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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by colimp66 » Fri May 11, 2018 9:51 pm

Oh no!!!!!
Surely not going to the scrap man John???
All of it??
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Post by Dion » Wed May 16, 2018 9:49 pm

Helped Stiletto owner Hans to fit a towbar to his car so he can pull his vintage Mostard Yvonne caravan. He always used his Minx convertible to tow the caravan but he wants to take the caravan to next weeks Going Dutch weekend - behind the Stiletto.
We got the towbar safely fixed to the car and tried it with a small run. The Stiletto has no problem towing this lightweight caravan - on Dutch flat country roads!
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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by Dion » Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:36 pm

For a long time I have wanted to mount a RPM gauge. Just to know what revs the engine makes. I already had a nice 2" sixties instrument, with the idea in mind to mount it next to the oil pressure gauge. I know the metal dash behind the wood already has a 2" hole for an accessory gauge. But on the other hand I did not want to make a hole into that beautiful wood. Also I did not want to remove the Chamois badge. So, I needed to find another space for it. Which is pretty difficult. I tried on the A post (looks stupid), under the left hand bin (in the way of getting in and out), above the radio in the corner (but I could not reach the remote bonnet release then), on the floor in front of the choke lever. Or on the column. Or under the dash, next to the column. That was the best place for it. Problem then it was further away so something larger would be better.

On Ebay I found a good TIM 80 mm gauge, in a black plastic pod. The most work was to get a wire from the - of the coil, under the floor, into the front compartment, and then behind the dash. Another wire was needed for 12V, another for ground and another for the light - all easy to find behind he dash. The instrument is mounted using an existing bolt from curved metal dash below the wood. No drilling was needed anywhere.

It works well, the location is a good one - easy to read while driving. It amazed me I usually never would go much over 4000 rpm.
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Post by mikeyhearne » Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:11 pm

Today I uncovered the Nymph from it's tarp ,
charged it's battery and started it . Drove it up and down the drive a few times confirming the mastercylinder is holding the brakes on and covered it up again.
I couldn't face changing the master cylinder as removing the petrol tank in a nymph is worse than an imp due to a susspention strut that runs across the top of it .
A job for another day ...
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Post by mikeyhearne » Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:13 pm

Today I did remove the suspention brace and the fuel tank although I miss calculated by quite a lot how much petrol was in the tank .
Next step to change the brake master cylinder .
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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by 617sqn » Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:00 am

Good progress then, Mikey.

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Post by 617sqn » Sat Jun 09, 2018 3:36 pm

I didnt do anything to Stan as my rassnfrassn work van has been stealing all of my time and available funds. Despite my best efforts over 4 days, and £300, it would appear to be terminally dead. And i wanted to spend the time on attending to Stans tappet clearances. :evil:

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Post by 617sqn » Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:37 pm

Yesterday was our region's mid-month meeting. I arrived a bit early to pick up Princess Lauren, so I decided to remove all of the dead Dutch flies from windscreen and head lights. Three lads came by and got interested in Stan. The eldest said that he had fond memories of his dad owning 2 Imps back in the day. One bare chested guy asked to take photos, to which I agreed. The third was warned NOT to touch the car, as "he breaks everything". I showed all and sundry the engine compartment, suddenly noticing that the topless one was wearing a pale lemon colour snake around his neck ! :shock:

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Post by 617sqn » Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:41 pm

Today, I adjusted the near side door slightly, as it had dropped, slightly. Then realigned the latch to suit. Then I went around with a touch-in paint stick and dotted in all of the obvious paint chip's.

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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by Dion » Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:46 pm

On my way to the supermarket the throttle cable snapped. Drove home using the choke lever :D
At home I saw I had repaired the cable before (20 years ago probably) using a screw terminal. The short bit, from the terminal to the carburettor, had broken so a fix was easy - a new short cable.
I also saw that the outlet pipe from the fuel pump had loosened itself - petrol dripping onto the exhaust. Hammered it in a little and it now seems drip free (and I am not able to retract it out of the pump by hand anymore).
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Post by 617sqn » Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:51 pm

Dion, I've heard of this happening before. There must be a permanent fix to this ? :o

Fitting a new cable isn't too difficult, to be honest. I smeared mine with plumbers silicon grease as I inserted it into the existing outer cable. Helps with smooth operation as well as keeping moisture damage at bay.

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Post by gill » Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:23 am

Took one to the lockup and swapped it for the other to take to Full English.
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Post by jetmech » Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:14 pm

Replaced all the rubber fuel hoses with SAE 30/R9 spec ones. Also did the link pipe from the Solex float chamber.
Off to Dorset tomorrow, then on to the Full English on Friday.

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Post by JVL » Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:09 pm

A compression test. 150 dry/cold across four cylinders. Not good enough to be satisfied, but not bad enough to be worried?

Need to retest wet, trying to get to the bottom of some blue smoke and determine the health of the bottom end.
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Post by CV35Ian » Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:18 pm

Discovered that the odd sized no 2 and no 4 plugs were standard, just the helicoil/insert chad come out with them!

Ordered new inserts and kit, all in £20, hopefully it will arrive Saturday.

