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Aussie 930 Sunbeam Sport

Post by weiß » Sat Oct 08, 2011 4:14 am

Hi lads and lasses,

My name is Michael, and I am in Sydney Australia. I have been signed up to the site a few years back but had to mothball the Imp and my registration fell out of currency as I started to toy about with MK1 Golf's and had a few more kids (4 boys now!).

All the same I just wanted to share my car and story and hope to become a bit more active as I have now taken the car out of storage and preparing it for registration for our Australian summer.

I have been an Imp owner for 16 years, getting my first when I was 15 as a first car from my brother. That was an 875cc Mk3. I learnt a lot from that car and only sold it in 2009. At the height of my Imp ownership we had 5 cars, the MKIII, 2 GT's, the Sunbeam Sport and a MKI wreck.

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Anyway, all I have now left is the Sunbeam. It is a 1969 which was owned prior to myself by Brian Bradshaw of Impwerks in New Zealand as his wifes car. It was imported to Australia in 2001. It is fitted with the 930cc block and Weber conversion as well as a custom reproduction Sport dash and leather interior. It featured in the December 2008 edition of Australian Classic Car and was shot by Nigel Honey Photos.

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I'll add a scanned version when I get time.

For now I simply want to replace the wheel cylinders and the brake linings, give her a tune up and take it for a mechanical inspection, from there I will see what I decide to do as I would like to give her a respray as the job that was undertaken nearly 20 years back is showing a bit of fatigue.

The Imp has to share the garage with the other white car I love, my 1976 Swallowtail MK1 Golf - so my progress might be a bit slower on the imp than I might have hoped but motivation is currently high.

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Cheers for now,
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Re: Aussie 930 Sunbeam Sport

Post by daysineuropa » Sat Oct 08, 2011 2:53 pm

Excellent story Mick, you kept the right one ;) Fantastic shot of the Mk1 Golf and the Sunbeam together. What happened to the rest of the cars?

How many Imps are estimated to have survived in Oz?

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Re: Aussie 930 Sunbeam Sport

Post by imp1973 » Sat Oct 08, 2011 4:13 pm

Welcome back,

im not the only imp lover thats into mk1 golfs aswell then :)

both great cars :)

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Re: Aussie 930 Sunbeam Sport

Post by super66 » Sat Oct 08, 2011 5:02 pm

The car looks great and a nice story to go with it!
I would say it looks nice though as it is the saloon twin of my coupe!
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Post by sunbeammadd » Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:19 am

Tim Haynes had been compiling a register and last I heard he had around 150 Imps located in Australia. No doubt there would be others he doesn't know about.
daysineuropa wrote:
How many Imps are estimated to have survived in Oz?

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Re: Aussie 930 Sunbeam Sport

Post by Dave in Oz » Mon Oct 24, 2011 1:14 pm

Hi Russ & Michael, and others,
I recently heard about a bloke with 2 imps up here in Darwin, one of which was undergoing restoration ( few years ago) but has since been shed-bound. I'm going to look him up; maybe he'll part with them and make me an Imp owner again! :D

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Re: Aussie 930 Sunbeam Sport

Post by johnh875 » Sat Nov 12, 2011 10:20 am

Welcome Micheal, nice Sunbeam.

Another question would be how many Imps are there on this forum in Australia? A supplementary question would be what constitutes a countable car, eg I have the remains of a couple of shells at least that will never see the road again, along with a few more that could.
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Re: Aussie 930 Sunbeam Sport

Post by 19James » Sat Nov 12, 2011 11:27 am

Awesome cars! :)
Did you install the stilleto dials or were they standard fitment?
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Re: Aussie 930 Sunbeam Sport

Post by Rallye » Wed Nov 16, 2011 6:42 pm

Lovely car. :thumb:
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Re: Aussie 930 Sunbeam Sport

Post by weiß » Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:30 am

14James wrote:Awesome cars! :)
Did you install the stilleto dials or were they standard fitment?
Cheers, James ImpGreen
Hi James, the dash is a full reproduction with all modern gauges and wiring. Brian Bradshaw made a limited amount of these as I understand it.

