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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by The Nun » Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:11 pm

Later Chrysler IMPs were paint in grey too even the Californian, Ascot Grey.
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Post by African Imp » Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:38 pm

The Nun wrote:Later Chrysler IMPs were paint in grey too even the Californian, Ascot Grey.
I found a grey Mk2 here and changed it to white, which it still is but I later thought I should have left it grey?

I think the engine bay still is grey?
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Post by The Nun » Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:47 pm

See Andys IMP site theres an Ascot grey Chrysler IMP on there.
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Post by African Imp » Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:50 pm

The Nun wrote:Chrysler IMP in Ascot Grey
http://www.imps.me.uk/Imps_in_pictures/ ... 0(Chrysler)/ONB%20499%20H%20Hillman%20Imp%20(Chrysler).htm
It came up Forbidden Access of similar! :(
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Fri Oct 26, 2018 6:03 am

Having discovered where the cars original Mozambique registration plate was from, I was able to tell a friend who has contacts in that country.

MLH - 27-73 is Lichinga in Niassa province, in the north of the country.

Hi Roy,

I am glad that you came right with the plate.

I was in Tete at the coal mine at the end of last month. Not that far from Lichinga (relatively). Even at the end of September the temperatures were already up to 40 deg!

I have to say that your little car looks magnificent – better I am sure than when she rolled off the production line.

Have a good week-end.
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Post by African Imp » Fri Oct 26, 2018 6:05 am

With a change of colour with the tricks my Canon GIX digital camera can do, I went from grey which is what they call Black and White, to an enhanced colour setting.

I then got a redder shade of red :D

I can also invert the colour, just the one shade, so why not try it in yellow or blue, it would be nice to see what the car looks like then?
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:07 am

Like most Imps my car has no fuses, I had started to fit them with a special fuse box that I bought but the additional wires behind the speedometer pod just became more than I wanted and I removed everything.

I have just seen a posting on the pages that Noddy runs, he mentions a fuse box at the solenoid end of the wiring, this seems to be a whole lot simpler to me.

I can fuse less items but some fuses will be better than none?

I can fit the fuse box where the Lucas voltage regulator used to be, then make a short wire loom to suit my needs?
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Post by African Imp » Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:10 am

This is what I saw on Noddys pages today.

My thanks for the picture Noddy :D

The addition of a light can happen also, I now need to work out what I can fuse from the rear of the car?

One is the thick brown feed wire to the key switch, what else?

This is what Noddy says :D

Engine bay fuse box is just a 4 way one , this is also split fed , one fuse protects the supply to the 6 way permanent fuse box up front and the other a separate supply wire that feeds the ignition switch , brake lights are fused here as is the engine bay light , fuse box is visible just behind the solenoid.
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:00 am

The fuse box I have is made in New Zealand and by a company named BEP Marine, it was intended for a boat, so all metal parts are 316 stainless steel.

The engine bay position will work well now that the Lucas voltage regulator has been removed.
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Post by African Imp » Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:34 am

I have a print out here, it was for the L5 prefix cars, so Imp, Super, De Luxe and Sunbeam Sport.

It shows six fuses, plus by this time the engine had an alternator.

At this time I think the only wire I can fuse with what I have is the feed from the starter solenoid to the key switch?

That I have now done, it has a 35 amp blade fuse on it now.

I guess the BEP Marine fuse box that I have is the wrong type for my application? :(

The one in my picture would have done the same job!
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Post by African Imp » Sat Oct 27, 2018 6:24 am

This picture shows the cars original engine block, I suspect it was taken around the time that I had been sent the cars original engine block, which was up in Johannesburg with Reg, the guy who bought the car from the Police auction.

The year was 1995, after stripping the engine I only had to fit new piston rings, the crank bearings were fine, they still are :D

When I bought the car it was with Gavin , Reg's nephew , I had it sent down by freight truck that had done a furniture delivery up that way, it was doing the return trip back to Cape Town empty, I was not charged for the delivery.

At that time there was another Mk2 engine in the car, the licence papers still refer to that engine.

Note the green and orange paint on the block, its still there!

Some mails mention that I had threads in the block repaired, they will have been for some head bolts, I had to return the block to have the threads made deeper.

The damaged threads are why the cars original engine had been removed.
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:11 am

We have a heat wave predicted here today, said to reach 37c in places?

This has me wondering how the 1967 Hillman Imp Californian managed the temperatures in Lichinga, Niassa province when it was in Mozambique?

There the high 30s in centigrade is normal, in November it goes past 40c
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Post by The Nun » Sat Oct 27, 2018 9:14 am

African Imp wrote:I have a print out here, it was for the L5 prefix cars, so Imp, Super, De Luxe and Sunbeam Sport.

It shows six fuses, plus by this time the engine had an alternator.

At this time I think the only wire I can fuse with what I have is the feed from the starter solenoid to the key switch?

