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Re: Nods news , Its normal .

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:00 pm

I think the time allocated for an MOT is 45 minutes , Singers takes 20 minutes but you cant log off the MOT too early so we just chatted and drank coffee for 25 minutes . :lol:
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Re: Nods news , Its normal .

Post by yoeddynz » Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:54 pm

It would seem so odd to not take my car in for a check over by someone else- I love it when they find something I have missed. I fix it and then its safe/better. Everyone is happy. I have the use of our own hoist to throughly check things yet sometimes things get missed. However- most folk dont have access to easy viewing of under their car/nor possibly the time or knowledge. It just seems so daft to let cars, 1 ton mass of steel, on the roads with other users about and not have them checked for any issues.

Here in NZ the test is every 6 months for cars older then I think 5 years. I'd happily see that changed to one year though. Especially on old classics that dont see many miles.

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Re: Nods news , SU issues part two

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:38 am

I swear my two Imps talk to each other .
Tother week the SUs on the Vusky went a bit tits up.
Guess whats happened to the Singer . :shock: :o :roll:
OK so its only a leaky jet where it screws into the float bowl and for some totally unknown reason a piston is a bit sticky on the front carb but still ---- I wish the sodding things spoke a different language to each other .
Feckin things do my bonce in sometimes :roll: :evil:
Still its time to sort the Singers carbs out , twas the one nearest the rear causing all the issues . Piston was slightly sticky in one spot just above tickover , i changed the pot which solved that instantly although i cant see whats wrong with said pot . :o
Fuel leak turned out not to be the jet or its seal but the float chamber which has a damaged thread , luckily its easy to change that in situ so i fitted a spare i had plus a new jet and seal at the same time. :)
Easy fix come the end , just a few hours faffing about . I guess seeing as the carbs have been on over ten years and are basically made of spare bits i cant complain , a new set is £400 which i just dont have at present , however seeing as it seems OK again il live with it . :D
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chamber back on with float etc
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jet screws in like so , its where the leak was
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Checking choke operation , jet has dropped the correct amount , these can get sticky over time causing a shit load of running issues
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choke off , goes back up to its proper location .
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Re: Nods news , SU issues part two , now the Singer joins in

Post by 617sqn » Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:33 am

Won't you have to jiggle about with the mixture again, Dave ?

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Re: Nods news , SU issues part two , now the Singer joins in

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sat Apr 06, 2019 3:38 pm

617sqn wrote:Won't you have to jiggle about with the mixture again, Dave ?

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Rear carb remained untouched , i jiggled the front so the tickover is smooth and even and have just driven 44 miles to Glastonbury and back ( A shopping trip i actually enjoy :o ) , il check the plug colours now im back and see however it cant be that far out as its running perfectly :D
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Re: Nods news , SU issues part two , now the Singer joins in

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sat Apr 06, 2019 4:03 pm

Plug colours after the Singers carb fiasco and a 10 mile non stop blast at 70MPH .
Engine temp 80˚C - Oil pressure 47 PSI , Plug colours as in pics , might richen the rear carb up a tad , tricky to tell when its this close .
Carb is leak free :D :D :D
All in all im a happy bunny again :D
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Post by African Imp » Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:45 am

Dave ' Linwood ' Lane wrote:Image

a bit more. :D
Nice job!

Dave did you consider leaving the main front of the car in place, as in the slam panel and the area below it, then just cut and shut in the two twin head lights?

I ask as it would be a possible future job for my 1967 Imp Californian, that would be if I can source the head lights and related parts? Imp027
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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:38 am

African Imp wrote: Nice job!

Dave did you consider leaving the main front of the car in place, as in the slam panel and the area below it, then just cut and shut in the two twin head lights?

