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Dom's Subeam Stiletto Resto!

Post by Dom » Sat May 26, 2012 7:18 pm

[album][/album]Hello all, most of you will Know me as Dom, i am 16 and from Stroud is Gloucester. i am new to the forum, and i am making this post to post questions and problems and keep you all up to date with my restoration! :)

Me and my dad (Andy on here) have been working on it for about 4 years now, so i will have to start with some photos from a while back and progress on to the work i am doing today!

This thread will be heavily filled with photos! like my dad i love taking them! and love sharing them! :)

Thanks for reading! photos and Info to come! :D
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Post by Dom » Sat May 26, 2012 7:53 pm

Hello all! bellow is a photo of my car in march 2006! i look at this photo and only wish it still looked this good today!

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We picked it up from London in 2006, it was a non starter, not been on the road since the year 2000, we knew it needed a little welding done... (little did we know how much it actually needed! :( )

it came with a complete 875CC Sport engine, with 67924 Miles on the clock, 2 previous owners, nearly everything was completely original.

Below are a few other photos that the previous owner emailed me. Enjoy, more to come soon!

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Enjoy, more to come soon! :D Imp029
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Post by 19James » Sat May 26, 2012 8:16 pm

About time you got a thread on here mate :lol:
Looking forward to updates and pictures mate :)
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Post by Dom » Sat May 26, 2012 8:26 pm

Im here now James! that's all that matters ;)
Thanks bro!

So we went and trailered it home in April 2006, here are a few more photos!

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Yes... thats me... aged 10!

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Oooh dear :lol: ...

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Carpet was rotten! :(

Enjoy, :) more to come soon! Imp029
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Post by Dom » Sat May 26, 2012 8:28 pm

So months passed... and because of lack of money and various other complications nothing got done! :(

Photo bellow was taken in February 2007!

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Cold and Frosty imp!

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Post by Dom » Sat May 26, 2012 10:05 pm

Well this is ware things turned bad :(...

as i said before... we knew it needed a little bit of welding... but it wasn't until we took it to Aled Roberts up in Wales when we realised just how much it needed...

we A-Framed the car to aleds in Aprill 2008, had a cup of tea, and came home. when we arrived home, there was an email... it was from aled... and it contained the following photos! :shock:

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Sorry for all the massive photos! :(

so yeah... things weren't looking good!

perhaps things will get better in the next post! ;) ?

Please feel free to Post on this thread with any thoughts opinions comments or ideas! the more i know people are reading and enjoying the more i will post :)

Thanks all!

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Post by Dom » Sat May 26, 2012 10:19 pm

Soooooo may (2008) came around! and there was another email from aled! :shock:

This time it was good news! :D the car was finished! no more rust in sight! (For now!)

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Happy days! :D

Thanks all! more photos to come soon :) Imp029
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Post by Dom » Sat May 26, 2012 10:39 pm

So July came around and we went up to wales and A-Framed the car home,

but after that again not allot changed :( ...

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So we ripped out the remaining pieces of carpet and painted the flour with good old Hammerite white! :D

That's all for this month :(,

Thanks all! more to come verry soon :D! Imp029
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Post by colimp66 » Sat May 26, 2012 10:54 pm

Hi Dom,
it is a real downer when the solid looking Imp that you think you have bought turns into a real headspinner full of rust when you start lifting carpets & poking about. Well done in not being too disheartened though & getting stuck in about it.
Starting to look proper now the welding is sorted out..

Keep us posted with your progress. :wink:
Good luck

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Post by Dom » Sat May 26, 2012 11:28 pm

So A few years later! in October 2010, Work starts again! :) this is back when i was 14! ;)

Fitted a new battery! (about the 3rd one now!)
Fitted a new Petrol Filter!
Finding more problems! :(
but best of all! got the engine going :D!
All original engine parts since the year 2000 when it last ran! :)
Took the petrol tank out

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Petrol filter
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New battery
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First time running!
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And again :)
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Nice original dash
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Original sticker
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Had to take the petrol tank out to get to the Clutch and Brake cylinders
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Lights working!
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and again
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Side view, original wheel centres
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Rear lights
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Twin Stoms!

Well again, sorry for all the massive photos :(

Not allot of work done! but every little helps :)

Thanks all for reading! more to come soon :D

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Post by tomcat » Sun May 27, 2012 5:43 am

Hi there
Well done indeed with all the work, and cash, that has gone into the vehicle.
Keep the pictures coming. :) :)
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Post by ganderson888 » Sun May 27, 2012 7:19 am

Great stuff Dom, Welcome to the Forum and don't forget to keep the news and pics coming as work progresses.

