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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:12 am

A job that still has not been completed is windscreen and rear screen sealant, this is not because I did not have the time but as I could not find a suitable sealant.

Noddy used a product that was bitumen based, I tried various builders store outlets and found nothing similar over here, finding only silicon or polyurethane products, neither of which I want to use on my Imp.

I found a product by Sika, that was all about glass to paintworks and no mention of rubber, plus the cleaning required a Sika product that was not named.

Back in 20/12/2017 I made contact with the Henkle/Loctite rep, he said to use Teroson EB4100, it was not in Cape Town but he would bring it down from Johannesburg for me and I could have it by January 2018?

That guy then seems to have left Henkle and I never heard from him again.

Time to try and find it again?

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Post by African Imp » Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:39 pm

There was a recent comment on how well the carpets in the car looked.

After asking the auto trim shop to do a nice job, I think that they did :D

The under carpets are then covered by removable foot well carpets.
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Post by African Imp » Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:45 pm

I was told that the carpet used is the same quality that Jaguar Landrover use, is it?
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Post by The Nun » Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:39 pm

But you have to be wary because sometimes when these companies need to clear out all their old stuff they will say things like that, you won't find better, the new stuff we having coming in now isn't half as good etc etc, to persuade you to take it away so they don't have to chuck the surplus in the skip.
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Post by African Imp » Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:12 am

Yee of little faith !

But you have to be wary because sometimes when these companies need to clear out all their old stuff they will say things like that, you won't find better, the new stuff we having coming in now isn't half as good etc etc, to persuade you to take it away so they don't have to chuck the surplus in the skip.

Well for once the fact that Landrover used the same carpet was backed up by InfraZA ( Rob Young ) who had his 1971 Imp Deluxe trimmed out by the same company.
Rob happens to own a quite recent Landrover and agreed on the trimmers statement!

Note, the trimmers that Rob and myself used are possibly the best in Cape Town, they are licenced to do trim work on aircraft also, so a special department.


Robs seats and the dash top roll have been trimed with black leather :) Imp003 now a super dupa Hillman Imp Deluxe :D

I had already fitted the gear shift and hand brake levers, then we decided to chrome plate them, so out of the car they came, the special rivets for the handbrake lever rebuild were in stock at The Imp Club spares department, I did the same chrome finish on my Imp Californian as well.
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Post by The Nun » Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:23 am

African Imp wrote:Yee of little faith !

Note, they are licenced to do trim work on aircraft also, so a special department.
Not fly by nighters I hope. :D
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:33 am

Some weeks ago, it was Sunday June 16th 2019, we went for a local trip and out to Chapmans Peak Drive, when we returned I placed the drip tray with some newspaper in it under the rear of the car.

Later I removed the drip tray and found no trace of oil, I was thinking then that I had placed the tray in the wrong position? Later I looked for traces of oil on the carpet on the garage floor and found nothing.

A week later we did a similar trip and while there was a small trace of oil it was much less than had been usual in the past.

A drive today shows a return to no oil again.

This picture is from June 16th. ( the two black marks were there before)

Why has this happened? It may well be that the new piston rings fitted about twenty four years back have now bedded in at last!

I will keep an eye open on this over the next few weeks.
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by 617sqn » Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:34 pm

Have you checked there's actually any oil in it ? :lol:

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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by tiker » Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:43 pm

617sqn wrote:Have you checked there's actually any oil in it ? :lol:

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I think your on about the engine oil here but how do you check the transaxale oil when it in the car ?
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Post by The Nun » Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:12 pm

tiker wrote:
617sqn wrote:Have you checked there's actually any oil in it ? :lol:

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I think your on about the engine oil here but how do you check the transaxale oil when it in the car ?
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You can't check the transaxle oil when in the car, you have to go underneath and take out the filler plug, if oil dribbles out, when it's cold, then it's full, if not top it up until it does, then it's correct level.
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Post by African Imp » Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:23 pm

tiker wrote:
617sqn wrote:Have you checked there's actually any oil in it ? :lol:

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I think your on about the engine oil here but how do you check the transaxale oil when it in the car ?
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If we can assume and in my case I do so, that since the transaxle was last filled with the correct Shell hypoid gear oil and that no oil has leaked out since that time, Its reasonable to say that the oil iis still in the transaxle.

Picture taken just now.
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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:12 pm

African Imp wrote:
If we can assume and in my case I do so, that since the transaxle was last filled with the correct Shell hypoid gear oil and that no oil has leaked out since that time, Its reasonable to say that the oil iis still in the transaxle.

Picture taken just now.
All mine leak , even one just rebuilt , but then i do far more hard fast journeys in my two
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Post by 617sqn » Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:58 pm

Ditto. 8)

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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Sat Jul 20, 2019 6:21 am

For some years now I have either used an SKF Speedy Sleeve on shafts with a lip seal or as they are now super expensive here in South Africa I have an engineer make and fit a sleeve.