Planning to go to Whichford (Oxfordshire) meet tonight, depending on how much fluid has been lost from Clutch Slave cylinder............if I cant get it into gear, we'll go in the Stag!
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Post by ganderson888 » Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:16 pm

Dion wrote:I also saw that the outlet pipe from the fuel pump had loosened itself - petrol dripping onto the exhaust. Hammered it in a little and it now seems drip free (and I am not able to retract it out of the pump by hand anymore).
Best bet is to glue the metal pipes into the pump with Araldite or similar making sure you don't get any on the inside of the pipes.
For belt & braces, fit some strong wire around both of the hoses clips to stop either of them pulling out again. :wink:
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Post by bazzateer » Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:46 pm

Topped up the fluids ready for the Full English tomorrow.
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Post by 617sqn » Sat Jun 23, 2018 1:50 pm

Today I took the cam cover off and tested the valve clearances on Stan. (see thread in Engine section re Kent 1RY cam). Decided to leave it as is, as there has been little change in 8 tears :shock: Then checked and adjusted the cam timing via multi-hole sprocket. All back together, new tab washer, although stupidly I hadn't checked stock of cam cover gaskets, so have had to reuse an old Cork item pro tem. :roll:

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Post by Dion » Sat Jun 23, 2018 2:25 pm

Tightened the screws for the catch plate on the back window. They were very loose. Maybe this was the source of a rattle I noticed in the back of the car.
Loaded a folding table and folding chairs into the back. We are visiting a British Car Jumble. This is a big (1000+ cars) open air event here. Held on big public grass lands, no entrance fees to pay, a car is admitted when it is built in the UK regardless of age. Loads of Minis of course, classic and modern, Spitfires, MGBs etc etc. Very few Rootes cars. A friend usually brings his 1960 Commer ex-Fire truck. A few Humbers and Hillmans maybe, not more than 5 - 10. One or two Imps only. I will take the Chamois and the Jaguar 420 (also a rare car though not as rare as an Imp).
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Post by Lotus-e-Clan » Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:37 pm

Clan front bumper repair.

4 rotten bolt inserts in back of the rubber bumper. I've saved 2 and replaced 2. Bent 2 U-shaped brackets in SS and , instead of a protruding bolt, I pressed an M6 RIVNUT into each bracket. Dug the rotten 2 MS brackets out of the back of the bumper and pushed in the SS replacements after first filling the bumper bracket slots with silicone.

Now it's a case of 2 SS M6 allen screws in the bumper rivnuts and 2 X 1/2 inch nuts on the original two bolts. I'll replace the other 2 bolts at some point - but for now, it'll do.

Waiting for the silicone to harden before I fit the bumper...new inserts are clamped-up flush whilst they set .... so maybe tomorrow or Monday? Clan004
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Post by mikeyhearne » Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:21 pm

Refitted the petrol tank and suspension/steering brace to the Nymph ,
sort of bled the brakes .
Just need to refit the filler pipe add fuel and it should be back on the road 8)
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Post by 617sqn » Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:32 pm

What is "sort of bled the brakes" when it's at home ? :shock:

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Post by mikeyhearne » Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:15 pm

Got most of the air out of the via the front cylinders ,
enough for the brakes to work but need to go round all 4 corners to do it properly.
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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:39 pm

Cleaned the Singers engine bay a bit more and use it for a few trips out
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Post by The Nun » Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:24 am

Rebuilt my front mounted servo.
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Post by 617sqn » Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:21 am

Sexy, Peter. How much did the repair kit cost ?

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Post by The Nun » Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:27 pm

617sqn wrote:Sexy, Peter. How much did the repair kit cost ?

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I dont know really Andy, it came with other parts and not separately priced up, it was a proper Girling overhaul kit though, not one off e bay which Im not sure are anything Girling, and have heard from others the new seals dont fit.

If you have a unit and the reseal doesnt work or the unit isnt good enough internally to reseal, they can suffer badly from moisture, you can get it rebuilt to as new by a brake specialist now offering that service for around £300 ish.

Or you could fit a modern Lockheed unit, which will be much improved Im sure, but looks totally wrong and wont fit the IMP mounting plates as is either front or rear mount which is why I wanted the original kept.
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Post by bazzateer » Tue Jun 26, 2018 5:20 pm

617sqn wrote:Sexy, Peter. How much did the repair kit cost ?

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Post by 617sqn » Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:33 am

Of all the people, you should have noticed the COMMER in between "sexy" and "Peter". :D

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Post by mikeyhearne » Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:02 pm

617sqn wrote:Sexy, Peter. How much did the repair kit cost ?

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Post by 617sqn » Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:45 pm

Mine is the other shape, Mikey.

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Post by RoyBlunt » Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:10 pm

Took Suzy on a photoshoot down by the Newport Transporter Bridge for a German magazine (http://www.british-classics.de) on the hottest day of the year (so far). On Monday Suzy was released from 'imprisonment' behind a builders skip & scaffolding (just too late for FEW)!
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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:48 pm

Probably cooked the Singers engine - rad is deffo past its best :(
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Post by The Nun » Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:27 pm

Ones of Malcs hi eff rear rads and a granada heater matrix in the horn box should cope with this weather easily.
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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:55 pm

The Nun wrote:Ones of Malcs hi eff rear rads and a granada heater matrix in the horn box should cope with this weather easily.
Cant do the horn box matrix on this as id have to move the fuse boxes as thats where the pipes would run
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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:47 pm

Change the oil and filter in both cars :)
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Post by bazzateer » Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:02 pm

Going to fill up and check fluids ready for the weekend. Not much else to do tonight, nothing on telly.................... :lol:
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Post by 617sqn » Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:06 pm

Today I replaced one of the Opel Monza/Manta seat belt guides that I broke a fortnight back. These are fitted in Stan in order to prevent the inertia reel belts from pulling back too far and making them difficult to reach. Getting rare now, it would appear, so I need to be more careful.

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