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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by tiker » Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:27 am

Just read through all of this ,what an undertaking you have rebuilt the car from the ground up .I m just in ore of the scale of it all what a great job he says under estimating . Hope you enjoy every drive in it ive enjoyed just looking can't wait to drive mine. Ive never driven one
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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by ImpManiac » Mon Jan 12, 2015 2:23 pm

tiker wrote:Hope you enjoy every drive in it ive enjoyed just looking can't wait to drive mine. Ive never driven one
You will love it! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Re: Pete's Van Percy

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tiker wrote:Hope you enjoy every drive in it ive enjoyed just looking can't wait to drive mine. Ive never driven one
You will love it! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Yes you will, they are fun cars, and you certainly won't miss the heated seats, sat nav, climate control, 5th and 6th gears, reversing cameras, central locking electric windows, etc its back to basics Flintstone style here :wink:
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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by 67cali » Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:38 pm

tiker wrote:Just read through all of this ,what an undertaking you have rebuilt the car from the ground up .I m just in ore of the scale of it all what a great job he says under estimating . Hope you enjoy every drive in it ive enjoyed just looking can't wait to drive mine. Ive never driven one
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cheers for the kind words.

The hard bit is stripping it down and the repair stage when it is just a rusty pile of metal.you can get so low with enthusiasm. However, once it's painted and you are rebuilding it, the enthusiasm comes flooding back.

good luck with your imp, you'll love it!!!
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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by 67cali » Sun Jan 25, 2015 4:46 pm

Spent the weekend tinkering. Managed to tune up the carb and it's almost there now. Back seat is bolted in and seat belt extenders fitted for front seats. Still more to tinker with but it's much better.
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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by 67cali » Mon Mar 23, 2015 9:58 am

I bet my fiancée thinks I've finally lost the plot. She bought me a replica tax disc for my birthday but it didn't come with the perforations. Last night I used an old disc as a template and used a drawing pin to recreate the perforated edge. Looks great now. :-)
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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by 617sqn » Mon Mar 23, 2015 8:00 pm

I did mine with a darning needle before cutting it out. Makes all the difference :D

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Post by Grahame59 » Thu Mar 26, 2015 8:59 am

617sqn wrote:I did mine with a darning needle… :D

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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by The Nun » Thu Mar 26, 2015 9:10 am

Grahame59 wrote:
617sqn wrote:I did mine with a darning needle… :D

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The motoring public simply do not appreciate why road tax is so expensive. :wink:
I knew you would come up with the punchline there Grahame :lol:
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Post by 617sqn » Thu Mar 26, 2015 1:18 pm

The downside is that I've now got an old sock dangling from the disc holder ... :?

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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by 67cali » Mon Mar 30, 2015 9:53 am

Well that was an event full weekend.

Bolt sheared off the alternator adjuster on the m40 throwing the belt. Took a couple of hours to get sorted and arrived at the NEC late.

Had a great weekend and then got down to junction 2 on the m40 when the van spluttered and lost speed. Pulled over and ended up getting recovered home at 1 am. Suspect is air possibly getting in to the solex from the plastic tube. Will check it over this week. Other than that it ran beautifully bar oil splatter all over the rear.
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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by colin rooney » Mon Mar 30, 2015 1:28 pm

Well i would think if anyone seen you on the friday and then just happened to be going back into london yesterday they probably think shit im going around in circles as that bloke is still on the hard shoulder ,

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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by 67cali » Mon Mar 30, 2015 1:48 pm

Lol probably right col.

Think its just another dodgy solex as I changed that other one over and fitted new gaskets and cleaned it all up. Think I'll replace the pump too as I'm not confident about that either. Just teething problems.
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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by colin rooney » Mon Mar 30, 2015 1:56 pm

Yep these things happen dont lose heart in it you will get there in the end mate

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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by 67cali » Mon Mar 30, 2015 3:53 pm

I was only gutted in the fact we got so close to home. I'm very happy the engine otherwise runs well and no overheating. It's only done a couple of hundred miles so it's no wonder it needs tweaking.
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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by 67cali » Wed Apr 22, 2015 8:17 pm

Had some time this evening to look at percy. Rebuilt a fuel pump and refitted. It's running but not done a test drive. Looking at the carb, the solex is wet round the diaphragm on the side so going to take it off and check the carb out next. Hope to spend another evening on him and get the engine running properly again. Got a car meet to get to Saturday and can't really let them down as the press are apparently expecting me!
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Post by jetmech » Wed Apr 22, 2015 8:53 pm

No pressure then :lol:
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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by ImpManiac » Thu Apr 23, 2015 3:48 pm

^^ Oh, very good! :lol: :lol: :wink:

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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by 67cali » Fri Apr 24, 2015 6:22 am

It's not looking good. Pump working fine but carb clean end and rebuilt and it just won't start now. The van seems bloomin plagued with starting faults.
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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by 617sqn » Fri Apr 24, 2015 6:57 am

Can you smell fuel ? Maybe the float valve is stuck shut ? I've found recently that when things don't work, walk away and come back to it a few days later. I had a shower install recently and was commissioning it front of my customer. It wouldn't produce more than a dribble ! Left it untill the following day, when on my own, and it worked fine. Airlock, gremlin ? No idea, but the fresh start seemed to make the difference. Patience Pete.

