Early SE5 stateside

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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by Stephenl » Tue Apr 28, 2015 5:31 am

Yep, other side is pretty much exactly the same. I've got the whole lot wire brushed now. Might as well paint the tow bar while I've got access and tidy up some of the crappy crimped electrics. Can see a few bits of GRP work to be done too...........!


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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by Stephenl » Mon May 11, 2015 9:34 pm

Evening all; progress is happening with chassis prep! No word on my axle but I'm not ready for it anyhow. Will post some pictures later.
I am missing bump stops. I figured that out when researching what the empty holes do.

In researching that I came across this picture. I don't have one of these. Should i?

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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by windy » Mon May 11, 2015 9:38 pm

Nice to hear chassis progress is being made. I think that extra strap might be for a rear seatbelt mounting point. None of my cars have had them.



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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by scimjim » Mon May 11, 2015 9:57 pm

yep - there's four of them for the optional rear belts (inner & outer L&R). There should be a spreader plate too but they normally corrode away first.


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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by scimjim » Mon May 11, 2015 10:02 pm

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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by scimjim » Mon May 11, 2015 10:03 pm

and the early bump stops are NLA so I adapted later ones to fit.


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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by Coco La Blanc » Mon May 11, 2015 10:32 pm

Stephen,
I made up new spreader plates in 3mm Stainless and added a larger 'L' shape to them, to spread the load a little more and as a Safety Improvement, and they haven't rusted at all - :) :shock: :) !
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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by Stephenl » Tue May 12, 2015 3:38 am

I'm buying whatever they are selling at QRG and I'll guess I'll have to fiddle with it if necessary. Seems the rubber is the most important bit :-)


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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by Stephenl » Tue May 12, 2015 3:49 am

OK, more pictures. We like pictures.

All the loose surface rust is gone along with flakey underseal. The chassis is very good, just the usual spots on teh dog leg, everything else very solid. The welding dealt with in exemplary style, I actually did some good runs on this second side, but gravity doesn't make it easy.
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So I've also got some mystery holes. Any ideas if there is something missing (apart from the bump stops)?

These two along side the fuel tank position; they are drilled, not rust
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The bump stop goes on the right; does that other hole on the underside, on the left do anything?
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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by Stephenl » Tue May 12, 2015 3:53 am

Most of the electrics tidied up, a few more small jobs to be done, maybe another tickle on the chassis with the black paint too. I'll be chasing up Axle Dude soon hopefully.


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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by Stephenl » Tue May 12, 2015 3:55 am

Oh, and don't read anything in to the Biohazard masking tape.............


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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by MikeyBikey » Fri May 15, 2015 6:23 pm

Looks great, I haven't risked attacking my chassis.


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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by Stephenl » Thu May 21, 2015 12:40 am

OK, I've finally, after several months, got my diff back.

I think this has been a very expensive and stressful enterprise and I really hope it was worth it.

I was already in for £900 (crown wheel and pinion) + £160 (brackets). The diff guy quoted me $300 to put the brackets on (in addition to his costs to rebuild and bearings), which I was a bit frustrated about, but the work needed to be done. I was tempted to do it myself but decided to bite the $300 and let them go ahead for a proper job. Got an email the other day tell me the cost of the welding had escalated to................... $1400................ Oh, and by the way he already did the work. :shock: The diff guy actually told me that he was going to do the welding but then subbed it out without telling me, so I had no reason to ensure preemptively the $300 didn't change.

I just went down to "discuss", and my suggestion that the difference between the two was "not my problem" didn't go down well, to say the least. He reduced the cost to $800 already as he knew that was insane and apparently I am getting the deal of century (for something I didn't ask for and would never had agreed to if they had bothered to ask me before running up a mental bill and expecting me to pay).

Fortunately for me, until recently , I worked for a law firm, and some of my former colleagues and good friends are CA attorneys, so I knew that any activities such as "I'll rip the cuts out of it and cut the brackets off right now and you can take the whole lot away" was not going to be very productive and would come back and bite him financially. But I also knew that I was 100% in the right and not obliged to pay any more than the $300 agreed.

Something else I've learnt in my short life, and it is not something I enjoy acknowledging, is that when lawyers get involved everyone loses, irrespective of right and wrong. Even though some people know it, and use it to suck the life out of everyone and sneak a living, the best answer is to compromise in such situations. I now have a refurbished diff including shinny new brackets. I didn't pay the asking price $1400 nor $800 but I did pay more than the $300 I was expecting and agreed to but that's something I had to do to get my parts unfortunately. I don't know if the guy was trying to rip me off, my gut says he wasn't, but he was in the wrong and if he's lost out as he very clearly informed me he was, then tough. I'll post the pictures he gave me of the welding that was required and the end product and maybe you chaps can judge as to whether or not it should take more than 2hrs (@ $150 per hr; wish I got paid that!)

I also had to get out of there with a whiff of good will, in case there are any problems and I need to take it back! Trashing the place would have meant a warranty repair wasn't much of a possibility!

Anyway, putting all the crazy expense and enthusiasm sapping unpleasantness behind me, I very much hope I will soon be back on the road :-)

Pics and further trials and tribulations getting it back in the car to follow, as always!


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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by DARK STAR » Thu May 21, 2015 6:18 am

Bad luck there Stephen, hope it all goes smoothly from now on.
Our trip to San Diego is postponed to the autumn - perhaps we'll see it finished :)


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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by Stephenl » Thu May 21, 2015 8:17 pm

Don't think the dates have been finalized but the British car show is in the autumn, as you may recall.

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