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Beige Imp sort of restoration

Post by Roy Royson » Sun Sep 20, 2015 6:04 pm

Having wanted an Imp for a long time, last month I finally got the chance to get one.
I'm no stranger to old cars, having owned this for the past 5 years (and don't plan on selling it).

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I also owned this, but got rid of it in favour of the Imp (really didn't get on with this one, not a Beetle fanatic).

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I saw an Imp for sale on The Hillman Imp Club facebook page, in Aberdeen, around 120 miles away and jumped on it.
The next night I had it back at our unit in Fife.

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The car isn't without it's problems, rot is the main order of the day but the head gasket is blown and the radiator is blocked.

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I've already repaired the drivers side of the car, save buying some mk1 Fiesta rear arches, I've been able to make all of the other panels myself.

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I've bought a head gasket and a straight head from a member on here, plus a new radiator and a pair of heater pipes.
I think I'll turn my attention to the mechanical issues before tackling the welding on the other side of the car, to break up the monotony.
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Re: Beige Imp sort of restoration

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sun Sep 20, 2015 6:15 pm

Nice to see this being saved , i think the previous owner said it was for parts only , good man :)
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Re: Beige Imp sort of restoration

Post by Roy Royson » Sun Sep 20, 2015 6:18 pm

:D
It's far from it, nothing a bit of welding won't sort.
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Re: Beige Imp sort of restoration

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sun Sep 20, 2015 6:20 pm

Roy Royson wrote::D
It's far from it, nothing a bit of welding won't sort.
thats the spirit , in the early 80s I scrapped off loads like yours as at the time they were worth nothing and a good source of bits .
Your relieving my guilt somewhat :lol:
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Re: Beige Imp sort of restoration

Post by ImpManiac » Sun Sep 20, 2015 8:16 pm

As Noddy says, it's really great to see this car being rescued! :mrgreen: Good on you! Let us know if you need any advice or other parts.

It sounds as though you have some very useful skills. Panel making, welding, etc.

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Re: Beige Imp sort of restoration

Post by Roy Royson » Sun Sep 20, 2015 9:17 pm

These are rare cars now, not throwaways, in essence , they are most definitely worth restoring.
I say sort of restoration because this isn't going to be concourse, it's going to be usable, and solid.

I've had plenty of practice on some of the snotters I've owned :lol:
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Post by ImpManiac » Sun Sep 20, 2015 9:56 pm

Usable, solid and on the road. That's the way they should be. :) I shouldn't have taken mine off the road.

Looking forward to following you as you build the car up.

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Re: Beige Imp sort of restoration

Post by The Nun » Mon Sep 21, 2015 8:03 am

Dont fit your new heater pipes before welding the arches/sills or you might need new new heater pipes. :?
Watch out for the wiring loom inside the drivers side sill/arch too.
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Re: Beige Imp sort of restoration

Post by Roy Royson » Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:11 am

I moved the wiring loom out the way sufficiently but managed to melt a heater pipe - I had already decided to replace them before this happened though as previous owner said the heater didn't work very well!
So I'll definitely finish all the welding before fitting the new ones!
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Re: Beige Imp sort of restoration

Post by colimp66 » Mon Sep 21, 2015 4:45 pm

Well done Roy in rescuing the Imp. Good to see another saved.
Also like the look of the Fiat 127 in the Italian colours beside it in one of the photos. Is that a rollcage in it?
It takes me back seeing that as I remember a 128 painted the same that used to run around Leven in the eighties.

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Re: Beige Imp sort of restoration

Post by Roy Royson » Mon Sep 21, 2015 7:16 pm

The Fiat was my mate's, he sold it the other day, it was a 127 rally car built in the 80s to compete in Isle of Mull rallies.
It had a rally cam, pinto carb, quick shift etc, it was a total nightmare to drive but the power would take your eyebrows off.

In other news, I took the Imp's head off, it passes the steel rule test so good enough for me.
I actually have access to a CMM at work to measure flatness but A) I can't be bothered B) I have a feeling the Imp head being slanted on the opposite side will make it a pain to set up on the table.
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Re: Beige Imp sort of restoration

Post by long_gone_John » Mon Sep 21, 2015 8:39 pm

... you see I post on here too. [Granada Box]

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Re: Beige Imp sort of restoration

Post by Roy Royson » Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:45 pm

Ahh, TooSavvy of AS/Arena Ford Cortina fame.
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Re: Beige Imp sort of restoration

Post by Roy Royson » Tue Sep 22, 2015 7:40 pm

Head gasket fitted.

