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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by The Nun » Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:45 am

Can't remember Roy, I think it's sandwiched between it at that point where the long side turns the corner.
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:51 am

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Can't remember Roy, I think it's sandwiched between it at that point where the long side turns the corner.
Thanks,

I have a spare set of all parts required and I will set them up on the bench in the next few days and post what I find out?

My 316 grade stainless steel heat shield will require one more hole in it to accept the screw closest to the engine ?
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:39 am

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Can't remember Roy, I think it's sandwiched between it at that point where the long side turns the corner.
May we have a picture taken from the rear of the assembly and looking towards the radiator, I want to view the hole in the curved heat shield plate where the drop plate bolts through.
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:40 am

These pics and with the card template that I used to have the heat shields cut to size from suggests and issue with how things will fit?
As my constant curve in the stainless plate will not work?

I think I can leave this idea alone?
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Sat Jan 04, 2020 7:36 am

This is what is on the radiator now, it would be easy enough to make a panel and close off the open section at the top of the cowl?
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by The Nun » Sat Jan 04, 2020 8:44 am

That's a riveting story for 2020 Roy
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Sat Jan 04, 2020 9:08 am

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That's a riveting story for 2020 Roy
It may end up as such?

Basically when I set the stainless steel template out I used the existing holes in the cowl, the forward ones are screw fastened to the holes in the frame around the radiator core, then four more holes were drilled into the cowl side and then pop riveted .

It looks to me that I can close off the top area of the cowl which will then direct the cooling air down and into the curve of the stainless heat shield?
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by The Nun » Sat Jan 04, 2020 10:12 am

If you mod it now though Roy you will have to send every one who has bought one the improvement mod as well??
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Sat Jan 04, 2020 1:20 pm

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If you mod it now though Roy you will have to send every one who has bought one the improvement mod as well??
I am good for developing extras, the template has been drawn out already, pricing later this month?
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Sat Jan 04, 2020 2:45 pm

oli wrote:
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Wouldn't it have been better to paint the underside silver to reflect the heat away?
I have only ever seen them in black and as Rootes Car Co fitted?

How I would love to have the correct shaped sport panel as in this image.

I spoke to Terence Tracey of the JoLon Imp fame, he has quite a few imps, Ginetta G15 also, I asked him does he have an Imps silencer heat shield, he does not. :(
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by The Nun » Sat Jan 04, 2020 3:15 pm

You have to love no longer Roy as Express Panels remake them exactly as they were and only around 80 quid plus maybe another 100 to guarantee you get it there :D
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Sun Jan 05, 2020 6:36 am

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You have to love no longer Roy as Express Panels remake them exactly as they were and only around 80 quid plus maybe another 100 to guarantee you get it there :D
That would be close to the cost of the car when I first bought it.

I did have a saloon heat shield but donated it to the car that I restored for InfraZA and his 1971 Imp Deluxe, it went to the right car I think? Imp003
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by The Nun » Sun Jan 05, 2020 7:20 am

You can't think like that though now as you would never buy anything, you could get a new imp for under 1000 pounds and that's the cost of a rear wing now. Prices have gone up so your budget needs to if you want the right parts?
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:52 pm

Engine nice and hot, drive up our long hill and back down, engine revs available are now as I remember, well I think I do as its been such a long while now :D
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:54 pm

African Imp wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 6:36 am
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You have to love no longer Roy as Express Panels remake them exactly as they were and only around 80 quid plus maybe another 100 to guarantee you get it there :D
That would be close to the cost of the car when I first bought it.

I did have a saloon heat shield but donated it to the car that I restored for InfraZA and his 1971 Imp Deluxe, it went to the right car I think? Imp003

I wonder does Terence of the Jolon Imp fame back six years ago have an original heat shield?
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:55 pm

African Imp wrote:
Sat Jan 04, 2020 1:20 pm
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If you mod it now though Roy you will have to send every one who has bought one the improvement mod as well??
I am good for developing extras, the template has been drawn out already, pricing later this month?
Now painted black and ready for fitting, when that will be I have no idea?
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Mon Jan 06, 2020 2:25 pm

My road test was to check that the fitting of the silencer heat shield was as it should be? it was only after using the engines revs that I heard a noise that should not be there, was it the transaxle, drive coupler nuts and bolts, what?

A check shows that the hole in the heat shield that allows the hanger to the silencer below has been touching, the paints have been chipped off.

Next I will re position the hanger to center on the hole.
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Tue Jan 07, 2020 6:19 am

The new cork gasket that I imported from one of the UK Imp parts suppliers has not lasted more than six months?

