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Re: The Vusky. Ready for winter duties.

Post by 617sqn » Tue Nov 20, 2018 5:20 pm

Nice one, Roy er no, sorry... Nice one Dave ! :lol: :lol:

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Re: The Vusky. Ready for winter duties.

Post by jetmech » Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:04 am

Very good Dave.
I must confess that my Imp is a bit of a garage queen. This year I only used it for three club events, one local show and a couple of area centre meetings. That has added up to about 2000 miles. It hasn’t moved since returning from wicked welsh.
This has been a pattern for several years now, it often stays untouched between September and April. So far I have not noticed any ill effects from these extended lay ups.

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Re: The Vusky. factory load mat

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Wed Nov 21, 2018 6:13 pm

Thanks to Graham Dewhurst the Vusky now has a decent factory rear load mat . In pretty good nic im almost scared to use it so will probably only go in for shows as in all my years of Imping ive never seen another useable one :)
The only real difference to one you cut yourself is the plain border all around the edge :)
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Re: The Vusky. Rare rubber load mat obtained

Post by 617sqn » Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:22 pm

You could probably reproduce that effect with Mrs Noddys best iron, Dave :wink:

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Re: The Vusky. 53 TODAY

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Mon Nov 26, 2018 12:58 pm

Somehow against all the odds this is still here having been built on this date 53 years ago ( twas a Friday which is never a good day for production )
You all know its history so i wont repeat it , its all on this thread anyway if you dont
Anyway.
Happy 53rd birthday to the Vusky - somehow you made it :D
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Re: The Vusky. 53 Today

Post by 617sqn » Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:06 pm

Well done, Vusky. No mean feat that, by modern standards.
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Re: The Vusky. 53 Today

Post by RoyBlunt » Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:31 pm

Happy birthday indeed Vusky ...and here's to lots more!
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Re: The Vusky. 53 Today

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:02 pm

So Vuskys have a design fault
That is the end of the load bay is 1 1/2 inches from the back of the seat when its up . Never a problem except when you fit a rubber mat whereby it just slides forwards as its not long enough .
The Husky way is to screw it to the load bay edge but this means you cant take it out without pissing around , the other alternative is throw it over the rear seat when working on the engine and seeing as this mats an original id rather not do that if possible .
So i wanted this mat removable with no tools and unable to slide forward .
Bodged this metal slotted plate the rubber fits into .
Its low enough so sliding something big in shouldnt get caught on it but its easily overcome if it does . Didnt have enough metal to do the whole length however this will do :)
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Re: The Vusky. More bodgery

Post by Bobbycham » Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:47 pm

Nice tidy solution .
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Re: The Vusky. Year end report

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:25 pm

And what a year its been :roll:
some of the arse end of 2017 and Jan of 2018 was spent sorting out the continued clutch saga on this . This resulted in a transaxle rebuild , a clutch pedal change and lots and lots of cursing .
Once id finally sorted this out the Vusky behaved itself again at long last , that is until the rad sprang a leak in August :roll: .
Anyway the Trip to national went well . Sorted out the boot eventually and got a new rubber mat for the rear load area.
Other than that nout much happened hence only 5 pages added this year.
Still its all good now - and I do hope not to remove the engine again for many a year
Thanks to all who have contributed this and indeed previous years :D
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Re: The Vusky. Year end report .

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:35 pm

Fired up and used for the first time this year - seemed fine :D
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Re: The Vusky. Year end report .

Post by 617sqn » Fri Jan 25, 2019 4:49 pm

So it should, Dave :lol: Hope you're both OK. I see you've lost none of your mojo.

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Re: The Vusky. Year end report .

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:16 pm

617sqn wrote:So it should, Dave :lol: Hope you're both OK. I see you've lost none of your mojo.

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Not done a thing with it since Christmas , mojo is low in Jan anyway , Singer wont start as the batteries flat , il check for a parasitic draw but i think the batteries dead
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Re: The Vusky. Year end report .

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:45 pm

Vuskys got newness carpet , rather than buy a kit that wont fit and cost a fortune i did it myself like i did on the Singer . Total cost was £26 :D
Time wise it took nearly 2 years to find the blue carpet in the thin flexi stuff like i used on the Singer then 12 1/2 hours to do the job in total :) :o
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Re: The Vusky. Year end report .

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:48 pm

The rear bit.
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Re: The Vusky. Year end report .

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:49 pm

The arches :)
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Re: The Vusky. Year end report .

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:53 pm

All going in :)
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Re: The Vusky. Year end report .

Post by Lotus-e-Clan » Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:55 pm

Very profesh.

Very resourceful as ever!
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Re: The Vusky. Year end report .

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:05 pm

Lotus-e-Clan wrote:Very profesh.

Very resourceful as ever!
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Re: The Vusky. New carpet at long last.

Post by TradeAds » Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:42 pm

This is definitely on my list of future jobs to do to the van.
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Re: The Vusky. New carpet at long last.

Post by bks974c » Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:00 pm

Very Nice

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Re: The Vusky. Year end report .

Post by Teddie2003 » Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:30 pm

Dave ' Linwood ' Lane wrote:Time wise it took nearly 2 years to find the blue carpet in the thin flexi stuff
What is "thin flexi type" carpet?

From the the pics, it looks like it might be like fibre bond carpet?
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Re: The Vusky. Year end report .

