What did you do to your Imp today?

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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by RoyBlunt » Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:40 am

Took Suzy out for a quick run today and filled the tank ready for the Wicked Welsh Weekend.....
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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by Peter Hurst » Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:43 pm

RoyBlunt wrote:
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Took Suzy out for a quick run today and filled the tank ready for the Wicked Welsh Weekend.....
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Snap but did it Sunday. Also checked the tyre pressures
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Post by RoyBlunt » Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:48 pm

Peter,
That's a job for tomorrow!
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Post by philgsmith » Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:02 pm

Rebuilding Hilda's head gasket in time for Wicked Welsh Weekend.. tomorrow is last day to sort it. Thought we had it done on Saturday; big set back Sunday. Removed head again today, found the problem, refitting tomorrow - many thanks to Peter Hurst and Malcolm Anderson for advice and interpreting some photos.

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Post by 617sqn » Sat Sep 21, 2019 2:58 pm

Today I finally got around to fitting an electric bonnet release. I'd had a half hearted attempt before, but it didn't work. This time I've used one with a motor, rather than solenoid and it's successful. Why have I bothered ? Well Stan was originally a basic : rubber mat, no door pockets, no glove box. Just a plain open cardboard shelf. This means that the bonnet pull is fixed to the bulkhead/firewall and as such is a right pain to reach if a glove box is fitted. Which has been the case for some years now. It invokes sideways looks if you ask your passenger to pull your knob as its difficult to reach ! So now there is a delicately small red button to press once the glove box is open, and hey presto - it's popped ! 8)
The motor is mounted on a chunky aluminium bracket bolted to the top of the front plenum. Stainless steel fixings all round. Actuator rod is affixed to the same place as the original cable.

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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by 617sqn » Sun Sep 22, 2019 1:20 pm

Today I removed the electric windscreen washer bottle and cleaned it out. It was rather dirty inside and coated with a grotty brown film, which I've put down to the use of berry "flavoured" screen wash tablets. I'll stick to conventional stuff for the winter months. Rinsed out, scrubbed as best I could with an old tooth brush, then soaked overnight with a bleach solution. Nice and fresh now 8)

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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by The Nun » Sun Sep 22, 2019 4:13 pm

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, which I've put down to the use of berry "flavoured" screen wash tablets. 8)

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Mine has the aroma of cat pee, what flavour Berry was it? :P
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Post by 617sqn » Sun Sep 22, 2019 4:31 pm

Mixed Berries or Summer Fruits, I think. :lol:

Beats Eau de Tom Cat despite the brown stain in the bottle :shock:

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Post by 617sqn » Mon Sep 23, 2019 4:08 pm

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Nice and clean, and germ free too 8)

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Post by The Nun » Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:59 pm

I see, looks good, and is the screen wash button in the top of the gear lever, ejector seat style now as well ? :D
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Post by 617sqn » Mon Sep 23, 2019 6:08 pm

Erm........ No. It's on a momentary switch on the dash. But, nice idea..... 😂

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Post by johnh875 » Tue Sep 24, 2019 10:39 pm

To follow up here's the other car, a GT, and since the last installment I've put cardboard under them to catch oil drips and emptied out parts that were transported inside the car (seats, bumpers, boot cardboard panels/covers).

The GT has rust in most of the usual places but it's not that bad and seems to be pretty complete. It needs a full restoration, but I'll probably sell it before getting to it (don't really have space to keep all the cars). I don't believe we have the original engine for this one, but do have another GT engine. It has quite a small aftermarket steering wheel, but after measuring it (300mm dia.) and others, it just seems small because it is thinner - two other cars also have 300mm wheels but with thicker rims. Going on past experience that is plenty to give enough leverage on the steering. Also gives a good view of the aftermarket tacho I suppose!
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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by The Nun » Wed Dec 18, 2019 1:45 pm

Not quite done today but over the last 500 or so most days, 66 Sport and £4500 of new panels fitted will be off for a new coat of Ming Blue in the New Year, it was previously Minging Blue, quite a rare sport only colour back in 66/67 as most seemed to be metallic green, bronze.
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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by colimp66 » Wed Dec 18, 2019 1:53 pm

Looking good Peter 8)
There isn't a build thread on it is there? Be nice to see what else was done to it prior to the new panels going on.

How long will the painters have it?

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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by The Nun » Wed Dec 18, 2019 4:34 pm

colimp66 wrote:
Wed Dec 18, 2019 1:53 pm
Looking good Peter 8)
There isn't a build thread on it is there? Be nice to see what else was done to it prior to the new panels going on.

How long will the painters have it?

