What did you do to your Imp today?

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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by bks974c » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:33 pm

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Post by bks974c » Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:30 pm

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Post by 617sqn » Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:25 am

Good progress, Scott 8)

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Post by bks974c » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:43 pm

Thanks Andy.

Bottom area made and tacked in, will fully weld when on the spit and upside down.
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Post by 617sqn » Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:51 pm

Nothing too exciting, but necessary all the same : the nearside speaker had stopped working so investigation was in order, once I'd got in from work. Simple case of a crimped connection coming loose and parting company with its male counterpart. I also looked in to fitting a pair of RAC branded roller blinds which I might fit to the rear hatch. They automatically retract into their sleeve when required. Made from a fine black mesh, so can be seen through, but may help keep some heat and UV rays out in the summer. Then I replaced the battery pack in the garage alarm before watching the Australian GP qualifying highlights. Oh, well...... Perhaps the race will be more to my liking ? :lol:

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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by bazzateer » Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:47 pm

Fitted electric washers to the Chamois Sport. Cleaned the wing mirrors and front/rear screens.
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Post by colimp66 » Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:59 pm

I put some body filler into The Pests flanks, rubbed down, filled , rubbed down and repeated quite a few times causing a lot of white dust over everything including me.. :D

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Post by philgsmith » Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:20 pm

Saturday I changed the coolant as I had to replace the temp sender. New one is working - so that is good. I also adjusted the Denso alternator bracketry as it looks to be running slightly out of line with the pump and crank pulleys.

We've been having trouble with the hand brake for ages and no matter how many times I have stripped the rear brakes and ensured the cylinders moved properly and the shoes are properly adjusted. So I bit the bullet and tackled the hand brake lever end. I took up lots of adjustment, but still not entirely happy - Lesley had to pull it up 6 or 7 clicks to hold on the drive. So we'll see how it goes at Ecosse, then I may have another go at it.

So it was a busy Saturday - watched the rugby too.

Today Lesley washed Hilda ready for Ecosse.

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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by 617sqn » Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:21 am

Perhaps, considering the age factor, a new hand brake cable might be required, Phil ?

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Post by philgsmith » Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:09 am

Andy

It was brand new when we restored her 2012-13 and is still clean and shiny. Of course - it may never have been adjusted properly in the first place (it's never been great).
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Post by bazzateer » Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:17 am

philgsmith wrote:So it was a busy Saturday - watched the rugby too.
I was lucky enough to enjoy some corporate hospitality at Twickers. What a great game! Superb win for the Scots. :D
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Post by jetmech » Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:53 am

Modified a spare heater fan with the 4” Attwood bildge fan. Fitted to the car today. I probably should have done this when it was first suggested, by Dave Lane I think. It looks as if it will be a very worthwhile mod.
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Post by gill » Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:19 pm

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Post by 617sqn » Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:07 pm

Morrisons sell them, big ones are a £1.

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Post by pubcrawler » Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:53 pm

Spent all day cleaning and polishing it ready for the NEC Imp005 8) :P
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Post by gill » Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:34 pm

Pumped the tyres up and checked the fluids, and filled up with fuel ready for setting off to Imp Ecosse. :D
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Post by johnh875 » Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:34 am

This is well behind when I did it, but took a photo of the Haynes manual to post in a news report marking John Haynes' death - a representative of Haynes manuals had logged in to ask to see copies of manuals and hear stories.
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Post by 617sqn » Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:30 am

I guess we've all had reason to moan about them, upside down pictures, wrong info sometimes etc but they really were/are a great way for the DIY mechanic to have access to a how-to-do-it manual. Although I understand the reasons why, I have to say that the recycled paper in modern versions leaves a lot to be desired, especially as it makes some black and white images indistinct. A clever man indeed, and I thank him for his foresight.

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Ps the manuals for obscure things, like the Vulcan, Mosquito, McLaren MP4 etc are amusingly inspiring. :D
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Post by mikeyhearne » Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:23 am

617sqn wrote:I guess we've all had reason to moan about them, upside down pictures, wrong info sometimes etc but they really were/are a great way for the DIY mechanic to have access to a how-to-do-it manual. Although I understand the reasons why, I have to say that the recycled paper in modern versions leaves a lot to be desired, especially as it makes some black and white images indistinct. A clever man indeed, and I thank him for his foresight.

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Ps the manuals for obscure things, like the Vulcan, Mosquito, McLaren MP4 etc are amusingly inspiring. :D
I saw one for the Millennium Falcon the other day , made me laugh :lol:
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Post by gill » Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:29 am

My grandson has one for the Star Trek Enterprise :D
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Post by The Nun » Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:27 am

Servicing the Enterprise must be easy, you just swop it through the transporter system, job done, it canny stand anymore captain.

