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Post by drcdb15 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:30 pm

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I put a fan heater in the car in the winter to warm it up/defrost before venturing out
Not sure a tough well 'ard geordie should be admitting indulging in such creature comforts to us soft southern jessies, Peter ... :lol:


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Post by drcdb15 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:37 pm

Those rear lights are a fairly well-established conversion, aren't they. I seem to recall seeing at least one write up in Slice, maybe a couple of years ago. If you do revert to the standard fitting then you'd be well advised to fit LED bulbs as the standard ones are not the brightest. I missed this car completely so I'm curious to know where it was advertised?


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Post by drcdb15 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:48 pm

It's a great car, but being red there's the danger that the rear lights won't stand out too well against the overall brightness of the paintwork - so if you're going to use this for commuting in a busy traffic area, then you might want to consider fitting a high level LED brake light. There was one Scim (in Portmouth as I recall) that had an ex-Jag XJS hi level light fitted on TOP of the roof, externally, that looked like it had been made for the car, but the nearest I could find one anywhere was £145 from Jag spares specialists in the USA.* For more like a tenner or so you can get an internally fitted one on eBay. It would be a great shame to get a shunt up the rear in the traffic queue. Remember the Scim sits very low compared to most of the cars on the road today. I took MB61 up the M5/M6 recently with SWMBO tailing me in the daily driver and she remarked how vulnerable the car looked mixing it with the contemporary vehicles. So in traffic you really want to be seen, especially when you are braking !! (note to self: get that high level light!!!)

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Post by peter freeman » Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:47 am

drcdb15 wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:30 pm
peter freeman wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:19 am
I put a fan heater in the car in the winter to warm it up/defrost before venturing out
Not sure a tough well 'ard geordie should be admitting indulging in such creature comforts to us soft southern jessies, Peter ... :lol:
Its a age thing and Glynis likes to get into a warm car.



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Post by drcdb15 » Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:02 pm

drcdb15 wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:37 pm
I missed this car completely so I'm curious to know where it was advertised?
Oops, just found it on C&C - what a cracker, looks an absolute bargain! Don't know how I missed it. Pay attention double-oh-seven! :doh:


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Post by Roger Pennington » Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:33 pm

Nigel Clark wrote:
Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:45 pm
Congratulations, looks like a great acquisition! Those wheels are not Wolfrace. Possibly from a Ford about 15 years ago. Rear lights look okay to my eyes but it's a matter of personal opinion.

Anyway, enjoy your Scim!

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Just a point about the wheels, as a couple of people have mentioned them - they aren't what Scimitar owners know as "original-fit (on some Scimitars) Wolfrace", but don't forget that "Wolfrace" still exist to this day (website here) "British Design Since 1971", and still offer a wide range of modern-styled alloy wheels :)


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Post by DailyDriver » Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:43 pm

drcdb15 wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:37 pm
Those rear lights are a fairly well-established conversion, aren't they. I seem to recall seeing at least one write up in Slice, maybe a couple of years ago. If you do revert to the standard fitting then you'd be well advised to fit LED bulbs as the standard ones are not the brightest. I missed this car completely so I'm curious to know where it was advertised?
Chris, Here is the original listing - https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1042164 The advert went on on Friday and I bought on the Sunday before the other 4 interested parties turned up (one of whom was only around the corner). It really is in great condition other than a few minor things that need some attention.

The rear lights are quite bright but I hadn't though of a high level brake light or the effect of being behind a red car until you mentioned it. Good call, thanks. Now off to investigate neat solutions that won't be obvious until the brakes are applied.....



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Post by Oxymoron » Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:02 am

Looks nice!...Auto as well, which from my experience make it a much more relaxed daily driver!
Wheels look a bit too modern and an older style deeper dish wheel would probably be more in keeping.

Seeing those nicely painted rocker covers reminds me that I must get mine refurbished to match my repainted air filter!


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Post by TrevorG » Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:36 pm

Not as a classic, but I drove my 79 gte back and forth from junct 6 on the m40 to the bbc regent street car park every working day for twelve years before I sold her. I never had much trouble, but did learn to do weekend fettling ready for the next monday. I must have enjoyed her as I have recently found her and bought her back and am in the process of restoring.

Go for it. We all grumble at silly things we do but regret more what we didn't do!



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