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:02 pm

Teddie2003 wrote:
Dave ' Linwood ' Lane wrote:Time wise it took nearly 2 years to find the blue carpet in the thin flexi stuff
What is "thin flexi type" carpet?

From the the pics, it looks like it might be like fibre bond carpet?
Not overly sure what it is TBH , It feels like felt on the back and you can almost tie it in a knot its that bendy . :shock:
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Re: The Vusky. New carpet at long last.

Post by colimp66 » Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:12 pm

Very nice Dave, that all looks great.

Is that available in other colours?

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Re: The Vusky. New carpet at long last.

Post by ImpManiac » Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:22 pm

The Vusky looks wonderful, Dave, as always. 8)

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Re: The Vusky. New carpet at long last.

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:32 pm

colimp66 wrote:Very nice Dave, that all looks great.

Is that available in other colours?

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Id only seen it in black until i spotted the this blue at the car show this weekend so id say different colours are hard to find
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Re: The Vusky. New carpet at long last.

Post by Teddie2003 » Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:13 pm

Dave ' Linwood ' Lane wrote:
colimp66 wrote:Very nice Dave, that all looks great.

Is that available in other colours?

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Id only seen it in black until i spotted the this blue at the car show this weekend so id say different colours are hard to find
Hi Dave,

what thickness is the carpet as pretty sure that's what I'd call f/bond carpet and depending on manufacturer there are various thicknesses available and most of them do a reasonable range of colours.

The H/D stuff is usually used for office corridors is up to 6mm thick and either 2 or sometimes 4m wide, but that's not that as flexible as your pic and there used to be some thinner versions as well, so I might be able to find out if there are any other colours out there.

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Re: The Vusky. New carpet at long last.

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:26 pm

Teddie2003 wrote:[

what thickness is the carpet as pretty sure that's what I'd call f/bond carpet and depending on manufacturer there are various thicknesses available and most of them do a reasonable range of colours.
3mm at most , 1mm of what looks like felt for the back and 2mm of carpet , not plush but real easy to use as it doent fray at all , tough and easy to vacuum.
Early factory carpets are made exactly how ive redone this . ie the thick backing with thin carpet stuck to it , it just peels / rips off the backing so you can re-carpet it.
I didnt have the arch backing with this set so made my own using some proper 60s soundproofing stuff
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Re: The Vusky. New carpet at long last.

Post by Teddie2003 » Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:14 pm

Dave,

thanks for that thickness info.

I'll have a look at the flooring wholesalers I use and see if there are any other colour options out there.
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Re: The Vusky. New carpet at long last.

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:35 am

Teddie2003 wrote:Dave,

thanks for that thickness info.

I'll have a look at the flooring wholesalers I use and see if there are any other colour options out there.
Thanks :)
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Re: The Vusky. New carpet at long last.

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:42 pm

As I had some offcuts of soundproofing and carpet left over ive done the upright under the seat which on a van normally has nothing.
Came out really nice and looks good , daft when you cant really see it :lol: , might make it 1/2 a decibel quieter though :roll:
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Re: The Vusky. New carpet at long last.

Post by bazzateer » Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:32 pm

Great work as always Dave. 8)
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Re: The Vusky. New carpet at long last.

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:12 pm

Final piece of the Vuskys carpet done.
Having finally tracked down the rivets Rootes used Ive refitted the original rear seat leg pads although ive put them where my seats touch not the original position as my seats are different :D
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Re: The Vusky. New carpet at long last.

Post by bazzateer » Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:43 pm

Good stuff Dave :D
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Re: The Vusky. New carpet at long last.

Post by Lotus-e-Clan » Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:59 pm

Great attention to detail as ever. 8)

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Re: The Vusky. Stuff wearing out

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:19 pm

Well after 12 years of continual use the throttle spindles on the Vuskys twin SUs are showing distinct signs of wear .
Its still running fine , in fact its running great but tickover is very slightly erratic and having just checked the carbs over theres a lot of wear in both spindles .
So ive ordered a rebuild kit and will do this next week or so before they get any worst and upset the running .
Pleased with 12 years use though i must say , il do a few pics when im doing the job if anyones interested
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Re: The Vusky. After 12 years me SUs need help

Post by The Nun » Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:35 pm

Do the spindles run in replaceable bushes in the carb body on SUs? Or will you sleeve them if needed yourself?
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Re: The Vusky. After 12 years me SUs need help

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:48 pm

The Nun wrote:Do the spindles run in replaceable bushes in the carb body on SUs? Or will you sleeve them if needed yourself?
They run in the bodies but come with sleeves just in case
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Re: The Vusky. After 12 years me SUs need help

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:52 pm

Removed and partially stripped the Vuskys twin SUs this morning to see just how worn they are and wether or not the body needs line boring and bushing .
TBH I dont think they will going by what the Singers was like and that not needing it but I wont know for certain until the new spindles arrive .
Still for 12 years use its actually all rather good :D
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Re: The Vusky. After 12 years me SUs need help

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The later type SU HIF carb I had fitted to the turbo on my rotary engined Viva had little lip seals. It was the same carb as used in the metro turbos. They ran a blow through turbo setup so for my application the seals are turned around. What was neat is that the spindles can be a bit worn but no air can get sucked through at idle. I wonder if there was a possibility that you could put a recess into earlier SU carb bodies to accept such seals?
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