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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:19 am

Now that the new engine has some hours on it having passed the 800 kilometer distance on the odometer, I find that if I start the engine and it was used the day before, ignition and starting now is instant, less so if the car has been unused for a few days.

This is down to how much petrol is in the twin Stromberg CD125 carburetor fuel bowls?

Either way what remains unused is the choke control, having worked so hard to have the choke working well some months back I can smile about those hours now :D
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Post by African Imp » Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:20 am

For me an IMPortant day as the car was produced dated February 3rd 1967, so today brings the car into its fifty third year :D
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Post by African Imp » Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:23 am

Within reason its probable that this 1967 car is in as good as or even better condition than it has been in the last four decades, it certainally drives well :D

Fifty three years old!
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Post by African Imp » Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:55 am

A drive out along the freeway known as Ladies Mile took me to the turnoff the Oue Kaapse Weg ( old cape road ) by then it was feeling around 34c and the fog that I left Hout Bay in was a memory.

I did 42 kms in all, speed never more than 100kms as shown, that at least warmed all the systems up, even at plus 30c the water temperature never moved out of the white zone.
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Post by African Imp » Tue Feb 04, 2020 4:44 am

At 100kph all that can be heard is the soft sound of the exhaust from the silencer, there is no mechanical or engine noise :D
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Post by African Imp » Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:10 am

February 2020 Impressions has just arrived, in it was the 40 years of Imp Club transfer, how do I remove the air bubbles?
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Post by African Imp » Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:12 am

This is the first Imp Club sticker I have put on the car since it came back into my ownership again.
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Post by walshste » Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:29 pm

I think you just need to lift the sticker again and using a credit card or similar press the air out as it flattens on the glass. Make sure the glass is really clean first.
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by oli » Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:52 pm

Make sure the glass is really clean (use a razor blade), then spray water onto the 'sticker' (old perfume atomiser or similar will work) and put it in the right place. Using a small soft sponge, or a damp cloth, simply sqeegie the water and air bubbles out while holding a corner of the sticker with a finger to prevent it from moving. Not much pressure is required, and sometimes it can be done by just pressing onto the 'sticker' rather than wiping across it. Let it dry overnight or longer before CAREFULLY cleaning off the watermarks left on the surrounding glass.

You should find that there are no air bubbles at all once it dries. Same method applies for sunstrips.
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Post by African Imp » Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:22 pm

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Make sure the glass is really clean (use a razor blade), then spray water onto the 'sticker' (old perfume atomiser or similar will work) and put it in the right place. Using a small soft sponge, or a damp cloth, simply sqeegie the water and air bubbles out while holding a corner of the sticker with a finger to prevent it from moving. Not much pressure is required, and sometimes it can be done by just pressing onto the 'sticker' rather than wiping across it. Let it dry overnight or longer before CAREFULLY cleaning off the watermarks left on the surrounding glass.

You should find that there are no air bubbles at all once it dries. Same method applies for sunstrips.
Thanks guys for the advice, its been a couple of hours since it was applied and its looking better already, I will see what its like in the morning before I try either of your methods.

The glass was cleaned before application.
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Post by African Imp » Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:23 pm

Looking better?
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by The Nun » Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:25 pm

Same colour as the paintwork, that was lucky.
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Post by African Imp » Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:34 pm

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Same colour as the paintwork, that was lucky.
Peter, yes it does look close but in fact the sticker is closer to brown than the red my car is.

The Canon G12 camera that I bought yesterday has tricked us with this image.

The camera is now ten years old but near mint in its looks and performance :D
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Post by African Imp » Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:28 am

So the sticker tells its story but it was not quite where I would like it to be and it did still have a small rash of bubbles, so I asked Grahame what was the best method to apply it?

This was his reply, he also sent me an image of a similar sticker on his own car, a perfect job and I think placed in a position which was a lot easier to apply?

Wet the sticker with soapy water and affix to the glass. Then smooth out with an old credit card which acts as a squeegee. This will result in no bubbles. If there are one or two remaining just prick with a sharp scalpel.

