What did you do to your Imp today?

Show off and tells us about your car, finished or a work in progress

Moderator: Keith 'Supaimpy' Laming

User avatar
bazzateer
Posts: 8333
Joined: Sun Apr 02, 2006 11:27 am
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: 68 Chamois Sport, 72 Imp Sport, 67 Vogue, 69 Vogue
Location: Watford and very occasionally Fareham

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by bazzateer » Sun Jun 11, 2017 3:58 pm

Drove the Chamois Sport around the borders hills and glens today and yesterday, ran like a dream. :D
If I told you I was a pathological liar, would you believe me?
Barry Blackmore - Chiltern ACO, apparently.......................
impstress2003
Posts: 365
Joined: Tue Sep 09, 2003 10:00 am
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: Various Hillman Imps

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by impstress2003 » Sun Jun 11, 2017 5:40 pm

Clocked up more trouble free running in miles yesterday. Retorqued the head today and fitted the rubber spark plug covers. Clocked about another 20 miles today, it's done 100 in the last week. Will run to 500 then open it up a bit. So far so good!
bks974c
Posts: 2652
Joined: Thu Aug 19, 2004 4:26 pm
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: all the above
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by bks974c » Sun Jun 11, 2017 6:34 pm

Waited all week for the paint for the Alfa 75, then it reacted so walked away and cleaned up all the transaxles - all 7 of them.
Two to go to Dave Weeden and one to go in VAK whose next for the spray booth.

Painted rubbed back and redone very dry and light this time, currently laquering it.

Scott
User avatar
Dave ' Linwood ' Lane
Posts: 7839
Joined: Sat Apr 15, 2006 3:55 pm
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: ,n/a

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sun Jun 11, 2017 6:39 pm

Went to a fab show at Kingston Maurward College .
Mr Singer of Singer cars fame was born here so on their annual open day a few Singers are invited for a small display , superb weather and location :D
Attachments
19029520_10213472461425603_2114240161566898092_n.jpg
Formally known as " Noddy "
User avatar
colimp66
Posts: 1091
Joined: Wed Dec 17, 2008 8:17 pm
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: 1970 Hillman Imp Deluxe.. "The Pest"
Location: Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by colimp66 » Sun Jun 11, 2017 6:44 pm

I had an hour or so at rubbing down filler then one of the fibreglass doors on The Pest. May take a whilst as there are two layers of yellow then red and their respective primers. Could take a whilst.

Cheers
Col.
AnonymousUser
Posts: 1510
Joined: Thu Apr 07, 2016 2:17 pm
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: Hillman

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by AnonymousUser » Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:54 pm

Sliced and diced it, ended up with this on the floor :-D
Attachments
FB_IMG_1497209562972.jpg
impstress2003
Posts: 365
Joined: Tue Sep 09, 2003 10:00 am
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: Various Hillman Imps

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by impstress2003 » Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:41 pm

Just racked up another 100 miles running in the engine. Took me 2.5 hours. Engine getting quieter and smoother by the mile. Also finally found and fixed an annoying rattle that has been on the car for about two years - the choke cable was rattling in the tunnel so I've added cable ties to stop it. Peace and quiet in the car now 8)
User avatar
pbergs
Posts: 334
Joined: Wed Sep 21, 2011 3:34 pm
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: stilletto

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by pbergs » Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:46 am

IMG_3995.JPG
IMG_4020.JPG
[[/attachment]
IMG_4012.JPG
IMG_4003.JPG
IMG_4001.JPG
Really nice show in Dunstable , only one Imp unfortunately, mine! Amazing drive past of hundreds of huge trucks in aid of Help for Heroes. Good day.
User avatar
Dion
Posts: 92
Joined: Thu Feb 26, 2004 7:50 pm
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: Chamois Mk2
Location: Netherlands
Contact:

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by Dion » Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:18 am

Took the dog out for a walk :D

Image
User avatar
ImpManiac
Posts: 9349
Joined: Tue Feb 01, 2005 3:48 pm
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: Singer Chamois
Location: Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by ImpManiac » Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:42 pm

pbergs wrote:Really nice show in Dunstable , only one Imp unfortunately, mine! Amazing drive past of hundreds of huge trucks in aid of Help for Heroes. Good day.
I was considering going to that show, Peter, but ended up staying at home and cleaning and tidying instead. :? It would have been good to see you and the Stiletto. It does look to have been a good event and it was only perhaps three miles away from me.