Oh and by the way, get your sponsor to dig a bit deeper into his pockets and fork out for Associate Membership for you.
You'll then have full members access to everything on the Forum. :wink:

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Post by bazzateer » Sun May 27, 2012 9:57 am

Welcome to the forum Dom! See you next week at GD!
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Post by ImpManiac » Sun May 27, 2012 6:31 pm

What an awesome project! :shock: Lots of rust could have led to despair. Credit to you and your dad for getting stuck right in there and getting it sorted. :D :D

Getting the engine running is a massive mojo boost. I bet you were very happy to hear it burst into life!

Keep the posts coming. :wink:

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Post by 67cali » Sun May 27, 2012 6:39 pm

Hehe, looks like the day after a big night on the booze waking up with red eyes.
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Post by Dom » Sun May 27, 2012 8:21 pm

Thank you all for the kind words above! :)

Because I am new i am not sure how to reply to each of your comments :? ... but i will give it a go

Tom cat, Thank you very much! although i have to say... i haven't spent much of my own money at all on the car atm :(... i say its 'mine' but its all still in dads name, in 8 months time it will be in my name 8) but i guess the downside is i will have to pay for my insurance! :cry: but oh well! its an amazing car all the money is worth it! :) thanks again!

Graham, Thanks for the kind words :) I actually dont know how to join the club :( but if you could PM me some details on how to i will set it up on my credit card :), will you be at going Dutch ?,

Bazz, thanks mate! :) yeah ill se you then!

IM, The engine running is good! driving the car yourself is better ;) thanks again!

67cali, i wouldnt know what that is like... :oops: :roll: ;).

More photos coming later tonight! again thanks all :D

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Post by ganderson888 » Sun May 27, 2012 9:24 pm

Dom wrote:Thank you all for the kind words above! :)
Because I am new i am not sure how to reply to each of your comments :? ... but i will give it a go
Don't worry Dom, we'll show you! To quote a previous post use the quote button to the right and you will see the code for the quote in the text box. For multiple quotes like this one with replies to each line you'll neeed to cut & paste both sets of the 'quote' code and the brackets.
Dom wrote:Graham, Thanks for the kind words :) I actually dont know how to join the club :( but if you could PM me some details on how to i will set it up on my credit card :), will you be at going Dutch ?,
You, or preferably Andy :lol: needs to give a fiver or so and some details to Karen Benoy during Going Dutch. You'll then be an Associate Member and Chris Benoy will upgrade your forum name to blue for full member access.
We're also Going Dutch, leaving here tomorrow, so I'll talk to you about insurance while we're there.

Hope that helps,

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Post by Dom » Sun May 27, 2012 9:57 pm

Good evening all :) so the date is about March 2011,

Progression since last Post:

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New spark plugs+ New HT Leads
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Fitted newly refurbished twin Strombergs
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Fitted new Sport exhaust (Dads old one :lol: )
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Fitted Heat shield
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Removed the sound/head shield of the boot lid
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Next, in order to get the imps brakes sorted we took it down to Ian moss at our local imp friendly garage 'Moss Motors' (Chalford, Stroud), :)
Ian Fitted
New Brake shoes,
New Brake Cylinders
New Master Cylinder
New Clutch slave cylinder
New Brake pipes (Most of them)

And ian got the car threw its first MOT! Wahoooo :D!

No photos of the new parts im afraid! :(

Thanks all! :) More photos coming soon :D

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Post by Lars Hagermark » Sun May 27, 2012 10:12 pm

Hi Dom!
Just want you to know I love reading your posts. Your enthusiasm, commitment and confidence makes me :D :D :D .
Congratulation to the MOT!
I'd guess that right now you're hoping for eight months to pass in a record-breaking pace - like a week or two. :wink: :lol:
Hope you'll have a good time Going Dutch, and keep your posts and pics coming.
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Post by Dom » Sun May 27, 2012 10:30 pm

Hello Lars :), Thank you verry much for your kind words! its comments like that that make it all worth while! :)
Im afraid it was MOT'd about a year ago this month :L, i am just going threw all the old photos working up to the ones of the current day :)
I drove the car for the first time on friday just gone :D!
I'd guess that right now you're hoping for eight months to pass in a record-breaking pace - like a week or two.
haha! now that would be cool ;)! but i dont think i will be able to pass my test in two weeks! ;)
Thanks again! :) yeah Going Dutch is going to be AMAZING :D

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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Mon May 28, 2012 6:42 am

Aled is a top welder , glad the cars coming on , looks good progress
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Post by bazzateer » Mon May 28, 2012 8:21 am

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Post by Dom » Mon May 28, 2012 8:22 am

Thanks Noddy, yeah Aled is amazing! cant thank him enough! more photos to come, i still have all the photos from 2011 to put up :lol:
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Post by Dom » Mon May 28, 2012 8:25 am

haha! im sorry bazzz! but this was about a year ago! :wink:

things have changed since then!... Honest... :oops: :roll: :wink:
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Post by ImpManiac » Mon May 28, 2012 11:34 am

Dom, you, your dad and Aled really have turned around what was a rapidly fading Stiletto into a car with a bright future and clearly a very enthusiastic owner. Great work! 8)

I hope you enjoy Going Dutch.

