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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by AJL Electronics » Mon Jul 11, 2016 9:31 pm

Does your mechanic realise that they are taper bearings? He may be thinking that they are modern type bearings that should have no play at all. Cars have had failed MOT tests for that.


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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by tanuki » Mon Jul 11, 2016 10:25 pm

Thanks Andy, I'll give him a call in the morning just to clarify the situation ...
hopefully it's not the first time that he has to deal with taper bearings :wink:

I have no doubt that he is used to old cars ... he is working on classic cars of all sorts & ages,
hates modern cars with electronics and is only happy when working on pre-80s cars :lol:
Although is specialty is in restoring Minis - even building special coaches - I have seen stunning cars coming out of his workshop.
He is currently restoring from its bare bones this '32 Renault Vivaquatre and there's a Jag MK2 in line ...
He also saved from scrap three cars that spent 48h (literally) under water last month :shock:

The only trouble with him ... he's a maniac and cannot stand a car that's not 110% perfect :twisted:
If I'd bring him my Anglia for restoration he would probably try to make it fly :lol: :lol:

Will let you know how it goes :wink:
Thanks again !
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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by Roger Pennington » Mon Jul 11, 2016 11:35 pm

tanuki wrote: If I'd bring him my Anglia for restoration he would probably try to make it fly :lol: :lol:
And all you wanted was just to Potter around! :wink:


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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by tanuki » Tue Jul 12, 2016 5:09 am

Roger Pennington wrote:And all you wanted was just to Potter around! :wink:
Thanks Roger ! I have now added 7 more English verbs to my vocabulary :wink:
And indeed that's what The Dark Thing was meant to be used for :mrgreen:


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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by tanuki » Thu Sep 08, 2016 3:13 pm

Purple went to the Controle Technique (MOT) the other day and failed to pass :oops: because of the following points:
a/ worn seatbelts (which was not a real surprise tbh), fortunately I had bought a pair of Securon belts already for replacement
now it's a matter of being able to remove the bloody old nuts which appear to be stuck :twisted:
b/ one headlight was not securely fixed, that should be easy to rectify :roll:
c/ the main issue was coming from rear brakes that have too much discrepancy in their efficiency ... it appears that the
wheel cylinders & drums will need replacements as they are not doing their job properly :cry:

Apart from the above, the MOT guy was happy to check his first ever Scimitar :lol:
He was quite surprised by the mechanical conditions of Purple for a 45 yo car !


So now looking for SE5 wheel cylinders & drums !
Any advice on those ? they look like TR6 components apparently, but not 100% sure ... will have to check part refs in Alterpart tonight :wink:

While she's at the garage, I might also have the engine silent blocks replaced since the current set starts being lazy ... we've discovered that during emergency braking the engine was diving a bit too much and as a result one of the fan blades
would smash on the chassis ... awful noise which I feared was coming from the brakes in the first place (!) Fortunately emergency braking is not often as I like to keep distances, it did happen 3 or 4 times though :oops:

Any advice welcome as usual :mrgreen:
Thanks guys !
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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by landschrabbler » Thu Sep 08, 2016 3:59 pm

tanuki wrote:Purple went to the Controle Technique (MOT) the other day and failed to pass :oops:
Sincere condolences :wink:
tanuki wrote:c/ the main issue was coming from rear brakes that have too much discrepancy in their efficiency ... it appears that the
wheel cylinders & drums will need replacements as they are not doing their job properly :cry:
Try to adjust them first - even I could do that (follow the manual) and all you have to do is remove the wheel(s).
It might also just be necessary to put new pads on.
tanuki wrote:So now looking for SE5 wheel cylinders & drums ! Any advice on those ?
If you don't want to get something different, I guess you can get them from the "usual suspect" GW or QRG - if you don't mind waiting for shipment which (from my experience) can be even longer when ordering in France... but then you might have more spare specialists for English cars up where you live - so you can pick them up directly...

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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by Oldconn » Thu Sep 08, 2016 6:47 pm

I would be surprised if the drums are too worn to be used again. Normally the rear brakes don't work very hard, so the drums don't wear - but have a look at them before you jump to any conclusions. New cylinders are not hard to find - I have one NOS in my garage which I picked up for £5 from Ebay. If its the handbrake which is desequilibré, the problem usually lies in the levers which poke through the backplates. There's a thread on here somewhere about reconditioning those - I am about to tackle the job myself. Incidentally, I don't think the rear drums were Triumph originally ; IIRC they were MGB ; maybe somebody else could confirm that.


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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by DARK STAR » Thu Sep 08, 2016 7:44 pm

Strip the brakes down, not difficult although you may need to tap on the drum to get it off (don't forget to undo the screw first ;) )
You will probably find they are full of crap and once cleaned and put back together will work perfectly.
If you happen to need a single brake lining I have one brand new, the other disappeared somewhere during our last house removals.
I came across quite a few useful parts when I was searching vainly for something the other day, must make a list.
Brake slave cylinders are available from GW and Queensberry, the latter being very quick in my experience.


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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by DARK STAR » Thu Sep 08, 2016 7:46 pm

PS from memory the cylinders are supposed to slide so as to equalize the pressure on the two linings, they may not be doing that ...


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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by tanuki » Thu Sep 08, 2016 8:19 pm

Thanks guys for the feedback :D
I will pass (and translate) your remarks to my mechanic, asking him to take off the drums ans give them a good cleaning,
then send me some pics so that I could show you how they look like :wink:
If they look OK then I could save indeed on the drums, if they are worn then I guess it will be time to contact GW or QRG !
I am heading towards Goodwood tomorrow morning, so that will have to wait until I return on Monday :lol:
If one has extra thoughts in the meantime, thanks for adding your comments here ... but I will be able to read them only Monday.

Cheers for now,
Fred


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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by tanuki » Sat Dec 03, 2016 6:51 pm

Time for an update on Purple !

Yesterday she went back for her MOT again and this time passed easily since all issues found in September had been sorted:
- new seatbelts
- new rear brakes (drums/cylinders/shoes/etc.) + new master cylinder (which was in a pitiful condition)
- fixed headlight
- oh ... and chassis number is now engraved at the right place (since we could not find it the other time :roll: )
The MOT guy mentioned that the headlights were still in UK configuration - pointing left - and ought to be replaced sometimes,
but he let her pass anyway, phew :mrgreen: I honestly thought that the lighths had been converted already by the PO :?

Beside maintenance, Purple had been busy during the summertime, attending a couple of events:

Showing at the Aeromobil airshow in Pouilly en Auxois at the end of August, together with Ian's Candy:
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Taking part in the Sortie South-o-France 2016 in Lyon at the end of September:
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Next photo courtesy of Chris (DARK STAR) ... boy, Scimitars do look small by nowadays' standard :shock:
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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by tanuki » Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:42 am

After a rather quiet winter period, Purple is now getting ready for the new season ...
and it looks that she's going to have a busy time ahead:
- already engaged for the Touratoto 2017 next week - about 2000 miles to go -
- booked for the Montee Historique de Laon in early June - still to be confirmed, fingers crossed :? -
- I am also planning to take her to the IR2017 in Durham :mrgreen:

She's now fit with a new electronic ignition that makes it a bit smoother - and starts like a charm -
Wiper motor has been opened and cleaned ... at least the wipers work again - even though still a bit slow -
All items now ticked on the checklist, she's (almost) ready to leap to the south of France :wink:
Well 'almost' because she's booked for Monday at a local exhaust workshop to get new exhaust lines ...
hopefully no more headaches in the future - well maybe because of the sound 8) , but no longer because
of the exhaust fumes in the car :evil: -

Cheers, Fred


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