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Post by sammy the sturgeon » Sun Sep 05, 2010 7:22 pm

GLA ddis.......

It's been a strange affair with GLAddis in the month or so I have known her -
I mean, I wasn't looking for another woman in my life,
And then suddenly she turned up,
Out of the blue,

A friend of mine rang me and asked if i could pick her up,
Turned out she was in a love triangle and disturbing the relationship between a GT6 and a double garage,
So being a good mate to the garage, I took her off his hands.

I was told at 47 years of age, she was ready for the scrap heap,
He told me She has a little trouble with her heart, saying she is a little warped in the head, and the body work needed a little surgery, but that essentially, she was no trouble to sort out, would be low maintenance once the ground work was done,
And came with no baggage like a woman of that age normally has,
you know the usual ---
- An ECU system that one day promised the world and the next was attached to a newer motor with bigger brasher enlarged cylinders.
- There weren't any multiple little injectors lurking around who's only purposes are to take up your time, pressure your cash and then blow it all out in one big blast into a million molecules! and tell you 'Your only a carburettor, you will never be my REAL Injector pump!'
- No fancy skeleton electrical systems in the closet waiting for a special occasion to come out and bear all the history, with embarasing pictures of what she got up to years ago, while trying out 'something new'!!!
and so on.

So porporting to be able to give me an easy trouble free life I gave her a chance.

And the next thing I knew she was hitching a lift on my truck!
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Started off as any new relationship does, you think about.....
-Wineing and dining her (put her on the ramp, show her a new shiny set of spanners, ply her with fluids and see if anything free's up)
-Think about buying her a new dress to accentuate the good -(shiny wheels and big wheel arches)
-Offering her a little stability (uprated shocks and springs, and changing a little of the suspension geometry)
-Getting her a pampering weekend at a facial and massage spa (loosen up all the ceased bits and replace lots of perishables with modern stuff)
-Getting her nails and skin done at the beauty parlour (in the paint shop for a full 'spray tan' in the latest colour)
-Exploring your limits!!! and knowing when to stop (replacing the drum brakes with discs)

And then as a little time passes.
You realise that she is what she is,
An original,
And what made you like her, is what she is!

Now if she were a bit of a rouge, you might want to change her,
But she's not she's a mild mannered old lady

So GLAddis was saved from the scrap heap (applies to both humans and cars!) and a love hate relationship began!


Since i have known her there have been three blood injuries, and yesterday she hospitalised me!!!!
Giving me time to write this!!!
and more on the story to come!!! :o :o
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Post by colimp66 » Sun Sep 05, 2010 8:19 pm

Hi Paul,

Old Gladdis there doesn't look to bad for her age. :)

Good luck with it & keep us all posted .

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Post by ImpManiac » Sun Sep 05, 2010 9:23 pm

^^ That's great! :lol: :lol: Nicely written! Now you have to keep up that style of narrative for the whole restoration!

Lovely car too, by the look of it! :wink: I think you are right; for such an honest, unmolested old lady, it's be a shame to stick 'er in a miniskirt and some heels and expect her to be able to keep up with a young whippersnapper, similarly attired... and expect 'er to look 'alf decent too! :P

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Post by sammy the sturgeon » Sun Sep 05, 2010 9:28 pm

colimp66 wrote:Hi Paul,

Old Gladdis there doesn't look to bad for her age. :)

Good luck with it & keep us all posted .

Col.
yeah having a good poke around the old girl she definately needs o/s rear arch - possibly lower wing section, to make an easy weld, the rear o/s corner and the battery housing, and that's it. --at this stage :D ---hoping later its not :roll: ---

Lifted the carpets and the floor is solid, cills are all good with a nice ring to them when you wrap your knuckles on them, rather that the famous 'filler thud'.
Got her up on the ramp and she has surface rust underneath but that's all, no rot, so (doesn't everyone say this) should be straight forward, as time allows.

So first thoughts turned to the engine.
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and as you might be able to see from the picture No2 spark plug is at a funny angle!!!
There's no water in her and the water pump is ceased solid.
So head gasket at least for starters and a look at the plug in No.2
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turned out it was the ceramic that had snapped but as you can see they have been in there for years, so i applied loads of wd and resisted the temptation to get the long bar on them for a few days- more on that one later!!!!

