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The Beige Se5a : rebuild becomes Omega conversion

Post by DarrylWebb » Sun Jul 31, 2011 6:16 pm

Sorry, I'm not very inventive with names so that's title I'll have to go with....unless somebody can suggest a name based on registration starting MKK :)

You may have seen this on other posts.

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Tthis weekend was the first chance for a good inspection of the car.
I jacked it up and had a good old poke with hammer and screwdriver and for a 37 year old car, I'm impressed with how solid it is.
The worst part is the driver's side front cross-member.

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There's a small hole on the passenger's side too, and the rear cross-member might not be great. But so far, so good. I'll know better when the body comes off.
So other small jobs were removing front lights, and bits and bobs to prepare for removing the body.
I still want to run the engine to check oil pressure before I disconnect anything more major. The battery is on charge, so I'll see about trying that during the week.

Also, inspired by Tony's Se5a 'Kato' build, I tried offering up a 17" MX-5 wheel just for fun.

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Re: The Beige Se5a

Post by AJL Electronics » Sun Jul 31, 2011 6:40 pm

The obvious name has to be "Mick".


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Re: The Beige Se5a

Post by philhoward » Sun Jul 31, 2011 7:13 pm

The front outrigger is a normal rot spot and body removal isn't necessary to repair that; the rear tubes are normally fine (assuming thats the other bit your on about). Taking the body is a fair old task (as is putting it back on) so i'd be loathed to take it off unless you really, really want to..or are thinking of galvanising it?

What about "Makka" or "Mika" - but Mike is the obvious one...


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Post by DarrylWebb » Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:13 am

Mick seems to fit, being in Ireland and all :wink: And Mick is a down-to-earth, no-nonsense kinda guy, which suits.

I did wonder if taking the body off was overkill, seeing as I didn't find as much rot as I expected. But I'll still be happier knowing the underside is all done properly. I don't mind the extra time and work : I enjoy the build :)


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Re: The Beige Se5a

Post by scimjim » Wed Aug 03, 2011 12:11 am

I'd definitely advise against removing the body unless you can see serious rot in the main rails. front outriggers and side rails are easliy replaced in situ.

If you do go ahead, to make it manageable you'll need all the glass out and the doors removed - there's a guide on here somewhere on what exactly to disconnect and how to find the multitude of hidden securing bolts.


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Post by DarrylWebb » Sun Sep 04, 2011 6:00 pm

It's been a long time since my last post. I only get to work on the Scimitar at the weekend, and the past couple of weekends we've been trying to catch the last of the 'summer'.

Anyhoooo..

Activities have mostly been investigating a lack of oil pressure : like 0psi at idle. I took off the sump and found enough sludge to submerge the oil strainer. Cleaning it out I found some debris.

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Some folks here recommended taking a look at the big-end bearings and main bearing while I had the sump off.

I only looked at one main bearing and it looked something like the below (not my photo), but with more copper on show, plus there was more shiny debris in the channel.

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I put it back together seeing as I had the new oil and filter. What a phaff of a job it is to put the sump on while the engine is in the car. The front crossmember gets in the way. Cue much frustration and swearing.

Anyway, I got in on eventually, lashed in some flush oil and fitted a filter, started it up, and still no pressure.

So I've no confidence in this engine, and am looking to convert to another suitable RWD package. To be honest, I'm not that disheartened as the car so was cheap that a good engine would only have been a bonus. It's an automatic gearbox too, which wasn't my first choice, swaying me to conversion
too.

So while I consider my options I stripped the interior a bit further in readiness to remove the body.

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Re: The Beige Se5a

Post by philhoward » Sun Sep 04, 2011 6:22 pm

If the crank journals were unscored, then a set of shells would have probably restored the oil pressure TBH and converting to manual isn't tricky as long as you have the bits. The biggest problem you'll have is finding one your side of the Irish Sea unless you are willing to pay a bucket load of shipping charges...

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Re: The Beige Se5a

Post by scimjim » Sun Sep 04, 2011 6:27 pm

if it's zero at tickover (cold) I'd say it needs more than shells?

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Post by DarrylWebb » Wed Sep 07, 2011 12:38 pm

Thanks guys. The more I think of it, I'm happier at the thought of putting something more modern in. I'm not knocking the old Essex : I'd have liked to experience the car in it's original form, but if it's a bad 'un, I'll convert.

Yep, Omega is a definite possibility, especially as I could benefit from the experience of others here who have gone that route.
GM LS V8 : steady on, Jim :-) It's the sort of thing I admire seeing in other peoples' cars, but I don't think it's for me.
There's also the Jaguar AJ V6 from the S type that has been discussed here too, though strangely little elsewhere on the web. Have modders not realised it's V6 RWD yet?

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Post by DarrylWebb » Sat Sep 17, 2011 6:10 pm

I assume these will be self-explanatory : :wink:

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Post by philhoward » Sat Sep 17, 2011 6:16 pm

I'm assuming its a manual?...



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Re: The Beige Se5a

Post by DarrylWebb » Sat Sep 17, 2011 6:23 pm

Yep. Manual.
And thanks for the parts, BTW, Phil. I picked them up from Neil when he got back from Curborough.


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Re: The Beige Se5a

Post by scimjim » Sat Sep 17, 2011 7:12 pm

you have 328 days :-)


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Post by DarrylWebb » Sat Sep 17, 2011 8:54 pm

:lol:

However, there are NO deadlines on this project. I'm going to take my own sweet time dabbling at it, and enjoying the process.

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Post by scimjim » Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:07 pm

it seems that there's a 24v sub-meeting going on at Curborough next year - be there, or .............not :-)


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