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Post by colimp66 » Sat Jan 03, 2015 10:15 pm

Been a whilst since I posted any progress on The Pest but this week there has been a small bit of progress I am glad to report, not massive but with Christmas over with and nothing to make for my sons school projects at the moment I'm in the garage on the Imp. :P
Been busying myself with cleaning up the steering rack and fitting new gaiters that I bought a whilst ago and the fitting of the kingpins to the stub axles that I bought more than a whilst ago I am ashamed to say. :oops:

Anyhoo, here are some photo's that I know you all like.

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With shiny stainless track rods that I bought oooHH donks ago!!!! :o
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Stripped and cleaned stub axles with a set of new kingpins in all greased up and moving nicely now. Ready for the hubs and some shiny black paint to be applied some time soon then maybe fitted up to the wishbones that have been sitting against the garage wall waiting patiently to be reunited.
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Post by kilty » Sun Jan 04, 2015 4:21 pm

Looks good. I did the same to mine not long ago, good stuff, the stainless arms etc.
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Post by impstress2003 » Sun Jan 04, 2015 9:35 pm

You know a project is getting closer when the welding stops and the fettling/refurbing/cleaning of parts to refit starts. :D

Nice work with the steering parts, I can't wait to see this on the road!

Any thoughts on the paint scheme?

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Post by ImpManiac » Mon Jan 05, 2015 11:57 am

Lovely work, Colin! 8) Were the stainless steel steering arms from Mr. Immers, by any chance? :?:

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Post by colimp66 » Mon Jan 05, 2015 7:59 pm

Thanks Drew, Simon & Paul.
Slowly gettting there once again, bit of a saga is The Pest with slow progress from me unfortunately getting to work on it.

The stainless track rods came from Holland Paul so it may be Mr Immers like you say. They have been in a box of goodies for the last two years at least amongst a lot of other goodies i have in the same box.
Simon the favourite colour for The Pest at the moment is Porsche Gulf blue but i have pondered over the Hartwell white/orange aswell as Porsche Gulf blue over white as well. :wink:
Could be anyone of the above though..

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Post by colimp66 » Tue Jan 06, 2015 10:49 am

More goodies fell through the letterbox today to put into my box of goodies...

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Expensive lenses once you have to pay the import taxes etc. but they will look good I am sure. 8)

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Post by colimp66 » Tue Aug 04, 2015 11:44 am

Been a long time time since I've posted about any progress on The Pest due to been really busy with business and family I haven't had the time to get near it for ages.
What I have done though is paint a few bits an bobs for the hubs as can be seen below.. A couple of coats of Hydrate 80, zinc primer then a couple of coats of an epoxy enamel to give it the shine 8)

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Another reason for not getting on with the Pest is that I have been bending metal in a different way to making it fit an Imp.

Halfway finished..
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Finished sitting outside my shop.

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Took a month of late nights and the days I have spare.

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Post by colin rooney » Tue Aug 04, 2015 11:52 am

Very nice bit of work well done
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Post by ImpManiac » Tue Aug 04, 2015 12:36 pm

That's awesome, Colin! :shock: Really unusual. You have artistic flair too! :mrgreen:

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Post by The Nun » Tue Aug 04, 2015 1:41 pm

Is he modelled after :lol: a particular IMP Club member?
Looks like hes already taken a bit of stick.
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Post by Lars Hagermark » Tue Aug 04, 2015 1:58 pm

Impressive metal shaping and artistic skills. :D
Now I start to wonder what "The Pest" will look like. :wink:
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Post by colimp66 » Tue Aug 04, 2015 4:09 pm

Thank you for your kind comments :oops: :D

It was done for an event that was happening in my town back in April which coincided closely with John Muirs' birthday bringing together artists to have a Dunbar Arts Festival.
I'm not calling myself an artist I may add.

http://www.dunbar.org.uk/dunbar-art-trail-gallery


Lars, don't worry about how the Pest will turn out. It wont be too extravagant, honest. :wink:

With all the metal shaping and hammering that was involved with making him I have suffered a bit with tennis elbow which makes it difficult working on the Imp for any length of time so having to sit back a bit on that for the moment unfortunately.

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Post by tiker » Mon Aug 24, 2015 9:19 am

Looking good col nice to see your posting again
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Re: PES 989J... "The Pest" ...Brake caliper adaptors

Post by colimp66 » Tue Sep 01, 2015 2:39 pm

After being inspired with all the lovely Imps at the National I've had a couple of hours in the garage over the weekend fabricating the front disc caliper brackets for The Pest.