So as Henry the 8th said ----- Off with her head!!!!
wanted to have a good look at all the internals and how it all fitted together as i hadn't seen under an Imp 'boot/bonnet/engine cover' before, so - engine out after lots of reference pictures (finally found a use for a camera on a phone!!!)
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and then the removal began.............
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Post by sammy the sturgeon » Sun Sep 05, 2010 9:29 pm

Kinger wrote:OverRider OverLoad
Think an ex thought a boob tube and high heels looked good on her!!!
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Post by sammy the sturgeon » Sun Sep 05, 2010 9:32 pm

ImpManiac wrote:^^ That's great! :lol: :lol: Nicely written! Now you have to keep up that style of narrative for the whole restoration!

Lovely car too, by the look of it! :wink: I think you are right; for such an honest, unmolested old lady, it's be a shame to stick 'er in a miniskirt and some heels and expect her to be able to keep up with a young whippersnapper, similarly attired... and expect 'er to look 'alf decent too! :P

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Uppp's shall i edit the second post of mine then- or just return to the narrative for the next bit- I have to be straight talking at some points or, 1. i won't explain things properly, 2. people will just think I'm a nutter!!!!
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Post by sammy the sturgeon » Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:46 pm

‎(GEORDIE ACCENT) -"Day three in the GLAddis house - Paul's up and about with a l"imp" :lol: , fell out with his crutches after spilling a few cups of tea, while trying to walk with them!!!
Now he's eyeing up whether the aluminium tubing of the crutches could make any useful parts for the GLAddis!!"
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Post by ImpManiac » Tue Sep 07, 2010 7:29 pm

sammy the sturgeon wrote:2. people will just think I'm a nutter!!!!
Perish the thought...... :lol: :wink:

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Post by gnatman » Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:18 pm

ImpManiac wrote:
sammy the sturgeon wrote:2. people will just think I'm a nutter!!!!
Perish the thought...... :lol: :wink:

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...You'll be in good company !!

Good luck with the project

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..You'll be in good company !!

Good luck with the project

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Post by Prometheus » Tue Sep 07, 2010 10:09 pm

Congratulations on your new relationship. She looks pretty solid. Not sure about the spot lights up on the bonnet though :? . Whats the interior like? We need more pics :D .

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Post by sammy the sturgeon » Wed Sep 08, 2010 11:23 am

So GLAddis!!!

Well I got her into the yard,
You know us blokes like to show off where we work to our new women!!! (and our women to our work collegues too)
and a couple of the guys were eying her up as she rolled in, :) . The young ones passing comment that for an old girl, she wasn't too bad - but she wasn't their type, they prefer the younger brasher models!!

The older guys were a little more lustful of her, I saw them taking crafty glances under her skirt and down the top of her dress, checking out her body work. :oops:

I took her to the quiet 'long term ramp' at the back to give her a little privacy as I checked her over, :wink: and straight away decided she needed her heart lovingly looked at,

I coated her in wd to all the parts that would need loosening, and left her a couple of days while i spoke to her friends and people who knew her to do a little background checking on her

turns out she had no passport( VIN plate) so i wasn't sure what or who she really is/was- on digging about over those few days i found that she had been raped of her original name (reg number) by slightly latharious means!!!!
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After a little further investigation i found out i could discover her true identity from the number on her heart, so i paid her a visit and started searching around.

Its amazing how a woman can distract you from your original plan and that number two spark plug was just getting the better of my curiosity, I had to get my hands on it!!!!!! (ohh errrr missus)

After a little coaxing, and, I'd noticed previously that number 1 spark plug was already half way out,
I tried the old spark plug spanner trick on her, it worked a treat and her eyes lit up :shock:
She let me get it in the right place, but true to the morals of a girl this age she wasn't letting anything up easily. A little twist of the spanner and there she was - half the plug in the spanner and the remainder still in the head- flush with the spark plug hole!!!!
(tease :lol: )
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So gone was all the thoughts that a little tender loving care would sort out her heart and head problems! - I'm no doctor, but, surgery is whats needed here, to sort out all those typical heart and head problems!!

So I decided (for her) that one way or the other she needed the surgery, I took the doctors 'before' pictures to reference what her original condition was and so at the end of it all i could see the improvement, and that after the op i could get all her bits back in the right place to make her purr and look pretty again!
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Post by sammy the sturgeon » Wed Sep 08, 2010 11:28 am

(4 pictures at a time - whats all that about!!!!!!)
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Post by colimp66 » Wed Sep 08, 2010 11:51 am

Paul,
get yourself a photobucket account & you can load up as many photo's as you want from there. Keeps a record of the process too :wink:

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Post by sammy the sturgeon » Fri Sep 10, 2010 10:59 am

Surgery commences!!!
pneumatic carb removed along with a few other bits to protect them in the 'drop'
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engine dropped on the floor - ramp lifted to get a good look
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open heart surgery????
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Poor baby!!
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Post by ImpManiac » Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:07 am

You'll get there! :wink: Looks like things are going to plan so far, eh?

