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'68 Super Imp - Zombie Odie!

Post by violet_vivid » Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:09 pm

Heya all!

Just not long got home from going to, viewing, buying & driving home my latest toy, a 1968 Hillman Super Imp
My Xmas present to myself ;)

:D

pictures from her advert on Retro Rides:
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taken at a coffee stop at Strensham services:
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Abit of a play on the M69 ;)
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& less than a mile from my parents:
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146 faultless miles later she's currently sat on the road outside my parents house :D
However the heater doesn't work lol

Also a great thanks to my brother for the lift, while he is really quite unwell *HUGS!* :)

Now a list of planned things:

Imp Club membership (as soon as paid!) :D
Fix heater & the non-working brakelight
full service

Mods (in no real order):

New Competition Rotoflex couplings
High Efficiency Radiator and new water pump (possibly Electric)
Alternator Conversion
wire in stereo & cigarette lighter
minilite-style wheels
change front seats for more supportive ones (suggestions)
Monte Carlo springs
Janspeen manifold & bike can exhaust
4 front spotlights & one rear one
Clear lights conversion
Rev counter
Front Disc Brakes conversion

But most of all Enjoy! as a Imp is been the last-but-one car of the main list of 'ones i've wanted since childhood :D

Sooo yeah, a VERY happy girl here!

:D

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Post by chris » Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:14 pm

Good on ya glad you finally got a lil impy!!

is it going purple?
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Post by violet_vivid » Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:17 pm

chris wrote:Good on ya glad you finally got a lil impy!!

is it going purple?

hehe eventually yes :D

although much as i hate the colour she is currently, i do almost feel sympathetic to it, i mean, it must be a hard life being That shade!

hehehe

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Post by chris » Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:22 pm

That will be two purple ones then, not counting the original violet ones which are rare!

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Post by bazzateer » Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:27 pm

Great news!

If you're lucky the heater will just need flushing through. If you're unlucky the valve will be knackered.
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Post by violet_vivid » Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:30 pm

bazzateer wrote:Great news!

If you're lucky the heater will just need flushing through. If you're unlucky the valve will be knackered.

From speaking to teh previous owner Steve the pipes don't get hot, soo i'm guessing the valve.

Also despite moving the big lever/switch in the middle of heater no increase in air, or noise of fan, was heard :?

Something to look at in the future.

Also can i ask what grade of oil, and recommended brand should I give her? Also what PSI should the tyres be run at?

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Post by ImpJimbo » Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:39 pm

Hi. Welcome to the world of Imping. Glad you are joining the club. Get along to your local area centre if you can where I am sure you can find all the help and advice you may need. Great looking Imp. You will have loads of fun with it and get to meet a great if slightly odd bunch of people. :lol:
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Post by basil imp » Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:44 pm

Well done on your recent purchase!
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Post by bks974c » Fri Dec 24, 2010 9:04 pm

[quote="violet_vivid]

Also despite moving the big lever/switch in the middle of heater no increase in air, or noise of fan, was heard :?

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Hi that lever controls the hot/cold the fan switch is usually located a the RHS on the lower dash. Big black switch in the centre of the panel.

Welcome to the world of Imps.

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Post by violet_vivid » Fri Dec 24, 2010 9:25 pm

bks974c wrote:
Hi that lever controls the hot/cold the fan switch is usually located a the RHS on the lower dash. Big black switch in the centre of the panel.

Welcome to the world of Imps.

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Oooh, thats something to look at in daylight tomorrow!

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'To Violet

Merry Yule

From Violet'

hehehehe

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Post by Lars Hagermark » Fri Dec 24, 2010 9:48 pm

violet_vivid wrote:Also can i ask what grade of oil, and recommended brand should I give her? Also what PSI should the tyres be run at?
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Sensible list of mods I think.