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Post by chris d » Mon May 28, 2012 5:03 pm

nice work dom
nice to see a young one having a go :lol:
dont forget to thank your dad for letting you practise on his car :D
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Post by Dom » Mon May 28, 2012 8:52 pm

chris d wrote:dont forget to thank your dad for letting you practise on his car :D
its my car! :wink: :wink: haha, and it is good to trial and fail but in the past on other bits and pieces i have broken some things :( so i allwase like to check and ask first! and nearly allwase be supervised! :)

Thanks for the kind words mate! more photos to come :)

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Post by Dom » Mon May 28, 2012 8:54 pm

ImpManiac wrote:I hope you enjoy Going Dutch.
I should be packing right now actually! :( :lol:

Thanks also for the kind words! :) more photos to come :)

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Post by Dom » Mon May 28, 2012 9:52 pm

Hello all :)

So again for about a year, not allot got done! for various reasons and complications! :(

But the things that did get done/intrigued me will be listed bellow :) Enjoy! (All photos from 2011 and early 2012)

First of, I hated the finger Pump used for washing the wind screen, it was poor, and didn't work well at all! so i bought a washer bottle bag with the built in motor.
And put a button in-place of ware the original finger pump was. (I didn't leave it hanging there, i moved it up to ware the original one was)
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Switch for the washer bottle pump
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washer bottle bag with built in motor.
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New badge compared to old one, bought cheep at 2011 national :)
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new badge, Front of the car needs work :(
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For some reason the previous owner installed two flasher units ? with a switch shown bellow, when the switch is down, the indicators work, when its up, they don't work...
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I do have a tow ball with a plug for a light board, so perhaps it is something to do with that ? if any one has a theory of what its used for/why its there could they please let me know what they think :) ?
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Found this cable not connected to the key... no idea what it was for, nothing didn't seem to work when it was unplugged, and nothing did start working when i plugged it back in... but it clearly was meant to be plugged in there, so it put it back together and left it :lol:
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My nice original dash :)
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Dad gave me the keys! ;)
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Trying my bike out on the bike rack! i didn't have any front suspension at the time :lol:
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Some how managed to brake this :(
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New one fitted :)
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New air filters :)
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Air filter box :)
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Flushing out the system!
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Bought a better condition one at the national, still waiting to fit! :)
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Our drive, Imp, VW Camper van, Imp, Comer van, Imp, Mini! (Boooo!)
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Drained the oil + fitted a new oil filter
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Hard at work! ;)
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A-Frame
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Longgg vehicle
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Light board
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Imps on the grass
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Leaking :(
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Cracked doughnut :(
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Washing!
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Lights
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Led Compared to STD
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STD
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LED
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Yooo! i love these lights!
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One red one Clear?
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Two clear!
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Looks good! :)
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And again
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Dad lending a hand ;)
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My tool kit i got for my birthday! :)
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All tucked away for a few months 8)

Once again sorry for all the massive photos guys! :(

Me and dad are leaving for Holland at 3:15 on Wednesday so i may not get another chance to post any more photos for a while :(, I will try and get some more done tomorrow night!

Thanks all for the kind words! :)

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Post by tomcat » Tue May 29, 2012 6:07 am

Dom
Keep the photos coming.
All credit to you and your Dad for the work done.

Enjoy GD. Holland is a wonderful place. Lived / worked there for 2 years at Moerdijk with Shell. :)
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Post by MuNi_rider » Tue May 29, 2012 8:14 am

You've done lots of great work there, its really coming along! One question though, your stom air box seems to be missing its intake pipe? Where does it actually breathe from?
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Post by ImpManiac » Tue May 29, 2012 11:24 am

I had one of those engine cover props fail on me once too. They rust through, I think and then break.

That random-looking indicator switch may have been someone's attempt at a hazard warning lamp setup. The fact that it switches the indicator lamp feeds and has an extra flasher unit loosely attached to it makes me think that's what it is. :) It's probably best to get a proper hazard warning lamp kit and fit that according to the destructions that come with it.