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Post by sammy the sturgeon » Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:37 pm

ImpManiac wrote:You'll get there! :wink: Looks like things are going to plan so far, eh?

IM 8)
They were going well till last Saturday!
While kneeling on the ramp leaning into her and twisted, i tried standing up!!!
my knee cartilige did an 'exit stage right' !!!

While I'm there with my leg locked solid and the Ambulance men were deciding how to extract me, the words 'Oh an Imp' didn't get the usual welcoming response!!!!
After a dose of morphine, to get me out, and in the Ambulance on the way to hospital I was way to happy to tell them all about it!!!!
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Post by sammy the sturgeon » Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:55 pm

Took pictures underneath to see what needs seeing to her
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Post by sammy the sturgeon » Sat Sep 11, 2010 10:54 pm

Interior
I recon the guy had some spare gold hammerite in his shed,
And some old curtains from the local Indian take away he cut up!!!
And a bit of spare hall carpet!!!
Surely that heater box cover isn't original!!!

The interior is temporarily a parts storage area!!!
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Mmmm flocked Arm rests, and hammerited vinyl!!!!!!
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Post by ImpManiac » Sat Sep 11, 2010 11:14 pm

Yeuch! :shock: That is horrid! How could anyone do that to a car? :?

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Post by sammy the sturgeon » Sat Sep 11, 2010 11:57 pm

ImpManiac wrote:Yeuch! :shock: That is horrid! How could anyone do that to a car? :?

IM 8)
Well While i have been house-bound I did what little i could on the interior,
from this -
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which was all covered like this
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with "curtains" removed
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Then the (week long) process of this
mark them all out on some 3mm mdf (bit more rigid than hardboard)
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Post by sammy the sturgeon » Sun Sep 12, 2010 12:02 am

Cut all the parts out
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Cut the vinyl out and glue at the top edge (using whatever you have to hand to weigh it down while the glue dries)
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Then add a little wadding to give it some 'life'
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and leave that for the glue to dry
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Post by sammy the sturgeon » Sun Sep 12, 2010 12:08 am

Didn't take too many pictures of the next bit as my hands were full
but you need to stretch it, glue and staple it in place, feather the corners on the back,
and you end up with panels like this -
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Just the handle holes to cut and secure in the passenger side
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Post by colimp66 » Sun Sep 12, 2010 8:02 am

That looks realy good paul, nice one.

I woud have thought the flock would be period & you may have kept it????? :lol: :lol:

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Post by ben » Sun Sep 12, 2010 8:33 am

Lookin good, and so much better than the flocked fabric.

I see that red wine is the drink of choice in your house 8)

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Post by sammy the sturgeon » Sun Sep 12, 2010 8:58 am

ben wrote:Lookin good, and so much better than the flocked fabric.

I see that red wine is the drink of choice in your house 8)

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When I do little bits on neighbours cars they tend to get me a bottle.
But normally being on call 24 hour a day seven days a week,
that's why there's a stock pile of it!!
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Post by sammy the sturgeon » Sun Sep 12, 2010 9:00 am

colimp66 wrote:That looks realy good paul, nice one.

I woud have thought the flock would be period & you may have kept it????? :lol: :lol:

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Thanks, it kept me from boredom!
Though the flock may have been from the period, but she's not a restaurant!!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Post by ImpManiac » Sun Sep 12, 2010 1:56 pm

You have real skill there, Mr. Sturgeon! :D Nicely done. You can return the flock wallpaper to your local curry house now. :wink:

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Post by impmann » Sun Sep 12, 2010 5:38 pm

The lower dashboard fitted to your car (the bit with the glove box door etc) isn't original - but *may* be a rare Rokee accessory from the period. I haven't seen one in black vinyl before but it looks similar (along with the padded roll bar cover to the right of the binnacle and the door caps). We have one in Walnut that will one day end up in our 64 Imp...
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Re: GLAddis! (408 GLA-before someone raped her) now OKU 389A

Post by sammy the sturgeon » Sun Sep 12, 2010 7:54 pm

impmann wrote:The lower dashboard fitted to your car (the bit with the glove box door etc) isn't original - but *may* be a rare Rokee accessory from the period. I haven't seen one in black vinyl before but it looks similar (along with the padded roll bar cover to the right of the binnacle and the door caps). We have one in Walnut that will one day end up in our 64 Imp...
I was wondering about that because when you open the glove box door theres no 'bottom' to the glovebox, you can just see
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was going to ask if anyone had any pictures of what should be in there.

