My First Imp (First Sprint this Year!)

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Re: My First Imp (Lots of interest at NEC!)

Post by bornagain-imp » Thu Apr 02, 2015 3:43 pm

Hi Martin, looks like you had a good weekend, shame I couldn't join you on the stand but had a stormy weekend in Somerset setting up my caravan for the season :roll:
See you met Fuzz Townsend, I watch that program aswell new season starts next week :D

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Re: My First Imp (Lots of interest at NEC!)

Post by pubcrawler » Thu Apr 02, 2015 5:57 pm

bornagain-imp wrote:Hi Martin, See you met Fuzz Townsend, I watch that program aswell new season starts next week :D
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Yes Rod, he seemed genuinely interested in my Imp and said he wished he hadn't sold his now :roll:
I think he would have stayed longer on our stand but his phone rang and he apologised for having to rush off :roll:
Hope you enjoy "Frozen" at the NEC :D
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Re: My First Imp (Weston Park Show!)

Post by pubcrawler » Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:46 am

Good well attended car show at Weston Park, Shifnal, Telford yesterday :D Lots of Imp interest and we celebrated the 50th year of 3 of our club members cars 8) Mine, a Mk1 Lotus Cortina and a Morris 1000 :D
Lots of interesting cars and trucks on show :shock: Didn't win stand of the show though :( weather in the afternoon made up for that :)
Met up with David Brown from Classic Car Weekly who made notes about my car along with a photo :o
Hoping to appear in next weeks edition :shock:

Edit : Stand photo changed :D
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Re: My First Imp (Weston Park Show!)

Post by bazzateer » Mon Apr 06, 2015 9:31 am

Don't think I've seen RHD one of those ^^^ before .
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Re: My First Imp (Weston Park Show!)

Post by 617sqn » Mon Apr 06, 2015 2:46 pm

Interesting, but hideous, in my opinion :lol:

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Re: My First Imp (Weston Park Show!)

Post by pubcrawler » Mon Apr 06, 2015 3:47 pm

617sqn wrote:Interesting, but hideous, in my opinion :lol:
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Yes, like a cartoon car out of the Lloyds TSB adverts :lol:
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Re: My First Imp (Weston Park Show!)

Post by cov_climax » Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:26 pm

No way.....
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Re: My First Imp (Weston Park Show!)

Post by pubcrawler » Thu Apr 16, 2015 7:41 am

pubcrawler wrote:Met up with David Brown from Classic Car Weekly who made notes about my car along with a photo :o
Hoping to appear in next weeks edition :shock:
Nice little write up and photo on page 12 :D
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Re: My First Imp (Photo in Classic Car Weekly!)

Post by moose » Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:29 pm

nice one looks like they like imps at that magazine
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Re: My First Imp (Photo in Classic Car Weekly!)

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Pacer 'woody' is class! :lol:
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Re: My First Imp (A Bit Quieter Now!)

Post by pubcrawler » Sun Apr 26, 2015 10:11 am

Although I like the stripped out Imp I was finding the noise wasn't helping my tinnitus on longer journeys :roll: so decided to invest in a little soundproofing on the parcel shelf and behind the rear seat :D Very pleased with the result and didn't take long to fit 8)
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Re: My First Imp (A Bit Quieter Now!)

Post by The Nun » Sun Apr 26, 2015 10:58 am

Interested in how much do you think it reduced the noise amount by? approximately % better?

Do you have any sound insulation inside the rear wings too? like those bags of fluff things, or nothing except what youve done in your photo?
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Re: My First Imp (A Bit Quieter Now!)

Post by pubcrawler » Sun Apr 26, 2015 4:00 pm

The Nun wrote:Interested in how much do you think it reduced the noise amount by? approximately % better?
Do you have any sound insulation inside the rear wings too? like those bags of fluff things, or nothing except what youve done in your photo?
I would think the noise has reduced by about 30 to 40%, no further insulation has been added apart from another layer of soft insulation on the rear shelf which I have attatched to the rubber mat :D
I have one sheet of the silver left and I might cut it in half and stick it in either the side or door panels :wink:
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Re: My First Imp (A Bit Quieter Now!)

Post by impmann » Sun Apr 26, 2015 5:29 pm

Looks good. Where did you get the stuff from?
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Post by pubcrawler » Sun Apr 26, 2015 8:17 pm

impmann wrote:Looks good. Where did you get the stuff from?
Got it from here http://www.deadening.co.uk :D
Very quick delivery 8)
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Re: My First Imp (Carb guard/heat shield fabricated)

Post by pubcrawler » Mon Apr 27, 2015 7:19 am

Been busy fabricating an underbody shield for the carbs from an alluminium sheet I was given :o
Once cut and bent I then stuck some self adhesive heat barrier from DT on the underside :D
Pleased as I was able to use the 2 origonal fixings in the chassis rail and didn't have to drill any new holes in the bodywork :)
Another job ticked of my list :roll:
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Re: My First Imp (Carb guard/heat shield fabricated!)

