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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by scimjim » Sat Nov 22, 2014 10:14 pm

I haven't seen it for a while so picked up a double pack when I saw them in Halfords last week - rainex and the anti-mist stuff for the inside of the screen. I think it was about £10? (not sure on quantity though).


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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by tanuki » Sat Dec 13, 2014 2:39 pm

Have put the Rain-Clear stuff on Purple today ... and gave my daily driver the same treat :wink:
It's the first time that I am using the stuff and since today is a rainy day I had a chance to test it !
Nothing spectacular while driving downtown, but as soon as I hit 50 km/h ... boy those rain drops sure had a lot of fun drifting accross the windscreen :shock:
Simply brilliant :mrgreen:
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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by toomanysabres » Sat Dec 13, 2014 3:01 pm

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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by tanuki » Thu Dec 25, 2014 12:16 pm

Purple joined her mates last week-end at the English Rencart in Nemours ...
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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by tanuki » Sat Jan 03, 2015 5:21 pm

Last summer I have made a close-up on Purple (108 photos), which has been added to the set of pics of our December noggin at English Rencart:
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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by DARK STAR » Sat Jan 03, 2015 7:01 pm

Nice one Fred, excellent photos and a very thorough portfolio!


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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by Roger Pennington » Sat Jan 03, 2015 7:58 pm

Well done, a very comprehensive set, Fred :) The car looks really smart.

A couple of questions - Has the battery always been in that place? Also you seem to be missing some of the radiator ducting - you might find that this will cause it to run hot in the summer, as the air tends to go round rather than through the rad?


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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by scimjim » Sat Jan 03, 2015 8:33 pm

Your alternator is mounted wrongly - you need to split it and rotate the rear mounting point down.
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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by tanuki » Sun Jan 04, 2015 3:30 pm

DARK STAR wrote:Nice one Fred, excellent photos and a very thorough portfolio!
Roger Pennington wrote:Well done, a very comprehensive set, Fred :) The car looks really smart.
Thanks guys :P I have done similar close-up sessions with my two other cars, as well as 25 other vehicles at English Rencart
- I could add the direct URL links to the other thread if you are interested :wink: -
Roger Pennington wrote:A couple of questions - Has the battery always been in that place? Also you seem to be missing some of the radiator ducting - you might find that this will cause it to run hot in the summer, as the air tends to go round rather than through the rad?
I believe the two problems are related :cry:
What happened is that a smart mechanic - who does not know anything about Scimitars obviously - was asked by Chris Leroy to change the battery a couple of years ago ... unfortunately at the time Chris had removed the spare wheel and the frame that holds it - including those deflectors which I guess also take part in the air ducting (?) - ... Anyway the guy could not find a battery of small dimension off the shelf, so he simply welded a new frame that would hold a large size battery right in the middle of the engine bay :shock:
I will have it removed at some stage and will fit one of those heavy-duty - yet small size - batteries in the correct compartment :wink:
This will allow to retrofit the wheel & currently missing metal frames ...

The air flow is certainly not fantastic, but it does not seem to impact too much on the radiator's job ... even in summertime the engine does not appear to overheat - well, I admit that I have a manual fan switch and do not take any chance, so turn it ON in slow traffic - Compared to the heat in the engine bay of the TVR I can tell you that there is no comparison :lol:
scimjim wrote:Your alternator is mounted wrongly - you need to split it and rotate the rear mounting point down.
Thanks Jim for pointing this out ... will add this to the to-do list for the soon to come visit to the garage :?
Does it actually impact on the way the alternator is working ? I have had no issue with the battery so far - apart from its funny location - and have done nearly 4000 miles over the past 8 months ... maybe I have just been lucky :?

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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by Oldconn » Sun Jan 04, 2015 6:28 pm

Fred, when it comes to looking for a battery the correct size, have a look at the Exide/ Fulmen range made for Nissans. I got one for my SE6A exactly the right dimensions , with the smaller Japanese treminals, from Allbatteries.com. They also sell adaptors to bring the terminals up to European thickness, which avoids the need to change the ends of your HT leads. IIRC it cost me about 90€ delivered . :)


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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by tanuki » Sun Jan 04, 2015 6:40 pm

Thanks for the tip ! will keep it in mind :mrgreen:
I was thinking about a battery for tractors ... a friend of mine put one on his LandRover lightweight ...
not only it's up to the job, but it was almost half the price of a similar battery at a LandRover workshop 8)
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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by scimjim » Sun Jan 04, 2015 8:33 pm

It will allow the alternator to move around - which generally ends up with something cracking and/or the belt slipping, which then wrecks the belt and strands you on the side of a cold wet country road in the middle of nowhere with no mobile signal on a Sunday night :-)


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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by tanuki » Sun Jan 04, 2015 10:39 pm

scimjim wrote:It will allow the alternator to move around - which generally ends up with something cracking and/or the belt slipping, which then wrecks the belt and strands you on the side of a cold wet country road in the middle of nowhere with no mobile signal on a Sunday night :-)
Oh boy ... that's scarry enough :( It reminds me of my first pit stop on the freeway when I drove south towards the SouthoFrance meeting ...
when I tried to grab my mobile ... and noticed that I forgot it at home (only 150 miles :roll:) As a matter of fact I did the 2200 km round trip with no backup at all :oops: ... phew.

Thanks again !
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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by tanuki » Sun Feb 08, 2015 1:43 pm

After a quiet month of January, Purple has joined our monthly noggin in Nemours ... here are a few pics, fresh from the camera :lol:

I think she might have been a little jealous because it took a lot of time getting her started ... almost 10 attempts instead of the usual 4 before the engine would consider starting ... and not halting :oops:
Once she got out of the basement and driving through downtown Fontainebleau, she ran just fine ... and after 15 miles through the forest she was just starting to warm up when we reached destination.

That problem with the reverse gear came back again, no way to engage the reverse ... fortunately I was first on the playground,
so nobody noticed that I had to push her back a little for parking :oops:
After two hours in the cold, she started right away on my first turn of the key ... and kept perfectly idle at 600 rpm without any help.
Other members were actually surprised how smooth and regular was the engine running :shock: Fortunately there was no witness to her jealousy acting in the morning :lol:

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Re: La vie en Purple

Post by tanuki » Sat Apr 18, 2015 5:45 pm

Two weeks ago (April 5th) Purple attented another meeting in front of the Chateau de Vincennes
another occasion to introduce the marque to french motorists and sunday family bypassers 8)
It will take time ... lots of questions about it and even funny comments, like a couple of guys talking about it
one of them explaining to the other that he was pretty sure that it was a swiss car :roll:
Not sure enough though ... since he added 'well ... maybe eastern Europe after all' :shock:
I wonder why I bother having a Union Jack on each wing :lol: :lol:

More pics of Purple & other cars on that day here: viewtopic.php?f=12&t=27225

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