Here's mine using credit card method. Near perfect result.


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I decided to leave the job until the next day as right then it was 34c here and cooking.
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Post by African Imp » Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:40 am

8am and a much nicer temperature.

I mixed some clean tap water and added a drop of Teepol orange (clear) liquid soap as the wetting agent, then removed the transfer, cleaned the glass with the water / teepol mix, then applied the same mix to the face of the transfer which already showed evidence of the bubbles from the previous day.

This time I applied some masking tape on the outside of the glass to use as a reference guide, that idea worked well.

The picture shows the transfer before removal and re application.
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Post by African Imp » Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:43 am

Now in place and smoothed down with the edge of a gate access card, with the water and soap mix underneath the transfer I could move it into position better.

This was worth the effort and the half hour that it took me to make a better job of placing the transfer which I hope will be on the car for many years to come?

I joined The Imp Club in 1994 I think?

Is it a transfer or is it a sticker??
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Post by The Nun » Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:31 am

Stickers of the sticky glue on kind arent good, you lose them if the glass gets broken or you sell the car, the static cling peel off on types is the best then you can apply it from car to car.
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Post by African Imp » Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:20 am

The drivers door has been making an internal noise when it is closed, so I am back to the subject of a straight or a curved track?

I have since found the correct curved steel track, fitting it is quite a big job, so its one that is on the things to do list, I would also investigate why the quarter light on the drivers door is so difficult to close?

MA sent me a spare one and with it a quite reasonable rubber seal, that seal may fit the quarter light better?
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Post by African Imp » Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:02 am

The channel was not to be found when I was refitting the car.

The rubber seal does have a small tear which can be repaired with flexible black epoxy.
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Post by African Imp » Tue Feb 18, 2020 3:13 pm

To repair the damage to the engine cover I have placed an order for some more 2K paints.
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Post by The Nun » Tue Feb 18, 2020 4:26 pm

:o it's because you lay your parts on the panels it to take photos Roy, it's very easy to scratch the paint or dent the bodywork.
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Post by African Imp » Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:21 pm

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To repair the damage to the engine cover I have placed an order for some more 2K paints.
Not this time and as I am able to spray again its not an issue, then again I have never marked the car with parts gently laid on the paintwork.

What has happened is sometimes I roll the car backwards by hand and twice I have connected with the handle of the number 3 Record vice which hangs downwards, hence the two bumps in the edge of the panel,
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Post by The Nun » Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:55 pm

Oh I see, it's all part of the using it patina then, you should leave it as it is as thats classed as character these days :P
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Post by African Imp » Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:01 am

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Oh I see, it's all part of the using it patina then, you should leave it as it is as thats classed as character these days :P
After the hours and months of paintworks I think I can do without the so called patina, what I need is a rubber sock on the Record vice handle?
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Post by oli » Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:59 am

Just remember to always leave the vice handle in the horizontal position? :?
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Post by African Imp » Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:11 am

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Just remember to always leave the vice handle in the horizontal position? :?
Yes, your right, Record has designed the handle to hang down when the jaws of the vice are closed.

My other reason to start work on the engine cover is the lock that for some reason was too high and I had to extend the lock keep to accept it.

I still have the original engine cover which arrived with the car and the lock twenty five years and more back, so I will refit that cover so as to discover what fitting mistake I made?

Richard Sozanski sent me the Rootes fitting instructions, I also found them ( i think?) in the back of WSM 141?

Behind the chrome lock is 3mm of GRP, then behind that is steel.
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Post by African Imp » Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:23 am

The two lower holes are the originals, as the lock was fitted too high I then had to raise the lock keep, the idea works but its a bit of a mess?
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Post by African Imp » Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:04 am

A close look at the cars original engine cover tells me that the hole for the lock is in the wrong position, which I copied faithfully :(
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Post by African Imp » Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:06 am

This makes for a re positioning of the hole so that it sits lower.

