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UHS 686G - 4 Headlight Chammy Coupe

Post by Richard Claydon » Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:16 pm

Some of you may remember me collecting this little beauty a few months back just before I went under the knife.

I've now arranged for her to go away to a well known Imp restoration specialist and it's due to be dropped off in the next few weeks.

Since me and Baz collected the car down in Dorset it's sat in my unit and been tempting me to start work but I've not been able due to my recovery. Anyway we managed a couple of days on it this week and it's pretty stripped out now. Just a few more small bits to remove. Cheers Baz you're a star.

The car is May 69 and only covered 27000 miles. It's one of the most original Imps I've owned. When we were stripping it almost every bolt once initially undone came out with fingertips. Under the fuel tank and boot liners it's just like the day it left the factory. Being a 69 it's an interesting changeover year car and has little oddeties like a single cross brace bonnet. Also, other than worn carpets the unusual colour interior with factory recliners is mint. The car is painted in 58 Midnight Blue.

Unfortunately the car had been stored since 1985 in a leaky garage so the upper faces of the bodywork have surface rust. It also needs a rear arch and rear lower corner on the drivers side along with both sills. I'm sure more will be found once the restoration starts.

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I'll keep you updated on progress

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Re: UHS 686G - 4 Headlight Chammy Coupe

Post by colin rooney » Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:41 pm

so it was not as good as you originaly thaught

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Post by Richard Claydon » Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:59 pm

Hi Col. Pretty much what we were expecting.
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Post by super66 » Wed Oct 17, 2012 2:01 pm

Looks lovely and original. Great to see another 4 headlight chamois under resto. I have a feeling though you will get yours in paint before mine though. Good luck!
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Post by bazzateer » Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:00 pm

Actuarius Impetus wrote:Cheers Baz you're a star.
:oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops:

I'm still amazed at how easily it all came apart. Even the odd rusty nut (bumpers) undid with ease.
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Post by TJB69 » Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:26 pm

Looks very solid. Will be a nice wee car :)
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Post by ImpManiac » Thu Oct 18, 2012 9:24 pm

Fabulous project! :mrgreen: Enjoy! Keep us posted. :wink:

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Post by Richard Claydon » Thu Oct 18, 2012 9:30 pm

Cheers guys - yep we'll keep you updated.
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Post by glenzierfoot » Fri Oct 19, 2012 4:02 pm

Looks in good shape, nice easy one to do. :D Imp022
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Post by Richard Claydon » Fri Oct 19, 2012 7:56 pm

glenzierfoot wrote:Looks in good shape, nice easy one to do. :D Imp022
Hope so, sure you'll soon find out!! :o :lol:
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Post by Richard Claydon » Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:01 pm

Any ideas on the official name for the colour of my interior??

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Post by bazzateer » Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:08 pm

Plop?
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Post by Richard Claydon » Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:40 pm

bazzateer wrote:Plop?
Yeah cheers mate, very constructive!! :roll:

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Post by Lars Hagermark » Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:12 pm

Had a look at Frankas site. The only interior colour that's close is either 'ochre' or just 'brown'.
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Post by Richard Claydon » Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:28 pm

Yep I thought ochre but it apparently wasn't offered that late in production. The car was a Rootes owned factory car though.
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Post by ganderson888 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:09 pm

Actuarius Impetus wrote:Yep I thought ochre but it apparently wasn't offered that late in production. The car was a Rootes owned factory car though.
Rich,
The trim on my Prairie Wind 1974 Super is the same colour.

I'll have a look for the code on the chassis plate if i can find it deep within the shed.

Edit: Franka's site lists mine as Sable near the bottom of the page.

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Post by Richard Claydon » Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:24 pm

Ok Sable. That's make sense.

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Post by Grahame59 » Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:23 am

Actuarius Impetus wrote: The car was a Rootes owned factory car though.
Hence the Scottish registration then.

Great find. Looks the perfect restoration project!
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Post by Shawl » Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:37 am

HS was renfrewshire (where Linwood is) until 1974 and then Glasgow from then on. If you want to know the location of your car's first registration there is a great document you can download at http://www.cvpg.co.uk/REG.pdf.
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Post by impmann » Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:52 am

Actuarius Impetus wrote:Yep I thought ochre but it apparently wasn't offered that late in production. The car was a Rootes owned factory car though.

My Hartwell Stiletto (1969( had a very similar colour interior (but the Amblair material) - apparently the original owner spec'd it to match his Humber Sceptre. I believe that there's another 69 Stiletto is Scotland with the same interior.

I believe that there were custom options - for example a friend had a Tahiti Blue Stiletto with a *white* interior and I remember breaking (oh the shame) a truly rotten Electric Blue metallic Stiletto that had an equally Electric Blue Amblair interior about 20 years ago.
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Post by Richard Claydon » Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:57 am

Cheers all for your comments.

