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Re: ManiacImp - 1966 Singer Chamois

Post by impstress2003 » Wed Oct 15, 2014 7:59 am

I've had one of these converted doors too.

I noted that although it fits with the earlier style lock, the trim card you have to fit must be from a mk3 - they are a different shape!

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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sat Nov 08, 2014 10:33 am

^^^ And me , strange idea , i suppose Rootes were just using up their old stock of early doors when the MK3 came out
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Re: ManiacImp - 1966 Singer Chamois

Post by The Nun » Sat Nov 08, 2014 2:50 pm

Theres usually lots of oddities when cars are updated or they run short of a particular part on the production line even, as Ive mentioned before my Sport had solid brass screen washer nozzles from new, when nearly? all other IMPs had the rubbish plastic things.

As with my fathers fastback Rapier, that was right on the change over from the 1970 to the 1971 model year, and when we ordered parts for it they would this is the part and we would say not its got that one on it, it was a bitsa from each model year.
Same went for his launch model Avenger, that had features on it that we never saw on any of the others of the time.
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Re: ManiacImp - 1966 Singer Chamois

Post by IMPerative » Thu Nov 20, 2014 11:22 pm

I see your post for T/B's for sale. EFI now off the menu? Just as an aside - I don't know what you are basing your power estimates on in regard to your T/B's - Somewhere on the net (Megasquirt site I think) there is a formula to work this out. Accordingly, my GSXR600 T/B's which taper from 45 down to 40 mm will support 230HP (using the 40mm caculus). You may be short-changing yourself.
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Re: ManiacImp - 1966 Singer Chamois

Post by ImpManiac » Sat Nov 22, 2014 9:31 pm

Hi IMPerative. Yes, TBs are off the menu. :) I want to keep the car on Webers. I have Dell'ortos too. EFI immediately excludes my car from many types of motor sport and other events. Plus the carbs will be set up nicely - trust me! :wink: So it's 'carbies' :wink: and a clockwork distributor for me.

I guess-timated the potential power available from naturally-aspirated engines based on the approximate power of the motorcycles from which the TBs came. You are right, of course; more could be obtained without maxing out the injectors. Certainly the air flow would support greater outputs. Maybe I should amend the advert. :idea:

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Re: ManiacImp - 1966 Singer Chamois

Post by IMPerative » Fri Dec 12, 2014 11:45 pm

Paul, Thought you might be interested in this:



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Re: ManiacImp - 1966 Singer Chamois

Post by ImpManiac » Tue Dec 16, 2014 12:03 am

Thank you, IMPerative. Most interesting. Favourited too. :wink:

It's all change for the Maniacs at present. We are gearing up for a house move. The cars and spares will be in storage for a while - probably a year or so. :| However, there are some bits to do before that, so watch this space.

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Re: ManiacImp - 1966 Singer Chamois

Post by pubcrawler » Tue Dec 16, 2014 7:38 am

ImpManiac wrote:We are gearing up for a house move.
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A big garage with a house attatched Paul :wink:
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Re: ManiacImp - 1966 Singer Chamois

Post by ImpManiac » Tue Dec 16, 2014 11:27 am

pubcrawler wrote:A big garage with a house attatched Paul :wink:
That would be lovely but it won't be for a while yet. It shouldn't be long, though, if our plans pan out. :)

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Re: ManiacImp - 1966 Singer Chamois

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sun Mar 15, 2015 12:29 pm

Anything actually happening on the Chammy yet Paul ?
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Re: ManiacImp - 1966 Singer Chamois

Post by ImpManiac » Mon Mar 16, 2015 4:25 pm

Alas, not at present. Mrs. IM and I are living in a rented flat at present, my family having sold the house we were looking after. We are looking to buy a garage with a house attached :P - hopefully - in the coming months. Then, once we have settled in and built a garage, if necessary, work can resume on automotive projects, the Chammy being first in line. :mrgreen: All the car parts, body shells, tools and equipment are being stored near where we are living. Well, nearish. :?

