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What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by Dion » Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:21 pm

A topic frequently found on other car forums, was surprised there is none here so lets start one.

Today I fitted the new top steering bush. Robert Immers made one from PTFE and it fitted perfectly. No loose steering wheel anymore! Of course tested it with a long trip.
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Post by jetmech » Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:49 pm

I cleaned the cylinder head bolt holes on the engine block by running a tap through them. Also swapped the starter bendix gear for a better one from an unserviceable starter.

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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by The Nun » Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:04 pm

Made a filler cap for my built in screen washer system.
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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:09 pm

Ive been making or rather altering and getting bits for the built in screen washer that The Nun is also doing - its his fault i started in the first place
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Post by Dion » Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:21 pm

Dave ' Linwood ' Lane wrote:built in screen washer
So what exactly is this?
Changes I made to the screen washer years ago was to replace the bag with a much bigger plastic container, an electric pump and fitting an electric push button under the rubber round push button. Now a push on that rubber still operates the washer but now much more effectively.
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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Tue Jun 06, 2017 4:58 am

Dion wrote:
Dave ' Linwood ' Lane wrote:built in screen washer
So what exactly is this?
Changes I made to the screen washer years ago was to replace the bag with a much bigger plastic container, an electric pump and fitting an electric push button under the rubber round push button. Now a push on that rubber still operates the washer but now much more effectively.
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Post by Dion » Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:31 am

Excellent idea Dave.
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Post by bazzateer » Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:18 pm

Stepped over/around it a few times in the garage.
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Post by The Nun » Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:32 pm

bazzateer wrote:Stepped over/around it a few times in the garage.
The current fashion is in Vogue I suppose. 8)
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Post by 617sqn » Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:43 pm

I started the process of making up three sets of modified rear hatch stays. Plus I recoated Les Humans reveneered Chamois wood cappings. Other time was spent on my MG.

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Post by Lars Hagermark » Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:54 pm

Wet & dried (220 + 400 + 800 + 1200) engine lid to correct some imperfections after spraying it.
My own fault to start with. Mixed colour & thinner to wrong proportions for the last(?) spray.
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Post by The Nun » Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:17 pm

Put the steering wheel on after making up a suitable hub to take it. 8)
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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:46 pm

Bit more on the washer bottle mod :)
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Post by impstress2003 » Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:36 pm

Fitted a new nsr wheel cylinder on Ernie today. The old one had seized so I replaced it with a brand new one. As often happens the steel union would not turn and instead rounded off, so I had to cut the pipe off. Unfortunately there wasn't enough pipe left to re-flare it so I got out my new cupro-nickel pipe to make a replacement. I then found that my Clarke pipe flaring tool would not flare it so I instead used the last of my copper 3/16 pipe and two new unions. I quickly swapped out the pipe and got the brake reassembled, then stopped for a beer. I bled it up and finished about 10:50pm. I had started at about 7:45.

It started raining just as I had taken the wheel off :shock: so I was soaking when I finished!

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Post by mikeyhearne » Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:40 am

looked at it (the Nymph) in despair as it filled with water from the rain :cry: and went to work.
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Post by pure~hillman~imp » Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:57 am

Yesterday I welded in the reinforcement and radiator mount to the front of mine.
Tonight I'll be mostly welding up trim holes :roll:
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Post by 617sqn » Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:28 am

I'm in the shed/shop putting the hatch stays together.

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Post by The Nun » Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:31 pm

Today I will be mostly doing setting up my front suspension and steering alignment and fixing the column in.
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Post by Lars Hagermark » Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:00 pm

Finished the wet & dry treatment. Booked MOT for the Cali next Thursday.
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Post by bazzateer » Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:42 pm

The Nun wrote:
bazzateer wrote:Stepped over/around it a few times in the garage.
The current fashion is in Vogue I suppose. 8)
Sort of, the Imp being no more than a rolling shell at present limits it's use.
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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:21 pm

finished me cap
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Post by impstress2003 » Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:00 pm

Finally replaced the temp sender for a genuine OE one (had wanted to do it on Monday but got rained off), pumped up the tyres a little (just a top up), then went out and drove 25 miles on the new engine. It sounds amazing, super super smooth and quiet. It's almost shockingly quiet compared to Vtb. Just running in as all new pistons/rings/ crank/bearings etc. Completely standard imps are a total joy. :D tick over is impossibly low 8)

Once again the dynamo is giving trouble (didn't act up until I had done 20 miles) but I suspect it's actually the charge regulator box so I will start by replacing that.