I ask as it would be a possible future job for my 1967 Imp Californian, that would be if I can source the head lights and related parts? Imp027
No point because
A, The original front was accident damaged and rotten and B , I had the twin front panel here already , cut from a scrap Stiletto for £10. Technically the front wings are different for a twin headlight front but you can get away with it
, i had a new twin headlight front wing to fit at the same time
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Re: Nods news , SU issues part two , now the Singer joins in

Post by African Imp » Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:55 am

Dave,

Thanks for your advice, regards, Roy Imp027
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Re: Nods news , SU issues part two , now the Singer joins in

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sun Apr 07, 2019 6:28 pm

Ive possibly done a world first :shock:
That is ive temporarily fitted a spare van / Husky dipstick to the Singer.
Main reason it stops me having to bend down so far to check the oil as my back is shot to shite although to be fair im not exactly a cripple quite yet , it also bl***y hurt fitting it - kind of counter productive for a while :roll: .
Also stops me whacking the coil every time I check the oil :lol:
It does clear the engine lid but only by 10mm - good enough for a short term fix :)
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Re: Nods news , Possible world first

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:07 pm

Now all sprayed up seeing as its on the Singer i guess i need to make it look decent
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looks real close to the vacuum advance pipe but it just clears as it does in the Vusky
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Post by 617sqn » Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:16 pm

Nice job as usual, matey. 8)

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Post by moose » Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:36 am

Neat mod there Dave. Can you turn that king lead round please :lol:
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Re: Nods news , Possible world first - painted and refitted

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:21 pm

Nope , king lead works fine like this :lol:
Anyway Sod the original painted dipstick brackets - Il make some from stainless instead - much better :)
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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:37 pm

With everything now set up to optimum it seemed a great idea to reference mark the carbs and timing for future reference and as a set up guide :D
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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:28 am

Heater off , Air con on :lol:
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Post by 617sqn » Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:37 am

How do you stop your Air-con system from rattling, Dave ?

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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:02 am

617sqn wrote:How do you stop your Air-con system from rattling, Dave ?

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Heres the damper , its about 1mm longer than needed so its in permanent contact with the window catch , Once hooked onto the window catch slight upwards pressure is required to get the other end to line up with the lock catch ( about 5mm at the base ) , its this slight upwards pressure that prevents any movement - or rattles - it really is silent :)
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Post by 617sqn » Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:42 pm

I now have a van/husky extended dipstick, courtesy of Mikey Hearne (with 2 "E" s). I will attend to its paintwork/plating in due course. Got other fish to fry....

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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:52 pm

617sqn wrote:I now have a van/husky extended dipstick, courtesy of Mikey Hearne (with 2 "E" s). I will attend to its paintwork/plating in due course. Got other fish to fry....

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Its so much better - pic of the anti rattle air con bit edited in above for you :)
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Post by 617sqn » Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:45 pm

I'm sure it is : when I was looking at Trevor Woods van engine, the dipstick tube seemed to be an obvious route, and far better than routing about among the ht leads and such like to check the oil, that I instantly wanted to do it on Stan. You beat me to it by a day or so. Great minds etc. I'm not too enamoured with the Heath Robinson dipstick mind. It looks like bodge job, so I might produce something different.

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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:51 pm

617sqn wrote:I'm sure it is : when I was looking at Trevor Woods van engine, the dipstick tube seemed to be an obvious route, and far better than routing about among the ht leads and such like to check the oil, that I instantly wanted to do it on Stan. You beat me to it by a day or so. Great minds etc. I'm not too enamoured with the Heath Robinson dipstick mind. It looks like bodge job, so I might produce something different.

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Great minds indeed :) , Dipstick is a bit of a bodge , its riveted together so should come apart i recon . youd need the flexi bit whatever , ive mulled over shortening it by a few inches , dipstick would be easy , the tube less so it you want the rolled end which i do , i recon a sleeve and a bit of brazing would work though
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Post by 617sqn » Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:16 am

I thought about comparing the Imp dipstick with a modern : I can try my MG V6 or my Astravan ones. Perhaps I can find a better alternative :D

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Post by The Nun » Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:06 am

I remember there used to be an accessory you could buy back in the 60s where you pulled out a knob on the dash and if the colour showed green you were ok if it was red you needed to top the oil up, you never even had to lift the bonnet. I appreciate on an IMP you would need something like the north sea pipeline to reach the engine, but it was quite a good idea, and yet today things havent improved,we still have the old fashioned dipstick, which more often than not is hard to read.
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Post by Lotus-e-Clan » Sun Apr 21, 2019 11:32 am