2x8mm steel plate,4x14mm long M10 spacers for the caliper and 4x6mm M10 spacers for the hub with appropriate High tensile bolts once they arrive.

The result is this for one of them so far.
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Post by ImpManiac » Tue Sep 01, 2015 6:51 pm

Lovely work, Colin! :) How did you cut them to shape?

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Post by colimp66 » Tue Sep 01, 2015 7:06 pm

Cheers Paul

To get the correct shape I first used two separate thin pieces of metal, one on the caliper clamped over the two bolt holes and scribed through the holes so I could then centre them for drilling. Replicating that on the hub side of the stub axle as that is the smooth part and easier to do. Once I had the holes drilled where they should be I fitted the caliper over the disc spacing it on the outer edge with a welding rod to give enough clearance so the caliper wont rub. Bolted my two seperate pieces of thin metal to the hub and caliper which need to overlap slighty, clamp them together then weld them together to make one piece.

This gives you a perfect template to use on the thicker 8 mm plate for holding the caliper and hub together. I used a cutting disc and flap wheel then to shape the bracket in the vice.. twice :wink:

Hope that makes sense.

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Post by kilty » Tue Sep 01, 2015 7:07 pm

Magic, crack on sir!
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Post by ImpManiac » Tue Sep 01, 2015 7:34 pm

^^ Clever. :D I have wondered how brackets like those can be made and that makes sense.

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Post by colimp66 » Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:37 pm

Had some time to spend on the Pest itself recently instead of the component parts so decided to pull out the factory seat base of the passenger floor and replicate what I have done with the drivers side. Drilled out all the spot welds of the original, throw it out and make up the new plates for the box section to go in some point this week after cleaning up the rusty bittie which were underneath.
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The plates are now welded in awaiting the box section and brackets to attach the seat to.. :)
Slow progress but progress all the same.

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Post by colimp66 » Wed Nov 11, 2015 10:15 am

Finished of the seat rails with box section this week and fitted the passenger seat to see how it fits. Still need to be painted but I know they fit and slide properly as they should . :)
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Once I was happy with the seat position I moved onto the scuttle where i wanted to fill in the washer holes so at least I have one less area that could have water leaking into the car body. New washer jets will be fitted to the bonnet once I am at that stage.
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Post by ImpManiac » Wed Nov 11, 2015 2:03 pm

It's good to see the Pest progress, Colin. :D

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Post by tiker » Wed Nov 11, 2015 2:58 pm

Hi Colin like the seats its looking good ,I've been thinking about welding up the water jet holes myself the scuttle is a terrible place to get water in, anything to keep it out is good news to me
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Post by John Simister » Wed Nov 11, 2015 4:01 pm

My Stiletto had the washer jet holes brazed up back in the 80s. A rust bubble had appeared by one of the former holes by the time I bought it last year. So during the repaint it's just had, the original holes and jets were reinstated for a period-correct look and a washer-jet hole in the bonnet welded up. It's the opposite of what's been done here... just make sure that if you do it, you do it better than it was done on mine 30 years ago!

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Post by colimp66 » Wed Nov 11, 2015 5:41 pm

Cheers Paul, chipping away at it slowly once again when I have time and in the mood for it.

Tiker, your scuttle looks like it is in worse shape than mine was from what I can see in the photo. My thoughts are if it is going to leak I would rather it leaked into the boot space where I could see it rather than slowly eat away at the hidden metal within the scuttle.

John if it last for another 30 years I reckon I have done well :lol: but I know what you mean.

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Post by colimp66 » Sat Jan 09, 2016 9:47 am

A little bit more progress of late with The Pest since the last time I updated.

The underside has now been seam sealed and a second coat of Zinc primer so ready for some Upol Gravitex underseal then a splash of top coat colour some time soon. :P
Also painted the passenger side area where the passenger seat is now located and been tidying up the interior for some primer so that could also receive some colour.
A Metro steering column was given to me so I can now have a lowered steering column so that will be done before any colour is applied to the interior which will allow me to attach my pressie from Santa.....
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Last night I dug out the pedal box and let my drill eat away at the pedals for a bit then rounded of all the sharp edges with the flap wheel giving a much more appealing look to them I think.
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Be back in over the weekend figuring out the steering column position.

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Post by colin rooney » Sat Jan 09, 2016 2:12 pm

Col i think the pedals look great if your going to hang them on the wall of the garage ,if the brake pedal snaps your in major trouble

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Post by colimp66 » Sat Jan 09, 2016 2:42 pm

I can understand the concern Colin and it has crossed my mind too but I have sen others done like this.
Like these
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Not for an Imp granted.