I am awaiting a very shiny new stainless steel combined inlet and exhaust manifold shortly, however. 8) This is exciting because one of the issues with the car in its previous guise was a bad blow from two of the exhaust primaries - one of them really bad. This was affecting performance. When I receive the manifold, I shall post some pictures of it but it is coming along very well, from the picture that I have seen. It is being made by the same guy that made the manifold for Martin Dingle's 1304 cc motor, which was a work of art!

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Re: ManiacImp - 1966 Singer Chamois

Post by The Nun » Mon Mar 16, 2015 4:32 pm

ImpManiac wrote: It is being made by the same guy that made the manifold for Martin Dingle's 1304 cc motor, which was a work of art!

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Should be more interesting to see than that unmade bed art anyway :?
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Post by ImpManiac » Mon Mar 16, 2015 4:40 pm

^^ Very much so - yes. :wink:

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Re: ManiacImp - 1966 Singer Chamois

Post by pubcrawler » Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:01 pm

ImpManiac wrote: We are looking to buy a garage with a house attached :P - hopefully - in the coming months. M 8)
My Sister's selling a house with a large 3 car garage/workshop :o the bad news is it is in Tipton in the West Mids :roll: a bit too far to commute :lol:
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Re: ManiacImp - 1966 Singer Chamois

Post by ImpManiac » Tue Aug 22, 2017 2:53 pm

It feels like a long time since I saw my Chamois. It was January 2015. The car was collected and trailered away for storage. The memory is etched into my brain.

In the intervening time, Mrs. IM and I have moved home - three times! :? The last time I posted in this thread, I was living in a rented flat in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. We then began the purchase of our house up in Houghton Regis, near Dunstable, Bedfordshire. That was June 2015. :) At the end of our tenancy, we needed somewhere to stay temporarily, so ended up at my parents' house near St. Albans for a couple of months. :)

Then, in late November 2015, we moved into the house that I now own. 8) But anyway, Mrs. IM and I moved in near the end of 2015. The cool thing about the house is that it has a garage! :P

Alas, the garage roof leaks and there is no light or power in there. Plus the brickwork is none-too-clever. So I have spent considerable time scratching my head and wondering what is needed to get the garage and then the ManiacImp project back on track. Then, there is the small matter of getting it all done. :roll:

The plan is finally coming together. Hopefully soon I shall have the funds in place and a concrete plan (see what I did there? :D ) to get the garage works underway. Then I can get all of my gear out of storage, including the Chamois, and get working on it again. 8)

So I felt that now was the time to say watch this space. :wink:

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Re: ManiacImp - 1966 Singer Chamois

Post by Lars Hagermark » Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:16 pm

Good news Paul! :D
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Post by philgsmith » Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:56 pm

Good news.. lets see plenty of photos as you are doing it...

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Re: ManiacImp - 1966 Singer Chamois

Post by Bobbycham » Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:34 pm

That's good news Paul , hope you can crack on with car work soon, i hope to be doing the same.

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Re: ManiacImp - 1966 Singer Chamois

Post by jetmech » Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:22 pm

That is good news indeed.
The more Chamois the better! :D

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Re: ManiacImp - 1966 Singer Chamois

Post by ImpManiac » Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:16 pm

Thank you, guys. :) I'll get some photos of the task ahead with the garage. I count my blessings that I even have such a thing at all! I know some people restore vehicles without such luxuries! :shock:

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Re: ManiacImp - 1966 Singer Chamois

Post by ganderson888 » Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:22 pm

That's great news Paul!