Keep up the great posts and photos. That's quite a car collection! 8)

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Post by Dom » Tue May 29, 2012 9:55 pm

Thanks tom! yeah will do :)
The last two GD's i went to were amazing!
Where does it actually breathe from?
the intake pipe is on the side, its an american type one or an import or something, the rest of it is just the same as the normal ones, they put it on the side so it would draw in less muck and bullets :)

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That random-looking indicator switch
thanks for your thoughts, do you think it could be fed more power or something like that when you switch it the other way ? i think that when i plug a light board in, and switch it the other way that it will work! on my dads imp, when he installed the light board plug no the back, he had to buy a more powerful flasher unit because all the indicators were very dim when the light board was plugged in, so maybe the previous owner installed two flasher units? one for when its not using the light board, and two for extra power when it is using the light board ?

Thanks all!

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Post by Dom » Tue May 29, 2012 10:37 pm

Right! finely we are here! i have now told you about pretty much ALL the changes and various other things we have done to the car since we first got it! now the fun begins! ;)

all the photos that get uploaded from now on are of the present day :D ! so every time I change something on the car i will upload a photo of it to here :P !

So here are a few photos of the car as it is today! Enjoy ;)

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Got a new black and silver square number plate to go on the back
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and a new black and silver number plate to go on the front
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Out side the garrage
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Grassy view
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Trying to be abit fancy! ;)
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And finely...the proud owner himself! ;)

(Spot the difference ;) ? )

Plenty of new photos to come for when I get back from Holland! if you hear from me within a week then we didn't make it :( haha! fingers crossed!

Please keep the comments and thought / opinions coming! gives me something to look forward to when i come back!

thanks all! :D

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Post by Dom » Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:59 pm

Hey all! sorry its been a while since my last post! any way more work has been done on the car :D! here it is:

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Mask that ready for paint!
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trying a red grill to se what it looks like! (Y)
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The Family Bar YRD 89 C
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Wasn't using the brake servo so took it of!
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such a pain to take of!
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Cleaned up :D
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Took these of waiting for recovering from mum! ;)
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Grrr :/
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Not looking good! :(
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3rd Coat of primer!
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Dirty! :(
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Cleaned up + Added light ;)
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Ohh yeahhhhh!
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Ohhhh nooo :( (head gasket on its way out)
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Ohhhh nooo -.- both of the do-nuts have gone...
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Sealed up :)
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Really strange wiring :S ?
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and again...
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Nasty...
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clean! ahaha ;)
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out on the drive
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Puddle :/
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With out bumper ?
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or with bumper ?
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Rusty :/ needs to be painted!
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DAMMM! :(
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Painted!
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and again
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looking good!
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not sure if its at all better than the last one :L
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my work station! ;)

well there is still allot more work to go! but every little step counts!
need to get the engine looked out! there is oil leaking from the rocker-cover dripping down on to the manifold which is then smoking! -.- grrr
also going to need the head gasket changing soon as its on its way out :/
really want to strip the engine bay down and paint all silver engine parts INC Exhaust and manifold. and paint the inside of the engine bay white
after cleaning all the surfaces.

Thanks allot for looking guys! please feel free to leave any comments!

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Dom Smith
69 Sunbeam Stiletto XPA175G
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Re: Dom's Sunbeam Stiletto Resto!

Post by tomcat » Sun Jun 17, 2012 6:30 am

It is coming on stage by stage.
Keep it coming. Well done. :)
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Re: Dom's Sunbeam Stiletto Resto!

Post by Lars Hagermark » Sun Jun 17, 2012 10:32 am

I'm IMPressed. As you say: Every little step counts.
And every step seems to have improved the car. Good job! :D
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Re: Dom's Sunbeam Stiletto Resto!

Post by oli » Sun Jun 17, 2012 7:30 pm

Keep up the good work - I have just two comments;
firstly; are those wheels 4 inch PCD?
secondly; the front sidelight / indicator units are on the wrong sides. (Indicator section should be on the outside of the car, sidelights inboard.)
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Re: Dom's Sunbeam Stiletto Resto!

Post by Cally » Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:19 pm

The double flasher units, with one being deeper than the other leads me to believe that you've got a conversion using components from another Chrysler model for with a Hazard warning kit was available. That had an extra flasher unit was able to light 4 x 21W bulbs, so 2 lights on Stiletto and 1 on towbar electrics would be within capacity of that deep flasher unit
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Re: Dom's Sunbeam Stiletto Resto!

Post by Dom » Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:36 pm

oli wrote:are those wheels 4 inch PCD? secondly; the front sidelight / indicator units are on the wrong sides.
Yeahh i have no idea about the wheels :(

and, yeahhh soooo flipping strange about that :O! they came like that ? no idea how... but the holes for the screws are in the right place for the lights being up this way round...
and its passed two MOT's now with no problems :L... I want to keep them that way! it makes it different ;)!

Thanks all for the comments, Keep them coming! more photos to come soon :)

thanks all!

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