IM 8)
Paul Harrison
imp: a small demon : FIEND : a mischievous child : URCHIN
maniac: Raging with disordered intellect: affected with mania: MAD
User avatar
pbergs
Posts: 334
Joined: Wed Sep 21, 2011 3:34 pm
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: stilletto

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by pbergs » Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:52 pm

Shame.... was a really nice day...some lovely cars in pretty surrounding... better luck next time! Regards Peter
User avatar
colimp66
Posts: 1091
Joined: Wed Dec 17, 2008 8:17 pm
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: 1970 Hillman Imp Deluxe.. "The Pest"
Location: Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by colimp66 » Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:12 pm

With the sun making an appearance today , although windy The Pest was rolled out of the garage(first in a long time) to get some rays. Well not quite correct it was mainly to clean out the garage and give it a sweep out to.

Ended up I started rubbing the lhs of the car down, then sorting out the drivers door so it matched the scuttle panel so they are now the same height.
I kept going round it filling then rubbing down..... And it will continue...

Good day all round Imping in the sunshine 8)
Cheers
Col.
impstress2003
Posts: 365
Joined: Tue Sep 09, 2003 10:00 am
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: Various Hillman Imps

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by impstress2003 » Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:06 pm

Racked up another 25 running in miles. All good.

Also sorted through my pile of Imp radiators looking for a good one for a project, probably looked at ten rads of which I found three with really good tanks on them but each of them had visible flakes of corrosion stuck in the tops of the gills visible from inside the filler neck. Is there any good trick to clean these out without removing the tanks? In the past I've back flushed but rarely with any success. I might just buy a new HE rad (always works that way)

Cheers
S
User avatar
Grahame59
Posts: 1680
Joined: Sat Aug 14, 2004 11:42 am
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: Hillman Imp Super
Location: Billingshurst, West Sussex
Contact:

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by Grahame59 » Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:16 am

impstress2003 wrote:…sorted through my pile of Imp radiators looking for a good one for a project, probably looked at ten rads of which I found three with really good tanks on them but each of them had visible flakes of corrosion stuck in the tops of the gills… I might just buy a new HE rad (always works that way)

Cheers
S
To be honest, with the Imp's marginal cooling system, it is false economy to use a secondhand radiator. As most companies need an old rad as an Exchange, use one of your stash to buy a new one and relax! A new HE rad is definitely the way to go.
Imp011
Grahame Pearson
Member No. 23
Editor, Impressions

1967 Imp Super
(0-60 like a Porsche, only slower)
User avatar
617sqn
Posts: 4469
Joined: Fri Dec 05, 2003 11:17 pm
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: Hillman Imp 1972
Location: Sussex, England.

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by 617sqn » Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:01 pm

Today, whilst waiting for knifing putty and etch primer to dry, I drilled and tapped ( M4 x 7 ) the centre of a spare wiper wheel box spindle. The thought behind this is, considering Stan's wiper arms are a little "baggy" on their spindles, I might do the same on him and hold them a little tighter, in the interests of efficiency. As the outside of the appropriate part has a small domed effect to it, I had the idea of finding some stainless steel solid countersunk screw cups and use them upside down (countersink to wiper arm) and fix using dome head stainless socket machine screws.
Attachments
DSC_0452.JPG
DSC_0453.JPG
Member No. 7500, and Stan's best mate.
User avatar
imp.sport
Posts: 976
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2003 11:45 pm
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: Sunbeam Imp Sport (Marv)

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by imp.sport » Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:14 pm

Fitted replacement rotoflex as I noticed the one on was delaminating. Got to torquing the nuts up and had to take it all off again when one nut wouldn't stop turning :cry:
_20170616_215408.JPG
The Nun
Posts: 7478
Joined: Tue Jan 23, 2007 7:02 pm
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: Imp x 2
Location: South

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by The Nun » Sat Jun 17, 2017 3:10 am

Interesting, were those the original bolts marked Auto on the head or the ones they supply now marked Supra?
Did you refit using nyloc/self locking nuts?
Peter Nunn...ey im member 00033
CodyFlyer1
Posts: 5
Joined: Thu Nov 04, 2010 1:31 pm
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: Hillman IMP 1963, Singer Chamois Sport 1967,

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by CodyFlyer1 » Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:14 am

Monday 2017-06-12 removed engine from OLIVE. Clutch slipping on way home from Sussex Isle of Wight trip. Looked at records and found it, an original 51/2" had done 22K miles and was nearly down to the rivets. Tuesday cleaned engine, engine bay and all removed items as I had run for a day on the I of W trip with the Oil Cap left off. I also found that the bendix starter spring was broken and gear very worn. The starter was dated July 1963 the original that the car was built with?, but was still starting the car OK. Thursday fitted new clutch, release bearing and serviced a starter motor dated Feb 65 (9 Tooth) from my store which was in almost new condition. Both starters motors marked Lucas 25083F 12v m35g1 with a month and year number. Tidied wiring in engine bay, now waiting for another pair of hands to re-install engine and get OLIVE back on the road.
User avatar
imp.sport
Posts: 976
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2003 11:45 pm
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: Sunbeam Imp Sport (Marv)

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by imp.sport » Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:05 am

