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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by The Nun » Fri Feb 24, 2012 2:28 pm

ImpManiac wrote: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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No foam gasket, misalignment and gaps were the standard factory option at the time.
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Fri Feb 24, 2012 2:51 pm

Hi Guys
Thanks for the comments.
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by ImpManiac » Fri Feb 24, 2012 3:42 pm

So the heater box just blows vaguely warm air vaguely upwards, then. :roll: If I were to reinstate my heater, which I have no plans to do, I'd try to press some foam into service as gaskets to try to ensure that the heater box's output arrived at the windscreen via the vents.

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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Fri Feb 24, 2012 5:18 pm

The later plastic / cardboard / cheap chrysler heater boxes dont ft too well if at all IMHO , The early all metal ones are far better and the screen vents do actually line up , at least they do on my two .
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by kilty » Fri Feb 24, 2012 7:07 pm

/\/\ Yes, best to swap for an earlier type if you can, or get some Viagra that works on cardboard!
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by The Nun » Fri Feb 24, 2012 7:29 pm

kilty wrote:/\/\ Yes, best to swap for an earlier type if you can, or get some Viagra that works on cardboard!
I never had a problem with floppiness with mine, I just had to adjust it with a few washers to make sure in lined up with the hole properly.
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by Lars Hagermark » Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:17 pm

The Nun wrote:
kilty wrote:/\/\ Yes, best to swap for an earlier type if you can, or get some Viagra that works on cardboard!
I never had a problem with floppiness with mine, I just had to adjust it with a few washers to make sure in lined up with the hole properly.
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:48 pm

Thanks to all for the comments.
I will do some more fettling whilst all stripped out and report back :wink:
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Mon Feb 27, 2012 12:58 pm

After fettling the window demister vents as good as I could moved on to:-

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Still to connect control wire to valve. :)
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:40 am

Engine started and checks done on electrical items, one by one. Most OK but certain circuits dead. Traced back to duff 35A glass fuse in Lucas fusebox.
Have removed ashtray fitment and fitted a 3 switch panel in there. This is an IMP item modified.
Had fitted an Engine Start button which works well but it's interior light is like a searchlight beam so will be disabling the light.
Have 2 LED lights fitted controlled by a gizmo box. These only come on with engine running and are switched off when sidelights turned on. The gizmo is a LED DRL unit from Car Builder Solutions. Instructions say connect orange wire to dipped beam circuit but this means the LED lights are on with sidelights. I have wired it into sidelight circuit and so they are off with sidelights on. Seems more logical to me!
All the auxiliary panel warnings are working although couple of items from here, rev counter etc., need to be connected yet.
We are moving forward slowly but surely.
Hazard warning system today hopefully. :) :)
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by ImpManiac » Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:29 pm

tomcat wrote:Engine started...
:mrgreen: :mrgreen: Tom, that's brilliant news! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: I'm really pleased for you! I bet that helps to motivate you in the next steps towards getting your Imp on the road. :wink:

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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:35 pm

ImpManiac wrote:
tomcat wrote:Engine started...
:mrgreen: :mrgreen: Tom, that's brilliant news! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: I'm really pleased for you! I bet that helps to motivate you in the next steps towards getting your Imp on the road. :wink:

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Thanks Paul. Engine appears to be running very smoothly too.

Hazard system worked a couple of times then nothing :o . Just to let me know not to be toooooo smug. :roll:
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:02 am

After the saga with the rear window fitting, still not back in due to it being Easter weekend and my assistant neighbour is away!!
Attention turned to tidying up the wiring in the engine bay.
Decided to start the car, spun then kept spinning even with key out. :o Earth on battery removed, stopped trying to spin starter.
Bit of head scratching and then removed the starter motor lead from the solenoid and tested the unit. It appears it has jammed and is passing current all the time.
Old solenoid had been dumped as part of garage tidy-up :roll: :roll:
So unless I can find somewhere open today will be getting another solenoid tomorrow.
The joys of playing about with cars. :wink: :wink: :wink:
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:38 pm

After all the electrical dramas of late decided to turn my attention to some housekeeping in the 'boot'.
Courtesy of Uncle Malcolm replaced the fuel feed hose to the tank. No problems :lol:
Question is where does the long vent from the feed inlet go?
When purchased a very long length was 'draped' down with the spare wheel.
Found an opening passenger side wheel arch where it seems the vent pipe could go. Is this correct please?
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by Lars Hagermark » Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:49 pm

tomcat wrote:Question is where does the long vent from the feed inlet go?
When purchased a very long length was 'draped' down with the spare wheel.
Found an opening passenger side wheel arch where it seems the vent pipe could go. Is this correct please?
AFAIK, yes.
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:27 pm

