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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by DARK STAR » Thu May 21, 2015 9:03 pm

Ah yes, the last one we went to was in october, great.

Strangely I came across today an item in a 1980 copy of Slice about US Coupés (yes, plural).
Hope it's legible ...
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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by MikeyBikey » Thu May 21, 2015 10:03 pm

Hi Stephen, life is strange at times and full of challenges. Your approach with the tradesman sounds very pragmatic.

I had a mk2 jag and a £5k bodywork quote resulted in a £26k bill 2 years later. Lots of arguments, lawyers and stress. I resorted to me and a mate muscling the car away (posession is 9/10th's of the law, as the expression goes.) Still you have, hopefully, a decent result, fixed axle and car back on the road.

Also think if it was a modern car. Here in the uk some of the prices for fixing broken bits on modern cars are eye watering. £3200 for a cracked head on a land rover discovery. £1500 for a dual mass clutch!! £800 to investigate a misfire on a bmw mini....

Still well done


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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by Stephenl » Thu May 21, 2015 10:33 pm

Thanks Mike, that £21K is not funny, I'm not surprised you got tough. It's meant to be a fun hobby right?!

Chris, there is a Coupe around right now that was getting spotted here and there on the east cost for some years now. Someone bought it, stripped it down but then lost enthusiasm. It's was up for sale until as recently as last week. I suspect the ad just expired on Craigslist. I wonder if the registrar ever got the chassis number????

number 57 is missing from this webpage. I wonder if this scan you made is hot info!!!??

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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by Stephenl » Thu May 21, 2015 11:08 pm

568, the one owned by the chap who wrote in, isn't on the coupe register either.


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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by Stephenl » Fri May 22, 2015 4:58 am

Ok, here's pictures of the axle

Firstly, this is the work the guy had to do (that's about a grands worth of ££ welding apparently, total mind, see all the pics below) to

a) repair the concave rusted axle tube
b) modify the bracket, because they only make them for the SE5a and the early SE5 axle tube is a smaller diameter

rusty axle under where the old bracket was where mud must have sat for years
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He's filled it with weld and then ground it back
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Here's an insert to address that internal diameter problem
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and welded
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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by Stephenl » Fri May 22, 2015 5:08 am

Here's the finished product. The welding is very tidy, and the handbrake cable brackets, whilst they are in a different position on each side, have been made from scratch.

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Aside from operational brackets, the guts are pretty important, and cost EVEN more. So we've got a bank holiday weekend coming up, hopefully I can make some progress and get it close to or even back on the road.


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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by Stephenl » Fri May 22, 2015 5:13 am

Here's the before. :!:

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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by Coupe Racing » Fri May 22, 2015 5:58 am

Hope you replace the outer bearings and seals now


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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by Stephenl » Fri May 22, 2015 6:35 am

Yes that was done while it was apart.


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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by Scimher » Fri May 22, 2015 11:20 am

....It does look a terrific job to my untrained eye, