these past few months since I last posted. :cry:
I really need to get back into it & promise I will.. :D
Typically when the sun starts shining... :?: Yeh, it really has been shining here sometimes & the motorbike racing season starts I get distracted from The Pest Thats exactly what happened around Easter time.
Got a bit of decortaing to do in the house then I'll be right back at my wee rusty Imp.

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Post by bks974c » Sat Jul 09, 2011 5:31 pm

Good to hear your OK and just taking a breather

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Post by The Nun » Sat Jul 09, 2011 5:40 pm

colimp66 wrote: Got a bit of decorating to do in the house then I'll be right back.

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Post by ImpManiac » Sun Jul 10, 2011 2:00 pm

It's great to hear from you, Colin! :D I was just thinking the other day about The Pest. I'm excited to see your project progress again.

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Post by keyring » Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:33 am

As has been said above, GREAT to hear you're ok and it was just a break from the Imp :) Look forward to seeing progress going again on it :)

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Post by colimp66 » Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:26 pm

Thanks for the encouragement guys. . & after seeing all the great photos of the national my enthusiasm for The Pest has been renewed..
To prove it I have been busy grinding, cutting & welding today with some photos of my own although not quite as cool as some of the Imps from the national.. my own progress towards that event sometime in the future I hope. :wink:

I firstly removed the lower part of the front panel one as it was rusty :o & not attached to the panel behind it. Think it should be welded to this at the bottom of the panel. It wasn't.. :roll: It is now. :D
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Before I cut it out I made a template for the new panel. After this was made the panel that the front one should've been welded to was beaten into shape & fitted along with a piece that I made way back when I last worked on the Pest.. for the bottom of the inner arch.
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After these were welded into place I returned to the lower front panel once again......
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That's where I am at the moment which will now allow me to continue with the outer front arch/wing... This is going to need a bit of fettling as it isn't the greatest of fits especially where it meets the sill & door.. This is what sickened me back in Jan/Feb so I hope it's ready to submit as I'm not going to admit defeat.... :lol:

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Post by ImpManiac » Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:55 am

How did you make the front lower panel section, Colin? I think I would try forming it around a steel tube but would be curious to know how you did it. :)

Fabulous work - as ever! 8)

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Post by chris d » Mon Aug 15, 2011 2:10 pm

nice to see your back at it colin
the brake will have done you good
nice to walk away and do something else
it recharges the batteries.
now crack on :lol: :lol:
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Post by colimp66 » Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:50 pm

Hi IM,
you are correct in the way you would do the front panel in the same way as I have done mine. I battered it around a pole I have in the garage. Sounds like you will nearing the bodywork stage for your Imp anytime now.????? I see you have been at it already?? Nice one.

Thanks Chris. Well done to you finishing Stella & picking up the trophies for all your hard work there. 8) Well deserved.

Never got a whole lot done today as it was my 8 year olds birthday party at the karting centre & I spent the afternoon there.. Good fun it was too. :D
Anyway by the time I got back from there & had something to eat I managed a few hours at The Pest..Buffed down my welds on the front panel repair & cut & trimmed the corner piece so I can fit the wing arch repair sometime in the week or ready for next weekend.
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Not 100% happy with how it sits but the best I could to do tonight. Will fettle it later & sure the filler that will be needed may sweeten it up someway.. when I get to that stage.

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Post by sammy the sturgeon » Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:06 am

Yeahhhh updates!
Good to see you back at it,
and making lots of progress.

are you planning to be at national 2012? I went to bangor and it spurred me on to get to Matlock, hoping GLAd will be there too.
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Post by colimp66 » Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:42 am

2012!!!??? :shock:
I'll best not make any deadlines at the moment Paul.. in case I fall short but would like to do the 50th. That should give me enough time to have it finished surely?? :lol:
Gladdis is looking good so far, cracking on there. :wink:
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Post by kilty » Tue Aug 16, 2011 1:35 pm

At least you won`t have that far to go in 2013 Col. :wink:
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Post by colimp66 » Mon Aug 29, 2011 6:20 pm

It's not how far away it is Drew thats bothering me .. It's having the Pest finished in time for it that bothers me :lol:

Still, here is the progress so far no matter how slow I'm going it's still progress of a sort.
Finished of the inner arch at the bottoms front/rear so I can attach it solidly to the outer. Primed it with some Zinc 182 so now going to seam seal it inside & outside then another coat of primer.
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Whilst the paint was drying I set about cutting out the heater intake at the front so I can eventually fit the Fiat Cinquecento radiator I recently bought. I want to strengthen up the front suspension mounts in this area too so it is good that the heater box is now gone.
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The rhs top suspension mount was also welded up along it's seams & a plate welded into the H bracket to keep it out of the elements way like the LHS. This was done before the painting :D .

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Post by ImpManiac » Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:16 pm

Excellent work, Colin! 8) You seam sealed before welding the outer front wing on? Where? Just curious.

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Post by colimp66 » Wed Aug 31, 2011 6:14 pm

Thanks IM,
Before I weld on the outer wing I will seam seal where I have welded.. The new inner wing part & where the panels meet each other, inner wing to door post, door post to inner panel & this panel where it meets the inner wing. All potential areas that can rust if water ever gets into the door pillar area again..
Once the outer panel is fitted I will never get to this area again apart from using a long hose & some waxoyl of course.. It will get this aswell once final painting has been done.
Thats the plan anyhow.. :wink:
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Post by ImpManiac » Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:14 pm

Belt and braces, eh? :wink: It makes sense to seam seal as you go - as you describe - and then fill it with wax too for good measure. Thank you for the explanation. :D :D

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Post by big J » Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:10 pm

Nice to see some progress, keep going now. :D
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Post by colimp66 » Sun Sep 04, 2011 6:02 pm

Will do Big J. :wink:
How is your Stiletto coming along? You got it up & running with the Gordini box yet?

Today instead of thinking about fibreglass doors & the like I got on with the Pest.
Cutting out the top of the fornt suspension mount support so i can weld in a 1"1/4 box section piece & tie it into the chassis rails at each side. Took a bit longer than I thought it would.
Cut out the piece I needed to & trial fitted the box section before removing & painting with some Zinc 182 where I wouldn't be able to paint once it was welded in..

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Once in & happy welded it all in then primed with Zinc 182. :D The underside can be seen in the second photo.
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Also seam sealed the rhs inner wing & that has now had it's second coat of primer.... shouldnt rust now..
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That one is for Impmaniac :wink:

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Post by colimp66 » Mon Sep 05, 2011 9:05 pm

Two days in a row working on The Pest is unheard of lately but it has happened today with me working on the box for mounting the front radiator. I also seam sealed al lthe work I done yesterday on the strengthening of the front suspension mount.
After measuring it all up & do a couple of doodles on the box the radiator came in I was ready to start cutting & bending some metal.
The lower part was made up first with only needing two folds in it it was pretty straight forward but the height did concern me at first as I didn't want the radiator to be sitting on the edge of the suspension mount. I was thinking ahead of myself at this point & decided I would use the side plates that I haven't made yet to support the radiator using rubber exhaust mounts.
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The top panel to the box was a bit more of a challenge as it has a few more bends in it for attaching it to the body then to direct air to the raddiator & fold over the top so I can later mount the box to direct the hot air out through the redundant spare wheel well.
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Tomorrow I will try & bend up the side plates that wil hold it all together & seal it so the air has to travel through tthe radiator.

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Post by cov_climax » Mon Sep 05, 2011 9:21 pm

good work on the 1.1/4" box, exactly what i did, almost invisible once painted.

i also used a chiq rad and there were a couple of 8mm round pressings top and bottom, i put a piece of inner tube in the hole then used bolts or pegs to retain the rad. i put the rad in the gap immediately behind the panel, so i could get it lower and fit the opening in the front panel, then just drilled two holes in the floor to line up with the pressing on the rad , then put a long-ish bolt and nut to leave a protruding pin to rest the rad on, then i made a frame, but could be sheet steel to box in the sides and provide the top mounts

similar to Si Trickett's old car, you can just see the bolt on top edge :
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Post by colimp66 » Mon Sep 05, 2011 10:11 pm

I happened to have the box section lying around Brian but I did see on one of your posts that was the way you did it when fitting your front end. I have to thank you for mentioning that. Cheers. :wink:

My cinquecento radiator doesnt seem to have those holes top & bottom that you mentioned (repro guess) which is why I am going the exhaust mount route & use the 3 mounts that Fiat use for the electric fan to be bolted to.

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Post by big J » Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:59 am

Good man Col, looking good. :D
No more progress on mine I'm afraid, still in the Middle East for a while yet.
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Post by colimp66 » Tue Sep 13, 2011 8:31 pm

Good to hear from you Big J.
Sure you will get stuck back in once your back over here & get used to the cold weather again...

Never managed to get into the garage at the weekend, well not to progress my Imp. Instead I was out playing on my motorbike that I have waited 8 weeks to get the V5 back from the DVLA so I could tax it.. It had to be done as the sun was out..
Anyway was in there tonight & finished the side panels for the radiator box so nearly ready for welding them in.. Thought I'd share the photos before it is welded up.
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In component form....
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Post by ImpManiac » Thu Sep 15, 2011 4:44 pm

colimp66 wrote:Also seam sealed the rhs inner wing & that has now had it's second coat of primer.... shouldnt rust now..
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That one is for Impmaniac :wink:
Thank you, Colin! :D :D Great work. Now I can understand better what you described about seam sealing in that area. The photos are much easier for me to get my head around.

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Post by sammy the sturgeon » Sat Nov 05, 2011 12:24 pm

Anything to update colin?????
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Post by colimp66 » Sat Nov 05, 2011 1:37 pm

Hi Paul,
Nothing exciting I'm afraid as been busy with work(self employed) & not having any spare time to get on with it.
I have only welded in the top & bottom parts to the radiator ducting that I made up a whilst back.
I do have new fibreglass bonnet, engine lid & doors though for when I get back into it. Bonnet & engine lid are still in thew wrapping they arrived in stuck at the back of the shed.
Rebuilding an old race bike too so I can sell to fund all the suspension & running gear that I want to put into it.

If only I had a place like yours, that could make all the difference. :lol:
Gladdis is looking good. :wink:

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Post by sammy the sturgeon » Sat Nov 05, 2011 1:41 pm

It does make a difference yeah,
and I get the self employed thing- threads just don't show the bit where you had everything clamped up, welder in hand, mask on, and the phone went for a job that you know is going to be a few hours, do they.

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Post by colimp66 » Sat Nov 05, 2011 2:28 pm

Hoping to try & get back into it this week if I'm lucky.
If I have the energy & inclination. :lol: Tryign to sort out a new website for my business so thats taking priority at the moment.

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Post by ImpManiac » Sun Nov 06, 2011 12:00 am

It'd be great to see your car progress again, Colin. :D

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Post by colimp66 » Sun Nov 20, 2011 9:17 pm

Hello, I'm still here. :)
Not a huge amount done since I last reported on The Pest but I did have an hour on it the other night & welded in the panels I knocked up for the radiator box. No photos I'm afraid but will get some posted asap.
Some tidying of the welds & some primer will have it looking good. :wink:

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Post by ImpManiac » Sun Nov 20, 2011 10:51 pm

Looking forward to the piccies, Colin. :wink: Good to hear from you about the Pest. :)

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Post by sammy the sturgeon » Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:56 am

Yeah, good your back at it - I have june just about bu**er all on GLAd this week.
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Post by colimp66 » Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:53 am

Well thats Christams & New Year over with, hope everyone had a good one?/
I have managed to have a bit of time on The Pest.. finished of the front wing at last & got it back on the spit so I can continue the task of repairing the floor, inner arch, outer arch, lower rear wing & the rear of the floor where the suspension crossmember bolts to... Seems all way too familiar that..??? ? :roll: probably a lot more besdies that little lot...

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Once the wing was welded & buffed down I got it on the spit.. & was greeted with this...
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Pretty much the same kind of state the lhs was in when I flipped that on its side. I think I can remember how to sort it out.. :lol:

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Post by Lotus-e-Clan » Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:23 pm

I'm really in awe of you guys who restore steel body work. 8)

Makes me feel really guilty that I prematurely scrapped HUE 135D (Polar White Deluxe) in 1976 and then BDU 501K (red and yellow Stiletto) in 1979....which made way for my first "rust-less" Clan Crusader FCV 273L (written off 2011 by the last owner in Ireland :roll: ).

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Post by kilty » Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:52 pm

Good to see you back at it Col, all the best for this year! :wink:
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Post by colimp66 » Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:12 am

Cheers Drew, hope you had a good one & all the best for the New year . :wink:

L-e-C.. shame on you scrapping those Imps .. :lol: To be honest it's a surprise my one wasn't scrapped some time ago.. I know I have had the urge more than once.. :lol: I'll keep battling on with it now.. I am envious of all that rust free fibreglass of a Clan.. 8)

Home from work last night & fired into the garage & cut out a bit of the floor & battered a fresh piece of metal into shape to replace it. Theres a few more of these to be shaped thats for sure but this is the first for now, more tonight I suspect.

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Cheers.
Col. ImpMckenzie
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Re: PES 989J... "The Pest" Starting on the floor

Post by chris d » Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:21 pm

nice to see you back at it col
the pest is looking good
no need to rush (took me 6 years)
keep us posted
chris d
stella sunbeam stiletto.finished and enjoying
libby 75 imp deluxe.ongoing.
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