That I have now done, it has a 35 amp blade fuse on it now.

I guess the BEP Marine fuse box that I have is the wrong type for my application? :(

The one in my picture would have done the same job!
L5 cars had 3 fuses only as standard.
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Post by African Imp » Sat Oct 27, 2018 9:25 am

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African Imp wrote:I have a print out here, it was for the L5 prefix cars, so Imp, Super, De Luxe and Sunbeam Sport.

It shows six fuses, plus by this time the engine had an alternator.

At this time I think the only wire I can fuse with what I have is the feed from the starter solenoid to the key switch?

That I have now done, it has a 35 amp blade fuse on it now.

I guess the BEP Marine fuse box that I have is the wrong type for my application? :(

The one in my picture would have done the same job!
L5 cars had 3 fuses only as standard.
That is what I remembered, the way this is drawn it looks like six?
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Post by The Nun » Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:27 am

The numbers are terminal numbers the fuse is the X in between. Only 3 used and 2 spare in the fused box fitted.
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Post by Richard Sozanski » Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:32 pm

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Roy as Peter says only 3 fuses
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Post by African Imp » Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:45 pm

Richard Sozanski wrote:
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Roy as Peter says only 3 fuses
Thanks!

As someone said, " Its never too late to learn "
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Sun Oct 28, 2018 6:24 am

Fitting the Bosch 35 amp hour alternator required the two wires from the back of it, to start with I just taped the wires together for neatness.

I have now removed the tape and put some heat shrink over the wires.
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Post by African Imp » Sun Oct 28, 2018 6:28 am

The heat shrink is the better way to contain wires, its neat and is easy to use.
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Post by African Imp » Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:48 pm

The Hillman Imp may date to 1963 but the car is still easier to enter and leave than say our VW Polo 1200 TSi :D
I think I am of average hight and about 5' 10" I suspect even those of 6' 00" hight can get in and out with the same ease.
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Post by John Simister » Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:30 pm

Sometime around 1975 Britain's then-tallest man - over seven feet tall - bought an Imp. He did fit an aftermarket seat on rearwardly-extended runners, though.
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Post by African Imp » Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:24 am

John Simister wrote:Sometime around 1975 Britain's then-tallest man - over seven feet tall - bought an Imp. He did fit an aftermarket seat on rearwardly-extended runners, though.

Well that does underline the space in the Imp, is there a picture of this man in the Imp?
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Post by African Imp » Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:04 pm

As I have been busy with other projects recently, the engine has not been started for some weeks, today I needed to move the car and to my surprise found that it was hard to start BUT, the battery is so much better charged with the Bosch alternator so that I was in no danger of ending up with a flat battery?

Was it a lack of fuel in the carburetor bowls?

I did prime the AC petrol pump a few days back.
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Post by African Imp » Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:44 am

When I last had the fuel bowls off I spent a decent amount of time under the car sealing the set screws as they were going back in, it looks to have worked?

Bob Allan supplied the O ring dimensions and I sourced Viton rings here in Cape Town, they work well.
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Post by African Imp » Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:00 pm

The sealant that I used on the fuel bowl set screws is called Rienzosil which I stock for re sale and for alloy head and block shims.

It was what I had at the time so I tried it to see what success I would have?
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Post by African Imp » Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:03 pm

This is after sealing and before I removed the fuel line with the white stripe, it is Italian made and worked fine, I wanted to see the same make of pipe and all in black so used some Goodyear hose from the USA.

The thicker hose is the hot water pipe that feeds the Rootes Car Co, heated inlet manifold, as at long last I got to plumb it in this year :D
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Post by African Imp » Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:03 am

Yesterday I found some Imp related pictures taken with my Canon G12 , the file date tells me when it was.

Looks like that in August 2016 I was already thinking about fitting the Bosch 35 amp alternator, or was I ?

It was repainted to a more suitable colour and over the blue that matched the Perkins 4108 marine diesel engine I once had.

That Imp saloon rear window on the bench is in very good condition, I just need a car to fit it to now?
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Post by African Imp » Sun Nov 04, 2018 3:20 pm

The cars move on but I keep the registration numbers :D

They remain in the owners name unless sold with the car, they are now placed back into the box of numbers and a new number is issued, if we want to transfer the number to another car we can do that, as long as you are the registered licence holder to that number and owner of the new car.

You can also pay a small sum of money and keep the number in your name while you decide on which car to re use the number on?

