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Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:31 pm
by spares
I recently featured an article in Impressions explaining the plan that we have for re-manufacture of critical and desirable Imp spares. We are going ahead with items listed there.

Please could members add here detailed information about other parts that they need.

Please could you add information if you are capable of manufacturing or sourcing any of these parts...

Re: Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:02 pm
by bks974c
In my opinion since money is a finite resource the list needs to be prioritised with a critical list - items without which would result in an Imp being off the road such as a clutch, brakes, steering with an eye on volumes.

Scott

Re: Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:57 pm
by tiker
I echo that the 6 1/4"laycock clutch cover new not reconditioned

Re: Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 11:12 am
by phatbob
My list;
Pukka diaphragrm clutch covers,
New rear hatch frames OR new looky-likey hatches, with heating elements. (i.e. cosmetically appearing to be an original, but not the original design or materials, something better),
Pretty much everything mission critical and unique to the Imp (Steering rack, water pump, etc).

Re: Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:08 am
by pubcrawler
New rear window hatch stays please 8)

Re: Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2018 5:22 pm
by spares
Is that it?
Guys, your Imps must be running really well and not needing any repairs...
Is that right or are you just shy?
Bob

Re: Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:13 pm
by phatbob
spares wrote:Is that it?
Guys, your Imps must be running really well and not needing any repairs...
Is that right or are you just shy?
Bob


Cribnauld thrunge washers? :lol:

Re: Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:03 pm
by gill
hunglethrumps???

Re: Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2018 5:03 pm
by spares
Top of my list
- thank you for such a well thought out suggestion!

Re: Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:34 am
by imporium
Transaxle gear change flexy couplings, later type clutch covers......... :) .....Malcolm Van001 Husky003 Imp009 Imp006

Re: Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:43 am
by bazzateer
Complete bodyshells. :D

Re: Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:02 am
by mikeyhearne
bazzateer wrote:Complete bodyshells. :D

can I have a Nymph one please ? I know where the moulds are :lol:

Re: Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:40 am
by The Nun
mikeyhearne wrote:
bazzateer wrote:Complete bodyshells. :D

can I have a Nymph one please ? I know where the moulds are :lol:


Fiberclass did tell me a couple of years ago he has everything more of less mould wise to create a complete IMP in fibreglass, now whether anyone would prefer one in that material, maybe, after all the Clan is made that way? and it would be classed as a special and of course require SVA testing or something along those lines? and of course there might be a bit of a wait for your order to come through, I cant think it would be a quick build.?

Re: Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:34 pm
by bazzateer
The Nun wrote:
mikeyhearne wrote:
bazzateer wrote:Complete bodyshells. :D

can I have a Nymph one please ? I know where the moulds are :lol:


Fiberclass did tell me a couple of years ago he has everything more of less mould wise to create a complete IMP in fibreglass, now whether anyone would prefer one in that material, maybe, after all the Clan is made that way? and it would be classed as a special and of course require SVA testing or something along those lines? and of course there might be a bit of a wait for your order to come through, I cant think it would be a quick build.?

Chris told me the same although he did say the first shell was spoken for (for his wife I think?).

I'd prefer a steel one though, no need for dvla etc if it's a new replacement.

Re: Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:27 pm
by philgsmith
With Phatbob - rear hatch or suitable alternative & hatch stays & decent clutch components

Also
decent waterpumps - a lot of people seem to have had ones that don't last recently (obviously there are various suppliers on these, not sure why some fail)
steering racks
HE radiators - I know they are available, but is this dependent upon re-manufacturing existing ones or are there truly new products
Radiator protection panels
gearchange flexi
fuel tanks to original design or similar
Standard shocks - are they still widely available?
Are laminated windscreens easily available?

Locking left hand door handles

Re: Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:51 pm
by spares
Thanks Phil, that's a genuinely well thought out set of suggestions!

Yes most of those items are on my lists already. Re-conditioning or second hand is going to be the way to go for a while, until good donor parts are n/a and depending on costs and demand.

Speedy Spares do stock the water pumps which were re-made using original drawings from the Rootes Archive Centre.

I am surprised you're the first person to mention shocks, because front ones are n/a unless you want SPAX, AVO or similar. Rear ones no problem I have those in stock NOS.

Laminated windscreens are also in stock, we have a deal for these already and also heated or tinted ones.

Locking LH door handle, its only the push button that's different, but seriously Zamak components are on my list including the rear hatch handle.

Fuel tank is an interesting suggestion, no-one else has asked but I do occasionally sell s/h ones. It may be possible to get them re-conditioned to modern standards, I know Millers do a sealing product which is ethanol proof (or so I'm told by their rep)...

Re: Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:18 pm
by moose
i can get tanks chemically cleaned and powder coated, i have offered to do this but there was not much interest, but if club spares had say 6 to do i would do a batch, if i have to drive twice to places for one tank it gets expensive to keep repeating it but as club member i would do one batch and not charge for the fuel or my time. Happy to do big batches if the demand is there a couple of times per year.

Protech do a full car set of high quality dampers that in my opinion are far superior to GAZ SPAX and AVO (i have tried them all on the rally car and the faults were not just competition induced) Ok so they are adjustable ride height at the front and not the exact same design as standard for a concours car but setting the ride height to standard or a few mm lower to get rid of some positive camber and the soft end of the settings is fine for standard road use.