I pumped my tyres up today 8)
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Post by RoyBlunt » Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:47 pm

I've always rated the Haynes manuals very highly. For the inexperienced DIY mechanic they are, in my opinion, a much better bet than the official workshop manual although, I suspect, many of us have acquired both over the years. Yes - there is the odd problem but the official workshop manual isn't absolutely faultless either. Overall - and on quite a few cars - I reckon that John Haynes and his colleagues have 'done me proud' over the years as well as providing hours of interesting reading matter on things like Hurricanes, Spitfires, Lancasters, and Vulcans that I will never actually touch - let alone work on or own. I never met him but get the strong impression from what has been written that he was a very good guy.

What did I do in my Imp today? Used the Haynes manual to check the original wiring layout for a possible modification!
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Post by bazzateer » Thu Mar 21, 2019 3:25 pm

Loaded it on the trailer ready for Ecosse.
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Post by 617sqn » Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:05 pm

Got home early, so booked MOT for next Friday. Changed the pipe from radiator to expansion tank, checked the oil in the Stromberg dash pots (fine), weakened the mixture just a tad (nearly perfect now), gave the battery a bit of a boost too. Then took a look at the underside of the cills, which need a clean up and paint. Not horrendous yet, but I won't wish to leave it too long.

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Post by philgsmith » Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:23 pm

bazzateer wrote:Loaded it on the trailer ready for Ecosse.
Same here .. tool boxes in the front (no bag of sand !).. ready to go.
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Post by johnh875 » Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:42 am

mikeyhearne wrote: I saw one for the Millennium Falcon the other day , made me laugh :lol:
What was the phrase? Based on a strip and rebuild of the subject vehicle?? :D
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Post by 617sqn » Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:10 pm

After work, I fitted the newly aquired RAC branded mesh blinds. They came with suckers, but that ain't the way, is it ? So I modified the four lower supports and used flange head screws to fix them. Lower in my case as it's much better, and simpler, to fix them to the lock transom and pull them up when in use. They will only provide a miniscule amount of sun/uv protection but, hey ho, they cost peanuts. I can easily modify them with a different material in the future.

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Post by The Nun » Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:49 pm

Of course the tiger tail is the finishing touch 8)
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Post by 617sqn » Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:44 pm

Haha, has to be done. :lol: 8)

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Post by 617sqn » Sat Mar 23, 2019 7:37 pm

Today I needed to go shopping in town, so (naturally) I went the long way round :lol: Car felt good, smooth and free revving on the new plugs and adjusted mixture. Down the motorway for a quick cruise. Back into town from the wrong side, did the shop, and back out to the motorway. Not too far in and I get passed by a VW 4 x 4, very slowly. Next thing I notice is the passenger is taking photos ! He looks intregued. I let him get ahead a little, then passed him at speed - just because I could ! 8) Got passed, slowly, by a new shape Dodge Charger. Wow, what a machine that looks. Fab. Couldn't see how impressed he was, as the windows were too dark. :lol: Dropped in to my brothers to check on progress with his own Imp, which is now having the front suspension attended to, so that means the rear end is finished. Good progress.

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Post by bazzateer » Sun Mar 24, 2019 4:14 pm

Drove it like I'd stolen it :twisted:
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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:20 pm

Drove / occasionally hooned the Vusky to Ottery and back ( 72 miles ) and spent way too much money there ,
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Post by 617sqn » Sun Mar 24, 2019 7:05 pm

Drove it like I'd stolen it
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That's terrible ! And you an ex-plod too. I'm shocked - get to bed ! :evil:

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Post by mikeyhearne » Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:45 pm

bazzateer wrote:Drove it like I'd stolen it :twisted:
Glad the chammy is being properly :lol:
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Post by colimp66 » Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:48 pm

I added some lightness to one of the hinges to my fibreglass doors.
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Only the others to do now.. :roll:
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Post by bks974c » Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:21 pm

Col

Your not kidding us this is today's work are you, it looks like work you showed us previously :?

Next you'll be drilling the handles :wink:

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Post by colimp66 » Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:20 am

Scott,
I only drilled one way back when I first fitted the fibreglass doors so now I'm catching up with the rest. Took about an hour for that one ...

Door handles???? Mmmmmm... there's a thought.. :wink:
In Blue Peter fashion this is one I prepared earlier
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Post by The Nun » Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:26 am

Have you weighed all the swarf? How much weight are you saving overall by doing all that out of interest?

Be a great car for a holesaler :wink:
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Post by Lotus-e-Clan » Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:35 am

There will be a negative aero-impact on the door handle mod... :o

Cyclist in the fifties, sixties, and seventies drilled all sorts - but then they recognised the aero impact and stopped doing it. Marginal gains. :)

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Post by colimp66 » Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:07 am

Lotus-e-Clan wrote:There will be a negative aero-impact on the door handle mod... :o

Cyclist in the fifties, sixties, and seventies drilled all sorts - but then they recognised the aero impact and stopped doing it. Marginal gains. :)

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I can't imagine how the 140'ish power of the Honda Blackbird engine will overcome that aero impatc L-e-C??? :lol: I may reconsider the handles.. :wink:

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Weight saving?? Probably not very much in the big scheme of things really, it's just something I do..

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