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Post by Roger Pennington » Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:38 pm

Maybe something like this - Racetech Temperature Indicators would be both easier to use and more accurate? They seem to be used a lot in motorsport.

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Post by Pepe » Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:38 pm

Hi guys...
Ihope to soon get back to putting back the lost Photos to the last 30 pages of this threat that have been screwed by Dropbox.

I havent' done so much on the car in the last months, busy working months... BUt - what shall I say... It just drives :)
I am still too afraid to take it to longer journeys but it has taken me reliably to work and back several times this year when the weather was good.

Last week I was in the workshop and tried my best on the Dunlop wheels. Polishing, Rust scratching (both ferrous and alloy :)), cleaning - repeat.
After some more cleaning I repainted the black sections with black chassis paint. This went reasonably well. Paint marks on raised areas where removed with gasoline.
Took no pictures, but potentially show the results at some stage later.

Including the Sparewheel in the car I should now have 4 usable Dunlops that need the new 185HR14 Vredestein Sprint Classics from the attic...

I am still very unsure where to put the Sprints on:
I recently had a chance to by a set of TVR wheels and also Wolfrace, in 14"
Too, I have a set of 14" PAs and the "restored" 14" Dunlops.
I think the Dunlops suit the car best of all, but are by far the worst wheels to keep in good shape over time.
The composite simply is not a good idea. Chrome is not too nice anymore as well. I will need to touch it up as it has some rust stains.
Hence I am wondering if I shall restore my 14" PAs or go Wolfies, the one-piece Alloy is somewhat longer lasting.
15" PA are already there and make the car unique, Wolfrace is a - well - everybody has that...


Turbine Style TVR Wheels (the one with the T spokes) do also look awesome, but I am afraid I won't get them through Tüv and too, to get bored soon by the look...


Luxury problems I'd say :)


What is STILL on the roadmap is waterproofing the car, especially ... - well, no especially... basically everythink leaks :)


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Post by MikeyBikey » Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:55 pm

The leaking does settle down. I have replaced all my seals and a year later fettled everything and so much better. The front windscreen leaks but I believe the professional fitter did a very poor job.

If i were you id use her as much as possible. She might let you down occasionally but that is a characteristic if old cars but it will soon iron out those items that need to be ironed out. I drive thousands of miles in mine and she nowhere as civilized as yours but i love it.

Re wheels - if you are going to use her a lot, use the wheels that are easiest to maintain but you are happy with. I had chromed spokes on a jag but it was a nightmare really. constantly trying to keep them clean.

Powder coating wheels is a good option. Very resilient, good gloss and colours.

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Post by Pepe » Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:36 pm

Hey guys...

...while restoring my Dunlop D4 Composites I researched a bit what the correct logos on the hub caps stickers will be.

I found the "Scimitar" Logo and the "GTE" logo. I am not aware about a coloured one but is there one "GTE" Logo that has a yellow background? or is thei "yellowing" when tehy age?

Actually it doesn't look to bad...

On Sporting Reliants I found this nice picture:

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Can anybody tell my what the body color on this early 5 is? seems to be kind of an Olive or kind-of-green Metallic..

Too, the hubs look a bit strange (flat!) on this but this maybe the photo :) And also the wheels look very 15"ish ...

When getting in touch with all the wheels I was thinking about if there is a threat that deals on summarizing all wheel choices for a Scimitar GTE SE5s.

What I know of is:
- Original Steel (14")
- Dunlop D4 Style 3 (14")
- MAG GT (14")
- MAG GT (15")
- Revotec (15")
- TVR "T" style (14")
- Minilite style (14")
- Wolfrace slotmags (14")
- Wolfrace slotmags (15")


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Post by scimjim » Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:54 pm

I think the GTE centre cap on the Dunlop’s yellow with age - I had one out today and it had definitely changed colour.
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I think the pic you have posted are MAGs. The colour could be Wessex Green?

I presume your list is a list of Wheels that “could” fit - not factory standard fit or optional extras?


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Post by gtcse8 » Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:30 am

I agree that the decals DO go yellow with age, mine have.

The wheels look remarkably like the Factory option of GT, SE5 1970 to 72 Alloys, page 225 Fourbears book.

Here`s MY Wessex Green 5a, the "Sporting" picture looks almost Tan.
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Post by Pepe » Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:03 pm

OK. Thanks guys.