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Re: Beige Imp sort of restoration

Post by Roy Royson » Sat Sep 26, 2015 8:20 pm

Today's effort:

Why buy repair panels when you can make them

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I fitted that (you can see it a little in this photo) and also started work on fitting the other mk1 fiesta arch, after sorting the inner arch out.

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Then ran out of welding wire, but good progress today.
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Re: Beige Imp sort of restoration

Post by Roy Royson » Mon Oct 05, 2015 9:38 pm

I've now completed all the welding, 2 new rear arches, a fairly sizable repair to each sill, front wings and rear corner panels.
Just filler and paint to do on the bodywork side now.

Also changed the heater hoses, I was cursing the Imp at first but got the hang of it, the second one was a breeze.

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Post by ImpManiac » Mon Oct 05, 2015 10:43 pm

The car is coming together nicely. :)

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Re: Beige Imp sort of restoration

Post by Roy Royson » Thu Oct 08, 2015 8:09 pm

It's getting there, I'm a little disappointed after putting it all back together and noticing blue smoke from the exhaust, I'm assuming my piston rings are worn or my bores are glazed.
Also I took it up the road for a drive and when trying to accelerate the car makes a strange noise, hesitates and then goes, I think this might be a faulty accelerator pump diaphragm, though, I'm unsure where to get a new one of these?
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Post by The Nun » Thu Oct 08, 2015 8:44 pm

You can get a whole new carb for 35 quid from club spares.
You need to be a club member though to take advantage of that facility
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Re: Beige Imp sort of restoration

Post by Roy Royson » Thu Oct 08, 2015 8:49 pm

I'll have a look, is it perhaps a better idea to seek out a single stromberg and slowex adapter?
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Post by long_gone_John » Fri Oct 09, 2015 7:29 am

I ran a MiNi SU on an elbow, 90deg, with a banana '28/36' inlet....

100% reliable 4 me :lol:

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Post by imporium » Fri Oct 09, 2015 8:25 am

The Nun wrote:You can get a whole new carb for 35 quid from club spares.
You need to be a club member though to take advantage of that facility
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Re: Beige Imp sort of restoration

Post by kilty » Fri Oct 09, 2015 9:42 am

imporium wrote:
The Nun wrote:You can get a whole new carb for 35 quid from club spares.
You need to be a club member though to take advantage of that facility
Not £35 !!!!.....petrol pumps are £35............ :lol: Husky003 Van001 Imp003 Imp009
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Re: Beige Imp sort of restoration

Post by Roy Royson » Fri Oct 09, 2015 12:10 pm

I've seen a couple of Solex carbs on ebay, I think if I don't find anywhere to buy just a diaphragm I'll buy one.
Ultimately I want to put the 28/36 that's on the Cortina on the Imp and put Weber 40s on the Cortina.
However, for now, I just want to get the Imp up and running.
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Re: Beige Imp sort of restoration

Post by Roy Royson » Mon Dec 28, 2015 11:08 pm

On the road now and took it to a car meet we organised.
It was very well received and people wouldn't stop talking to me about it!

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It's misfiring a lot on full throttle and leaking lots of oil from the cam cover gasket.

MASSIVE thank you to "Hugh L" who sorted me out with an exhaust manifold and a few other parts.
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Re: Beige Imp sort of restoration

Post by long_gone_John » Tue Dec 29, 2015 11:12 am

I wouldn't roll in anything that didn't look as 'fixed up' as yours M8...

Mine were always WIP :wink:


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Re: Beige Imp sort of restoration

Post by Roy Royson » Tue Dec 29, 2015 1:02 pm

That's how I roll too, too many projects for them all to be pristine!
Might need to get a TS bridge shot soon.
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Post by 617sqn » Tue Dec 29, 2015 5:24 pm

Good work Roy..... Going to become a club member ? ( That was as gentle as I can muster, as there are a few on here who detest the efforts of those who try to cajole newbies into joining up - It's a long story about Imp ownership versus Imp Club longevity ). :roll:

Love that Mk1 Cortina, mind :D

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Post by long_gone_John » Tue Dec 29, 2015 6:56 pm

Oooff! The 'selfie of Doom', eh?

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If it aint Linwood, it aint Kosher...... :lol:

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Re: Beige Imp sort of restoration

Post by Roy Royson » Tue Dec 29, 2015 8:49 pm

Thanks mate, I'll join the club when I need to buy some spares - I'm already paying for a couple of other car clubs so until I need something I can't justify it.

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