Interesting, were those the original bolts marked Auto on the head
Yes. I've a good selection of original bolts from various Imps I've had. Always been careful with them since I lost a rotoflex due to missing bolt. Always correct torque since.
Did you refit using nyloc/self locking nuts?
Yes. I keep new ones for this. I'm thinking maybe one had a fault. Will probably check them over before fitting now.
User avatar
Dion
Posts: 92
Joined: Thu Feb 26, 2004 7:50 pm
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: Chamois Mk2
Location: Netherlands
Contact:

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by Dion » Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:37 pm

Did go to the supermarket and later to some DIY shops to look for a barbecue. Found a nice gas bbq but it would not fit in the car! Had to come back later with the Estate to pick that up. Need to get the Husky on the road really Husky002
User avatar
jetmech
Posts: 182
Joined: Wed Nov 26, 2008 2:37 am
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: Singer Chamois
Location: Haverhill Suffolk

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by jetmech » Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:49 pm

Collected the overhauled cylinder head from Reg Patten yesterday.
Fitted it today. I am going to borrow a calibrated torque wrench from work tomorrow to double check the head bolts, before I close it up.
Hopefully it will be back in the car by the weekend.

Image

Simon Imp004
impstress2003
Posts: 365
Joined: Tue Sep 09, 2003 10:00 am
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: Various Hillman Imps

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by impstress2003 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:36 pm

Running in has now hit 506 miles. All good, but struggled a little with rising temp in hot weather up hills yesterday. :shock:

Was fine later on though, as the hottest period of the day passed. Engine ran perfectly throughout and only stopped once to let it cool down. After a retorque tonight I will start taking it over 45mph a bit to see how it goes.
imporium
Posts: 548
Joined: Wed Feb 04, 2004 7:28 pm
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: Hillman Husky Singer Chamois Commer Imp Van
Location: Somerset
Contact:

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by imporium » Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:59 pm

.....Sweat !! & burnt thigh bits a bit on a hot seat :lol: :shock: Van001 Husky003 Imp003 Imp009
" Keeping the Imp Alive & Kicking & Imp Club Parts support with discounted Parts Supply"
http://www.malcolmanderson.co.uk
hunstonimp
Posts: 39
Joined: Sun Jan 03, 2010 5:51 pm
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: singer chamois sport
Location: west sussex

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by hunstonimp » Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:29 pm

Nothing.just looked at it as work gets in the way Van005
User avatar
Dave ' Linwood ' Lane
Posts: 7839
Joined: Sat Apr 15, 2006 3:55 pm
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: ,n/a

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:49 pm

Drove the Vusky to work , burnt my pinkies on the steering wheel , drove home 8 hours later - its all fine :)
Formally known as " Noddy "
The Nun
Posts: 7478
Joined: Tue Jan 23, 2007 7:02 pm
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: Imp x 2
Location: South

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by The Nun » Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:46 pm

Nothing today got another project on the go so all work on the IMP has stopped until the dark nights again, but hey doesn't that start on Thursday ? I see they're selling Christmas cards on the shopping channels :roll:
Peter Nunn...ey im member 00033
User avatar
jetmech
Posts: 182
Joined: Wed Nov 26, 2008 2:37 am
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: Singer Chamois
Location: Haverhill Suffolk

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by jetmech » Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:29 pm

Checked torqued the cylinder head with a calibrated torque wrench, lifted the engine off the stand, fitted the clutch. Then as I was on a roll I fitted it back into the car :)


Simon Imp004
User avatar
jetmech
Posts: 182
Joined: Wed Nov 26, 2008 2:37 am
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: Singer Chamois
Location: Haverhill Suffolk

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by jetmech » Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:28 pm

I did a bit more connecting up of the engine today. I am going to run the standard Solex with a sport exhaust, but had quite a bit of trouble getting any clearance between the drain/air tube and the exhaust manifold. Even with a sharp bend on the tube I still ended up having to put a "calibrated" dent in the exhaust manifold. Has anyone tried just drilling a pilot hole in the side of the inlet manifold below the carburettor, blocking off the original port and not worrying about the drain feature? Just a thought.

Simon Imp004
User avatar
Dave ' Linwood ' Lane
Posts: 7839
Joined: Sat Apr 15, 2006 3:55 pm
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: ,n/a

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:05 pm

You can cut the brass nut part down as quite a bit sticks out , gives a tiny bit more room
Formally known as " Noddy "
User avatar
617sqn
Posts: 4469
Joined: Fri Dec 05, 2003 11:17 pm
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: Hillman Imp 1972
Location: Sussex, England.

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by 617sqn » Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:30 pm

Today I drove Stan into town, paid some bills at the Town Hall, did a bit of food shopping, dropped in on a couple of local Impers, stole a cup of coffee, had a chat then went home and sat on the settee getting too hot and sweaty :?