Lars Hagermark(DJH705) wrote:
tomcat wrote:Question is where does the long vent from the feed inlet go?
When purchased a very long length was 'draped' down with the spare wheel.
Found an opening passenger side wheel arch where it seems the vent pipe could go. Is this correct please?
AFAIK, yes.
Thanks. Appreciated :)
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Fri May 18, 2012 9:09 am

Drove car out of garage this morning. :) :) :)
Started first press of the button. Spot on.
After the trouble I have had with my Montecarlo this week it was a welcome change.
So some work on the passenger side seat fittings planned.

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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Sun May 27, 2012 6:05 am

More activities have continued, be it slowly, as back pains are making many things 'difficult' :roll: :roll:
Escort passenger seat in, oil cooler brackets fitted, flame trap and new hose to carb in.
Have started to look at dealing with the 'mooncraters' in the paintwork, particularly on the passenger side. :(
Plenty of wet and dry and sorting out each area one by one. At least the weather has been conducive for that activity. :)
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Tue May 29, 2012 1:52 pm

Whoever the previous owner was created a very therapeutic activity for me.
Doing away with whole areas of moon craters. :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:
I do suppose I will get the body reasonably smooth in the end :?:
It just seems to be taking a long time.

Spent 3 hrs chasing some cans of Arum White. World shortage it seems. Ah well. :)
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Sat Jun 16, 2012 2:48 pm

Trip to Leighton Buzzard to Carburettor Exchange produced a rebuilt Weber 28 / 36 DCD.
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Sat Jun 16, 2012 3:50 pm

Weber 28/36 DCD was rebuilt to following specification:-

Primary Choke.
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Sun Jul 15, 2012 3:34 pm

I received a visit from the 'Ibbo clan' Mark & James today and they confirmed my fears. The Rear window does not fit in the opening. :o :shock: :?
A little investigation has found that one of the spare windows I had does fit. It is so much easier when there is more than 1 of you.
So work with the Dremel to clean up the spare, then the 'team' have promised to return to refit it. :)
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by 19James » Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:28 pm

tomcat wrote:I received a visit from the 'Ibbo clan' Mark & James today.
It was good to get out today and see a fellow Imper :)
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:37 am

Commence fitting Inertia belts in yesterday.
Kit from Quickfit Safety Belt Service. Not cheap but all bits were there.
What a fiddly job drilling the holes in the rear wheel arch. Trial hole from inside then enlarged to suit from outside.

Learnt very quickly to cover the hole inside the recessed area after losing a bolt. :o
One side done and other side, hopefully, finished today. Some progress. :)
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by ImpManiac » Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:07 pm

Good work, Tom! :mrgreen: Any idea when she'll be ready for the road?

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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:33 pm

ImpManiac wrote:Good work, Tom! :mrgreen: Any idea when she'll be ready for the road?

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Once I can get the rear window sorted out it will be down for new MOT.
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:47 am

More progress. :) :)
Seat belts all fitted.
Wiring to ammeter sorted out and all working OK :!:
Some soundproofing in place.
Seats in and bolted down.

Now to get that back window finally sorted out. :x :roll:
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Tue Jul 31, 2012 11:58 am

MOT failure on a number of points. :roll:
Few advisories as well. :roll: :roll:
Some time and money required to get it through. :!:
Caught Malcolm before he left, so hopefully can pick items up when I visit National on Friday. :)
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by ImpManiac » Tue Jul 31, 2012 3:23 pm

Sorry to hear about the MOT, Tom. :( Still, at least she's nearly ready for the road. :wink:

I'll keep an eye out for you on Friday. I'll be travelling up that day. :D

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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Tue Jul 31, 2012 5:08 pm

ImpManiac wrote:
I'll keep an eye out for you on Friday. I'll be travelling up that day. :D

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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:55 pm

Vehicle now has an MOT :D :D
Having some other areas welded up now, that were not required being done for MOT.

Now can think about other areas being upgraded. :D :roll: Imp011
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by ImpManiac » Fri Aug 10, 2012 4:20 pm

Superb, Tom! :mrgreen: That's brilliant news!