So maybe Sable? Anyone got a confirmed sable interior??

Maybe custom??

If you look in the brochure for the Chammy of 68/69 the picture of the coupe has the same colour combination as mine.

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Post by Richard Claydon » Sat Nov 24, 2012 7:23 pm

Today was a major landmark for our little Coupe as we've made a bit of an epic road trip to deliver him to the restorer.

As some of you will know we live just to the north west of London and the person I've asked to restore the Chammy is Clark Dawson who's workshop is in..................... Scotland!!

So this morning we were up bright and early (ok maybe not so bright in my case!) and hitched up

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After five and a half hours including a couple of stops for brekkie and relief! we arrived at Clark's workshop where he wasted no time helping us unload and got the Chammy up on a ramp for a quick inspection and verdict!!

We were really relieved when Clark confirmed that the shell is as good as we thought.

While we were there Clark also pointed out the significance of the registration number starting in UHS. All the early factory cars were HS! I'd not picked up on that. UHS was owned by Rootes.

Clark also treated us to a tour of his workshop and cars that are in at the moment. Great stuff

Unfortunately my pictures won't upload in the correct size (I'm using my iPad!) so I'll update them tomorrow.

Thanks to my angel Karen for coming with me and sharing the driving. We're staying overnight in the same hotel we used when we were married at Gretna 12 years ago so it's not all Imps again this weekend! :lol:

Thanks to Clark for his hospitality and the tour and for minding the trailer overnight. Thanks also for offering to post up your progress on this thread.

We're hoping to have the car done for Coventry in May! No pressure Clark :D

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Post by bazzateer » Sat Nov 24, 2012 7:52 pm

Is that Rhys' Scooby behind?
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Post by Richard Claydon » Sat Nov 24, 2012 8:08 pm

Not the yellow skip!!

His is the purple car just in view to the right. He was really impressed at 6 this morning!!
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Post by imp.sport » Sun Nov 25, 2012 12:07 am

Actuarius Impetus wrote:As some of you will know we live just to the north west of London and the person I've asked to restore the Chammy is Clark Dawson who's workshop is in..................... Scotland!!
While that is correct it is however "JUST" over the border.
With some fab Imp happy roads to boot.
Scotland covers a large area you know. Not just north of Watford :D :wink:

Knowing Clark he will most likely be half way through it now. Unless the Gillie is taking up his time.. 8)
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Post by bazzateer » Sun Nov 25, 2012 7:23 am

Actuarius Impetus wrote:Not the yellow skip!!

His is the purple car just in view to the right. He was really impressed at 6 this morning!!
Purple? Looks burgundy to me. I did wonder about Rhys and an early start! :lol:
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Post by Richard Claydon » Mon Nov 26, 2012 1:55 pm

Back at home after a horrendous 8 hour journey back yesterday evening!!!

This is how we left the Chammy with Clark.

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Post by jetmech » Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:06 pm

Rich
What is planned for the surface rust on the body panels? I have an Imp with very a similar problem, shot blasting seems an obvious solution but I am not sure if it would be just as effective and cheaper to sand the whole car back to metal.

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Post by Richard Claydon » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:18 am

It's going to be blasted with a very fine glass media

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Post by jetmech » Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:00 pm

Thanks. I am still undecided on how to proceed, but will watch your project with interest.

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Post by chris » Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:15 pm

I need to pull mine apart and take it up their way too as my dad has said go for it, interested to see progress, pics and time it takes 8)
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Post by ImpManiac » Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:39 am

I had my Triumph Stag plastic media blasted over ten years ago. It worked really well. :) The car is still sitting in grey primer, awaiting TLC. :? Mine was done by Spadge at Cottage Classics, as used to be. There didn't used to be many places in the UK where plastic media blasting could be done for an entire bodyshell.

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Post by Richard Claydon » Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:05 am

Clark has the facilities to blast whole shells and then phosphate them afterwards. That's the plan.

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Latest pictures following the first blast of the shell. Another blast then Clark will start welding!!

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Post by stilettohusky » Tue Mar 05, 2013 3:40 pm

I sold a Husky to a guy in Ireland last summer ,the external colour and the interior seating was the same colour as your Chamios, but they were not listed as a colour choice in the Rootes blerb.
must have been a one off of special factory order if they did that sort of thing.
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Post by Richard Claydon » Sun Jun 09, 2013 9:23 pm

Latest update. We did a flying visit up to Clark yesterday.

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Post by ImpManiac » Sun Jun 09, 2013 9:56 pm

Getting there, Rich! :D

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Post by Richard Claydon » Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:56 am

ImpManiac wrote:Getting there, Rich! :D

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Certainly is. Hoping to take it to the National.

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Post by Richard Claydon » Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:04 am

Underside is done. Superb work

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