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Re: My First Imp (Carb guard/heat shield fabricated!)

Post by The Nun » Mon Apr 27, 2015 12:46 pm

Thats how I would do the template out of card first, we could get a job on Blue Peter Im sure. :wink:
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Post by pubcrawler » Mon Apr 27, 2015 2:41 pm

The Nun wrote:............................we could get a job on Blue Peter Im sure. :wink:
Yes and the heat tape could our "sticky back plastic" :lol: :roll:
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Re: My First Imp (Carb guard/heat shield fabricated!)

Post by ImpManiac » Mon Apr 27, 2015 4:26 pm

Nice job, Martin. :D I'll need to make something like that for mine when I put it back on the road.

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Re: My First Imp (New Silencer!)

Post by pubcrawler » Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:17 am

Had no intention of changing the silencer :o but happened to be browsing thy Bay of eee's and found a brand new one for a £65 starting bid :D No other bids were placed so it was mine :roll: Slight modification to the fixing holes and job done, looks neater and doesn't protude past the bumper as much as the previous plus greater ground clearence because of the smaller diameter :D
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Re: My First Imp (First Time in Anger!)

Post by pubcrawler » Mon May 04, 2015 7:02 am

Had a very enjoyable 2 days at Donnington Park taking part in their Historic Festival :D This was courtesy of the HRCR group who were running a timed slalom course around the Melbourne loop :o This was the first time I'd driven my Imp in anger and was well pleased with the results, very good acceleration and handling :D Best time I achieved over the 2 days was on my last run on Sunday afternoon :shock:
The only downside is that even after just under 1000 miles of running in I still have mild blue smoke from the exhaust under acceleration :o so will have to get back in touch with Ben Boult who assured me it would cease after 500 miles :roll:
Lots of people smiling at my Imp and as usual lots of stories from people who used to own or race them 8)
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Re: My First Imp (First Time in Anger!)

Post by 617sqn » Mon May 04, 2015 7:22 am

If it's mild, perhaps its fueling Martin ? Just a thought....

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Post by pubcrawler » Mon May 04, 2015 7:24 am

617sqn wrote:If it's mild, perhaps its fueling Martin ? Just a thought....
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I would like to think so Andy but I have to keep topping the oil up and Ben did say I'd probably glazed the bores bacause I used good quality oil when running in :roll:
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Re: My First Imp (First Time in Anger!)

Post by The Nun » Mon May 04, 2015 7:26 am

The Melbourne Loop was where the first IMP NATIONAL was held, a very long time ago now. :D :?
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Re: My First Imp (First Time in Anger!)

Post by 617sqn » Mon May 04, 2015 7:31 am

Ah. Yep. That'll do it. I knew a bloke who used a top quality synthetic oil in his rebuilt V8. The smoke just wouldn't stop and led to a strip down and hone, so he could start again using running in oil. It's a common mistake I'm afraid to say. A well meant error. I hope you don't need to go to those lengths :(

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Post by long_gone_John » Tue May 05, 2015 6:49 pm

The Nun wrote:The Melbourne Loop was where the first IMP NATIONAL was held, a very long time ago now. :D :?
hmmm... Was I there??

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Re: My First Imp (A Bit Quieter Now!)

Post by Grahame59 » Wed May 06, 2015 5:54 am

pubcrawler wrote:I would think the noise has reduced by about 30 to 40%…
Sounds great. This quote is from the Sound Deadening Shop's website:

''Silent Coat Damping Mat is a polymeric based damping material with a supercharged adhesive. With an Aluminum surface and a unique military-grade composition, it has been proven to be extremely efficient at the conversion of vibration to thermal energy.''

If I understand the above claim correctly this miracle matting converts sound to heat. Very clever. As your Imp is now 40% quieter than before, I imagine you could consider dispensing with the heater altogether! :wink:
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Re: My First Imp (Silicone Hoses Fitted!)

Post by pubcrawler » Sun May 17, 2015 4:47 am

Had a good day yesterday :D re-fitted my kingpins after Malcolm had refurbished them 8) Steering feels so much better now :)
Then fitted nice blue silicone hoses (except heater) :o
Next job is to fit an 88 C thermostat, after a discussion on FB I've decided my engine isn't running hot enough :roll: :wink:
Also fitted the red springs (came with the car), 3/4" longer and slightly larger diameter. Car sits better and the steering knuckle no longer catched the suspension arm :o Need to modify/weld the arm if I dedide to put the lower ones back on in the future :D
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Re: My First Imp (Silicone Hoses Fitted!)

Post by The Nun » Sun May 17, 2015 12:36 pm

pubcrawler wrote:after a discussion on FB I've decided my engine isn't running hot enough :roll: :wink:
Must be why I dont get any good advice then, I dont go onto FB :?
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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sun May 17, 2015 12:39 pm

Stag expansion bottle , you copying me :lol:
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Re: My First Imp (Silicone Hoses Fitted!)