There's no bottom, or box, or anything so if you threw something in there it would just hit the passengers feet!!
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Re: GLAddis! (408 GLA-before someone raped her) now OKU 389A

Post by sammy the sturgeon » Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:17 am

Relationship update::::

Since she hospitalised me GLAdis and I haven't been in touch!
Not been to see her, she's not text me(!!!!!) so I don't know what she's up to!! :cry:

As you can see from the previous posts I have got her some new clothing, in hope!

but reminiscing on my hopefully temporarily lost love,
heres some more pictures i took of her being really filthy!!!!!! :wink:
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When we first met it took me a little while but i finally got her number :lol:
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Re: GLAddis! (408 GLA-before someone raped her) now OKU 389A

Post by ImpManiac » Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:39 pm

:lol: Great post, sammy! Nice to see your dirty photos! :lol: :wink:

I hope you are on the mend.

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Post by sammy the sturgeon » Mon Sep 13, 2010 9:44 pm

Cleaner ones will be up soon,
but first,
the Crank breather, it has in it like an element, well when i took mine off and touched it to see if it was soft - like an oil filter element or hard, it just disintigrated.
Now i haven't seen any one mention anything about the bit inside anywhere here, should it have just crumbled? and are they a replaceable 'service' type part?
any help appreciated
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Re: GLAddis! (408 GLA-before someone raped her) now OKU 389A

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Tue Sep 14, 2010 4:26 pm

sammy the sturgeon wrote:Cleaner ones will be up soon,
but first,
the Crank breather, it has in it like an element, well when i took mine off and touched it to see if it was soft - like an oil filter element or hard, it just disintigrated.
Now i haven't seen any one mention anything about the bit inside anywhere here, should it have just crumbled? and are they a replaceable 'service' type part?
any help appreciated
Difficult to get now i suspect , you could blank the hole in the block and fit the later standard one by changing the oil filler neck
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Re: GLAddis! (408 GLA-before someone raped her) now OKU 389A

Post by impmann » Tue Sep 14, 2010 6:34 pm

I think Malcolm had some of the elements at National this year.

I have sealed one up in the past with a penny washer, some silicon sealer and a bolt though... as Dave says, you do need the later type filler neck with a breather outlet otherwise they pressurise!! :lol:
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Post by sammy the sturgeon » Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:15 pm

Any clues what the element is made of?
I was wondering if something 'similar' to this,
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stripped down, rubber washers either end, so any pressure has to go through the filter,
inserted in the original case would be any good?????
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Post by sammy the sturgeon » Wed Sep 15, 2010 11:16 pm

RELATIONSHIP UPDATE:::
Met up with GLAddis last night to talk a few things over!!
She's sorry for the injury she caused me and the time we have been apart, but it was quite late on at night so instead of dwelling on it, i pulled her seats out!!!
Not too gentlemanly I know, but when actions speak louder than words, that's what needs doing!
under all her seats and carpets she still appears sound, I'm still preparing myself for a shock when i get her naked and see what needs seeing to :shock:
theres a little surface rust on the shelf under the back window but that's all that's new.
So her seats are in my dinning room and need stripping down, one of the frames has snapped so needs completely stripping so i can weld it, then paint it and seen as I'[m doing that one- the other will need doing too,
Cant wait to be fully back on my feed so i can get back the the basics (Engine and body) rather than doing things the wrong way around and doing finishing bits first!
Anyway- clean 'er' pictures of bits i have cleaned as i stripped them
I like to get rid of most of the crud before attacking, As I hate doing so much washing of clothes, so as i take them off i give them a 'first clean'
and when i did i found all sorts of stampings on the engine,
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and on the bottom of the sump
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the gearbox was in the same state as the engine but after first clean didn't look too bad, the advantage of all the crud is the aluminium under it is nice and shiny
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Post by sammy the sturgeon » Sat Sep 18, 2010 8:51 am

Starting the clean up and stripping her!!!!!!
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and after dragging her around the drip try for far too long- I finally made the infamous Imp box
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Re: GLAddis! (408 GLA-before someone raped her) now OKU 389A

Post by ImpManiac » Sat Sep 18, 2010 11:08 pm

Looking really good, sammy! :D I've never seen a transmission come up so clean without dismantling and chemical cleaning! :shock:

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