The output spiders on the cars transaxle have those made by the engineer fitted.
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Post by 617sqn » Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:59 am

Ah. That's why it's leaking - it's a crankshaft pulley. How did you manage to get the driveshafts fitted to that ? :shock:

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Post by African Imp » Sat Jul 20, 2019 1:26 pm

Finding the correct pictures took me a while.

Simple job really?

I know that Robin Human was offering Speedy Sleeves a while back.
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Post by African Imp » Sat Jul 20, 2019 1:44 pm

My transaxle is not the original one which I removed due to it making a noise, as I remember it worked ok but the noise was getting me down some.

It was a guess which one to try next, I was lucky that my choice turned out to be the one I made, as it works well enough its years and while there is some noise it is accepatble.

I assume that the internal wear is small and that is one reason why and with the Speedy Sleeve fitted I have no leaks from the output spiders.

The lip seal to the input shaft was also changed as was the O ring to the selector shaft.
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Post by African Imp » Sat Jul 20, 2019 1:57 pm

The Speedy Sleeve is just 0.22mm thick and made from stainless steel, a fitting tool and guide on how to fit them comes in each carton.
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Post by African Imp » Sat Jul 20, 2019 1:59 pm

A spare Speedy Sleeve shows what thickness they are, 0.22mm, the one in the picture is not an Imp drive shaft spider one which needs to be deeper.


A spare spider reads to 18mm deep and 32mm inside diameter, it will be an imperial measurement required, so 3/4" deep and 1 / 1/4" inside .
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Post by African Imp » Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:04 pm

Noddy is correct, my distances driven are low but even after 1000 miles the transaxle remains quite free of oil leaks :D
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Post by African Imp » Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:11 am

It is some months since I last looked at the Champion N9YC spark plugs, so a look see and a clean up seemed to be a good idea?


Plugs one and four were burning better than two and three?
What I have is what I have, given it is an engine still on its original pistons I can accept things.


I cleaned them and with some Teflon brand teflon paste on the threads refitted them.


The recent misfire when checking that the new Equus tachometer would go to 6100 rpm may well be as I found that the number four plug ( near the clutch slave cylinder ) was loose on the plug top, it was being held in place by the NGK rubber boot and not the plug caps internal clip.

The next drive can test that theory out?
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difficult to tell exactly but 2 and 3 look a bit rich , either that or 1 and 4 are weak
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Post by African Imp » Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:28 pm

Dave ' Linwood ' Lane wrote:difficult to tell exactly but 2 and 3 look a bit rich , either that or 1 and 4 are weak
Dave, your correct but given i am using twin Strombergs I cannot do much about it!
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African Imp wrote:
Dave ' Linwood ' Lane wrote:difficult to tell exactly but 2 and 3 look a bit rich , either that or 1 and 4 are weak
Dave, your correct but given i am using twin Strombergs I cannot do much about it!
On my SUs the carb pairs vary if they are set wrong , never have i had the middle two run a different colour to the outer two :o
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Dave ' Linwood ' Lane wrote:
African Imp wrote:
Dave ' Linwood ' Lane wrote:difficult to tell exactly but 2 and 3 look a bit rich , either that or 1 and 4 are weak
Dave, your correct but given i am using twin Strombergs I cannot do much about it!
On my SUs the carb pairs vary if they are set wrong , never have i had the middle two run a different colour to the outer two :o
Yes but I think I may have piston wear? Mind you the car goes really well, no smoke, no oil use etc, :D,

Given that the original short motor is now some fifty two years old, ok new rings about twenty four years back I am good with its originality, anyway the car flies when you put your foot down!
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Post by African Imp » Tue Jul 23, 2019 7:07 am

I am not sure where the flexible file came from, I have a few of them, they are not too course and do the job of cleaning points faces well.

The rotor is genuine Lucas, I think the points are as well?
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Post by The Nun » Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:03 am

With twin carbs though owners tend to set them up both the same, thinking thats it balancing done, 2 turns down etc, throttle opening identical etc, but in fact thats wrong, that is just the starting point in order to set them up properly. If the engine absolutely perfect and equal that might be correct, but due to machining tolerances in the engine bore, head, ports, carbs, valve clearances, each cylinder will be performing slight differently, hence one carb may well need to be slightly richer or weaker than the other one or the throttle be open slightly more that the other, that can only be done using a decent drum type air flow meter to equalise the suction on eash carb, those can be bought for around 50 quid or so from Burlen, and not the cheap Gunson thing which is also rather inaccurate too, otherwise youre guessing all the time.
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Post by African Imp » Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:22 am

I think a length of hose pipe is as near as I am ever going to get, that to one ear does give you quite a strong noise, louder on one intake and quieter on the other etc :)
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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:39 am