Andy G
Member No. 7500, and Stan's best mate.
User avatar
jetmech
Posts: 182
Joined: Wed Nov 26, 2008 2:37 am
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: Singer Chamois
Location: Haverhill Suffolk

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by jetmech » Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:36 pm

The car is running again today :D
Had a minor scare when it started at full throttle, due to the outer cable getting lodged out of the bracket under the carburetor! Because I pumped the throttle at the engine bay to get it going. Luckily I had spun it over several times with plugs out, to circulate the oil and check the compression's.
Took for a short drive, about 10 miles, all seems well. MOT booked for Monday (it's still current, but runs out next week).

Simon Imp004
User avatar
617sqn
Posts: 4469
Joined: Fri Dec 05, 2003 11:17 pm
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: Hillman Imp 1972
Location: Sussex, England.

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by 617sqn » Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:49 am

Went in Stan to the accountants in Ansty, which is close to Burgess Hill, which is near Haywards Heath, and not far from Scaynes Hill which, being close to Fletching, meant it would be rude not to visit some Impers living there, wouldn't it ? So I did. Cup of coffee and butter shortcake over a chat for an hour or so. Back home to do a bit more on the hatch stays plus start the modifying of a front grille.

Andy G
Member No. 7500, and Stan's best mate.
User avatar
jetmech
Posts: 182
Joined: Wed Nov 26, 2008 2:37 am
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: Singer Chamois
Location: Haverhill Suffolk

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by jetmech » Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:52 pm

MOT success :D
Image

To celebrate I re-waxoyled the underneath. It's well over 10 years since it was last done.

Simon Imp004
User avatar
617sqn
Posts: 4469
Joined: Fri Dec 05, 2003 11:17 pm
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: Hillman Imp 1972
Location: Sussex, England.

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by 617sqn » Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:45 pm

Not actually mine, but today I fitted a pair of my modified hatch stays c/w new stainless steel pivot pins (see ebay for details) to John Fenton's Hillman Imp. :D

Andy G
Member No. 7500, and Stan's best mate.
The Nun
Posts: 7478
Joined: Tue Jan 23, 2007 7:02 pm
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: Imp x 2
Location: South

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by The Nun » Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:35 pm

I didnt know you did a mobile fitting service as well Andy, missed that one. 8)
All in the price?
Peter Nunn...ey im member 00033
User avatar
617sqn
Posts: 4469
Joined: Fri Dec 05, 2003 11:17 pm
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: Hillman Imp 1972
Location: Sussex, England.

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by 617sqn » Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:55 pm

Haha, yes Peter.... Very funny. I'd do it at National of course. The car just happens to be about 3 miles away, as the crow flies. Saves postage costs too. :lol:

Andy G
Member No. 7500, and Stan's best mate.
User avatar
Grahame59
Posts: 1680
Joined: Sat Aug 14, 2004 11:42 am
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: Hillman Imp Super
Location: Billingshurst, West Sussex
Contact:

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by Grahame59 » Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:54 am

jetmech wrote:Checked torqued the cylinder head with a calibrated torque wrench…

Simon Imp004
Simon,

Just curious, how does one calibrate a torque wrench?
Grahame Pearson
Member No. 23
Editor, Impressions

1967 Imp Super
(0-60 like a Porsche, only slower)
User avatar
impmann
Posts: 3878
Joined: Tue Sep 09, 2003 10:27 am
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: ...er, one or two
Location: Midlands
Contact:

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by impmann » Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:41 am

Grahame59 wrote:
jetmech wrote:Checked torqued the cylinder head with a calibrated torque wrench…

Simon Imp004
Simon,

Just curious, how does one calibrate a torque wrench?
Any torque sensing device should be recalibrated regularly - there used to be whole departments in big engineering firms devoted to testing and calibrating measuring devices. A good torque wrench can be adjusted as a result. Cheap ones are 'sealed for life' and should be treated as disposable. If you put one on a test rig, you'll be surprised how far out one can get.

Hope that helps. 8)
Tim Morgan
Imps since 1987... one or two of them. ;-)
User avatar
jetmech
Posts: 182
Joined: Wed Nov 26, 2008 2:37 am
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: Singer Chamois
Location: Haverhill Suffolk

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by jetmech » Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:28 pm

Wot Tim said :D
I don't know what the actual procedure is, but our torque wrenches at work are sent away every 12 months to be checked.


Simon Imp004
User avatar
jetmech
Posts: 182
Joined: Wed Nov 26, 2008 2:37 am
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: Singer Chamois
Location: Haverhill Suffolk

Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by jetmech » Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:34 pm

This week I have taken the rear hatch lower frame off, to address the rust I could see in the rear view mirror! The n/s corner is in quite a bad way and has started to split apart.
Hopefully I can arrest the corrosion and seal it to the glass well enough to prevent further water ingress.

Simon Imp004
Post Reply