I trust you've made note of all the great ideas and suggestions that have appeared on here especially those you said you will use when you rebuild the Chammy... :lol:

The big question is will it be back on the road before the 10th anniversary of it falling over? :wink:
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Re: ManiacImp - 1966 Singer Chamois

Post by ImpManiac » Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:26 pm

Why, thank you, Graham! :D
ganderson888 wrote:I trust you've made note of all the great ideas and suggestions that have appeared on here especially those you said you will use when you rebuild the Chammy... :lol:

The big question is will it be back on the road before the 10th anniversary of it falling over? :wink:
There were some suggestions, weren't there? Erm... :?

Maybe the 20th anniversary... :o :roll: :wink:

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Re: ManiacImp - 1966 Singer Chamois

Post by Pog » Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:25 am

How exciting IM! Life sure knows how to get in the way eh? I know all too well, it's been 3 years since I decided an Imp is for me and 2 house moves, getting married and change of career means I'm still Impless! :roll:

Sounds like your now in a position to start making some real progress, which is awesome. Do keep us updated, we look forward to seeing work commence once more :)

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Re: ManiacImp - 1966 Singer Chamois

Post by ImpJimbo » Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:15 pm

I'm looking forward to seeing your Chamois back on the road. Do you have a target date?
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Re: ManiacImp - 1966 Singer Chamois

Post by bks974c » Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:59 pm

Paul

You were a young man when you started hope your not an old man when its finished :lol:

Looking forward to any and all updates just build the garage as big as you can, if you can't go out, go up and use the space for storage etc.

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Re: ManiacImp - 1966 Singer Chamois

Post by MattorMatty » Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:06 pm

That's great to hear IM! Looking forward to all the updates and pictures.

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Re: ManiacImp - 1966 Singer Chamois

Post by ImpManiac » Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:02 pm

Thank you for your good wishes. Much appreciated. :D

The garage will be transformed. It's just a matter of by how much! :mrgreen:

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Re: ManiacImp - 1966 Singer Chamois

Post by colimp66 » Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:30 pm

Hey Paul,
Glad to hear that you now have a garage and home for your Imp so you can crack on with it. Great stuff indeed.

Good luck with the garage so there will be loafs of photos and updates on your Imp. :D

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Re: ManiacImp - 1966 Singer Chamois

Post by ImpManiac » Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:27 pm

Colin, that's the plan! 8) It depends on some other factors dropping into place but I am working on it. :wink:

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Re: ManiacImp - 1966 Singer Chamois

Post by tiker » Fri Aug 25, 2017 6:25 am

Hi looking forward to see the posts :-)
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Re: ManiacImp - 1966 Singer Chamois

Post by miguelmalafaya » Sat Oct 07, 2017 2:00 am

Hi Impmaniac

A question:
What the ET from the 5x12 wheels?

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Re: ManiacImp - 1966 Singer Chamois

Post by ImpManiac » Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:26 pm

I am not sure, Miguel. When I bought my 13" wheels, for example, I telephoned the wheel manufacturer and they were able to tell me the correct offset. The wheels fitted well and the car handled brilliantly. :)

Does this link help? Are you familiar with The Imp Site? It is extremely informative and interesting. :wink:

Edit - I found this link on the forum that might help to answer your wheel offset question.

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Post by miguelmalafaya » Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:03 am

Thanks but I am not authorised to read this fórum, because I'm not a club member.
Just buy a Imp and need some info...
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Post by miguelmalafaya » Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:05 am

And for the R13 wheels, what the ET? Do you know? they are 5" or 6"?
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Re: ManiacImp - 1966 Singer Chamois

Post by ImpManiac » Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:47 pm

Miguel,

This wheel offset calculator might be of use to you. :idea:

I telephoned R&R Alloys just to find out the correct offset for you. :) For a 5.5" wheel rim width, the recommended offset for standard Imp suspension is ET25. For a 6" width rim, it is ET16. For a 7" width rim, it is ET-7.

I was running 6" rims with 185/60/R13 Marangoni Heron tyres on my own Imp, along with Monte Carlo springs (approximately 1" lower front and rear) and Spax adjustable dampers. The handling was superb. 8)

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