A Californian drying out in South Africa

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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:32 am

Finding timeline images has taken a good few days, as they are stored in various PCs plus a couple of hard drives and a collection of CDs.

When this picture was taken I was not aware that within a few years the availabilty of suitable free strorage of my Imp motor cars would be lost to me.


The new owner of the car was to work out a way to break that rear window glass, one day I may get to meet him again and ask what happened?

The drivers window was changed also, plus a track of damage to the rear of the car which was to include the engine and front mounts on the transaxle, both snapped off in what must have been a heck of a rear end accident?
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Post by African Imp » Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:32 am

I have mailed re the damage made, will I recieve a reply and if so what will it reveal?

Taalieb,

I trust this mail finds you well!

We are about two weeks away from five years since I came to view the car on a Saturday morning, at your home and agree to buy it back, you and your brother delivered the car to my home later the same day around 3pm.

I have since restored the car and it is nearly finished now.

I am trying to do a history of the car and would like to ask you some questions.

How did you break the rear window glass?

The drivers window glass was also broken?

How did you find replacement glass?

What hit the car or fell on it?

The rear cross member engine support was bent inwards had a lot of filler in it, what was the reason?

The engine had been damaged, the front Stromberg carb float bowl was welded, so were the two gear box mounts.

Can you tell me what happened please
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by The Nun » Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:15 pm

He might say wow can I buy it back again and will give you 10, 000 pounds for it. :P
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Post by African Imp » Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:19 pm

The Nun wrote:He might say wow can I buy it back again and will give you 10, 000 pounds for it. :P

He may well do so but I think its cost me more than that now? :D


This far he has not responded to my email to him asking for the information.
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Post by The Nun » Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:46 pm

He might be worried you're going to bill him for all the repairs so is keeping quiet :lol:
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Post by johnh875 » Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:12 am

Who knows what you will find! One of the Imp racers here hit a concrete wall up the top of Bathurst side-on at about 100mph, and the car was repaired afterwards (it was more of a glancing blow). He was fully-committed to a corner when a car spun ahead of him, and he also spun when braking, and hit the wall on the inside going backwards. Not sure the video of that race is on youtube, but there are others there.
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Post by African Imp » Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:06 am

There was no response from my email to the person that I sold the car to, his name is Taalieb not the Taliep that I have been naming him in Impressions and in this forum.

Even without his input I have traced the events through my collection of documents and find that the re finding of the car started on July 3rd 2014, which will have been a Thursday when Imp Club member, Rob ( InfraZA on this forum) phoned me to advise that a Hillman Imp was on Gumtree and for sale.

I do not think that Rob had any idea that that the car had been my own four years earlier?

What Taalieb knows may never be known by myself unless I take the time to go and ask him?
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Post by The Nun » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:43 am

The car might have been damaged under suspicious circumstances, and they want to keep quiet about it, such as used in a robbery or stolen or similar, the least folk know about what happened the better, sometimes youre better off kept in the dark?
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Post by African Imp » Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:03 pm

I found two images that show that if I remove the center disc in the Rostyle rim I can use my large socket set on the rear wheel hub nut.
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Post by 617sqn » Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:09 pm

Oh good. That will come in handy if I ever change my alloys to Rostyles. Which I won't. :? :shock:

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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:41 am

Is the SAPO postal system finding its feet again? it was equal to the UK system which it was based on when Queen Victoria was still around.

The arrival of a letter from The Imp Club and my subs for 2019/20 had a date on it that was not readble, the membership card is dated 2nd June 2019 so I can assume it was posted soon after that date?

About three weeks delivery?

I see that the postage cost was 1.35 pounds, which is a whopping R24.97 , if I post say an Imps key fob to the UK and as standard Airmail it is R10.34, so less than half the cost.

This shows that while we are slower we are still less costly, which underlines the high cost of posting Impressions to overseas Imp Club members?
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Post by The Nun » Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:46 am

I cant really see why it should cost any more to send it either way, its still exactly the same journey and dealt with by the same folk either end??
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Post by African Imp » Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:53 am

The Nun wrote:I cant really see why it should cost any more to send it either way, its still exactly the same journey and dealt with by the same folk either end??
Yes you are 100% correct but did the Royal Mail not sell out to the Dutch some years back?

That may or may not have increased the fees?

Our costs have risen also, the registration of a letter went up three times in about 18 months?
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The local post dropped a licence renewal notice into my post box yesterday, the new licence is due on the 1st of July 2019, so why so late?

Its the same with all government and municipal departments, poor service, if indeed we get service?