:?: How does Imping feel, then? As good as you'd hoped?

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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Sat Aug 11, 2012 6:20 am

ImpManiac wrote:Superb, Tom! :mrgreen: That's brilliant news!

:?: How does Imping feel, then? As good as you'd hoped?

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Not quite there as yet.
There were some holes, driver's side in sill and floor. Did not fail MOT on them.
Decided whilst it was at my man at Westoning to get them done.
So maybe Monday. :?:
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Post by bazzateer » Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:02 am

Good news Tom!

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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:08 am

bazzateer wrote:Good news Tom!

Good to see you again at Matlock.
Yes it was good to chat with you.
Sadly a brief visit as family matters intervened.
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by ImpManiac » Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:24 pm

tomcat wrote:Sadly a brief visit as family matters intervened.
Sorry I missed you, Tom.

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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:58 am

Imp now back home with his Lancia friends.
MOT passed and advisories done as well. Driver's side sill and floor area.
Nice run back but do need to do something about the gearlever cup. Waves about like something demented. :shock:
Away on an errand for 2 days then we can stuck in to more upgrades. :)
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by ImpManiac » Tue Aug 14, 2012 10:39 am

"Magic wand" gearlever syndrome :? in an Imp can be caused by various factors but the cheapest and most probable one to sort out is the spherical bearing at the bottom of the gear lever itself. The original is comprised of a steel collar and a thin plastic bush. After many years, these plastic bushes break up and in a very short time, the pieces exit the assembly and the gearshift goes vague. Malcolm Anderson sells 'nylatron' bushes that are much thicker because they do away with the steel collar. They are also made from much tougher plastic than the original piece. They are only a few quid and are one of the best Imp upgrades, in my humble opinion. :wink: Fitting takes some time because you need to remove the gear lever assembly from beneath the car, remove the rivets (I ground mine off) and replace the broken pieces, then reassemble and refit everything.

Other possible causes are the flexible coupling where the gear selector shaft meets the transmission unit just forward of the rear subframe. These can get really floppy and lead to vagueness in the gearshift. It is also possible for internal transmission defects to cause vagueness, I believe but this is unlikely. :!:

I hope this helps.

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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by tomcat » Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:57 am

ImpManiac wrote:"Magic wand" gearlever syndrome :? in an Imp can be caused by various factors but the cheapest and most probable one to sort out is the spherical bearing at the bottom of the gear lever itself. The original is comprised of a steel collar and a thin plastic bush. After many years, these plastic bushes break up and in a very short time, the pieces exit the assembly and the gearshift goes vague. Malcolm Anderson sells 'nylatron' bushes that are much thicker because they do away with the steel collar. They are also made from much tougher plastic than the original piece. They are only a few quid and are one of the best Imp upgrades, in my humble opinion. :wink: Fitting takes some time because you need to remove the gear lever assembly from beneath the car, remove the rivets (I ground mine off) and replace the broken pieces, then reassemble and refit everything.

Other possible causes are the flexible coupling where the gear selector shaft meets the transmission unit just forward of the rear subframe. These can get really floppy and lead to vagueness in the gearshift. It is also possible for internal transmission defects to cause vagueness, I believe but this is unlikely. :!:

I hope this helps.

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Hi Paul
I have already purchased a 'nylatron' bush to install. Excellent 'How To' article on fitting on the Forum as well.
Will also be doing the reversing light fitment whilst in this area of the car.
Having returned from my 'removal man' duties can get stuck in hopefully.
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Re: NPB 646L - Update

Post by Leumas » Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:37 am

Hi Tom, what's your plan for fitting the reversing light switch, or is that already in place? I used a momentary toggle switch mounted on one of the gear cup mounting bolts (had previously replaced the rivets with riv-nuts; 6mm herracy! LOL) with a home made bracket. I used relays for this as a well as the rear fog and a timer relay from a volvo for the heated rear screen.. ( the latter switches on and times etc with one momentary press of the switch and off it you press it again - I played with this functionalility for hours, how sad is that? :lol: The reversing switch set up is a bit 'Heath-kit' but works reliably - found it challenging to get a proper switch that's mounted under the car on the bottom of the gear lever linkage, hence the momentary toggle switch. My switch will be covered by a flap of carpet, so woill look ok to the untrained eye... :lol: Allan
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