In other news, today the car passed registration inspection. It was initially failed for perished brake hoses and movement in the king pins so I had some braided lines made up and packed the king pins wit grease and 4 hours later was approved.

I could not get it register today as my custom plates IMP-930 were not available for collection so it will be Monday before I get to terrorise the streets, but am damn excited by the thought of getting on the road again with her!
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Post by dinglem » Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:21 pm

Yes - your dash is exactly the same as the one I have in the 'ImpWerks' Van, as fitted by Brian Bradshaw. Speedo and rev-counter are Stiletto items, the rest (in mine at least) are Smiths.

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Post by long_gone_John » Fri Dec 02, 2011 4:48 pm

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Hairy water splash in the winter, Eh Mick?
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.... or real slow!!

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Re: Aussie 930 Sunbeam Sport

Post by weiß » Sun Dec 11, 2011 12:50 am

The slightest rain makes it impossible to cross!

Martin nice to hear from you. I'm not sure what Brian is up to but it would be great to reconnect with him.

The car is on the road. It was taken to a tuner who was recommended to me before it got laid up, now she seems to be running really rich. It's a Weber 28/36 do I'll do some research for jet setting then have a look at what is inside as a comparison.

The other thing is the vacuum advance is not working. Sucking on the vacuum tube from the carb is showing that we have a proper diaphragm failure. This question is two fold. Is it easy to overhaul the vacuum diaphragm? But is it potentially a better idea to get a fully electronic distributor? I currently run a Crane Cams Fireball optical ignition, and am more than happy to remove it if a new electronic distributor will fit the bill. Has anyone tried these on an imp?

Pretty happy to be cruising the streets. More comments each time I take it out, more than ever before.

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Re: Aussie 930 Sunbeam Sport

Post by Rallye » Sun Dec 11, 2011 9:57 am

Really nice imp that, well done. Imp011
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Post by bazzateer » Sun Dec 11, 2011 10:13 am

I've had a fully electronic set-up fitted to LNK for a few years now with no problems. It's a Bestek system. Not cheap but very good IMHO. There's also Accuspark who are doing new electronic dizzies plus the usual points replacement stuff like Lumenition, BBC etc.
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Post by kilty » Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:17 am

bazzateer wrote: BBC etc.
Always wondered, was this one designed by Leonard Parkin? :P
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Re: Aussie 930 Sunbeam Sport

Post by johnh875 » Tue Dec 20, 2011 7:32 am

Congrats Mick (albeit belated) on getting the car back on the road! Hope you are enjoying it.
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Re: Aussie 930 Sunbeam Sport

Post by weiß » Tue Dec 20, 2011 7:41 am

Thanks John!

It's been nice but no vac advance meant it has not been a delight. I've ordered an electronic dizzy from the UK so once that's here I reckon things will be improved.

I replaced all the brake hoses, for the life of me I'm still not seeming to get the proper pedal on first depression. Any tips? Does the brake booster impact the process?
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Post by Dave in Oz » Tue Dec 20, 2011 9:32 am

Hi Mick,
As long as you don't run the engine during the procedure and pump the brakes a few times before you start (to use up the stored vacuum), then the booster shouldn't make a difference.

Tighten up the rear brake adjusters, and slacken off of the front adjusters before bleeding (if you've got the original drums on the front).

