A Californian drying out in South Africa

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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:42 am

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African Imp wrote:With the drought being far from over some and this includes myself, have invested in large water catch tanks, we then take water off the roof of our home, when it rains that is!

Today I went to see how a 5000 liter tank has been plumbed in, you can just see the dark green tank, check the dust on my unwashed car :(
You need some of the waterless car polish then you never need to wash it at all, supposed to be marvellous stuff, never a scratch, cant see that myself, but thats what they claim??
With the wind blown sand we have in Hout Bay I would not give that stuff much of a chance of success?

Guess what, I placed the new water tank, two guys did actually, you can see it in the first picture close in to the corner.

By the next morning it had been moved, someone was trying to steal it!

I have now part filled it with water I pumped up from the swim pool, say 400mm deep, so its not going any place now I hope?

The small plinth I have laid is Trex Wood Polymer planking, being 50% plastic it is far softer than the concrete slabs it lays on and will suit the polyprop water tank well.

We had decent rain on Saturday evening, the JoJo tank is now 3/4 full with nice clean rain water :)
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:26 am

Waterless cleaner?

http://www.biomagic-uk.com/index.html

I have some car shampoo here with the lable that Biomagic UK uses.

Inside the container is a standard type car shampoo which I will be using.

The lable uses a picture of a Jaguar 3.8 ltr similar to one that I once owned. :D
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by The Nun » Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:33 am

These polishes they advertise as waterless type, no need to wash you car as the suffactants in the polish when used with a microfibre cloth supposed to clean it up without scratching, well they do scratch, if one looks in the right kind of light theres many fine swirls in the finish after youve used it that doesnt show in normal daylight which is how they like you to see it.
So scratchless no they arent.
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Sat Jul 15, 2017 11:32 am

We have rain, if I can wet the car with some of it all I need to do is then remove the dust and water with a chamois leather?

First to get it wet.

The picture shows that the new Mintex sport brake linings are bedding in, as the engine is running, the hand brake is now doing its job :D
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Sat Jul 15, 2017 11:33 am

With water!

The wipers are working well and they also now self park, another milestone passed.

That is a scratch in the windscreen on the lower left, the wiper blades are brand new.

This reminds me its time to fit the new laminated windscreen that I have imported.
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Post by African Imp » Sun Jul 16, 2017 6:34 am

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I have a number of Imp windscreens in my stocks now, one is a spare for a future Imp, one is the tinted screen for InfraZA and another is a tinted screen for my Californian, which will leave me with two spare coupe screens.

When the weather warms up a bit I may just fit it!

Spare Imp screens out here in South Africa are super rare, the new ones, I imported four, all came from a manufacturer in the UK.
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Post by African Imp » Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:34 am

The Coupe screens are packed in a purpose made storage box, fastened to the wall and with a closing door for safety, the picture shows what the new screen looks like.

The new Trico wiper blades would work a lot better on new glass?

The Imp Club Spares Department supplied the Trico wiper blades :D
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:15 am

Sunday morning, last nights rain has stopped and the sun has returned.
We also have about 1500 litres of clean water in our 2500 litre JoJo tank :D

Being a Sunday some places are open for parking that would not normally be.
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:06 am

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I next went in the direction of Cape Town City, just as far as the Ouderkraal turn around and braai area.

The return trip was just 19 kilometers, with the stops for pictures the time taken was longer than that would normally take.

With the engine left running the entire period, plus the 87c coolant thermostat in the engine, I had a nice warm car and with the drivers side vent light open, drivers window down a little, I was very comfortable inside the cabin. :)

Those of you who have driven along this road may remember that the Twelve Apostles hotel is just around the corner from where I am parked.