Post by Grahame59 » Sun May 17, 2015 1:03 pm

pubcrawler wrote:…fitted nice blue silicone hoses (except heater)
I like the idea of silicone for longevity reasons and may change mine next time the anti-freeze is due for renewal. Where did you get them from, Martin? Also, are they available in black (I prefer a 'period' look so the blue isn't for me tbh) and can you get silicone in lengths of 5/8" hose for the heater and bypass hoses etc?

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Re: My First Imp (Silicone Hoses Fitted!)

Post by pubcrawler » Mon May 18, 2015 3:24 am

The Nun wrote:Must be why I dont get any good advice then, I dont go onto FB :?
I've resisited it for years Peter and now finally given in :o have to admit it's quiet good :roll:
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Yes, a very good idea and works brilliantly 8)
Grahame59 wrote:Where did you get them from, Martin? Also, are they available in black (I prefer a 'period' look so the blue isn't for me tbh) and can you get silicone in lengths of 5/8" hose for the heater and bypass hoses etc?
I got them from here and yes black is available and they can supply heater hoses :D I just opted for the 3 hose set and then got others from demon tweeks, might change the heater hoses later :wink:
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pubcrawler wrote:
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I've resisited it for years Peter and now finally given in :o have to admit it's quiet good :roll:
I have thought about it but i dont fancy having to tell everyone what Ive had for breakfast and how the cats doing type of thing. :wink:
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Re: My First Imp (My First Sprint!)

Post by pubcrawler » Mon Jun 15, 2015 5:00 pm

As part of my preperation for my 1st sprint I finished the fitting of the roll cage by cutting and bolting in the side impact bars :o
Kept them low at the front so as not to make getting in and out a pain :roll: and also managed to clear the door pockets :D
Curborough was the venue, near Lichfield, and it was the figure of eight circuit layout.
Passed scrutineering and noise test with 99db....lied about max revs :lol:
Having never driven an Imp in anger I was very pleased with the handling and improved my times on all four runs :D
The cars great handling and Yokohama tyres made it a very enjoyable day and gave me confidence for more events in the future :D
Still have a problem with blue smoke though as you can see but with no power loss, Ben Bolt assures me it is down to glazed bores and that the scraper rings will eventually bed in although I'm begining to doubt him as I have now done a 1000 miles :?
Anyway he said do a few speed events so I am and if anyone has any suggestions then I'd be pleased to hear from you 8)
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Re: My First Imp (My First Sprint!)

Post by pubcrawler » Mon Jun 15, 2015 5:17 pm

Here's another photo of me being lined up on the start line ready for another fun packed run :o just found this on FB :roll:
Thanks to Rod (bornagain-imp) for bringing his Imp along and giving me morale support 8)
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Re: My First Imp (My First Sprint!)

Post by ImpManiac » Mon Jun 15, 2015 7:56 pm

Glad you're enjoying the car, Martin. I must say, it looks the business. :mrgreen:

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Post by pubcrawler » Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:40 pm

ImpManiac wrote:Glad you're enjoying the car, Martin. I must say, it looks the business. :mrgreen:
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Thanks Paul....................apart from the blue smoke :roll:
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Post by pubcrawler » Tue Jun 16, 2015 4:56 am

.....and another, be nice to say the smoke is tyre smoke :roll: :lol: :o :wink:
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Re: My First Imp (My First Sprint!)

Post by Lotus-e-Clan » Tue Jun 16, 2015 6:25 am

Nice and aggressive!

Does it smoke from any engine/oil temperature - ie does it get worse as the oil heats-up?

A 60 grade oil might help if it smokes more when the oil is stinking hot, but if it's done little miles from new (not run-in), then a thick synthetic isn't going to help at all. A 1000 miles on a proper running-in oil on the road with full throttle bursts from the get-go might have helped - but if it's glazed then it may be too late.

Another consideration is the type of strengthening plate /baffles sump used. If the oil is delayed (trapped by strengthening plate/baffles) from reaching the sump (especially on a high capacity oil pump -at high revs) then you will have a lot more oil than necessary thrown-up into the bores by the crank webs and rods dipping into a big pool of oil- which can only make matters worse if your oil rings aren't working.

Oil return to the sump is ultra important with high capacity oil pumps at high revs. I worked out that a hi cap pump (theoretically ) can pump oil out of the sump at 1 litre per second @ 10,000 rpm (not accounting for oil gear ratio). Similarly, if your breather system and head oil drain pipe aren't working well together then a lot of oil (especially on a high capacity oil pump), will be trapped/delayed in the cam box. Negative pressure (vacuum) in the crankcase is best for the oil drain from the head to work well. BTW, If you have a boroscope then you can see through the plug hole oil pooling on the piston tops and can work out whether rings or valve guide issues (or both).

Of course an oil ring(s) might have been assembled wrong - if three part oil rings are fitted - very easily done ( :roll: ask me how) !.
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