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The painter takes around 2 weeks to do it in all work wise and charges between 4 and 5 thousand.
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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by Teddie2003 » Thu Dec 19, 2019 11:44 pm

The Nun wrote:
Wed Dec 18, 2019 1:45 pm
Not quite done today but over the last 500 or so most days, 66 Sport and £4500 of new panels fitted will be off for a new coat of Ming Blue in the New Year, it was previously Minging Blue, quite a rare sport only colour back in 66/67 as most seemed to be metallic green, bronze.
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Didn't realise the blue was rare, my first car was a blue 67 Imp Sport, GRV 735E, cost me £75.00 in 1976, when I decided to use it over the winter until I got a new motorbike the following spring.

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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by The Nun » Fri Dec 20, 2019 4:24 am

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Didn't realise the blue was rare, my first car was a blue 67 Imp Sport, GRV 735E,
There were 5 colour choices at the start,, unless you ordered special Embassy Black, they were metallic gold bronze, metallic lincoln green, polar white, signal red or ming blue. All available with black interior with the polar white and ming blue also available with blue interior. Ming Blue was a solid colour, a mid blue a bit lighter than Oxford blue on the Chamois, Imp003 I don't think it was very popular I'm not so keen but as it's the correct colour I'm sticking with it, I much prefer the dark Oxford. Blue
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Post by Teddie2003 » Fri Dec 20, 2019 6:59 pm

The Nun wrote:
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Teddie2003 wrote:
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Didn't realise the blue was rare, my first car was a blue 67 Imp Sport, GRV 735E,
There were 5 colour choices at the start,, unless you ordered special Embassy Black, they were metallic gold bronze, metallic lincoln green, polar white, signal red or ming blue. All available with black interior with the polar white and ming blue also available with blue interior. Ming Blue was a solid colour, a mid blue a bit lighter than Oxford blue on the Chamois, I don't think it was very popular I'm not so keen but as it's the correct colour I'm sticking with it, I much prefer the dark Oxford. Blue
I knew of the white and red ones that went with the blue, but a friend saw a 67ish sport in Lewes a few months ago that was metallic green. I thought it must have been re-sprayed, as I knew the later twin headlamp ones were available in metallic colours. The last Imp I had was a late sport, but that was so rotten the only thing I managed to save was the front panel and the engine cover.

I really liked my Ming Blue with the blue interior, is the Ming Blue the same colour that the works rally cars were painted or was that Oxford?
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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by The Nun » Fri Dec 20, 2019 7:31 pm

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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by moose » Sun Dec 22, 2019 4:51 pm

I like Oxford blue. I did my rally car in an oxford blue and any one who has read my thread can see the work i put into the car so can you imagine how i managed to keep my cool at a show when having shown and talked someone round the car from one end to the other all i got (not even a compliment on the workmanship) was that is the wrong shade of oxford blue!
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Post by 617sqn » Sun Dec 22, 2019 5:25 pm

Tch.... some people..... :roll: Don't let the bastards grind you down, Mike.

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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by colin rooney » Sun Dec 22, 2019 7:05 pm

its your car mike and if people pick holes in it .its because they cant turn out a job as good so dont worry about what other think

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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by Teddie2003 » Sun Dec 22, 2019 8:19 pm

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I like Oxford blue. I did my rally car in an oxford blue and any one who has read my thread can see the work i put into the car so can you imagine how i managed to keep my cool at a show when having shown and talked someone round the car from one end to the other all i got (not even a compliment on the workmanship) was that is the wrong shade of oxford blue!
Same type of thing happened to me many years ago when I built a car up for circuit racing in the pre-66 CSCC series, where you had to run all steel panels and the single solex set up.
Had spent about 15 months stripping the car down, it had been off the road in a garage for about 15 years before I got the car. The car was really solid and only needed a small amount of welding in one wheel arch and it was re-built with a full re-spray inside and out.

Took the car and the re-build photo's on a build board to the national at Banham(?) and was told by someone quite senior in the club after they'd had a good look at the car and the photo's, "that's pity that you turned a really nice shell into a race car".

Think the other thing that miffed him was the repainted Imp badges on the dummy grill and "C" pillar with a Mopar green backround instead of blue, this really wound up him and others that weekend. I'd done that to go with the green painted ashtrays that I left in the dash and on the tunnel behind the seat, with most of the brackets also being green along with the wing mirrors. As both of my previous hillclimb cars always had something green on them and I like green, even had a green race suit.
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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by colimp66 » Fri Dec 27, 2019 8:07 pm

Cleaned, polished up and painted the windscreen motor.
Also stripped the headlamp bowls and cut a hole in the back so I can access the bulbs easily when I refit them with H4 halogen lamps. 8)
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Post by 617sqn » Fri Dec 27, 2019 8:40 pm

More progress. Good stuff. Is the headlamp bowl mod a remembered one from Nods News ?

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Post by colimp66 » Fri Dec 27, 2019 8:57 pm

It sure is a tip from Nods news Andy. :D
You have to pay attention to what he does to his Imps and remember them for your own. :wink:
Been meaning to do that one for ages.