The Nun wrote:With twin carbs though owners tend to set them up both the same, thinking thats it balancing done, 2 turns down etc, throttle opening identical etc, but in fact thats wrong, that is just the starting point in order to set them up properly. If the engine absolutely perfect and equal that might be correct, but due to machining tolerances in the engine bore, head, ports, carbs, valve clearances, each cylinder will be performing slight differently, hence one carb may well need to be slightly richer or weaker than the other one or the throttle be open slightly more that the other, that can only be done using a decent drum type air flow meter to equalise the suction on eash carb, those can be bought for around 50 quid or so from Burlen, and not the cheap Gunson thing which is also rather inaccurate too, otherwise youre guessing all the time.
I set mine up initially like this but as you say i do have to alter the mixture slightly on one carb to get the mixture even. having the same suck on both intakes is important , this is done via the tickover screws which are rarely screwed out the same proving the point
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Post by African Imp » Wed Jul 24, 2019 12:42 pm

It has taken a while ( some years ) but I am pleased to advise that after another session on the drivers door window sliding track and with yet another application of dry grafite powder, the window finally goes up and down with the use of the window winder and about the same as the passenger door which was always ok.

The tracks were new but I think a tad to thick for the application on a Hillman Imp.

To start I was forever expecting the winder handle to snap when used, that is how tight the window glass was being held in the track.
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Post by johnh875 » Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:22 am

I'll have to have a play with that too, the blue car in my photo from last weekend hasn't been driven in something like 20 years and the drivers window is quite stiff - seems to be freeing up a bit with use (wind down to steer when pushing the car, wind up to wash etc).
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Post by African Imp » Thu Jul 25, 2019 6:43 am

johnh875 wrote:I'll have to have a play with that too, the blue car in my photo from last weekend hasn't been driven in something like 20 years and the drivers window is quite stiff - seems to be freeing up a bit with use (wind down to steer when pushing the car, wind up to wash etc).
Go for it !

If it does not work there will be no harm done, I had considered a lanolin based oil that I have but that will attract dirt and grind the glass, the grafite powder will do no harm?
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Post by African Imp » Thu Jul 25, 2019 6:47 am

For some time now I have really wanted to fit a square ( nearly ) number plate on the rear of my car, the reason is that to my eyes it will just look better.

They no longer produce a plate with a black background, I think that given the age of my car I am ok with displaying one?

I cannot buy one so I will make one from the spare alloy plate that I have :D
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Post by The Nun » Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:13 am

Paint it yourself, a little care with masking tape and you should be able to reproduce one with a black background I would think, the originals are only sprayed anyway arent they?
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Post by African Imp » Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:20 am

The Nun wrote:Paint it yourself, a little care with masking tape and you should be able to reproduce one with a black background I would think, the originals are only sprayed anyway arent they?
Sort of, baked on I think and with an SABS ( similar to the kite mark ) stamp too, that is part of the legality of the plate.

I can remove the center where the letters stand up, fill in with a thin sheet of alloy or even Formica and spray the correct size plate all black and then do the surround trim white and apply the CA211156 letters and numbers, I need the correct script to get it to pass for ok though. Imp027
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Post by African Imp » Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:34 am

Step one has been taken, tomorrow I get back to the epoxy paste stuff and having removed the letters and numbers , next I must make the center of the plate whole again and flat :)
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Post by African Imp » Fri Jul 26, 2019 6:45 am

With the center and letters removed I now need to build up the missing section with 6oz woven glass cloth and liquid thin epoxy which when cured will leave the outer surface level with the original painted surface.

The SABS safety Plate 1668 pressed in stamp is still in place on the lower edge and inside the black border, so once the plate has been sprayed black and the white CA 211156 letters and numbers applied the plate should look close to original?
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Post by African Imp » Fri Jul 26, 2019 11:09 am

After three years of crippling drought we have had so much rain this winter that near empty dams are either over 70% full or actually over flowing :)

Which is the wrong weather for curing epoxy but today the sun is shining and we have been for a drive in the Californian out on the coast road.

The epoxy and glass cloth application is now curing in the sunshine.

I hope to epoxy fill and sand small marks in the morning, then spray the revised plate black, I can use a single line of the twin white accent tape I used on the side trims to apply the required border around the plate.
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Post by African Imp » Sat Jul 27, 2019 5:56 am

So far so good :D

The clear panel is perspex which was used to give as smooth a surface to the face of the plate as possible, there was a thin sheet of clear polythene applied between the perspex and the epoxy to stop bonding.

As can be seen the epoxy leaked out and I will now have to hand sand it off the face of the plate .
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by Bobbycham » Sat Jul 27, 2019 7:52 am

Can you tell what it is yet?
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