It always seems to take me a few rounds to get the air out. Haven't driven an imp with a brake booster for 20 years, but on my other cars the pedal always "pumps up" on quick successive pumps, even with no air in the system. Possibly due to taking up adjustment in the shoes...
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Post by weiß » Tue Dec 20, 2011 10:00 am

Thanks Dave for the tip. I have also read that putting the front of the car up on ramps can assist in having the air pocketed in the line migrate, but I don't understand how that would actually work - may be it is an urban myth! :D
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Post by weiß » Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:51 am

So, I have my Imp Club membership now and a car that is running so well thanks to the Powerspark Ignition that arrived from BBC today. Simple to set up and tune, this has improved the cars performance dramatically! Very happy.
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Post by ImpManiac » Wed Dec 21, 2011 10:56 am

That's great news! :mrgreen: If it runs even half as well as it looks, it must be really good. :wink:

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Post by weiß » Mon Dec 26, 2011 8:47 am

Merry Christmas!

I am planning on removing the carby (weber 28/36) tomorrow to check the jetting as it is running rich at idle. Fingers crossed it is something obvious! Imp011
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Post by ImpManiac » Tue Dec 27, 2011 6:02 pm

Mery Christmas to you too! :D And good luck with the carby. :wink:

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Post by Lars Hagermark » Tue Dec 27, 2011 6:08 pm

weiß wrote:Merry Christmas!

I am planning on removing the carby (weber 28/36) tomorrow to check the jetting as it is running rich at idle. Fingers crossed it is something obvious! Imp011
Merry X-mas to you too.
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Post by weiß » Sat Jan 21, 2012 10:01 am

Happy New Year boys.

I've not managed to get to the carb as mentioned but today updated the 16ACR alternator for a 17ACR. The unfortunate reason was that I had the old alt off to adjust it as the belt wasn't quite true, when I dropped it and sheared the adjustment bolt hole area off the casing. All the same it's back together.

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Post by weiß » Sat Jan 21, 2012 10:12 am

Dave in Oz wrote:Tighten up the rear brake adjusters, and slacken off of the front adjusters before bleeding (if you've got the original drums on the front).
Dave, spot on. It did the trick. Appreciated.
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Post by 617sqn » Sat Jan 21, 2012 5:58 pm

That's the first time I've seen a belt with teeth on the outside :o

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Post by colin rooney » Sat Jan 21, 2012 7:09 pm

617sqn wrote:That's the first time I've seen a belt with teeth on the outside :o

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thats because the car is down under and every thing is upside down or down side up which ever way u want to say it :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Post by weiß » Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:53 am

The red pinstripe was painted on the chrome and looked a bit ratty after 15 years.

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Post by Dave in Oz » Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:07 am

looking good (apart from the dodgy cloudy headlamp :wink: )
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Post by weiß » Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:16 am

Thanks Dave, she has some rust coming through on sills and the poor prep when she was sprayed before I owned it is causing cracks and flaking (too much high fill).

The lights have both been like that since I've had it. Maybe I need to look for a replacement pair.
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Post by kilty » Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:14 am

Your jam-jar is looking shit hot mate. I`ve replaced trim striping with tape before myself and it didn`t take long to start lifting off. Went plain in the end and it looked cool. 8)
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Post by bazzateer » Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:44 pm

Those strips should be stainless, not chrome!
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Post by The Nun » Sat Feb 18, 2012 3:27 pm

bazzateer wrote:Those strips should be stainless, not chrome!
They could be an annodised type of aluminium not stainless, seem too soft for stainless?
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Post by kilty » Sat Feb 18, 2012 3:33 pm

They are an alloy, begorrah! :wink:
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Post by weiß » Thu Feb 23, 2012 10:39 am

When I said chrome, I was clearly misinformed. I would say it is a polished alloy of some type.

Put some new tyres on the rear, not many options in 185/60R13 anymore... Went with Falkens.
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Post by weiß » Sat Mar 03, 2012 10:09 am

I know that this might be sinful but at least it is not a MINI! :D

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Post by Lars Hagermark » Sat Mar 03, 2012 6:39 pm

Not to far away. 2 door saloon. 4-cyl alloy rear engine. Fuel tank in front.
Looking good! Hope the little lady likes it. :D
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Post by ImpManiac » Sat Mar 03, 2012 7:50 pm

Nice. I quite like those. :)

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