What did you do to your Imp today?

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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by The Nun » Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:11 am

johnh875 wrote:There you go, I never knew Imps ever had vanity mirrors! .
Only for the passenger, didn't matter if the driver looked a mess :lol:
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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:19 am

johnh875 wrote:There you go, I never knew Imps ever had vanity mirrors! Mind you Singers are very thin on the ground out here.
They werent even on Singers , the only Imp to have these as standard were early Californians , im still hoping to find one for an early LHD one so i have a drivers side one to sort out by face :lol:
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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by johnh875 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:59 am

Would they have been optional on Singers then? I'm not sure any cars had vanity mirrors for the driver in the sixties. Comments about sorting out faces I will let through to the keeper! :D
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Post by 617sqn » Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:53 pm

Today I refitted the cleaned up and revamped driving lights onto their repainted mounting bar, and fitted the collection to the car. Then I adjusted the rear brakes in readiness for National 19 :D 8)

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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:32 pm

Fit new spark plugs then go out in the Singer to check the newness alternators OK which it is :D
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Post by bazzateer » Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:14 pm

Took the Chamois over to the motorhome storage place (which is a naturist colony). They were having an open day so very busy. One chap came over to talk about an Imp he had back in the day. Try maintaining 100% non-stop eye contact during a 20 min chat! Some sights just can't be unseen.

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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by 617sqn » Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:22 pm

:shock:

Not joined up, then ? :wink: Just keeping abreast of where the big knobs hang out perhaps ?

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Post by bazzateer » Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:23 pm

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Post by MattorMatty » Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:45 pm

Resprayed the lower rear corners of the rear wings where the rear wheels had flicked up stones and chipped the paint off. Started going rusty so its a good job done only taken a couple of years to get round to it.

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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by OldImp » Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:08 pm

Today I did some work on the Clan I'm rebuilding.
First job was to find out why the pre engaged starter made a metallic clang everytime I used it. Found one of the bolts was lose and tightened it up. Decided to check it when I start the car up later.
Next job is to install new doughnuts. Jack up nearside, remove drive shaft and pull out gearbox spider and replace with a spare to stop oil leak. Swap doughnut and replace. Drive shafts goes on first time. Must be the quickest I've ever done it. On to the off side. Spider is a little difficult to remove from the gearbox but change the doughnut and attempt to refit. It will not go into the diff and don't want to force it. Spare spider goes in easily so decide to use that. Make trip to shed for a other spare spider to stop oil leak. Swap doughnut and refit but the drive shaft will not go onto the doughnut. I try for over half an hour with the wishbone fully up, down and in the middle but it just will not go on. I then realise that the bolt heads of the bolts going through the spider towards the gearbox look quiet tall so remove spider and measure. Two of them are 3mm taller than all the rest. Another trip to the shed for spares. Swap bolts and refit and drive shaft goes straight on. Just need to drop car to ground and start engine to check starter. Turn it over with the ignition off and there is a noise like a callapsed bearing. Jack up car and remove starter from under car. There is nothing wrong with it or with the starter ring, then I notice a shiny line on the back of the flywheel. It looks as though the starter body is pulling itself against the flywheel. A quick session with the angle grinder and the problem is solved. Had no problems onImp engine so think 930s could be thicker..
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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by johnh875 » Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:20 am

Probably just as well to buy a new seat post? As for jacks...
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Post by Lotus-e-Clan » Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:15 am

johnh875 wrote:Probably just as well to buy a new seat post? As for jacks...
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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:45 pm

Fitted some new plugs in the Vusky - NGK BPR6EIX
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Post by bks974c » Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:43 pm

Gordon delivered the side panel for his Van
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I set about trial fitting it
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More work still required but very happy with initial fit :D

Just need to find one for the other side now, if anyone has an offside one as its rotten at the roof and poor previous repairs to the rear corner. Van side panel would be great but could make a Husky one work.

Money waiting and not expecting it to be cheap.

Thanks to Martin Dingle for helping out with this one.

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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by 617sqn » Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:21 pm

Not actually on my Imp, but today I've mostly been washing all of my section of the kitchen equipment in readiness for National. Now packed away in a nice clean box ready for breakfast duty :)

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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by bks974c » Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:10 pm

Andy

Remind me what time breakfast is :wink:

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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by 617sqn » Sun Jul 21, 2019 7:19 pm

Usually about 8.30 Scott, in the Sussex AC Village Hall. 8)

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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by bks974c » Sun Jul 21, 2019 7:45 pm

8.30 of the am, what happened to I'm on holiday - was looking forward to a lie in :lol:

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Post by johnh875 » Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:57 am

Washed 3 cars on Saturday - 2 of them Imps, first time they've had a tub in many years sitting in a shed & garage respectively. The blue car is example of why you can't trust photos (even slightly blurry ones) it is way less shiny than it looks! The stripes have cracked - not sure you could do this effect deliberately? It is also sitting a bit high - no engine. Another funny snippet - the mud flaps were made by cutting down some from a cement truck - the name of the company can be seen on them.
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Post by 617sqn » Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:20 pm

Today I spent an idle 2 hours in the hot hot sun waiting for my eldest son to turn up to rescue me. I had taken the decision to nip down to Speedy Spares to purchase a recon starter motor as my original was playing around and was sure to give up the ghost quite soon. So this afternoon was exactly the right (wrong) time. So there I am parked up, new starter in my possession but inappropriate tooling to fit it at the roadside. Then.... and you can hardly believe it, after arranging my rescue, I waltz off to buy some water at a nearby petrol outlet. I've literally just crossed the road junction when "wham" there's an RTA right next to me ! Long story short - they close the road ! aaarrrrgh ! :evil: I'm now back home having eventually received a bump start :roll:

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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by johnh875 » Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:27 pm

At least the accident didn't involve you or the car!
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Post by 617sqn » Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:17 am

No, but it was closer than you'd want. Anyway, she missed me..... Fitted the replacement starter after dinner and all seems well again. Even had time for a quick shower before 9 o'clock and TV drama time 8)

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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by bks974c » Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:05 am

All's well that ends well, glad you got home safely and Stan's feeling better.