The white disc dated to 2010 was on the car when it came back dated 5th July 2014, by then a 2014 disc should have been on the car.

This was the start of a whole string of trips to the licence and police departments to explain what was written down as a Failed Purchase, that was the easier way to explain why the car when sold had not had the licence transfered to the new owner.


It took three trips to the licence department in Wynberg, ( very helpful ) and a trip to the local Police Station to have a buyers afidavit stamped and signed, then the licence department cancelled the so call sale of four years previous and after a fine of R2670 for none payment of the licence I was handed the correct licence disc for the car and with a smile from the lady who had helped me each time on my three visits to sort out the mess.
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Post by The Nun » Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:27 am

Thing I always find strange is mail requesting monies never gets delayed by strikes or lost never to arrive?
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Post by 617sqn » Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:31 am

You're such a cynic :lol:

Perhaps if SAPO put their rates up, they could afford to pay the staff more and lessen the stolen losses ?

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Post by African Imp » Fri Jun 28, 2019 6:41 am

I was told by a courier doing a delivery that the Bosch 35 amp alternator I have fitted to my engine was a VW Golf standard fitment.

It is worth mentionning that this Bosch alternator while being fitted to my cars engine and as an unused item was a long distance traveler as it had done many sea miles as it was kept on board one or other sailing yachts as a back up but never used.

It did the trip, Cape Town,South Africa To Rio do Janerio, Brasil and back, then on another yacht, Cape Town to Salvador, Bahia, Brasil, then on to Trinidad and Tobago, followed by various ports in Venezuela, it then sailed back to Cape Town and was transfered to a third yacht where again it was never used.

Alternators are reliable it seems?
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Post by The Nun » Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:53 am

You have a clever delivery man there, I doubt many folk would know what on earth it was let alone what it was off?
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Post by African Imp » Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:02 am

The Nun wrote:You have a clever delivery man there, I doubt many folk would know what on earth it was let alone what it was off?
Yes your right but many delivery guys get to meet many mecanics and see even more cars and their engines and while they probably cannot afford to own a car they learn as they go :)
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Post by African Imp » Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:08 am

Cape Towns Vehicle Licence department are on the ball, its twenty four hours since I applied for a payment code to pay the Imp Californian road licence on line, it arrived this mornning, so well inside the fourty eight hours they advise it may take?

We now use the online account we have for things like rates and ellectricity, use the code provided for the licence and make the R378 payment.

A week later the poostman will deliver the new disc, well he might ? :D


The fee in Pounds is around twenty only, plus we have no annual MOT, the last one on my car being done back in 1995 when I had the car transfered to my name.
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Post by The Nun » Fri Jun 28, 2019 10:43 am

Do they issue the refund code with the same enthusiasm too? :?
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Post by African Imp » Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:47 am

I will have to re visit the drivers window channel again, the front one has come free inside the door and the channel has moved forward.

This upsets the level of the top edge of the window glass and also causes a rattle when the door is closed.

In the past I have done a braze repair, last time I used silver solder and assumed that it was stronger, that it seems is not the case?
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Post by African Imp » Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:51 am

The Nun wrote:Do they issue the refund code with the same enthusiasm too? :?
Joke? It can be VERY costly if we pay on line and enter an incorrect payment code, as the rule is your payment will not be refunded :o
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Post by 617sqn » Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:59 am

Ah, some decent British Record cramps on show there.

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617sqn wrote:Ah, some decent British Record cramps.

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Yes 3 look good enough to secure the Titanic, maybe overkill for a window guide? :lol:
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Post by African Imp » Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:12 am

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617sqn wrote:Ah, some decent British Record cramps.

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Yes 3 look good enough to secure the Titanic, maybe overkill for a window guide? :lol:
The end we cannot see may have been secured by the number 3 Record bench vise?
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Post by 617sqn » Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:19 am

I couldn't afford even a secondhand Record vice for my shed-shop, so I bought this instead. Its shown with beech Jaws fitted, the proper ones were too rough for the job in hand.
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Post by 617sqn » Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:21 am

I once came across a website devoted to vice's. All the guys on there showing theirs and spouting on about who's is bigger than who's etc. :lol: like a pi$$ing contest. :shock:

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Post by 617sqn » Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:30 am

https://www.arboristsite.com/community/ ... ce.252427/

Page 1 has an image of a full range of refurbished vice's.