For oil I'd say that any good brand 20/50 is OK.
Tyre pressures, IIRC, 15 sq/in (1.1-1.2 kg/cm²) front and 30 sq/in (2.0-2.1 kg/cm²) rear.
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Post by Meltdown » Fri Dec 24, 2010 11:28 pm

Congratulations and welcome to the madhouse!
Tyre pressures as standard are 18psi front, 30psi rear, though once you've got Montes (and shorter shocks to match) I'd recommend 20/32 front/rear.
The left/right lever should...if the valve is alive and well...control the heat. The up/down handle on the black box lower down should direct heat to...upper position=nowt, middle=screen, lower=feet. the heater blower should have a switch left of the binnacle and is simply on/off. Sounds like the valve is blocked or the cable isn't connected, and the heater matrix could benefit from a reverse flush/cleanout.
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Post by kilty » Sat Dec 25, 2010 3:53 am

8) That one looked pretty decent to me. I imagine you had a big grin all the way home? Long may it continue, and welcome to the Imp world.

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Post by violet_vivid » Sat Dec 25, 2010 11:41 am

kiltyarse wrote:8) That one looked pretty decent to me. I imagine you had a big grin all the way home? Long may it continue, and welcome to the Imp world.

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hehehe i did yes :D

and cold toes.... time to get some better socks from work ;)

Oh, and some wing mirrors for her

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Post by GURNSIMPS » Sat Dec 25, 2010 12:44 pm

YAHEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well done Vee and welcome to the club :wink:
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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sat Dec 25, 2010 6:44 pm

Congrats on your purchase , looks a good one , heaters do work well but can take some effort to get right
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Post by long_gone_John » Sun Dec 26, 2010 8:28 am

violet_vivid wrote:Oh, and some wing mirrors for her
....call me a bit of a F*nny, but, door mirrors always look better, to me anyway :wink:

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Post by GURNSIMPS » Sun Dec 26, 2010 9:32 am

I prefer door mirrors too although some people dont like my big chrome jobbies on my imp! :o :)
Vee,xr2 fiesta seats can be made to fit easily ,comfortable too
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Post by long_gone_John » Sun Dec 26, 2010 10:42 am

GURNSIMPS wrote:I prefer door mirrors too although some people dont like my big chrome jobbies on my imp! :o :)
Vee,xr2 fiesta seats can be made to fit easily ,comfortable too
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Post by violet_vivid » Sun Dec 26, 2010 1:15 pm

Oooh, sorry, i meant door mirrors :oops:

just grown up with them all being called wing mirrors :oops:

but yeah, am thinking some bullet ones, in either chrome or alu (matt finish) bolted onto the doors.

anybody got any advice as to how to stop the metalwork dissolving around the holes to fit them?

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Post by Meltdown » Sun Dec 26, 2010 1:21 pm

violet_vivid wrote:Oooh, sorry, i meant door mirrors :oops:

just grown up with them all being called wing mirrors :oops:

but yeah, am thinking some bullet ones, in either chrome or alu (matt finish) bolted onto the doors.

anybody got any advice as to how to stop the metalwork dissolving around the holes to fit them?

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Post by cov_climax » Sun Dec 26, 2010 10:01 pm

as above you can paint the holes with a small brush or match stick alternatively larrap a load of wax-oil on the bolts and around the holes when fitting the mirrors, or perhaps paint and wax-oil if really keen.

be careful on the positioning, obviously the rear vision is what you're after but i've seen some placed in such a position that restricts the opening the quarterlight
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Post by TomFox5150 » Mon Dec 27, 2010 12:05 am

hey, imp looks fantastic! love the list of upcoming mods, very similar to mine, hope we dont end up in an ebay bidding war! :lol: http://www.demon-tweeks.co.uk/Product.d ... Motorsport

those seats look great in an imp i plan on getting sone myself, very comfy aswell! :D
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Post by Meltdown » Mon Dec 27, 2010 12:15 pm

TomFox5150 wrote: http://www.demon-tweeks.co.uk/Product.d ... Motorsport

those seats look great in an imp i plan on getting sone myself, very comfy aswell! :D
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Post by TomFox5150 » Mon Dec 27, 2010 12:23 pm

Meltdown wrote:
TomFox5150 wrote: http://www.demon-tweeks.co.uk/Product.d ... Motorsport

those seats look great in an imp i plan on getting sone myself, very comfy aswell! :D
Shop around if I were you. DT are great for the 'everything under one roof' aspect, but I got my competition Corbeau seat for about £100 less elsewhere.

