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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by johnh875 » Tue Jan 12, 2010 9:28 pm

/\/\ Ditto (particularly as I never saw any 'period' racing Imps)

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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by ImpManiac » Tue Jan 12, 2010 11:43 pm

^^ Absolutely! I too love seeing the period shots of Imps often humbling much larger vehicles! :P

And your Bevan Imp looks incredible! VERY lovely indeed! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Post by Bevan IMP » Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:48 pm

I havent posted anything for a while so i thought i would show you my front supsension setup with the brakes etc fitted.We are using Girling alloy Calipers with viva disks and hubs. The shocks are slightly different as they are double adjustable coilovers.
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I have just ordered the front radiator which will combine the oil and water cooling in one unit. It should be ready in around 2-3 weeks.

My dad has just finished the ports on the head. We are planning to build an intial engine to get the car up and running so we can test the setup of the car asap.

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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by stuartrf » Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:33 pm

looks really nice
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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by Bevan IMP » Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:22 pm

Thanks Stuart, better than an e-type any day.........

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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by Lotus-e-Clan » Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:16 am

Probably an old question anwered before so forgive me...but how do you set up the toe-in to get over the increased scrub angle on the front tyres due to the wider track (viva) relative to the king-pin axis...or have you compensated by using less negative rim offset?

Looks beautiful by the way.
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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by stuartrf » Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:20 pm

Bevan IMP wrote:Thanks Stuart, better than an e-type any day.........

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i think it would be in my best intrest if i didnt reply to that comment :lol: although you know what i prefer
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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by Bevan IMP » Mon Mar 01, 2010 9:08 pm

Lotus-e-Clan wrote:Probably an old question anwered before so forgive me...but how do you set up the toe-in to get over the increased scrub angle on the front tyres due to the wider track (viva) relative to the king-pin axis...or have you compensated by using less negative rim offset?
Why not ask an easy question.......... I haven't got to setting the front up yet. When we do i will try and answer your question.

We are however staring to play around on the rear to reduce the toe in and negative camber.
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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by stuartrf » Mon Mar 01, 2010 9:42 pm

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there you go mate the car i was talking about
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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by Lotus-e-Clan » Mon Mar 01, 2010 11:45 pm

Yep the scrub angle thing interests me at the mo because I have a set of dished wheels with a lot of offset that would be about equivalent to the viva hub spacing. Ok for the rear wheels but I think the fronts will need extra toe-in to overcome the extra scrub.
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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by Bevan IMP » Wed Mar 03, 2010 7:59 am

Hi Stuart,

It is the ugly Bevan IMP !!!!!
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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by stuartrf » Wed Mar 03, 2010 8:18 am

i quite like it tbh i dont think we have any more pics of the bevan imps but we do have one or 2 or different racing imps and a fantastic pic of a matra simca (hope i spelt it right)
but we have about 12 slide projector canisters full of pics that we need to look at so there might be a few more
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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by stuartrf » Wed Mar 03, 2010 9:16 pm

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there you go thats the marta simca quite nice and this is a pic when i first saw it i thought it was a painting
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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by Bevan IMP » Sun Mar 07, 2010 3:39 pm

I have just spent the first day in ages working on the car. We changed the rear crossmember to a 60's model with more bolt holes

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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by bazzateer » Sun Mar 07, 2010 5:48 pm

It just gets better!

Those oil cooler pipes may need some adjustment! :D
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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by 875imp » Sun Mar 07, 2010 6:12 pm

The imp looks great. I really like the deep dish on the rear wheels.
Could you have the same amount of dish on the front or would there need to be lots of modifications?
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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by impmann » Sun Mar 07, 2010 6:23 pm

Lots of rubbing... and also wouldn't look correct as a Bevan car.

Jonathan - that is looking beautiful. Can't wait to see it in action.
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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by Lotus-e-Clan » Sun Mar 07, 2010 6:47 pm

Probably Viva brakes increasing track requiring a lot of positive offset and no dish on the front I'd guess.

Looks beautiful though. A pro job... no cutting corners or costs here for sure.
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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by skamanfrank » Sun Mar 07, 2010 7:14 pm

Just.... wow!
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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by ImpManiac » Sun Mar 07, 2010 9:06 pm

Beautiful! 8) I cannot wait to see this!

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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by TimC » Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:38 am

Nice plate on the beemer. 8)

Imp is looking superb.
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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by bazzateer » Sat Mar 20, 2010 7:00 pm

Just found this in my photobucket:

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A few new bits

Post by Bevan IMP » Mon Apr 05, 2010 6:33 pm

Hi All,

I thought i would share a few new bits with you, We have fitted the front radiator / oil cooler. I have started work on the dash.