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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by 67cali » Fri Apr 24, 2015 7:06 am

Carb seems to work in the sense that you press the accelerator and you can see a jet of petrol spray from the Accelerator pump discharge tube. If you take the top off the solex, petrol comes out of the float needle valve and the float chamber has fuel. On the odd occasion it does fire, it won't idle and adjusting the slow running jet seems to make no difference.
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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by 617sqn » Fri Apr 24, 2015 7:20 am

Doesn't the drain pipe have an effect on Solex health ? The thin one underneath. Also the idle jet can get blocked I believe. Did you "rod" them all during the rebuild ?

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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Fri Apr 24, 2015 11:51 am

This sounds a bit drastic but try the following if you think its fuel . remove air filter and whilst turning the engine over ( ign on ) squirt some WD40 or damp start into the air intake , IT should at least fire doing this ( BE CAREFUL),
If not then ign issues , timing , air leak , etc etc
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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by The Nun » Fri Apr 24, 2015 1:35 pm

You can get some rocket type fuel to squirt in like this, then its bound to work:

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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by 67cali » Fri Apr 24, 2015 6:11 pm

New carb time. Petrol is leaking from places it's not meant to. Either a reputable solex needed or find a 28/36 to fit my banana branch.
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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Fri Apr 24, 2015 6:26 pm

Given the fact you need this sorting pronto id stick with a Solex ------ or maybe later on a nice simple single SU :wink:
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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by The Nun » Fri Apr 24, 2015 6:37 pm

You can get an angle thingy to put a Strommy on a standard manifold too. :?
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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by ImpManiac » Fri Apr 24, 2015 9:12 pm

Sorry to hear about your woes. Keep working through the teething problems and you will have a van that is gorgeous and usable. :D

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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by 67cali » Sat Apr 25, 2015 8:44 am

Haha, single su would be great if I could find a manifold.

Spoke to Derek Couldry last night to advise it's not looking great for this afternoon and he has given me some great pointers and a 4 step guide to working on the carb. Heading back to the van shortly so will report back.
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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by 67cali » Sat Apr 25, 2015 6:25 pm

Set to work at it this morning and had it running in 20 mins. Turned out to be dirt and a blocked jet or two. This afternoon percy socialised with some imps at an old chrysler garage.
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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by 617sqn » Sat Apr 25, 2015 6:58 pm

It's all in the detail, Pete. Glad its sorted mate. Enjoy.

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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by 67cali » Fri May 15, 2015 7:04 am

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Well, took the van out to the Cooper club just to show the guys and enjoy a run out. All ran well. Sadly the following day the van had to sit out in the rain all day whilst my garage door got fixed. However, I was pleased that the windscreen is almost watertight. Just a couple of small drips. Also got the blower motor wired up. Just need to find a switch now and somewhere to mount it.
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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by bks974c » Fri May 15, 2015 8:57 am

What switch are you looking for ?

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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by 67cali » Fri May 15, 2015 10:22 am

bks974c wrote:What switch are you looking for ?

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I'm guessing the logical place is the removable square piece on the later dash that has space for three switches. I think they are black ones.
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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by bks974c » Fri May 15, 2015 12:30 pm

Indeed they are black

l should have one but the question is where,
Will have a look after the weekend as on duty at Knockhill all weekend.
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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by 67cali » Sat May 16, 2015 12:41 pm

bks974c wrote:Indeed they are black

l should have one but the question is where,
Will have a look after the weekend as on duty at Knockhill all weekend.
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that would be great if you find one, thanks.
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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by imporium » Mon May 18, 2015 2:49 pm

67cali wrote:
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Well, took the van out to the Cooper club just to show the guys and enjoy a run out. All ran well. Sadly the following day the van had to sit out in the rain all day whilst my garage door got fixed. However, I was pleased that the windscreen is almost watertight. Just a couple of small drips. Also got the blower motor wired up. Just need to find a switch now and somewhere to mount it.
Hi Pete, I have posted you a good used rocker switch foc ok :wink:
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Post by 67cali » Tue May 19, 2015 7:20 am

Ooo thanks malc :-)
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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by bks974c » Tue May 19, 2015 6:29 pm

Guess you'll not need another then.

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Re: Pete's Van Percy

Post by 67cali » Sun Jun 07, 2015 4:09 pm

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Few detailing bits done this weekend. Remade the wood for the restall seat so it actually fits properly now. Restall sticker added, hillman badge added to rear X member and pentastar added. Good coat of polish and re cleaned carb due to yet more dirt coming from the tank. Just about ready for the photographer tomorrow I think.
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