It was only about 10c outside, the mountains around Cape Town are all covered with snow!
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Post by African Imp » Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:43 am

This coast road is a gem to drive on, smooth tarmac and an easy sixty MPH is possible, traffic allowing of course.
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Post by African Imp » Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:46 am

Ouderkraal is just before Bakoven and then Camps Bay.
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Post by African Imp » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:02 am

The area around Ouderkraal is well known for scuba diving, just a cross the road from where I am parked is a second parking area and access steps down to the small beach below.

You need a wet suit as the average water temperature is normally 13c :(
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Post by African Imp » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:09 am

Same Ouderkraal parking area, with sunshine :D
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:57 am

We seem to have around ten art galleries in Hout Bay, two are next to each other and a third is just across the road from them.
They have moved their art onto the wall outside!
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Post by African Imp » Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:53 am

The big red dog gallery is just across the road.
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:37 am

This is winter, we get ( for us ) extremes of cold then glorious sunshine days, today is one such day :D

The driving of this fifty year old car just seems to get better and better, all systems now work, the brakes have gone from very good to an even better level, that was the Mintex competition rear brake linings from Moose.

The engine is good, so are the lights, wipers, indicators, heater fan, in fact the only two issues that may improve it that the feint smell of petrol in the car when its been standing a few days, hopefully will go when the new cork petrol tank sender I have ordered is fitted.

That and the oil scroll leak, is it the oil scroll, I think not, as when inspected all was clean and there was no sign of damage anywhere.
Can the oil ways retain pressure and then release the same when the engine is switched off?

I have a spare set of over sized pistons being shipped by UPS, they are a back up against an engine overhaul,, which as things are now may not be required for some years to come.
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:02 pm

The new set of Champion N9YC spark plugs were refitted a few weeks back, they are working fine and the engine performance is really good.

I stopped for another R100 worth of LRP fuel, Zuko was the attendant and I got 8.085 litres for my money, now about Pounds 5.90 or so?

The oil leak is shown and which still remains a mystery to me? This is from a hot engine that shows fifty pounds oil pressure hot or cold.
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:19 pm

This time of day, it was just after 1pm, is not a bad time to be out on the Chapmans Peak Drive road as most tourists have stopped someplace to have their lunch, so we have near empty roads then :D

Given the uprated brakes and suspensions on this car, I can record that driving this Imp is probably as good as any road legal Imp I have ever owned or driven. Imp027
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Post by African Imp » Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:24 am

The Imp Club supports the next generation, so do I.

I wonder will Conner one day be driving my 1967 Hillman Imp Californian, or will it be his older brother?
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Post by African Imp » Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:25 am

Time as ever will tell who ends up owning my Imp Californian, it would be nice for it to remain in the family?
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Post by African Imp » Sun Jul 23, 2017 12:23 pm

Sunday, well named too as the skies are blue and the sun is shining as in the picture above.

Today I am painting the side of the garage wall, yesterday I opened out cracks in the cement plaster and filled the openings with the same type of epoxy paste that I repaired the Imp Californian with.

The epoxy paste has cross linked fibers in it, meaning when it bonds to steel,GRP, wood or in this case cement, it sticks and never ever cracks!
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Table Mountain nature reserve has lots of mountains, this one is on Chapmans Peak Drive.
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:43 am

Parts for Africa, more specifically for my 1967 Hillman Imp Californian.

Some are back ups to a rebuild of the motor, when I will do that I have no idea?

The parts were collected for me over a period of months by The Imp Clubs Spares Department manager Bob Allan :D

Thanks Bob, without you such parts would either not be available or if they were at prices that I could not afford?

I had the parts boxed and posted to my friend Notty, he will then have UPS collect them and it will be UPS who do the delivery to me here in South Africa.

Sounds simple? I also had Anne in Northern Ireland organise the UPS side of the collection and delivery!

The Imp Club and its members sure do a great service to fellow members.

The UPS web site says that a parcel collected on the Wedensday will be delivered by 2pm on Monday at the latest, I wonder will they?

Beats the SAPO by some margin if they do!
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Post by African Imp » Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:44 am

Having a parcel on its way from The Imp Club spares department, today I find some pictures which remind me that I should have also placed an order for a passenger side rear view mirror.