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Post by colin rooney » Sat Jan 09, 2016 3:42 pm

Yep there is a lot less holes in them pedals ,

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Post by 617sqn » Sat Jan 09, 2016 4:55 pm

A bit off topic, but back when I was a young teenager, and keen on racing pushbikes, we had a guy who was crazy about weight saving. He drilled EVERY THING. His Ali brake calipers, seat post, pedals, crank you name it. One day I went round his house to find he'd drilled holes around the large front crank wheel and even three small holes in each TOOTH ! :o I'm not kidding you, you could twist it easily in your hands, but around the circumference it was as strong as ever. Each hole was chamfered to ease stresses caused at sharp edges, and he raced with it all.

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Post by colimp66 » Sat Jan 09, 2016 5:20 pm

Andy,
I used to race BMX and it ws similar then too. Once I started racifn Classic motorbikes it was the same ethos with the brake pedals, clutch and front brake levers. The wheel hubs weren't left out either from the attention of the drill bit, if it didn't resemble Swiss cheese it wasn't worthy of being on the bike. Clutch baskets often got the same attention too.

I understand Colins concern regarding the brake pedal but I am confident in it being ok.

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Post by The Nun » Sat Jan 09, 2016 7:05 pm

I expect you could get what you need for the job from a parts holesaler too?
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Post by cov_climax » Sat Jan 09, 2016 8:55 pm

I considered drilling the pedals when I was building my car, but acame to the same thinking as Colin R. Clutch pedal should be fine as forces are low, but brakes is very brave.

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Post by ImpManiac » Sat Jan 09, 2016 11:57 pm

The Nun wrote:I expect you could get what you need for the job from a parts holesaler too?
Nnngggg. :lol: :lol:

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Post by colimp66 » Tue Jan 19, 2016 9:47 am

Steadily working away at small jobs on the Pest since I last posted. The underside of the floor has been seam sealed and a second coat of Zinc primer added, the inside has had similar treatment as well.
New tubing to progress the roll cage has been bought and some of it added to connect the front loop over the windscreen area, still to fit the door bars which is next on the list before the removal of the cage so I can have it powdercoated at some point and paint the interior. A bit in the future but I have to make a plan of some sort. :P
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Last night it was a matter of refitting the seats for the umpteenth time to see how I am going to attach the Rover 100 steering column and to get an idea of position.
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I have trimmed down all the extra bits from the Rover 100 switch gear attachments so I can make up my own mounts to allow some adjustabillity as well as a new steering lock/ignition on the column.

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Post by ImpManiac » Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:33 pm

Interesting, Colin. :) I have to say, an adjustable steering column in my Chamois appeals to me. :wink: The safety benefits of a collapsible column would be attractive too.

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Post by colimp66 » Thu Jan 21, 2016 10:05 am

Cheers Paul.
I am hoping to have it more or less welded up by the weekend regarding the steering column with it's newly acquired adjustability. :wink:

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Post by bazzateer » Thu Jan 21, 2016 7:39 pm

colimp66 wrote:More goodies fell through the letterbox today to put into my box of goodies...

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Expensive lenses once you have to pay the import taxes etc. but they will look good I am sure. 8)

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Post by 617sqn » Thu Jan 21, 2016 8:25 pm

Ditto to the above, but they have been very good overall and a worthwhile addition, IMO. Just ease a drill bit down them carefully to open the hole up a tad.

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Post by colimp66 » Thu Jan 21, 2016 10:16 pm

Baz you are correct they did come from the guy in S.America, quite some time ago and I appreciate the advice on fitting from you and Andy, cheers.
To be honest they were put straight into my box of new birts for the car and havent been looked at since. I dont even know what box the original lights are in to try and see how they fit. I will tread carefully following the advice of you both.
They do look pretty cool on your Imp Andy and I'm hoping for a similar coolness 8) to my end result. :D
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Post by colimp66 » Fri Jan 22, 2016 11:02 pm

A bit more done with the adjustable column I am fitting. Made up the lower pivot point bracket and tacked that onto the bulkhead which allowed me to make up two plates to weld onto the column itself which gives a good bit of adjustment in comparison to the original column.
The original top mounting point is still fitted to the body in the photos to give me a datum point to know that it will be pointing in the original position at least. A new top mount is in the planning to allow for the slidinf adjustability that I want to create.
In the low position but I doubt it will need to go this low.
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In the high position where it would be originally.
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From the driving position showing where the ignition and steering lock now are using a motorbike ignition switch.
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The ease of adjustment is being made by using quick release levers from a bicycle seat clamp.

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