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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:34 am

I have the ultimate vice , two in fact . A 4 inch and 6 inch double jawed Swindens patent swivel vice . Both are 1940s and are also called armourers vices as they were sometimes bolts to the side of tanks . 4 inch was £6 from a car boot and the 6 inch £15 from a junk shop . Swindens are still making these , 6 inch weighs 30KG :o . current price for a 4 inch is around £900 :o . 6 inch is around £1700 and the 8 inch is £3000
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Post by The Nun » Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:38 am

Ah yes Ive heard of them, the Vice Squad??

I bought a small Record vice, its only a 4 1/2" one but its done just about all the jobs I needed it to do on the IMP with a bit of ingenuity, kingpins UJs, bushes etc so paid for itself, it was quite expensive, but might have been cheaper if I hadnt bought a more obscure brand beforehand where a chunk fell out of the jaws after a good pressing session :?
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Post by 617sqn » Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:39 am

I wonder if they are actually made here, or imported these days ?

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Post by The Nun » Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:41 am

Dave ' Linwood ' Lane wrote: and the 8 inch is £3000
Just think one of those in your garage and a couple of IMP rear wings, your garage would be almost uninsurable? :?
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Dave ' Linwood ' Lane wrote: and the 8 inch is £3000
Just think one of those in your garage and a couple of IMP rear wings, your garage would be almost uninsurable? :?
Old 4 inch ones like mine sell for around £200 , 6 inch probably double that , mine have a hard life but i service them now and again ( they come completely apart ) and they both work real well , The 6 inch pictured here is almost bomb proof :lol:
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Post by African Imp » Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:45 am

617sqn wrote:I wonder if they are actually made here, or imported these days ?

Andy G
A good question but I bought a set of Marples split proof chisles here some years back, Made In Shefield was on the carton.

The problem here is the awful exhange rate to the main currencies, which is why India and China are selling so well, they are lower priced to start with .


My number three Record will be UK made, I have a very small one as well :)
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Post by AntC » Sun Jun 30, 2019 12:00 pm

British Seagulls make me come over all unnecessary :shock:
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AntC wrote:British Seagulls make me come over all unnecessary :shock:
Good man, I sold a sixty two year old 4hp Century last week and have three more Seagulls here, one is a keeper, one is a 2hp job and for a friend, the other is an older 102 series project and for sale, the 102 is unusual as it lacks a cylinder head, at first I was not too sure about them but now see its the best of the lot. :)

Working on British Seagulls does at least fund the Imp Californian?


This is my keeper, it was a gift and started a whole new direction for me, it did not look like this when it arrived !
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Post by African Imp » Sun Jun 30, 2019 3:11 pm

617sqn wrote:I wonder if they are actually made here, or imported these days ?

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I think your No 5 is the same size as my No 3 by Record?

What does a genuine Record engineers vice cost now?

What brand name is yours?

The change to beech jaws is a good idea, I have seen folk make alloy covers, your idea is simpler.

I wonder are my steel jaws reversable, I have never thought of this before.

For me what I have is suiable for what I do, that revesable vice that Noddy has gives me ideas to search the next auto and tool jumble?
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AntC wrote:British Seagulls make me come over all unnecessary :shock:
Good man, I sold a sixty two year old 4hp Century last week and have three more Seagulls here, one is a keeper, one is a 2hp job and for a friend, the other is an older 102 series project and for sale, the 102 is unusual as it lacks a cylinder head, at first I was not too sure about them but now see its the best of the lot. :)

Working on British Seagulls does at least fund the Imp Californian?


This is my keeper, it was a gift and started a whole new direction for me, it did not look like this when it arrived !
It looks gorgeous. Not sure what mine is but it is a long shaft with recoil starter! Apparently the previous owner's wife got very angry every time he swiped her across the face with the starting rope. It was on a boat that I bought and kept when the boat went and I now need a boat to stick it on!
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AntC wrote:
African Imp wrote:
AntC wrote:British Seagulls make me come over all unnecessary :shock:
Good man, I sold a sixty two year old 4hp Century last week and have three more Seagulls here, one is a keeper, one is a 2hp job and for a friend, the other is an older 102 series project and for sale, the 102 is unusual as it lacks a cylinder head, at first I was not too sure about them but now see its the best of the lot. :)

Working on British Seagulls does at least fund the Imp Californian?


This is my keeper, it was a gift and started a whole new direction for me, it did not look like this when it arrived !
It looks gorgeous. Not sure what mine is but it is a long shaft with recoil starter! Apparently the previous owner's wife got very angry every time he swiped her across the face with the starting rope. It was on a boat that I bought and kept when the boat went and I now need a boat to stick it on!
Give me the engine number and I will tell you what it is?
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