I have spare starter motors (untested mind) as using Eric Morrey's pre-engaged ones, I'd be happy to bring one as a spare to the National if any good. FREEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:44 pm

Have a little panic :o
Out in the Vusky earlier. suddenly started running like a bad of shite :?

Felt really serious but quickly spotted the vacuum gauge wasnt working :roll:

The Pipe that feeds the gauge had split and come off the inlet manifold.

Yep that would do it then :D
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Post by johnh875 » Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:46 pm

I mentioned recently the cylinder head size difference between an Imp and Ford Falcon 4.0 six. The cylinder spacing is the same as when the engine debuted in the first Falcon in 1959 as a 2.4L (144ci), however the cylinder head is longer to house the SOHC timing chain - it was originally OHV. The newer DOHC head is even bulkier at the front because it has the cam adjustment mechanisms for the variable valve timing. The SOHC layout is different to the Imp as the cam actuates the valves via rockers as per most 'what used to be modern' engines. Nice big port sizes anyway - with a big enough turbo I have heard of over 1000hp.
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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by 617sqn » Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:08 pm

Checked fluid levels, and emptied it of unnecessary detritus in preparation for National. Speaking of which, I bought 2 big bottles of water, 240 tea bags, sugar, coffee, wiping cloths, water purifiers for "just in case", and some long-life semi-skimmed just to get us going on Thursday afternoon :D

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Post by chris d » Mon Jul 29, 2019 7:17 pm

great
2 sugars in my coffee then
we do have shops up north you know :lol: :lol:
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Post by 617sqn » Mon Jul 29, 2019 7:56 pm

Ayoop. Ah knows. Me Dad were from that Yorkshire. Just need to make sure the makings are there as soon as possible. Then I'll try them shops out for breakfast supplies :D

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Post by 617sqn » Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:35 pm

Today I finally got to fit the replacement Securon 514/30 inertia reel seat belt to the passenger side of Stan. Despite the original (fitted shortly after I first got the car) only doing much less than half the work of the drivers side, it failed recently. Became difficult to pull out and the internals took on a very annoying vibration when in motion. The new one is of slightly different design but not really in a stand-out detectable way. Anyway, I'll replace the drivers side when I can afford too.😁

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Post by gill » Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:23 pm

Took MargoWie for a run, having been using the Kit Cars for a while. :-)
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Post by 617sqn » Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:06 pm

Monday, actually. I finally ( I seem to use that phrase quite a bit ! ) fitted the van dipstick system to Stan. Made from aluminium tube bought from B&Q, bent to match an original via an mdf bender I made, and using a cleaned up original extended dipstick costing a fiver. Much more sophisticated way of checking oil level. Every Imp should have one. :lol:

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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:13 pm

617sqn wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:06 pm
Monday, actually. I finally ( I seem to use that phrase quite a bit ! ) fitted the van dipstick system to Stan. Made from aluminium tube bought from B&Q, bent to match an original via an mdf bender I made, and using a cleaned up original extended dipstick costing a fiver. Much more sophisticated way of checking oil level. Every Imp should have one. :lol:

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Post by 617sqn » Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:44 pm

It certainly is, Dave. I've used a new felt polo in the dipstick end that I got at National and connected the aluminium tube to the original short tube on the block (as per van/husky) with a nice bit of blue silicon hose and a couple of stainless hose clips. Just need to fabricate a proper location bracket instead of the "P" clip I'm using, and it's job done. If only I could source a supply of cheap extended dipsticks ..... 🤔

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Post by johnh875 » Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:07 am

Moved 2 more cars over the weekend, a Mk2 and a GT, plus engine blocks, gearboxes & other parts. Unloaded in the rain & it was dark by the time I finished, so I'll get a photo tonight. Plus pulled/tore a muscle which will restrict me for a bit but nothing serious.
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Post by oli » Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:23 am

Swapping the wheels over and getting the car ready for another tarmac Autotest tomorrow evening at Snetterton.
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Post by bks974c » Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:10 pm

Just back from the 10 countries rally with Hans Slender in his Stiletto, all very manic but memorable, hopefully you can read all about it in Impressions as Hans is preparing an article.

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Post by 617sqn » Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:28 pm

We heard you the first time, Scott. :lol:

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Post by johnh875 » Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:07 am

Here's the 1966 Mk2 Imp, a genuine little old lady car I bought after her grandson did not want it. Apart from the scrape on the side, she was prompted to retire from driving after running into her gatepost one day... Other than the damage there is no rust so I've always thought it's worth fixing; I originally bought it for the interior.
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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by bks974c » Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:38 am

Looks very restorable, not many that good.

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