The Nun wrote:I remember there used to be an accessory you could buy back in the 60s where you pulled out a knob on the dash and if the colour showed green you were ok if it was red you needed to top the oil up, you never even had to lift the bonnet. I appreciate on an IMP you would need something like the north sea pipeline to reach the engine, but it was quite a good idea, and yet today things havent improved,we still have the old fashioned dipstick, which more often than not is hard to read.
Stick a float switch in the sump - that'll do it? Clan004
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Post by The Nun » Sun Apr 21, 2019 12:11 pm

Lotus-e-Clan wrote:
Stick a float switch in the sump - that'll do it? Clan004
That would probably work on a dry sump system but a normal one I think the oil probably sloshes around too much, unless it's wired only to work when the engines stopped?
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Post by 617sqn » Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:12 pm

Well I have been working on the new second hand dipstick tube and found that there was a slight split up near the top bracket. So I decided to solder it up. Oops. :shock: the brackets are soldered on ! So I've decided to use the dipstick as a template and make an aluminium one from scratch. :roll:

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Post by Lotus-e-Clan » Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:24 pm

The Nun wrote:
Lotus-e-Clan wrote:
Stick a float switch in the sump - that'll do it? Clan004
That would probably work on a dry sump system but a normal one I think the oil probably sloshes around too much, unless it's wired only to work when the engines stopped?
Yes wired to work when ignition off. Just to check oil level before and after a journey.

If the float switch lights a dash LED when stopped (with 2mins drain-down), then it's time to top up...

So you press another momentary switch on the dash and an auxiliary pump squirts new oil down the redundant dip-stick hole and stops when the float switch breaks/makes (shows full)! :)

Saves opening the bonnet for a check and top-up. Sorted....

Will be well-used on an Imp! :lol:
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Post by 617sqn » Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:42 pm

How true is that :lol:

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Re: Nods news , Possible world first - painted and refitted

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:32 pm

Funny how a few paint problems ( some cracking ) can turn into respraying most of the front wing :roll:
Paint reactions on the old paint meant most of it had to come off . done the stripe as its easier to mask just this than the whole wing when top coating .
Il do this in the next few days when the primers hardened off.
This wings been hit which doesnt help , well before i got it though :roll:
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Post by The Nun » Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:40 pm

Ideal weather for spraying though, good job it's not metallic.
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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:56 pm

The Nun wrote:Ideal weather for spraying though, good job it's not metallic.
It is , dont think the primer will harden off today though so top coat in a new days i hope
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Re: Nods news , Some bodywork.

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:09 pm

Didnt turn out so good , i missed a slight dent :cry:
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Post by Lotus-e-Clan » Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:29 pm

A bit like bubbles in wallpaper ..you see every one of them in glorious 3D just after doing the job.

All amounts to patina after a while.

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Post by African Imp » Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:29 am

Dave ' Linwood ' Lane wrote:Didnt turn out so good , i missed a slight dent :cry:
Noddy,

Looks ok to me?

I have to admit that I myself try has hard as I can and even when I think the last coat applied looks great when wet, an hour later and its not that great? Imp027
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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:25 pm

Wing / paint repair part 2 , After its stolen another 7 hours of my life it looks and feels so much better , Tricky to photograph though :roll:
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Post by bks974c » Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:00 pm

Looking good, hope the top coat is as good.

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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sat Apr 27, 2019 10:52 am

Not 100% perfect but good enough for me , the rest of its not exactly perfect so it blends in well :D
Il leave a week or so to harden off then refit the stainless trim , ive got new genuine clips and the studs / nuts for this
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Post by African Imp » Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:01 am

Dave ' Linwood ' Lane wrote:Not 100% perfect but good enough for me , the rest of its not exactly perfect so it blends in well :D
Do you find that you can " Feel " the bump better with the flat of your hand better than see it visually? :) Imp027
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African Imp wrote:
Dave ' Linwood ' Lane wrote:Not 100% perfect but good enough for me , the rest of its not exactly perfect so it blends in well :D
Do you find that you can " Feel " the bump better with the flat of your hand better than see it visually? :) Imp027
Used the misting technique , that is spray a very light mist the wrong colour then use a block and go over it , any low / high spots will show up as the misting stays put
Formally known as " Noddy "
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