Made by Tex the club became agents when the InfraZA Imp was being restored here in Hout Bay.

Its too late to order now of course, will I remember next time?

My Californian has the drivers side mirror already.
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Post by African Imp » Wed Jul 26, 2017 3:44 pm

Use UPS to ship to South Africa?

This far they have failed to show up and collect my parcel, they have until 5pm British Standard Time? so just fifteen mins left! Imp027

UPS did not show, nor did they show the next day, they were paid up front too.

I am now into just over Pounds 200, parts and UPS and the parts are still in the UK, such is life for an Imp restorer in South Africa. :(

Thursday, 3rd of August, 2017, the delivery date is today, will I see the package I wonder?
It has cleared customs :)

Friday, On Vehicle for Delivery Today .................... :D Imp027 .....Excepting their web site now says the package is back in their store

So much for UPS, the parcel arrived on Tuesday, its now Friday afternoon and I do not think I will be seeing it this week. :(

Scheduled Delivery Updated To:
Friday, 08/04/2017 , By End of Day
Last Location:
Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, 08/04/2017

08/03/2017
6:56 A.M.
The package is awaiting clearing agency review. / Your package was released by the clearing agency.

Cape Town,  South Africa
08/02/2017
6:46 A.M.
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08/02/2017
6:03 A.M.
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08/02/2017
4:00 A.M.
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Koeln, Germany 08/01/2017 04:49 AM Departure Scan
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Castle Donnington, United Kingdom 07/31/2017 11:33 PM Departure Scan
07/31/2017 08:25 PM Export Scan
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07/31/2017 01:38 PM A missing commercial invoice is causing a delay.
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Post by African Imp » Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:46 pm

The failure of UPS to deliver spare parts does not stop me from driving the car, in recent weeks a small squeak has started in the front suspensions again.

I think that the extra performance of the front disc brakes adds a greater load to the fastenings on the stub axles?

I checked both sides and found one bolt could have the lower nut tightened a little more.

I also greased the king pins on both sides while the car was up in the air.

The car was moved, the squeak has gone , success comes in small parcels sometimes :D
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Post by African Imp » Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:10 am

The expected then delayed UPS delivery by the end of the normal working day just never happened, then and after 7pm two contract couriers turned up and with the parcel.

They had an import invoice with duty, vat and delivery charges to be paid, no they could not accept cash, it was R740, we then had to do an EFT payment online before they would hand over the parcel.

This sounds like UPS are trying to cut corners, both on the UK collection and now the RSA delivery?

While we waited for the EFT payment to transfer I showed the guys my car, it was the first Hillman Imp they had ever seen.

By the time they left it was around 7.30pm and they still had two more deliveries to make.
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Post by African Imp » Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:22 am

UPS look to have lowered their collection and delivery service?

They were two days late on the UK collection from Notty in the UK and only made it to me last night in South Africa and after 7pm.

The driver said they were on contract to UPS.

UPS posted my package out for delivery early yesterday, then it was back in their store, all can be seen with the tracking.

So by 5pm I gave up on delivery, never give up seems to be the message?

The pistons Bob sent me are oversized 0.030” and to be honest are unmarked, Hepolite is the best brand name too, I was fortunate the Bob had them for me and that I have stocks of new Repco rings.

What was in the box?

Most parts are back up items and those that I may require in the next year or so?

The Glacier box contains small ends to suit the fitment of the oversized pistons, the other small boxes contain an oil and water sender unit.

Sunday, 5 pm and a message from UPS :

Your parcel has been delivered.
Delivery Date: Friday, 2017/08/04
Delivery Time: 18:40

At the request of Roy McBride, this notice is to confirm that the following shipment has been delivered.
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Post by African Imp » Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:37 am

Small items make a difference, Bob Allan of the Imp Club Spares Department asked me what happened to my throttle return spring?

