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Re: My First Imp (Nearly Back on its Wheels!)

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:03 pm

Cars coming along lovely
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Re: My First Imp (Nearly Back on its Wheels!)

Post by ImpManiac » Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:32 pm

Noddy wrote:Cars coming along lovely
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... And me - on both counts! :wink:

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Post by pubcrawler » Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:52 pm

617sqn wrote: What you need now is a set of my fandango rear hatch stays to top it off :lol:

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They are on my list Andy..........about midway down :roll: :)
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Re: My First Imp (Back on its Wheels with New Tank!)

Post by pubcrawler » Mon May 12, 2014 4:14 am

Finally pushed my Imp out of the garage :o , pleased with the new tank :D
Turned the car round so as to make it easier to fit the engine/transaxle :)
Finally crossing jobs off the "to do" list :wink:
Hoping :shock: to have it back on the road by the end of the month :roll:
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Re: My First Imp (Back on its Wheels with New Tank!)

Post by bornagain-imp » Tue May 13, 2014 8:06 am

Very nice Martin 8)
Does this mean the car {and you} may make the club meet on the 29th? :wink: :D :lol:

Hoping :shock: to have it back on the road by the end of the month :roll:[/quote]

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Post by pubcrawler » Tue May 13, 2014 8:33 am

bornagain-imp wrote:Does this mean the car {and you} may make the club meet on the 29th? :wink: :D :lol:

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Re: My First Imp (Back on its Wheels with New Tank!)

Post by ImpManiac » Wed May 14, 2014 11:24 am

The car looks great, Martin. 8)

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Re: My First Imp (Engine ready to go in!)

Post by pubcrawler » Mon May 19, 2014 6:37 am

Just a small update :o
Transaxle now fitted to the engine with new thrust bearing & actuating arm (thanks Malc) and now lined up on my custom made platform ready to fit :D
A pair of Corley Conversions heavy duty gearbox mounts fitted although I can't see why they are labelled LH & RH :wink: , I've fitted them as N/S & O/S respectively (hope that's correct) :roll:
Off to Demon Tweeks soon with a long shopping list of yet more bits :o
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Re: My First Imp (Engine ready to go in!)

Post by Mark One » Mon May 19, 2014 7:21 am

Martin: that is looking fantastic. Can't wait for the next installment :P .
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Re: My First Imp (Engine ready to go in!)

Post by pubcrawler » Mon May 19, 2014 10:35 am

Mark One wrote:Martin: that is looking fantastic. Can't wait for the next installment :P .
Thanks Mark, be good to have yours and mine photographed side by side sometime in the future :D
Be glad when I'm eventually back on the road :roll:
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Re: My First Imp (Engine ready to go in!)

Post by bornagain-imp » Mon May 19, 2014 11:38 am

Looking good Martin :D
Nearly there, sure it will be worth the wait :wink:

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Re: My First Imp (Engine ready to go in!)

Post by GURNSIMPS » Mon May 19, 2014 5:31 pm

Great job mate,looks awesome.
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Re: My First Imp (Another Small Update!)

Post by pubcrawler » Sat May 24, 2014 7:18 am

Had a good shopping trip to Demon Tweeks in the week 8)
Engine/tranaxle now fitted and back on axle stands, thanks Graham for the helpful e-mail :)
In an effort to reduce the under bonnet temperature I decided to bind the manifold in exhaust heat wrap, this was not an easy job and took some time :roll:
Fitted the webers to the manifold and then bolted the whole lot onto the engine with it in situ, thought this was going to be really difficult but luckily wasn't as bad as I feared :D
Begining to look like a car again now although I'm thinking that it now wont be on the road until the start of June :roll: as there are still a lot of jobs to do on my list :D
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Re: My First Imp (Another Small Update!)

Post by moose » Sat May 24, 2014 8:17 am

Hi Martin it is all looking good, from personal experience be careful with the exhaust wrap i gave over using it on the exhaust side and just wrapped the inlets the reason for this was when it rained or you went through a ford on a rally it got wet and absorbed water this held water against red hot exhaust headers and thermal shocked them they cooled and then were re-heated obviously from the engine but the wrap still contained enough water to create steam this also made the headers de-laminate in bug flakes of rust this goes on under the wrap. i only noticed it as i cleaned the car after a particularly dirty rally so took engine and box out to clean every where properly. the wrap looked filthy so took it off, loads of rust only been on 6 months another 6 and there would have been no manifold, it is fine on race cars in the dry but not the wet. i have mine zinc coated to prevent rust and wrap the inlet stubs. the next one is getting ceramic coating. the zinc coating is like galvanising but it is melted zinc blasted onto the surface so leaves quite a rough finish but keeps the rust at bay £60 to do a combined manifold £50 for small or large bore janspeed type or a sport type it is over paintable but i have yet to find a paint that stays on
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Re: My First Imp (Another Small Update!)

Post by ImpManiac » Sat May 24, 2014 10:02 pm

Looking good, Martin. I love an Imp engine with a pair of deuces. * Cool as. 8) 8) Keep the updates coming.

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Re: My First Imp (Another Small Update!)