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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by ImpManiac » Tue Apr 06, 2010 10:40 am

Awesome, Jonathan! 8) I love the dashboard! It has everything you need! :wink: And nothing more.

Very nice indeed. I cannot wait to see this up close and personal!

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Post by Bevan IMP » Mon May 03, 2010 4:45 pm

HI ALL

Just to prove i am still working on the car......A few more photos.

Dash Nearly finished, Oil lines through the car....

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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by Meltdown » Mon May 03, 2010 4:59 pm

Looking good. Without wading through this thread, are you planning on racing in a post-historic series?
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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by Bevan IMP » Mon May 03, 2010 5:18 pm

Hi Meltdown,

The car would not be legal in the current HSCC series due to the arches being fitted, I may build another without the arches in the near future.

We are looking to demonstrate and show the car in early 2011, we should have a few practice sessions in this year to set the car up.

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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by ImpManiac » Mon May 03, 2010 5:44 pm

This is just lovely. A credit to you, Jonathan and equally a fitting tribute to your grandfather. 8)

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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by Meltdown » Mon May 03, 2010 7:24 pm

The car would not be legal in the current HSCC series due to the arches being fitted
True, the arches weren't homologated until 1970. There is a post historic race series (pre 1974) usually populated with escorts, capris and avengers - one of the best races of any formula I've ever seen involved one of each of those three models at Thruxton, where there was a change of lead virtually every lap! Twas some years ago admittedly. I don't think there are any Imps racing in this championship at present. From what I've read of the regs they are far more restrictive than for HSCC pre '66 - no fibreglass doors/bonnet/boot for starters, and most trim and window mechanisms must remain, which makes for a heavy little car. Did your Grandfather have grp openings in the day? Maybe the HSCC mob could enter en masse and bring back the 1970s glory days as they have with the '60s!
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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by ImpManiac » Mon May 03, 2010 8:50 pm

Isn't there a Top Hat race series for 70s saloons? :) A serious Imp might go well, depending upon the rules, of course.

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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by Meltdown » Mon May 03, 2010 9:10 pm

Yes, but the class structure is simply under or over 2 litres, group 1 or 2 FIA appendix K, must have raced in period in European Touring Car Championship, and it's pre 1978...
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Post by Bevan IMP » Fri Jun 04, 2010 7:25 am

For those who ask what happened to the Bevan IMPs. I think this car is dead.........

This is the result of hitting a bank backwards.

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Post by Meltdown » Fri Jun 04, 2010 3:27 pm

Ouch! That's one helluva dent! Hope the seat had a headrest.
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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by kilty » Fri Jun 04, 2010 4:00 pm

Lots of great work done on your car. 8)

Mind if I ask who supplied your door seals?

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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by Bevan IMP » Fri Jun 04, 2010 6:36 pm

The door seals are original......

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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by 875imp » Sat Jun 05, 2010 2:09 pm

Do you have any more pictures of car number 1 and 71 as shown in pictures on page 2?
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finished cam cover

Post by Bevan IMP » Mon Jun 14, 2010 7:06 pm

Another couple of hours spent in the garage !!!!!!!
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Post by bazzateer » Mon Jun 14, 2010 8:17 pm

Oh yes! Very nice indeed :D
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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by Prometheus » Mon Jun 14, 2010 9:38 pm

Absolutely fabulous build. Really looking forward to seeing your car up close and personal as it were. So great to have the family heritage attached, makes the build a real work of passion 8) .

You mentioned in an earlier post about the first Bevan head built for 30 years, and Peter trying to remember how they were done. I wonder if it would be possible to ID some older work. The reason I ask is that I bought some wheels from Martyn Morgan Jones some time ago now and when he was visting me he had a look at a big valve head that I have here of unknown origin. He suggested that he thought it could possibly be a Bevan head as he thought that some of the work on it was in a Bevan style. I have no idea what that means exactly and I am in no way implying that he was making any kind of statement of fact, it was just a casual conversation. It has no markings of any sort so i'm not sure how it would be possible to even know. However my question is... were/are there any tell tale signs or particular features of Bevan work which could confirm or deny the heads heritage? I appreciate that it's a long shot but I just thought that it if it were a Bevan then perhaps Peter might be able to use it to help you with your recreation. I'm happy to send it to you for scrutiny if you think it would help? Or perhaps I could bring it along to the national if the Bevan clan will be in attendance?

Just a thought. :D
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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by ImpManiac » Tue Jun 15, 2010 10:12 am

That camshaft cover will really set the engine off nicely, Jonathan. :) Great work!

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