Laycock clutch covers, i can make enquires about these if you want, it is all i use on the rally car with a paddle spinner plate they are by far the best clutch cover (the works team used to cherry pick them by measuring the clamping pressure from the ones delivered to the production line and obviously pick the ones that were at the correct end of the tolerance to give most clamping pressure).

Re: Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:44 pm
by imp.sport
I believe I read that nobody has any of the original windscreen plastic washer jets.
Not sure if there is a demand for them as there are alternatives and I'm not so sure that amount of original detail is noticed.

Re: Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:30 pm
by spares
Thanks, @Mike - certainly appreciate your help!
Yes please ask about Laycock clutch covers and see what we can do. That would be fantastic!
ProTech also noted.

@imp.sport
yes I had forgotten washer jets - I fitted LR Discovery ones on mine, look quite nice but not original!

Re: Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:54 pm
by Lotus-e-Clan
12 inch tyres! 155/80/12 Pirrelli Cints (inc white walls maybe)

and ...

BF Goodrich 175/70/12 with white letters! :D
Clan004

Re: Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:48 pm
by alan c ramsay
How about....

Stainless steel studs for the thermostat housing

And for that matter....thermostat housings themselves

Camshaft bearings

Radiator housing mesh grille

Re: Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:42 am
by The Nun
I bought stainless steel bolts for the thermostat housing they're standard items readily available already plus using those you don't need to remove the rear shield I don't think there's a reason the stick with studs is there?

Re: Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:32 am
by phatbob
The Nun wrote:I bought stainless steel bolts for the thermostat housing they're standard items readily available already plus using those you don't need to remove the rear shield I don't think there's a reason the stick with studs is there?


Nope. I use bolts on mine (UNC). SO much easier to get the bl00dy thing off again after taking the bolts out.

Re: Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:21 am
by spares
Alan - pay attention!
thermostat housings were re-made years ago and are in plentiful supply either from me or Malc. I think we have them listed. Probably got around 10x in stock.
Camshaft brgs ditto from Ben, me or Malc

I am currently seeking a quote for the rad mesh in stainless.

Stainless studs, bolts, I guess some people enjoy making their own to fit but Ben has just shelled out for BNZ ones I think... I guess Rootes liked studs and stainless probably too expensive at the time.

Re: Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 7:52 am
by The Nun
Original pattern rear mud flaps with the relevant car logo on them?

Re: Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:24 pm
by Fifeimpman
Hi Bob

My request is for standard front shockers

They are pretty much unobtainable now and are usually overpriced

Alan

Re: Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:36 am
by tiker
Are original rubber suspension bushes still available I see a lot are going for the poly ones but I think rubber is better for road use

Re: Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:49 pm
by Turboimp
spares wrote:Alan - pay attention!
thermostat housings were re-made years ago and are in plentiful supply either from me or Malc. I think we have them listed. Probably got around 10x in stock.
Camshaft brgs ditto from Ben, me or Malc

I am currently seeking a quote for the rad mesh in stainless.

Stainless studs, bolts, I guess some people enjoy making their own to fit but Ben has just shelled out for BNZ ones I think... I guess Rootes liked studs and stainless probably too expensive at the time.



The long and short manifold studs are some sort of stainless steel at least on early models . .. Imp009 Clan005

Re: Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:02 pm
by John Simister
+1 for 155 R12 Pirelli Cinturatos. If made to original spec (apart from grippier modern rubber) they should have sidewalls more supple than Nankangs etc, which would reduce harshness and road roar. And I do wonder how long the Nankangs will continue to be available.

I spoke once with Julian Mazjoub at Blockley Tyres who said he would consider making a Blockley radial in that size. It would have a tread pattern like that of an early-70s India GT Radial. He might be worth chasing up by someone other than me, to show I am not the only one interested.

Re: Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:06 pm
by RoyBlunt
Although it is not an essential spare (like clutches, water pumps, steering racks, etc., which surely must be first priority) how about some RG355 tools? For those who don't know - this is the special tool (a bit like a ring spanner but bent double) to allow re-torquing of the Imp cylinder head nuts without removing the cam. Not something you need every day but saves a lot of time & trouble when you do need it. It's the sort of thing that could be usefully held as an area centre tool for loan as necessary.

Roy Imp011

Re: Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:47 am
by 617sqn
Good call, Roy. +1 here.

Andy G

Re: Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:48 am
by spares
Thanks Roy, yes I have a list of tools, samples and drawings. We did have some (but not RG355) done before by a local apprentice. I'm making enquiries again.

We could maybe sell a set to each ACO for them to managefor their area?

Re: Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:47 am
by tiker
Could door handles be made of a different material than zamak as I believe it the material that's the problem or is there a modern equivalent?

Re: Items to re-manufacture

PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 6:47 am
by ImpownerUK
Mazak will have been chosen as a cheap lightweight alloy that can be chromed. Retrospectively the same casting process can be replicated. But irrespective of the metal chosen, tooling and chroming will not come cheap.

With the rise of CNC machining an option though surely is to make it from billet material - perhaps stainless or perhaps a free cutting aluminium alloy. The buyer could polish the finish to whatever standard they wanted. From memory a company called DSN Classics do just this for a range of aftermarket Mini parts. But many other machine shops could do likewise.