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Post by 617sqn » Fri Dec 27, 2019 9:17 pm

Indeed. 8) :D

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Post by moose » Sat Dec 28, 2019 7:25 am

Took the car and the re-build photo's on a build board to the national at Banham(?) and was told by someone quite senior in the club after they'd had a good look at the car and the photo's, "that's pity that you turned a really nice shell into a race car".

Yes because you should be driving an imp on a race track at speeds it was never supposed to do as a road car in a poor structural condition. Saving a nice solid shell to polish and sit in a field each weekend is more important than your safety. If you are going to plough an imp into the armco at 100 mph you should be using a rusty wreck.


When the chap mentioned my Oxford blue it was a millisecond of instant rage but i kept my cool and rapidly calmed down, luckily it was later in the day that i noticed the fag burn in my brand new seat, i think i know who did it but i did allow plenty of people to open the doors and look inside the car and some who asked were allowed to sit in it.
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Post by 617sqn » Sat Dec 28, 2019 9:00 am

Sorry to hear that, Mike. Best keep them outside of the car from now on, eh? It's the same jealousy that inspires the giits to run a key down the side of a nice car.... :evil:

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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sat Dec 28, 2019 5:41 pm

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It sure is a tip from Nods news Andy. :D
You have to pay attention to what he does to his Imps and remember them for your own. :wink:
Been meaning to do that one for ages.

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Post by colimp66 » Sat Dec 28, 2019 8:13 pm

Looking at your now Dave I'm wondering if I have cut enough away??
I was aware of the spring tab as you say, way to easy to just cut the rear bit right off it. I used a large hole cutter then elongated it a bit more out to the sidelight hole that Rootes put in.
Need to paint mine now to make them as shiny as yours. :wink:
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Post by yoeddynz » Sat Dec 28, 2019 8:22 pm

moose wrote:
Sun Dec 22, 2019 4:51 pm
I like Oxford blue. I did my rally car in an oxford blue and any one who has read my thread can see the work i put into the car so can you imagine how i managed to keep my cool at a show when having shown and talked someone round the car from one end to the other all i got (not even a compliment on the workmanship) was that is the wrong shade of oxford blue!
Reminds me of when Hannah was proudly displaying her very cool and fun caged, lowered, twin webbered 175 bhp Triumph Dolly Sprint at a local meet in Oxfordshire and some nerd told her that the pattern on the vinyl roof was not correct! :roll:
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Post by colimp66 » Sat Dec 28, 2019 11:19 pm

175bhp Dolomite Sprint!!????????

Who cares about the headling??? :shock: :roll: Well done I say..
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Post by jetmech » Mon Dec 30, 2019 1:10 pm

I woke the Chamois from its post www slumbers today, took it into town for some fresh petrol, in preparation for a run out on Jan 1st. That’s its last run of 2019, total mileage for the year, a modest 2599. Almost all was Imp club related.

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Post by bazzateer » Mon Dec 30, 2019 1:15 pm

Took the Chamois Sport out for a quick run to the motorhome storage place.
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Post by Lotus-e-Clan » Mon Dec 30, 2019 5:44 pm

Run out to Barnard Castle in the Clan with the wife. Looked around Bowes museum, a few antique shops and then onto Morrisons ... :(

On the bright side, it was nice driving back home in the dark on tight country B roads with the Bi-Halogens lighting the way, accompanied by the soundtrack of twin DHLA's on full chat. Wife seemed quiet ... but I think she enjoyed it too! :D
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Post by 617sqn » Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:31 pm

All I did was check on the battery status while I was in the garage retrieving some celotex for work. Perhaps tomorrow I can start him up and whizz out for a visit to my brothers, assuming the rain keeps away...... 🤔

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Post by Bobbycham » Thu Jan 30, 2020 12:39 pm

Stripped spare steering rack, clean and inspect , once sorted rebuild with new stainless steel track rod arms and ends , carry out Daves valve to gaiter for refilling , then good to go.
Ordered lift & tilt lift so hope to get Pet outside in a few weeks and sort pipe work and then front suspension\steering etc, looking forward to trying lift out.

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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by mikeyhearne » Thu Jan 30, 2020 12:57 pm

still done nowt to the Nymph.
Still sitting where it rolled off my truck after the 2018 national
just has more leaves on it
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Post by Bobbycham » Fri Jan 31, 2020 7:00 pm

Friday is now a ,if l feel like cutting metal day, l will , only working generally four mornings .
So Imp wise l converted a batch of washer jets to take the larger style jets, ones l originally made them for were single jet plastic and they were all failing my testing so decided to scrap the idea of offering that style , coloured ones shown will more than likely be available , awaiting more test results.
So that was my Imp related work today
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