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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by ImpManiac » Tue Apr 05, 2011 11:23 pm

:shock: Weird. I came back from the Stevenage chapter Imp meet about an hour and a half ago and Dennis Allt had a photo of this very car with him, among lots of other period photos of racing Imps and other machinery. Not that much of a coincidence really, considering how famous the car is, I guess. :wink:

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Post by Bevan IMP » Tue May 17, 2011 3:01 pm

We are nearly there, the car has turned its wheels for the first time and actually completed a few laps of Brands Hatch.

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Hopefully we are on for the 29th at Crystal Palace.
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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by Impecunious » Tue May 17, 2011 3:07 pm

I've just had to mop up the drooling dribble from my chin............. :D :D :D

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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by ImpManiac » Tue May 17, 2011 3:23 pm

Very luvverly! :mrgreen: If it goes as well as it looks, it must go extremely well! :P

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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by ganderson888 » Tue May 17, 2011 3:33 pm

Bevan IMP wrote:We are nearly there, the car has turned its wheels for the first time and actually completed a few laps of Brands Hatch.
Hopefully we are on for the 29th at Crystal Palace.
That's excellent news, Jonathan

I hope all goes to plan for Crystal Palace. 8)
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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by ben » Tue May 17, 2011 8:53 pm

Woop Woop .... car porn alert 8) 8)

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Post by stuartrf » Tue May 17, 2011 9:07 pm

wow i wish i stayed around to watch it at brands
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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by 67cali » Tue May 17, 2011 9:22 pm

is it actually on the track at the palace or just displaying? Hope it's one the track as that will be 2 Imps competeing that day.
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Post by Bevan IMP » Wed May 18, 2011 8:05 am

67cali wrote:is it actually on the track at the palace or just displaying? Hope it's one the track as that will be 2 Imps competeing that day.
We are actually running the car, although competing may be a bit strong. Just thought it would be a nice day out for everyone.

I was talking to my dad about the first time he ran an IMP. Apparently they turned up to Crystal Palace with the car not complete and finished at the track.

We are testing the car again next week, the first shakedown went well although we didn't push the car and kept the revs down. I was pleased that the car got round and came back in one piece !!!!!!!

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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by 67cali » Wed May 18, 2011 4:14 pm

haha, well, 1mph or 100mph, your still a competitor in my eyes. I'll be up there and looking forward to seeing it both in the flesh and on the track. Don't push it too hard, no point in breaking it so soon after being built. The comentators at the Palace love the Imps, just seeing it driving round will get you plenty of attention and bring back lots of memories and stories for others. :D
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Post by Lars Hagermark » Thu May 19, 2011 1:48 am

Aaah! Reading this brings memories back. Wish I could be there.
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Re: Bevan IMP- completed

Post by Bevan IMP » Thu May 26, 2011 7:40 am

Spent another afternoon at Brands Hatch.

We have a misfire at the top end which is due to the points bouncing. We now are on the hunt for a decent set of points which were not made in China!!!!

We had a photographer from Retro Cars and Autosport taking some pictures. We even managed to have the track to do some action pictures taken from the photographers car.

All we have left to do is the front anti roll bar which is currently being made.

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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by Richard Claydon » Thu May 26, 2011 7:49 am

Why not fit something like an Aldon Ignitor module and do away with the points? I ran one on my 1040 race engine and it was spot on.

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Post by Colin Foster (heaps) » Thu May 26, 2011 5:07 pm

john try pming moose i beleve he can make some that i think impmaniac uses and ive seen a pic of his rev counter at some thing like 8k rpm
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Post by Bevan IMP » Thu May 26, 2011 6:57 pm

I think Moose and I are already on the same path. Cooper points and an external condenser.

We already have 8k,it misfires from this point. We need to get to around 9k.
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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by ImpManiac » Thu May 26, 2011 9:54 pm

Colin is right. I have some of moose's kit - points, rotor arms and a condensor. However it is not fitted yet. :D I saw well over 9000 rev/min out of mine on crappy "Lucas" badged Chinese knock-off ignition parts! :lol: After that, though, it felt a bit flat and seemed to misfire at higher engine speeds (over 8500 rev/min) - only very slightly. I think the points 'went off.' The engine is fine internally - great oil pressure, etc. When it returns to service, it will be fitted with the good points, rotor arm and condensor. :wink:

I cannot wait to see your car, Jon!

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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by tomrogers7 » Fri Jun 10, 2011 9:02 pm

Bevan IMP wrote:
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Hi I was wondering if you could help me. I am in the process of converting a standard imp into a Bevan, basically to look like the image above. I was planning on using 13x8 rears and 13x7 fronts, but for suspension I think the 800lb springs may be a bit too ruff for road. The car will be predominantly be used for road but also for track. How bad really are 800lb rears? Have you got any suggestions as to how to get the car to the same height? Many thanks, Tom.
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Post by Bevan IMP » Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:06 am

It really depends on your spring and shock combination. If you are a hardcore driver who doesn't care it shouldn't be a problem.

I would just try it..............

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Post by tomrogers7 » Mon Jun 13, 2011 2:25 pm

Bevan IMP wrote:It really depends on your spring and shock combination. If you are a hardcore driver who doesn't care it shouldn't be a problem.

