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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Sat Nov 05, 2011 4:06 pm

ImpManiac wrote:Liking that, Tom. :mrgreen:

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Thanks for that.
I can see some light at the end of the tunnel with wiring and dash upgrades. :)
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Wed Dec 21, 2011 9:37 am

After a period of doing very little on the car it will be coming indoors later today. Weather permitting! :?

The Fulvia has gone into storage for a few weeks, maybe months, so I can work in the garage.

Imp has been sitting round the side, under a cover. So now it should be dry and warmer and so will I.

More later :)
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by ImpManiac » Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:27 am

That's got to be good! :) Working on cars beats Christmas telly any day... :roll:

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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by Lars Hagermark » Wed Dec 21, 2011 4:58 pm

ImpManiac wrote:Working on cars beats Christmas telly any day... :roll:
Not that many days with Christmas telly though. :o :lol: :lol:
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Sat Dec 24, 2011 11:30 am

Imp sits in it's new temporary home with the Fulvia away.
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Sat Dec 24, 2011 11:37 am

Work ongoing with electrics.
I am very much a 'belt and braces' man as a) it is a nightmare to me and b) had a fire in a MGA I had. So step by step with fuses and relays to protect.
Vehicle Wiring Products always know when I am working on electrics :o
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by ImpManiac » Sat Dec 24, 2011 3:44 pm

:o Thorough and neat! Top work, Tom! :D

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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sat Dec 24, 2011 4:00 pm

Look simular to what i did , what colour wire are you using :?: , I stripped out an old loom and kept the colours all the same
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Sat Dec 24, 2011 4:49 pm

Noddy wrote:Look simular to what i did , what colour wire are you using :?: , I stripped out an old loom and kept the colours all the same
I am keeping colours as standard where possible. Utilising thin wall cable.
Where I am doing items like fog and spot lamps, I have made up my own system.

Am intending to do a wiring diagram for all the changes / additions for me later on and another owner as and when.
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by cavskinner » Fri Dec 30, 2011 4:08 pm

looking good!

quick q for you... is that a new wiring llom in or one youve made up yourself?

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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Fri Dec 30, 2011 4:17 pm

cavskinner wrote:looking good!

quick q for you... is that a new wiring llom in or one youve made up yourself?

cheers cav
It is the existing one, modified for, say dynamo to alternator change, with a secondary new loom to cater for upgrades etc.,
I have split 'permanent live' and 'ignition controlled' fuse-boxes at both front and rear to suit service usage.

Hope that makes some sense? :?
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:22 am

I have 'trial' fitted some additional direction indicator lights.
Personal thing of mine to have them on a vehicle. :o :shock:
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:26 pm

Another 'trial' fixing.
A high level brake light. To be adjusted once rear window is in. :)
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:34 pm

tomcat wrote:Another 'trial' fixing.
A high level brake light. To be adjusted once rear window is in. :)
Looks good , fancied the idea of fitting one of these as my Imps are a tad low , what one have you fitted :?:
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:39 pm

Noddy wrote:
tomcat wrote:Another 'trial' fixing.
A high level brake light. To be adjusted once rear window is in. :)
Looks good , fancied the idea of fitting one of these as my Imps are a tad low , what one have you fitted :?:
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Have modified the 'Stop' to suit the hung position. Also the whole centre piece can be rotated to suit angle required.
May look at a shield around depending on how distracting final fitment is at night.
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by bornagain-imp » Mon Jan 02, 2012 4:29 pm

That looks Good.
Got the same one on the Roll Bar of my Westfield.
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:05 am

Year started with a demand for large sum of money from my 'friendly' tax man. Happy New Year to you pal :roll:
So certain plans for the Lancia project and the Imp have been shelved.

However have installed a 4" fan for the heater blower and rigged up an air diverter using ABS sheet. Existing horns have been replaced and I have investigated the addition of an auxiliary matrix heater. Either a NOS Imp or a Mini one.

Added an windscreen washer bottle. Temporary position for now but it seems to work OK.

More later :)
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Temporary but maybe permanent position.
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Thu Jan 26, 2012 7:58 am

Managed to pick up a pair of Escort front seats locally for a song :o :o :D
So will be looking at upgrading the seats utilising Imp runners etc.
Very useful article on yahoogroups about doing this.

Additionally had some superlites which I got refurbished at BJV Engineering at Flaunden, near Hemel Hempstead.
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Some pictures later.
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:18 am

Tried to add some pictures.
Told board capacity has been reached????????? :? :? :?
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by ImpManiac » Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:53 am

Why not try hosting them on Photobucket or similar (Flickr, etc.) and post the links as "IMG code" in the text in your posts. :) That way, 'board capacity' is immaterial because someone else is hosting the images. (At least, I think that is the case. :? )

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Post by ChrisBenoy » Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:57 am

That is correct, we have never really had the board set up for hosting images, its really not the best way to do it. There is a thread here on how to post images from an off site source. - viewtopic.php?f=6&t=19932
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Thu Jan 26, 2012 12:33 pm

Refurbished wheel picture

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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Thu Jan 26, 2012 12:34 pm

ChrisBenoy wrote:That is correct, we have never really had the board set up for hosting images, its really not the best way to do it. There is a thread here on how to post images from an off site source. - viewtopic.php?f=6&t=19932
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Think I have got this sorted now.
Thanks :) :oops:
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Thu Jan 26, 2012 12:35 pm

Escort Seat
Appreciate it will need modification to fit. :roll:

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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by impmann » Fri Jan 27, 2012 9:27 am

That looks like a much later Scrote seat than I've ever fitted to an Imp - it may need a little more work than the 88-90 era XR3i seats do. Or at least a little different. 8)
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:16 am

impmann wrote:That looks like a much later Scrote seat than I've ever fitted to an Imp - it may need a little more work than the 88-90 era XR3i seats do. Or at least a little different. 8)
Yes I understand that.
Played around with positioning etc., yesterday evening.
Am sorting things out today hopefully and will do some notes etc.,
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:39 am

Picture of the side fixings attached.