I suspect that the missing bits are floating around in the tank?
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by oli » Tue Jan 07, 2020 7:11 am

Cut a new gasket / washer from a thin flat sheet of Viton for the filler cap, but remember to smear a light film of rubber grease onto one face so that it will slide on the filler neck to get the cap on.
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by The Nun » Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:40 am

The seal Bob supplied me recently was a stiff card type of material not cork.

You must be filling it up too often.
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:49 am

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The seal Bob supplied me recently was a stiff card type of material not cork.

You must be filling it up too often.
Now you mention Bob I will confirm that he supplied the cork gasket, there is no one else I have had spares like this out in recent years.
I guess he had feed back and stopped selling the cork ones?

The idea that Oli has is good , it is an hours drive to buy the Viton mind you :(
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by oli » Tue Jan 07, 2020 7:03 pm

Good excuse to drive the Imp then..?
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Wed Jan 08, 2020 6:29 am

With the silencer hanger moved further back, there was clearance for the assembly, it works well as the connection is rubber so there is some allowance for movment there.

I still had to raise the heat shield some, it had 10mm spacer tubes on the rear bolts, I fitted 15mm spacer tubes and now there is clear space around the silencer.
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Thu Jan 09, 2020 5:38 am

The recent discussion on rear suspension adjustment reminded me of the road/race Imp that I did some eight years back for a chap from Scotland where the car was later shipped to.

The owner was advised to make the rear suspensions adjustable, the photo shows how that was done.
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by The Nun » Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:27 am

What's the purpose of the upper brake flex hose, why is it left there what holds it there and is it an essential part of the adjustment? :roll:
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by The Nun » Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:31 am

To be honest in my opinion there's not enough bolts holding it in if you cut the member like that, a couple more are required, at least that's what I would do myself to feel comfortable with it ?
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:35 am

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What's the purpose of the upper brake flex hose, why is it left there what holds it there and is it an essential part of the adjustment? :roll:
That and the one fitted were new ones imported from The Imp Club spares, a huge crate of parts that the owner flew in at his expense.

The hose was later fitted to the other side. :)
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:37 am

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The recent discussion on rear suspension adjustment reminded me of the road/race Imp that I did some eight years back for a chap from Scotland where the car was later shipped to.

The owner was advised to make the rear suspensions adjustable, the photo shows how that was done.
I can agree with your idea, what was done was what was asked for by the cars owner, who in turn was instructed by an expert in such matters? Imp011
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by The Nun » Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:42 am

Oh well if an expert said it that's all ok then.
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:36 am

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Oh well if an expert said it that's all ok then.
I remember mentioning the idea to Bob of the Imp Club spares dept, he thought it was an odd idea also?
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:34 am

A fuel cap rubber gasket was found in a spare brake master cylinder service kit, it was from a Triumph TR4.
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:18 am

Sunday Driver, I have not been far in the past weeks, so I filled the petrol tank to just past half full and joined a surprising amount of traffic on the coast road in the direction of Cape Town.

Lots more traffic than I expected for my 9.30am start, cyclists and motorbikes, cars and scuba divers on the side verge, it was sort of busy.

What I wanted to know was all the small things attended to recently working well?

I have just the one issue, the gear shift rattles when I use engine revs over 3500 rpm, no big issue right now if I hold the gear knob but a job for the future?

The rear crank seal does not leak after a drive as done this morning, one or two drips and even then after a while only, it does leak some when I do shorter trips and around the village.

The picture shows a drop of oil indicated by a pencil, the picture was taken an hour after the newspaper was placed under the crank scroll area :D
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:14 am

The car will have driven more than 100,000 kms than shown on the odometer as it had a spare one fitted when this one broke.

Distance is increasing if slowly.
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by The Nun » Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:18 am

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The picture shows a drop of oil indicated by a pencil, the picture was taken an hour after the newspaper was placed under the crank scroll area :D
It's a big splodge on the sofa though :lol:
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by oli » Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:20 am

Roy, for heaven's sake, stop worrying about the oil drip! It's normal.

Just drive the car and enjoy it after all the time you have spent on it!

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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:44 am

With Jeans Polo TSi in for a wheel rotation, balance and alignment , my car should be next in and to balance the wheels, as the front shake a little when I am doing 100kph on the freeway.
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:49 pm

Look whats happened now :o
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by The Nun » Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:17 pm

Was that the only practical way they could correct your wheel/body alignment? :o
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by tiker » Thu Jan 23, 2020 3:46 pm

It looks like a new city car now
Is it going electric next 😄
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by John Simister » Thu Jan 23, 2020 4:47 pm

The new Semifornian, designed for the (very short) back-seat driver. It's a winner.
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