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Post by jetmech » Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:30 pm

Painted the oil filter bowl, light blue. Also cleaned up the fan and water pump assembly, and the bell housing. Routed around in the shed, found and fitted good clutch release bearing.
The engine is out of the car and in many pieces. The head is away for new valves and guides and the small end bushes have been replaced. Unfortunately I broke one of the oil control rings so re-assembly is now on hold whilst I try to find a replacement + .030 oil ring.

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Post by bks974c » Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:44 pm

Ground in the valves and measured the combustion chambers on the head for VAK.

Dug out a 930 water to be rebuilt rather than using the electric water pump that came with the car, I find the electric pump fine for regular use but doesn't cope well with sudden loads such as sprints and hillcimbs. Mechanical water pump reacts to increase in revs by pumping more water where as electric one responds to increase in temp by then its a struggle to bring the temps back under control - when using the controller. You can run the pump flat out nut means its over cooling at other times.

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Post by bazzateer » Fri Jun 09, 2017 2:52 pm

Got the Chamois Sport out of storage, replaced a broken rear light, took it for a spin and filled the tank ready for the Reivers Weekend.
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Post by The Nun » Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:15 pm

bazzateer wrote:Got the Chamois Sport out of storage, replaced a broken rear light, took it for a spin and filled the tank ready for the Reivers Weekend.
:D
Excellent, was expecting you to say been in the garage and given it a kick again then gone back in :lol:
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Post by 617sqn » Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:36 pm

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Been in the shed/shop and completed the initial build of the three sets of rear hatch stays. Fettling and etch priming next :D

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Post by tiker » Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:41 pm

Mines having a rest after major surgery
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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Fri Jun 09, 2017 4:36 pm

Cleaned the Singers boot out
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Post by 617sqn » Fri Jun 09, 2017 5:44 pm

That looks nice, Dave. 8)

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Post by jetmech » Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:38 pm

Replacement piston rings arrived this morning so I set about reassembling the bottom end. Just need the head back now :)

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A seat cover set also arrived today, so I was at last able to repair the drivers seat back, which had a couple of holes in the side panel at the shoulder. Forgot to take a before picture, but pleased with the finished seat.

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Post by impstress2003 » Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:33 pm

Just got back from clocking up more running in miles. Engine still super sweet!

Changed the charge regulator box - I was right, the dynamo was ok - charging all good now and headlamps brighter/indicators quicker!

After changing the charge box, I went to start it and it only cranked over slowly a couple of times, the battery was dead from last night's running in... so I crank started it!

I had fitted the slave engine that is in the car now with the crank start dog, and fitted the reinforcing bar to the rear bumper. I'm amazed how easy it is to start by hand! No more flat battery woes 8)

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Post by 617sqn » Sat Jun 10, 2017 6:27 pm

Today I checked out the stone chips on my front bonnet. Didn't paint them, just looked :roll:

Then after a trip into town I went round my brothers to check on progress on his own Imp project. He uses mine as a reference for bits he's unsure of, being as he is an Imp novice. Coming along...... 8)

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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sat Jun 10, 2017 6:35 pm

Blew some leaves out the Singers rad area , changed the dizzy cap and cleaned up the rotor arm on same , having not even looked in there for over a year i figured i best check :lol:
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Post by Grahame59 » Sun Jun 11, 2017 7:03 am

jetmech wrote:A seat cover set also arrived today…
Seat looks brilliant, Simon. Is someone remanufacturing these?

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Post by jetmech » Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:22 am

Grahame59 wrote:
jetmech wrote:A seat cover set also arrived today…
Seat looks brilliant, Simon. Is someone remanufacturing these?

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No, it was a good secondhand one from eBay.
I have seen one car that was recently retrimmed in leather but in the original style. It looks brilliant, probably expensive though.

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Post by Grahame59 » Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:44 am

jetmech wrote:I have seen one car that was recently retrimmed in leather but in the original style.

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Had mine retrimmed in leather a few years ago — well, actually I used a scrap pair of recliners from a Californian or Chamois Coupé, my existing seats were mint so it would have been a crime to retrim those. A very worthwhile mod — backrests at a less upright angle and no longer sticky on a hot day.
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Post by colimp66 » Sun Jun 11, 2017 12:28 pm

That's a nice interior 8).

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Post by The Nun » Sun Jun 11, 2017 12:29 pm

Actually cloth inserts in the appropriate colour would be nice? I believe? the Avenger in 1970 was the first car to offer cloth inserts on vinyl seats as an option so it would be in keeping with Rootes ideas?
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Post by The Nun » Sun Jun 11, 2017 12:33 pm

Finished the dash at last.
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