Yeah i wouldnt say get them from DT, just giving an example of the seats, iv seen them go quite cheap on ebay ect,
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Post by violet_vivid » Mon Dec 27, 2010 5:18 pm

Cobra-type buckets are an option, especially as the drivers side standard seat is quite worn & torn.
something for teh new year :)

Also does anybody know if any mods are needed to fit 13x 7or8 inch superlites?

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Post by GURNSIMPS » Mon Dec 27, 2010 5:29 pm

You can fit 7x13 on the rear with no probs Vee but stick to 6 inch on the fronts or you may find the 7's will rub and "tramline with wide tyres on although duk has 7's on the front and His is fine.........
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Post by ImpManiac » Mon Dec 27, 2010 7:33 pm

Cool car, Vee. 8) Cool plans too! Should make for a decently rapid, fun car.

I've got bullet mirrors for my doors too. Some day... :lol:

Enjoy! :D

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Post by pure~hillman~imp » Mon Dec 27, 2010 8:06 pm

8" wheels will fit the back standard...

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It's bl***y close though!

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Post by TomFox5150 » Mon Dec 27, 2010 8:12 pm

Nice chopper! :D
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Post by TomFox5150 » Mon Dec 27, 2010 8:21 pm

i plan on trying 7's on the front but the tyres iv got are 185/60. so il have to go for smaller tyres on the front n keep the 185's on the back
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Post by ImpManiac » Mon Dec 27, 2010 8:32 pm

pure~hillman~imp wrote:8" wheels will fit the back standard...
Great to hear from you, David! 8) Also fabulous to see your Imp!

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Post by belgimper_jac » Fri Dec 31, 2010 11:57 am

Why not "GOTHIC" mirrors and "REVOLUTION" 4 spoke alloys wheels? :)

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Post by violet_vivid » Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:20 pm

Hehehe I LOVE that pic! (except purple is sexier ;) )

Happy New Year All!

i actually saw the new year in nearly sideways in my Imp ;)

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Post by gnatman » Sat Jan 01, 2011 11:49 pm

violet_vivid wrote:

i actually saw the new year in nearly sideways in my Imp ;)

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Post by violet_vivid » Fri Jan 14, 2011 2:02 am

I think I've fallen for these: http://retrorides.proboards.com/index.c ... read=95689

has anybody ever fitted them to an Imp, and would there be any trouble in doing so?

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Post by JamesImp » Fri Jan 14, 2011 3:50 am

i've only looked quickly. If their dunlop d1's they will fit. Although if my memory serves me right the wheel nuts are hard to come by...
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Post by GURNSIMPS » Fri Jan 14, 2011 5:04 am

Vee I used to have D1's on one of My old Imps,they look good too,I'm sure there is someone on this forum who makes the nuts you need in stainless steel,those wheels look in good nick on the RR advert.
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Post by impmann » Fri Jan 14, 2011 8:46 am

Yep - "Mini fitment" 12in Dunlops... they were probably sold new to fit an Imp, as when they were new most folks were running 10in rims on their Minis.

Looking at them, the tyres look like they have the wrong profile (you really want 70 profile tyres on them - the Mini boys and girls run 60) and you will need a set of wheelnuts as Dunlops use a peculiar size of sleeve nut. Do not ever consider trying to fit them using the standard wheel nuts (no matter you get told on RR).

Robert Immers does stainless Dunlop nuts - superb quality and well worth the money.

Deffo some of the coolest wheels ever made to fit an Imp IMHO. 8)

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Post by bks974c » Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:34 am

Check out these 13" ones, allows wider and better choice of tyres.

http://www.midlandwheels.com/BySize/5.5x13.html

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