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DE 31.693 - a race car build - Looking for a 998

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Hi

I have for some time now enjoyed reading about your fun with the Imp. The best car forum I have ever been to. I also decided a while back to write a build thread of my race-imp project, never got to it, but have 10 minutes now, so lets get started.

I bought my first Imp in the summer of 2011 and loved it from the first drive. Had it for about a week and blew the head gasket :P, replaced the gasket and loved the little car even more. What an absolute joy to work on, so simple and well engineered.
In the winter i started the disassembly - (Okay how do i post a picture now)

Before - in the garage together with it's english pal , the more complicated type :wink:
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Can looks perfect - then you start dreaming "it's fantastic there is no rust" - then you wake up "there is allways rust" :evil:
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To be continued

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looks fantastic! :D looking forward to seeing more!
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Very nice! Looking forward to seeing this progress. :D

What engine, transmission, suspension and brakes does she have? What plans have you for the car?

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Ahh forgot to write I'm on the look for a 998 engine - could be a race engine for rebuild or race engine parts (allrready got manifold and carbs)

My plan is to end up with a car eligible for historic racing, cage, discs, 998, webers, front rad, montes, spax etc - the works

Back to the build thread for some metal work

Replacing this rusty rear panel
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Making the embossed??
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The shape
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Hammer
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All five
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Ready to be welded
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Place to go
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Done
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To be continued ...

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nice bit of work there well done

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^^ I agree. Great work! :mrgreen:

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Looking good!
Glad to see one more skilled panel beater. I need every bit of tuition/instruction/information.
My garage is ready and almost usable now. Only the heating isn't quite adequate for -12º to -18ºC we have now.
Haven't yet decided which car to start with but both need some steel "renewed".
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Seriously, seeing stuff like this really is inspiring. Makes me want to have a go. :D And I shall be doing.

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Top job , nice to see some proper panel beating skills being used :)
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That really is top notch
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Time for an update

Bought a roll cage from Safety devices, so trial fitting and welding of strenghtening plates.

Plates delivered with the cage
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Some cutting and welding
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Centre
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Rear plate welded
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Cage mounted - The strap is for bending the rear legs to get the it into the back of the car - remove the cross bar first and tighten the strap - hard
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Crossbar? Belt and braces cage then :D I found that the backstays on SD cages went in ok but the rear hoop legs needed squeezing in - I used a rope and a bit of timber...just don't let go :shock:
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Neat strengthening plate welding, Klaus. :) I like that the floor plates are tied into the heater pipe boxes in the sills. I might emulate that when I restore my shell.

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Meltdown wrote:Crossbar? Belt and braces cage then :D I found that the backstays on SD cages went in ok but the rear hoop legs needed squeezing in - I used a rope and a bit of timber...just don't let go :shock:
Do you have details of the race series you're aiming for?
I'm not sure exactly what it's called, but think it's FIA Appendix K, homologation 5016 and as you maybe can see from my poor english language skills, I don't plan to do any racing in UK, so far only in DK.

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There's nothing wrong with your English, Klaus. It's a great deal better than my Danish :D (An old friend of mine married a girl from Copenhagen, moved out there and vowed to learn 1000 words a month :shock: ).
Having FIA papers should allow you to race anywhere in the world, including our HSCC and (I believe) Masters series.
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Hi Meltdown

A 1000 danish words a month :o I don't even know 1000 danish words :lol:
Danish is very simple, just like the beautiful girls from Copenhagen :wink:
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Klaus wrote:Hi Meltdown

A 1000 danish words a month :o I don't even know 1000 danish words :lol:
Danish is very simple, just like the beautiful girls from Copenhagen :wink:
:lol: Definitely nothing wrong with your English if you can tell jokes :lol:
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^^ I think perhaps something went slightly awry in the translation... At least, I hope so... :? :lol: :wink:

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Yes I'm I'm still on the look for a 998 engine - could be a race engine for rebuild or race engine parts (allrready got manifold and carbs)

Another update

To every restoration project there's some jobs you just need to get over and done - and then forget about them (otherwise you will never do a restoration again)

Off course it's the preparation prior to painting :evil: I will not tire you with details about this - it might wake up some bad memories :lol:

Go on with the wirebrush
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A nightmare
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That's a familiar sight. Race seat in a plastic bag...workshop overalls-friendly :D
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This is one aspect of my restoration that I am not looking forward to so much. Necessary but not much fun.

It's all progress, though. :wink:

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Another fantastic task - cleaning the bottom (was that a joke ?) :o

Kids with heat guns
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Brush paint primer
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Brush paint white Hammerrite - i know i'll regret it
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PS: Note the difference in the trees in the background :oops: you got me :wink: I'm not a fast restorer

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Klaus wrote: :wink: I'm not a fast restorer
Best not to rush these things. :wink: :lol: At least you are working on yours already! :lol: :roll:

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When I say I'm not a fast restorer - I mean it :!: Look at the pics again I'm also the boy :o

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^^ :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Update on the build

Pics of the final welding jobs before the paint

A small repair
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Opening a can of sardines :?
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Reinforcing the trailing arms
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To be continued....

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Neat work, as ever, Klaus. :D

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Update

Final bodywork before paint ->
Remember to make room for the webers
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flip it in - cut - weld
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A new use for a garden party tent
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Primer on the inside
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Inside in white
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Nitromors to the job
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Many hours later
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Outside in primer
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And the parts
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Very good Klaus, looks the business. Don`t want to pop your Imp bubble, but are you in good health after the Nitromors session, or can you hold your breath for very long periods? :P

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It did require an open door in the garage, it isn't that bad, and now I have baby soft skin on my fingers (it's brand new) :D

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Yep. Nitromors is nasty stuff alright. I stripped my entire Triumph Stag exterior with the stuff over 20 years ago. Outdoors. :mrgreen: Interestingly, it didn't hurt my skin when it was just Nitromors. When is had some paint in it already, I believe the phrase was, "Ouch. That smarts." :wink:

Nice work, Klaus. 8) I note that your rear luggage compartment floor has no reinforcing ribs in it. Did you make this panel or have I missed something? I only ask because (1) this panel is structurally important and (2) the panel might 'drum' somewhat with a snorty Imp engine a few centimeters beneath it. Most likely, the car will be fine but I thought I'd ask. :wink:

This picture shows what I mean.
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Looking at this picture -

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It looks like it been very nicely done but has just had a plate welded over the top of it on top?
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You could be right there, Chris. :D It is coming along rather well either way.

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Exactly Chris - Welded a plate on - there was one originally, but very rusty from a leaking rea window

Okay - after so much preparation now it's finally time for some fun - in colours :wink:

About 700£ worth of paint :o I don't understand it, why is it so expensive :(
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Roll cage in white - ready
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And the bonnet
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^^ Funky! :D

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And a blue stripe

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Paint done - allways exciting to see how it turns out. I think I need some time to get used to it. Lets get some wheels on and some stickers maybe :?

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just found this thread!!

Your IMP looks awesome :D :D

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That looks really good, Klaus! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: I'd be proud to be seen in that car. And I would definitely be seen too! :? It's bright! :mrgreen: It's an unusual colour combination to see on an Imp and I applaud that too.

Lovely job! :wink:

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Well smart! Where are you based, in the UK? Would be awesome to see another Imp on the circuits :)
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