Its clear to me the SE5 wheels are MAG GTs not Dunlops but basically the same applies for Hubcaps stickers... although the Scimitar Logo is on it... I've seen some red backgrounded Scimitar Logos- that standard?

And Yes Jim, this list of course is: What fits and is approx period correct or even what fits at all... :)
Almost forgout about the Fourbears...and its wheel overview.... Maybe this is due to the book loosing al its pages as its binding is pretty crappy from just going through it several times :D

SCimitar in that green on this picture looks remarkable. I like the colour!

Will research what comes near to the tone in the add...

EDIT: BTW : Where Scimitars (especially early press cars) painted to customer spec? Wessex green looks to be to dark for that...


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Post by gtcse8 » Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:30 pm

SCimitar in that green on this picture looks remarkable. I like the colour!

Christian which car are you referring to??.

I KNOW my car is Wessex Green as I resprayed the front just after I bought it as the Cellulose had dried out and was very thick in places, I also know of the technician who resprayed it at the Main Dealers about 10 years before I bought it.
I worked with his son and he recognised the reg, WWW is a pretty rare reg now and the car was looked after by the supplying dealership in Bingley West Yorks.
They were called Jowetts of Bingley and when they shutdown a company called Bingley Autorama took on the selling of used Scimitars just around the corner.

My car has always been local right from first registration and I have traced most of its history.

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Post by Pepe » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:37 pm

Hey guys...

little report. Got the dunlops equiped with tires now ... Hope to mount them soon and then have the suspension adjusted...

"New" wheels ...
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Time to polish out the hub caps as well. It wasn't easy and chrome in some areas is still bad - same as the chromed steel rings on the rims...anyway good enough as the second set of wheels...
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Alos cared about the alternator again :) after buying a set of new diodes, bbearigns slip rings etc...
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Post by Pepe » Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:13 pm

Hey guys.

After not posting for longer and a long series of rainy days.... I found the time to put on the 14" Dunlops yesterday.

... I am so speechless. :shock: :shock:

The car is totally transformed with them.
It drives a lot more fun! :D :D
It was sooo good and THIS is how the Scimitar is meant to be... sporty.
I have Vredestein Sprint Classics 185 R14 on the Dunlops with tubes.
They are quite a bit narrower than the 195er AllSeasons I had on the car before - making the car way easier to control, spare wheel now missing too (its on the car).
Vredesteins Sprint in 185 width has only 3 mayor treatlines and wide gaps. Of course nothing for tracks and utmost tire-tarmac contact, but very well working in daily driving!

This is how they look like:
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vs. the GoodYear All Seasons Gen 2
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The all seasons are not a bad tire - indeed it is a very good tested all season tire I had bought to also be able to drive in snow if this might be "required" :)....
especially in heavy rain they were good to have.

The 15" where not well balanced and with the tatty 3mm distances I needed in the front and wrong wheelnuts I had vibrations front and rear.
The new Wheels are well balanced and the car accelerates nicely up to higher speeds and is free of vibrations....

Next thing is :
- adjusting the cars track
- balancing the PAs properly
- getting the wheelnuts from Will brighton (Hey Will, please respond to my mails...)
- getting proper, better spacers


The Good old Alternator also has been put back together. I needed to do so in a hirry, hency i haven't taken a lot of photos.
It was completely rebuild with bearings, Diodepack, regulators, bushes and sliprings.

This will have it's final test soon in the car as well...Curios if this work paid out :)

So

that's it for now folks...


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Post by gtcse8 » Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:57 am

The Vredestein looks so much like the Avon Turbospeed that was the tyre of choice after the factory fit Pirelli Cinturato wore out.


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Post by Oldconn » Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:33 am

its BILL Brighton. :)


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Post by philhoward » Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:42 am

Oldconn wrote:
Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:33 am
its BILL Brighton. :)
Bill being short for William (generally), but I can't recall anyone every calling him anything but Bill..

I don't think Bill comes on here very often, Christian.


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Post by Oldconn » Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:01 pm

My point being that if you want to send him a message, he is not listed under Will. :)


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Post by philhoward » Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:01 pm

Oldconn wrote:
Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:01 pm
My point being that if you want to send him a message, he is not listed under Will. :)
Nor Bill on here :D

In fact, he's not really a forum user - not been online since 2013. If you're on Facebook, he's a member of the RSSOC group on there.


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