I used the same alloy plates off the 1975 Reliant Scimitar SE5a and then transfered the number across to the Imp Californian.
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Post by African Imp » Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:09 pm

The Scimitar GTE SE5a has gone but the number plate CA 211-156 remains :D

The plates are pressed alloy and cannot be bought now, strictly they should not be on a car unless the age of the car allows it??
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Post by The Nun » Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:30 am

African Imp wrote:The Scimitar GTE SE5a is gone but the plate CA211156 remains :D
Im interested in your windscreen wiper system, it looks a lot neater than the normal?
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Post by John Simister » Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:47 am

Does it work by high-pressure air jets from re-purposed windscreen washers?
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African Imp wrote:The Scimitar GTE SE5a is gone but the plate CA211156 remains :D
Im interested in your windscreen wiper system, it looks a lot neater than the normal?
At the time the system worked well, as we had the worst drought in 100 years, so I did not even seal the windscreen, a year later the wiper arms are fitted but the screen still has not been sealed.

When we did have a shower I parked the car outside to allow it to get wet so that I could then clean it.

Water restrictions include no washing of cars with potable water from a tap :(

We were further restricted to the daily use of 50 litres per person per household.
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Post by The Nun » Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:00 am

And just how do they limit you to that amount per day is there a lock off timer on your water supply?
What happens of you have a party with 50 guests attending, are you then allowed 2500 litres
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Post by African Imp » Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:05 am

The Nun wrote:And just how do they limit you to that amount per day is there a lock off timer on your water supply?
What happens of you have a party with 50 guests attending, are you then allowed 2500 litres
Yes and no to the questions, we do all have water meters of course, what they looked for was areas with a high use, then they would search out which hosehold was using more than allowed.

Those homes then had the older meters removed and an electronic one fitted, they would charge you for the installation too.

Those new meters can be programed on what time you can use the water and how many litres as well.

The idea caused a lot of arguments, we were very careful on what we used, even to flushing loos with recycled water that had been used for some other pupose?
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Post by The Nun » Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:03 pm

I'm all for saving but I think it could make folk unhygienic, there was someone a year or so back on the TV news swanking how little water a person could get by with, something like 20 litres a week, turned out he flushed his loo once a week when the smell got too much and it was drawing in the flies and only washed using a damp flannel.
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Post by African Imp » Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:36 pm

The Nun wrote:I'm all for saving but I think it could make folk unhygienic, there was someone a year or so back on the TV news swanking how little water a person could get by with, something like 20 litres a week, turned out he flushed his loo once a week when the smell got too much and it was drawing in the flies and only washed using a damp flannel.
Yes, I heard a few talk like that on Cape Talk 567 AM radio, it was quite alarming!

We had two years of the drought, this hit us hard in the first summer and anyone with a swim pool was left with it about a foot down from evaporation by the end of summer?

What we did and many follwed the same route, was to install water storage tanks, the idea was to save water off the roof when it did rain?

So by the first start of the rains, we were harvesting rain water and could then use that to wash cars and water plants, its a mind change really, Cape Town has in effect become one of the most water aware cities in the World? The users have slashed water consumption to the point where what they were calling Day Zero was held at bay.

Then guess what, we had some of the heaviest rains in history, none of the so called weather experts got this right, some dams went from 10% left to over 65% full, the over all dams storage became 75% I think?

The one 2500 litre tank soon became two of the same size, so now we have 5000 litres of water available to play with when before we relied on the tap water, now the hose pipes are coiled and put away, its amazing what can be done with a little pre planning, at some cost as well, as the pool also got a floating cover to stop the evaporation, since this was all a once off type expense it was easier to accept?

I doubt we used our 50 litres daily allowance a day each by the way, as we would turn on the shower, then collect the cold water first, turn the shower off, remove the bucket then get into the shower and have a quick wash. The drought as we knew it is past but we still save that same water daily and use it to flush the loos with, in the past it just went down the drains and away into the sea, not anymore :D
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Post by African Imp » Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:22 am

I would like to think that the two weeks I spent bonding the Sunbeam Sport type GRP panel into a standard Imp engine cover was worth the effort?

I had a Sport engine cover but made the mistake of allowing it to ship with a sprint Imp that I did for someone.

As that car went to the UK a sport engine cover could have been more easily sourced there, saving me the two weeks work.

The picture of the blue and white car was when I took the car for police clearance pending the cars export.
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Post by African Imp » Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:25 am

August arrives in November :(

Who is at fault in such slow delivery may never be known?

I know of at least two RSA Imp Club members who have recently resigned from the club, was it the R.O.E or was it the lack of the clubs magazine?
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Post by The Nun » Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:04 pm

At least 2 resigned, that means it must be 3? :o

Its your rubbish SAPO Roy, I remember when we had a club magazine, and it was a very good one too, it always arrived on time to me here.
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Location: Hout Bay near Cape Town, South Africa.
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:24 pm

The Nun wrote:At least 2 resigned, that means it must be 3? :o

Its your rubbish SAPO Roy, I remember when we had a club magazine, and it was a very good one too, it always arrived on time to me here.

Actually when I think about it, only one did the correct thing and resigned, the other one just failed to pay, rather a bad way to depart really.

We have five more RSA members now.
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