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Post by billy big skid » Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:44 am

I spent yesterday evening ar the unit having a look at what i've bought. I don't want to go mad, i've got the wife's mini to sort out too, so for now i just want to make it run, get it roadworthy and paint it.

There are some pros and cons. The brake and clutch master cylinders have been overhauled, it has new brake discs and pads, it came with two spare shockers and new dizzy cap, points, condenser and rotor arm. Not much is missing, all the seats are gone, there are two front seats but they are a bit wide and rub on the door so i will replace them. There doesn't seem to be any bracketry for the electric fan, the radiator is knackered and there is no boot carpet. Centre console lid is missing. Ignition switch socket has been bodged and the exhaust doesnt fit properly.

We have a chassis number!
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Radiator is knackered. Lots of rust where it's shat itself.
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Previous owner's handiwork, it made it look like a hearse, so it was removed.
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Underneath. The exhaust is tight up to the chassis and the outlets are in the wrong place. Exhaust from a different model maybe?
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Paintwork is poor, it's been rattle canned in the rain.
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Post by billy big skid » Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:53 am

Some more.

The offside front wing was rusty, there's a lump of something metallic in there!
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The usual electrical tomfoolery. Shame about the ignition switch housing bodge, the rest of the dash is in good nick.
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Steering wheel isn't original by the look of it.
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I don't know what goes on here, but it's clean so whatever it is has only recently been removed.
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Interesting spare wheel. :shock:
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Last tax disc.
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Post by scimjim » Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:07 am

Inlet manifold outlet is the brake servo feed.

Exhaust is probably just alignment and a bit of playing around with the engine mounts.

The wing corrosion is a strengthening tube that runs up the windscreen surround - open heart surgery looms :-)


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Post by manny » Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:10 am

the hearse look in the back -- is what i have at the moment... :oops: and like!


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Post by billy big skid » Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:19 pm

scimjim wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:07 am
Inlet manifold outlet is the brake servo feed.

Exhaust is probably just alignment and a bit of playing around with the engine mounts.

The wing corrosion is a strengthening tube that runs up the windscreen surround - open heart surgery looms :-)
Thanks for the info.

Servo makes sense, there is a similar connector on the servo so just a bit of tube needed. Exhaust is good news, i was thinking i was going to have to replace it. I'm a bit apprehensive about the wing issue though, sounds a big/pain in the *rse job.



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Post by billy big skid » Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:20 pm

manny wrote:
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the hearse look in the back -- is what i have at the moment... :oops: and like!
Not for me, i like to have rear seats so the grandkids can ride.



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Post by billy big skid » Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:21 pm

I've also noticed that the seat belts are missing.



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Post by billy big skid » Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:39 pm

Well, i've managed to source a second hand radiator, so next weekend will be to get her running. What's the best size battery to get?



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Post by efi_sprintgte » Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:44 pm

If it's the standard battery tray use 015 (if you can get one) or 057



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Post by billy big skid » Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:46 pm

Talking of battery trays, my battery tray has a piece of wood in it. I took it out and found that a large chunk of it was missing.

Is there some sort of bracketry that goes on there to secure the battery.



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Post by philhoward » Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:28 am

That’s a standard steering wheel except for the interesting brackets holding the rim to the hub. It should be rivets (with some nylon wedge spacers).

Sounds like someone has been tweaking the battery tray to take a larger battery?


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Post by ScimmyMike » Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:54 am

Servo vacuum pipe is 3/8ths diameter, I've just bought some myself


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Post by CNHSS1 » Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:57 am

Ensure you buy pukka servo hose, it's Kevlar reinforced and oil resistant. Ordinary hose quickly softens and you get a spongey pedal


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Post by DarrylWebb » Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:57 pm

Re the rusty wing, there's a tube extending about 12" forward of the base of the A-pillar. In fact, going the other direction it runs right up the A-pillar along the top of the door and rear window and partway down the C-pillar.
Mine was rusted-out due to a crack in the GRP at the base of the A-pillar, which I repaired by digging up and inserting steel tubing from B&Q. Any damage evident in that area?


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Post by billy big skid » Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:25 pm

philhoward wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:28 am
That’s a standard steering wheel except for the interesting brackets holding the rim to the hub. It should be rivets (with some nylon wedge spacers).

Sounds like someone has been tweaking the battery tray to take a larger battery?
Thanks for the info, the battery tray is a mystery. It looks like a large bite has been taken out of it by a big dog.



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