I cannot say, it was like that when I got it!

Which way up does it fit? WSM 141, page 38 section C ( fuel system ) gave me the answer.

A week later I went for a drive, the new return spring worked well and I had forgotten all about it :)

Right is nice, it arrived just in time for my birthday drive too.
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Post by African Imp » Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:39 am

The new parts batch included two universal joint grease nipple extensions, such is the depth and scope to The Imp Clubs parts stock.

One is for InfraZA and his 1971 Imp Deluxe, the other is a back up to the one I fabricated some time back for my own car.

It is just as well I tried the new nipple on the new UJs, it is larger and does not fit :(

Being hardened steel I am wary of trying to use a die and re size it? as I tried that with another extension and ended up messing the thread up, as the die I have just would not re cut the hardened steel nipple extension I had. In the end I silver soldered an extension on in mild steel and made a thread on that instead :)

With samples of known threads I found that the older UJ has a thread size the same as those with the 'Auto' casting on an Imps 1/4" bolt, so UNF.
The new UJ accepts a thread size which is a metric 6mm fine, that is the one with the countersunk machine screw in it.
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Post by African Imp » Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:38 am

My replacement set of over sized pistons marked AE and 0.030" cleaned up well with just an application of clean petrol.
There is no sign of wear in the grooves for the rings, in fact there is very little wear to be seen anywhere.
This was an Imp Club Spares Department supply, thanks Bob :D
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Post by African Imp » Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:10 pm

This morning I bead blasted the piston tops clean, they were hardly dirty but do look better now :)
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:10 am

The arrival of Imp spare parts gives me some options for the future, one will be to rebuild the existing and original engine that is in the 1967 Imp Californian which still runs its standard bearings and pistons.

I was advised that the 'used' 0.030" sized piston set is in good condition, on unpacking I saw that this is the case :D

My pictures show the piston when cleaned with petrol, the cleaning was easy!

I used a green Scotch pad on the top of the piston, the carbon there was very thin, there was dirt inside the piston but it was not from anything other than storage.
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:15 am

Cleaned and boxed in the original Hepolite carton.
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:52 am

Normally I would remove the pin from a piston by heating the piston up and sliding the steel pin out, with this piston set cleaning the inside of the piston just was not required.

To keep the small glass bead blasting media out of the piston I taped plastic bags over the piston to leave just the crown showing, the plastic cover from Impressions magazine worked well.

The pistons are now mainly clean and will just require a final washing in petrol prior to fitting with a set of Repco piston rings.
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:55 am

With the winter weather back here once more, today may be a good one to fit the correct petrol tank sender unit gasket that was sent with my parts box from the Imp Club Spares department.

For some reason the car has a feint smell of petrol in the cabin when the door and windows have been closed for a period of say twenty four hours?

The self made gasket I have fitted now was fabricated from some spare gasket material in a Perkins 4108 diesel set.

The genuine Imp one is made from cork.

The spare sender unit has one made from a thick gasket paper.

The job is now done and I made an interesting discovery :D
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:17 am

There is still evidence that petrol vapour is escaping from the tank sender unit, on closer inspection I discover that the fiber washers have lost their centers and I assume that the vapour was finding its way out that way?

The standard black card tank cover shows the damage made by the petrol.
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:26 am

Removal of the tank sender unit shows that my home made gasket is in good condition but just look at how the super thin smear of sealing silicone has reacted to the petrol vapour from the tank. It has softened and basically turned into a jelly, I was fortunate that the silicone has not fallen into the tank?

Question, in my case I have always fitted a tank sender unit gasket to the tanks bare metal, did the Rootes Car Co do the same I wonder?
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:39 am

Finding new fiber sealing washers locally was not possible, I thought that some suitable small copper washers would do the same job? it was the same again, there was nothing that small in our local hardware stores.

I used six small brass washers and backed them up with small O rings, as long as the petrol vapour does not harm them I have a decent chance of success?
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