Post by pubcrawler » Mon May 26, 2014 1:23 pm

moose wrote:The wrap looked filthy so took it off, loads of rust only been on 6 months another 6 and there would have been no manifold,
Thanks for the good advice, will be keeping a close eye on it :)
Back in the garage this afternoon after returning from a trip to Kent to watch some exciting (and very dusty) Rallycross action at Lydden Hill yesterday :shock:
Great result for Sutton Coldfield's Andrew Jordan, 3rd overall 8)
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Re: My First Imp (Another Small Update!)

Post by GURNSIMPS » Tue May 27, 2014 6:32 am

Your imp reminds me of this for some reason....
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Re: My First Imp (Another Small Update!)

Post by pubcrawler » Tue May 27, 2014 6:40 am

GURNSIMPS wrote:Your imp reminds me of this for some reason....
If it/I performs/drives half as good as that I shall be pleased :)
I have been thinking about a black bonnet though :wink:
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Re: My First Imp (Another Small Update!)

Post by Mike Hanna » Thu May 29, 2014 7:46 pm

Hi Martin. You would do well to heed the advice of "Moose" and ditch the heat wrap on the manifold. You would be much better to make up and fit good heat shielding between the exhaust and carbs. You could even fit a small fan to blow or suck cold air forwards below the carbs to keep them cool. An alloy shield attached to the back of the carb flanges and a bracket on the float chamber wells will work, and then another in the normal place made up to suit the profile of the manifold. I have repaired quite a number of these manifolds and know the damage that heat wrap can do. The exhaust needs its cooling air flow too! Cheers. Mike
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Re: My First Imp (Another Small Update!)

Post by pubcrawler » Fri May 30, 2014 8:34 am

Thanks for the advice Mike 8)
I was thinking about making a heat shield as well eventually :D
Will monitor the manifold wrap closely once it's back on the road, good to have feedback.
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Post by GURNSIMPS » Fri May 30, 2014 8:50 am

Good to see Mike Hanna on here still,One of my all time rally hero's,He made the Imp dance (VERY QUICKLY!)then changed sports and won the Historic race Championship in his home built racer.It would be great to see Mike and Uncle Malc back out and at it in the various championships next Year.... :wink:
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Post by Mike Hanna » Fri May 30, 2014 9:02 pm

Thanks for those kind words Neil but the modest success I had with the rally car was entirely down to the car not the driver! Most fun I ever had in a car!! Cheers. Mike
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Re: My First Imp (Small Updates!)

Post by pubcrawler » Sun Jun 01, 2014 6:42 am

Crossing jobs of the list at pace now :o although keep finding more to add :roll:
Radiator eventually fitted, very tight :o . Due to the larger capacity sump and the block strengthening kit there was very little room for the rad :wink: so I had to grind off the origonal radiator fixing bracket and just about shoehorned it in along with another homemade bracket :D
Exhaust brackets made and fitted along with petrol pipes, pressure regulator and throttle cables :)
Battery and alternator ordered off tinternet and should be here on Tuesday.
Finishing off petrol tank bits and bleeding the clutch next on the list :shock:
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Re: My First Imp (Small Updates!)

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sun Jun 01, 2014 6:53 am

Yep that rad is tight , hopefully your engines tickover is nice and steady and engine rock wont cause the sump to touch the rad .
Its all looking rather good ive got to say :)
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Re: My First Imp (Small Updates!)

Post by pubcrawler » Sun Jun 01, 2014 6:59 am

Noddy wrote:Yep that rad is tight , hopefully your engines tickover is nice and steady and engine rock wont cause the sump to touch the rad .
Its all looking rather good ive got to say :)
Thanks, I've fitted heavy duty engine/transaxle mounts so hoping it will be quiet stable :wink:
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Re: My First Imp (Small Updates!)

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sun Jun 01, 2014 7:02 am

pubcrawler wrote:
Noddy wrote:Yep that rad is tight , hopefully your engines tickover is nice and steady and engine rock wont cause the sump to touch the rad .
Its all looking rather good ive got to say :)
Thanks, I've fitted heavy duty engine/transaxle mounts so hoping it will be quiet stable :wink:
Im sure it will be fine , I had the engine touching the body work when i ran a 28/36 Weber , Air filter would hit when i blatted it one :lol:
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Re: My First Imp (Small Updates!)

Post by bornagain-imp » Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:14 am

Very nice Martin 8)
Looking a proper pocket rocket 8) :D :mrgreen:

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Re: My First Imp (Alternator Fitted!)

Post by pubcrawler » Thu Jun 05, 2014 6:59 am

Got a nice little 40amp alternator & pulley from Maynard Motorsport 8)
Had to drill/sleeve the one hole along with fitting a longer bolt.
Waterpump/fan assy then had to be dismantled again so I could re-allocate the support bracket :roll:
I'm now pleased with the overall result :D
Have now got deep pulleys on the pump and fan :o , do you think I need a crankshaft deep pulley or is the std OK :?:
Triumph Stag expansion tank arrived yesterday (good idea Noddy 8) ) so that can be fitted next :)
Looking forward to sorting out the wiring soon, a nice clean satisfying job 8)
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Re: My First Imp (Alternator Fitted!)