I would just try it..............

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Thanks for the reply. Well I was planning on using 800lb springs for rear, and extra low montes for front. Is that what you used? With spax http://www.dcperformance.co.uk/products.php?item=g756 or double adjustable.

How much did the compomotive wheels set you back? (I'm scared to find out) I'm most probably going to go for superlites.
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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by Duk » Mon Jun 13, 2011 4:41 pm

Tom my friend has that suspension setup on his road car, it can get a bit bumpy if you drive on crap roads but it far makes up for it when you get to a bit of flat :twisted:
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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by apeximp » Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:25 am

Small photo of the new Bevan Imp in acton in the latest copy of Motorsport out this morning !!
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Post by Bevan IMP » Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:18 am

Stuart Foster posted a picture of my Grandfather's car from 1974 which was originally a 73 Touring car.
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By coincidence I was looking through a German Magazine and found the car in 1976.....

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If you are in Germany and have this sitting in a barn can you e-mail me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Post by knutspeed » Tue Oct 25, 2011 3:28 pm

Bevan IMP wrote:changed the dash as my dad didnt like my first attempt !!!!

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jonathan,
The dash looks stunning! Any chance you have some more pics? Is it standard, or refurbished? I need a mk3 rhd dash for our Bevan tribute car, and since the car has been modded through its life, I don't really know where to start.
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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by imp1973 » Tue Oct 25, 2011 10:48 pm

this car is absolutely gorgeous! :mrgreen: i love it :mrgreen:
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Post by Bevan IMP » Wed Oct 26, 2011 4:55 pm

Jonathan,
The dash looks stunning! Any chance you have some more pics? Is it standard, or refurbished? I need a mk3 rhd dash for our Bevan tribute car, and since the car has been modded through its life, I don't really know where to start.[/quote]

Hi

The dash is actually standard, I removed all the back section of the glove box to remove some weight. I would suggest getting a standard dash and taking a look at where the original fixing points are. From memory the top section is held on by three screws across the dash and the end plates each have two screws into the steel bulkhead.

You may struggle if you have already cut back the original steel dash which hides behind everything.

The gauges actually took me some time. I removed all the original gauges and opened up each hole in the plastic to allow the oversized gauges to fit.

I used the original blue back plate ( with a few adaptions) to keep the strength in the panel. I actually wired the entire dash on a plug system to allow it to be removed quickly if needed.

With my OCD taken into account i spent about two weeks on it !!! I will try and find some pictures.

Good Luck..............................

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Bevan IMP goes to Scotland............

Post by Bevan IMP » Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:52 am

Hi All,

A sad day in the Bevan house !!!!!!!!

Today we parted with our car which will probably be the last Bevan IMP built to Group 2 spec.

The car went to Tom from Scotland and will sit in his heated garage.
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I wish Tom all the best with the car, I understand he is looking to show it at various event's.

Best Wishes

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Post by Greetham » Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:09 pm

well done on the sale and its nice to see it has gone to a good home :)
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Re: Bevan IMP goes to Scotland............

Post by imp.sport » Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:23 pm

Bevan IMP wrote:A sad day in the Bevan house !!!!!!!!
I can understand why you sold it.
I can understand why you built it.
I admire your workmanship.
But I can't get my head round why it should make you sad!
Unless you think you sold it too cheap, or the man who now has it is not keen on it (very doubtful)

One day I hope to see it in the flesh. Imp Club 50th anniversary perhaps!
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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by Colin Foster (heaps) » Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:55 pm

Perhaps its a sad day day because Johnathan created a bit of family history and nostalgia which in itself is priceless, i'm sad because unless it goes to a national I wont get to see it again!

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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by Bevan IMP » Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:02 pm

Sad......

It was a link to the past.
Got to spend two years doing something with my dad.
Two small kids watch me build it, and in some cases helped me !!
The money has nothing to do with it.

It was a great project which didn't deserve to be sat in my cold garage. At least Tom has heating in his.

He already has an IMP so he may be a member.

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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:53 pm

Whatever it sold for i know it was worth it , try building another that good and see how much it costs you , you rarely get back what they cost and its never done for profit anyway .
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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by Bevan IMP » Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:51 pm

THE END........

or is it.....
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Post by johnhjnr » Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:09 pm

great work, great story.

cars come and go, some mean more than others, some are worth more than others and some are more envied than others.

yours was probably all of the above but more importantly, time spent with the "old man" is priceless!

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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by ImpManiac » Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:50 pm

Bevan IMP wrote:THE END........

or is it.....
Man, you can't just say something like that and leave us all hanging! :shock: :shock: Spill the beans! :idea:

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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by Lars Hagermark » Wed Jan 25, 2012 1:14 am

I'd think Jonathans second previous post has it all laid out. :wink:
Bevan IMP wrote:...
It was a link to the past.
Got to spend two years doing something with my dad.
Two small kids watch me build it, and in some cases helped me !!
...
When the kids are grown up they'll want to link to the past, spend some time doing something with their dad and let their young ones be part of a great and challenging project. :)
Some family traditions should live forever! :D
PS
I don't want to wait until some years before Imp-100 though. :lol:
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Cheers and congratulations to Jonathan and team and to Tom, the new owner!
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