As the outside of the engine lid on the car is faced with a GRP Sport version cover from Fiberclass I will have some nifty work to recut to the correct position and then close off the hole which will then be above the lock where it is fitted right now.
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Post by African Imp » Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:54 am

The car was returned to me with the engine cover lock keep missing, I have to assume that it was shaped to accept where the lock is now?

This forum thread shows me that in October 2016 I was sorting out the same issue, when I made a hardboard template to get the correct lock hight.
To my great surprise I have found the template. :D

Next I need to fit the cars original engine cover and without the lock, then strip and start the repairs and re positioning of the lock on the copy sport engine cover.
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Post by African Imp » Wed Feb 19, 2020 3:49 pm

When the restoration of the Californians engine cover will start is not known, as right now I am finishing the sound proof engine box to a 50ft yacht, the owner whet a little mad and fitted a 105 turbocharged Yanmar diesel main engine, silent it is not.

Then the ten year old Toylander is in for a service, I made that for the grandchildren and ten years back, its survived better than I would have imagined.

So the Imp comes last this time. :D
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Post by The Nun » Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:33 pm

Looks like the Toylander is in for a leaking back axle, at least you're up on fixing seals.
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Looks like the Toylander is in for a leaking back axle, at least you're up on fixing seals.
Yes the 12 volt x 260 watt x 30 amp motor is a direct drive, either all on or all off and I am waiting for an elecs bofin to build the voltage regulator he says I need. :D
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Post by Grahame59 » Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:23 pm

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Stickers of the sticky glue on kind arent good, you lose them if the glass gets broken or you sell the car, the static cling peel off on types is the best then you can apply it from car to car.
Exactly. That's why I specified the 40 sticker should be of the 'cling' type. The original green and gold stickers were also of this type as I'm sure you recall, as were the silver 25 stickers back in 1988. Inexplicably some of the intervening stickers such as the National Weekend stickers have been the 'sticky' adhesive type which cannot be reused or even repositioned. Perhaps future National organisers might take note that the 'cling' type are to be preferred.
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Post by Grahame59 » Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:30 pm

African Imp wrote:
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Just remember to always leave the vice handle in the horizontal position? :?
Yes, your right, Record has designed the handle to hang down when the jaws of the vice are closed.
Maybe some foam central heating pipe lagging then? The type that has a slit all along the edge to enable it to be fitted.
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by The Nun » Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:12 pm

Don't back up until you hear the bump is a better answer, or if you have to go really close to the bench to be able to shut the doors then hang a tennis ball on a piece of string so it touches the car screen or whatever and swings when it's as close but not bumped the vice?
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Post by African Imp » Thu Feb 20, 2020 6:02 am

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Don't back up until you hear the bump is a better answer, or if you have to go really close to the bench to be able to shut the doors then hang a tennis ball on a piece of string so it touches the car screen or whatever and swings when it's as close but not bumped the vice?
Grahame, that is exactly what I was thinking of myself as I really do not want this to happen again, twice is two too many as it is :(
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Post by African Imp » Thu Feb 20, 2020 6:03 am

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Don't back up until you hear the bump is a better answer, or if you have to go really close to the bench to be able to shut the doors then hang a tennis ball on a piece of string so it touches the car screen or whatever and swings when it's as close but not bumped the vice?
The car was not being driven, it was myself pushing the car backwards!
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Thu Feb 20, 2020 6:05 am

The four year old engine cover lock position template was tested again yesterday and I am pleased to say that it works just fine!

This time I gave it a coat of black paint to clean the thing up a little.

Oddly enough WSM 141 does not give the hight of the hole to cut out, rather it tells you to use the lock backing plate as the template when laid against the inside of the engine cover.

There is an A 4 page of instructions also :D
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Re: A Californian drying out in South Africa

Post by African Imp » Thu Feb 20, 2020 6:11 am

The lock keep is now back to where it should be.
I can now get my mind into the work at hand knowing that the cars engine cover strip down and repaint is my next job, the paint arrives today?
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