Post by cov_climax » Thu Jun 05, 2014 4:26 pm

Martin,

Did you get a wiring diagram? , I have this type of alternator and whatever you do, do not connect the P terminal, this is a phase output to drive a tacho on an industrial/diesel application.

The IG is the warning lamp and L is a switched live which you can piggy back off the coil supply.

If you put 12v onto the P terminal you will fry the rectifier, don't ask me how I know.... :oops:

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Re: My First Imp (Alternator Fitted!)

Post by pubcrawler » Fri Jun 06, 2014 6:33 am

cov_climax wrote:If you put 12v onto the P terminal you will fry the rectifier, don't ask me how I know.... :oops:
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Got a diagram of tinternet as mine only has 3 small terminals marked S,IG & L :o
These, from what I can make out, are for Perm Live, Ign Live & Warning light respectively :D
No frying for me........hopefully :wink:
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Re: My First Imp (Wiring Mods!)

Post by pubcrawler » Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:12 am

Have now started to improve/alter the wiring :o and incorporate some fuses in the circuits :D
All seems to be progressing OK although can't get the ign light to work with the new alternator :shock: (will have to come back to that later :roll: )
Lighting ciruits still left to alter and then everything is protected by fuses :D
Still hoping to have the engine running by the weekend :wink:
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Re: My First Imp (Alternator Fitted!)

Post by pubcrawler » Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:39 am

cov_climax wrote:Martin,
The IG is the warning lamp and L is a switched live which you can piggy back off the coil supply.
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Just been re-reading your post Brian, are you sure this is correct as on tinternet it states that IG is the switched live and L is the warning lamp :?
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Re: My First Imp (Engine Running!)

Post by pubcrawler » Sun Jun 22, 2014 8:44 am

Started my engine last week after fitting and adjusting the alternator and filling all the fluids etc :o , carbs now need to be adjusted as the amount of smoke in the garage after running for just a few minutes was like a scene from Wesley's Garage out of Last of the Summer Wine :lol:
With the alternator in place It was looking as if I was going to have to remove the sump and move the oil pump drive 1 cog so that more adjustment could be be gained on the distributor :roll:
After much consideration I have got round this by fitting a shorter fan belt and cutting out a small section out of the plastic fan cowl so that the alternator now sits away from the distributor :o
The other good news is that, after a call to Maynards to confirm my wiring diagram was correct, the ign dashboard light has now suddenly started working :shock: don't ask me how or why :roll:
The battery now sits on the floor behind the passengers seat and I just need to finalise the wiring, cross off the many remaining small jobs on my list and purchase another steering rack and then I should be back on the road :wink: :D
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Re: My First Imp (Engine Running!)

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sun Jun 22, 2014 10:29 am

Great news , wiring looks scary , hope you didnt follow this diagram :lol:
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Post by pubcrawler » Sun Jun 22, 2014 10:53 am

Noddy wrote:Great news , wiring looks scary , hope you didnt follow this diagram :lol:
Once tidied it should look like your diagram :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: My First Imp (Engine Running!)

Post by ImpManiac » Sun Jun 22, 2014 9:51 pm

Nice work! Glad to hear that it's running. :wink:

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Post by Jens » Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:06 pm

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Re: My First Imp (bits'n'bobs done!)

Post by pubcrawler » Wed Jul 09, 2014 7:01 am

Had the engine running for a while now off and on :D the smoke is not as bad as when I 1st fired it up :o .
The majority was coming of the exhaust manifold wrap :roll:, still have to get the carbs set up as it is running very rich :D
Refurbished steering rack fitted (no knocking noise now) and finally worked out where to position the steering column bush so it cancels the indicators via the pawl unit :roll: . Excessive play in the column cured by inserting an Uncle Malc top bush 8)
Engine bay wiring sorted then taped and loomed, oil catch tank and radiator expansion tank fitted :D
Underneath re-painted again before putting her back on wheels, seems really low now as I'd got used to the height on axle stands :roll:
Re-tapped the rear panel fixing holes in the chassis ends as the threads were almost none existant :o , painted the inside ready to refix to-day :)
Then finally made a bracket (using one of the handbrake fixing studs) to line up the outside emergency engine cut-off cable with the main isolator on the finished centre console :) , this will only be fixed in position when I do sprints/hillclimbs :wink:
Still awaiting updated V5 from the DVLA, informed insurance company about all the mods and no increase in premium 8)
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Re: My First Imp (bits'n'bobs done!)

Post by bornagain-imp » Wed Jul 09, 2014 11:13 am

Very nice job Martin 8) hope it goes as good as it looks :mrgreen:

Hope to see it at possibly the next B'ham meet (if I've recovered from my surgery by then) :roll:

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Post by pubcrawler » Wed Jul 09, 2014 11:55 am

bornagain-imp wrote:Very nice job Martin 8) hope it goes as good as it looks :mrgreen:
Hope to see it at possibly the next B'ham meet Rod Imp006
..............and me :D , I'm 95% sure I should be there in it providing the V5 arrives and it passes the MOT :roll:
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