Done some checks and have started 'work'.
Involves removing the Imp rear latch fixing. Dremel cut the welds.
Drill out the rear fixings on the Escort seats which face outwards.
Refix them again but facing inwards.
Cut off the front pin to above the level of the fixing plate.
Seat fits laterally OK.
Need to provide new fixings. Maybe large rivnuts at front and drill through and stiffen up for the rear fixings.
More later as work progresses.

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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:57 am

After a break from doing anything managed to do more on fixing the Escort seats.
The rear seat fixings are different each side. Same plan area but different height and also different bolt fixings c/l to c/l.
Additionally length from front to rear fixing is different.
Picture attached to illustrate.
Have fixed 2 Rivnuts for the front fixings. Due to location of rear fixings one will be OK for a simple Rivnut but the other will need some 'bodging' to get it to work OK.
Ah well where would the fun be? :roll: :roll:

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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by bazzateer » Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:05 am

tomcat wrote:Additionally had some superlites which I got refurbished at BJV Engineering at Flaunden, near Hemel Hempstead.
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I used them back in 2008 for these:

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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:38 am

Did I think I was getting somewhere :) Yes but then No.
Engine started up fine except water after a little bit of running appeared under the heater matrix. :roll: :roll: :roll: :shock: :shock:
NOT IMPressed.
So just about to start stripping everything out again to get the matrix out and see what is what.

I cannot see it being anything other than the matrix because there is no water in the boot at all.
Any suggestions people?
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by ImpManiac » Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:12 pm

It does sound, from what you've said, like the matrix has given up. It is annoying but once it's done, it should be good for years to come.

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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:20 pm

ImpManiac wrote:It does sound, from what you've said, like the matrix has given up. It is annoying but once it's done, it should be good for years to come.

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Annoyance is that electrics have all come together etc.,
Just taking it all apart again. :(
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by impmann » Mon Feb 20, 2012 3:09 pm

Before you take it all apart, check the condition of the little right-angle rubber pipe that goes into the heater matrix hasn't gone hard with age, cracked and failed. I've had this before. If you need a new one, you can cut down an Avenger heater pipe (gives you two right angles - so one spare for the shelf) - as the genuine Imp ones have pretty much dried up.

TBH, I've owned more than 150 Imps, and I've not had one split its heater matrix so I'd be surprised if its actually failed. If it really has, you have my sympathy.
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by ibbo » Mon Feb 20, 2012 3:35 pm

if it has split give us a call and i will drop one round for you i have two spare ones sat on the shelf
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:29 pm

ibbo wrote:if it has split give us a call and i will drop one round for you i have two spare ones sat on the shelf
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Thanks for the offer. :)
I also have a spare sitting here NOS.
Got as an auxiliary matrix possibility.
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:33 pm

impmann wrote:Before you take it all apart, check the condition of the little right-angle rubber pipe that goes into the heater matrix hasn't gone hard with age, cracked and failed. I've had this before. If you need a new one, you can cut down an Avenger heater pipe (gives you two right angles - so one spare for the shelf) - as the genuine Imp ones have pretty much dried up.

TBH, I've owned more than 150 Imps, and I've not had one split its heater matrix so I'd be surprised if its actually failed. If it really has, you have my sympathy.
Have removed this item and it was solid. No water in boot either. Water was inside car.
Thanks for reference to Avenger heater pipe. Useful knowledge. :)
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Tue Feb 21, 2012 3:41 pm

Stripped unit out and found a small hole. Hence the water. :(
Whole lot is in a tatty condition. Rivets not in place etc., so bit of a clean up and refurbish planned.

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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by ImpManiac » Tue Feb 21, 2012 3:52 pm

Well done, Tom. :D That must have been a fun job! :roll: At least when it's done, it should be good for years to come.

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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:06 pm

Heater box etc refurbished to an usable condition. :)
After 2 hours of struggling, old age taking it's toll, have the 3 nuts and 2 top locating screws in place.
However, maybe just me :roll: , the demister section does not seem to fit into the top slots very well.
Have tried juggling, but cannot see, how I can improve what I have achieved. :?
Any comments etc., appreciated.
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by ImpManiac » Fri Feb 24, 2012 2:15 pm

Mine were the same when I took the heater out, if I recall correctly. I could see daylight through the gap. :roll: I don't know if they were like that from the factory or if there was supposed to be a foam 'gasket' between heater box outlet diffuser and windscreen vents.

Hopefully someone will be along shortly thaat caan answer that one. :wink:

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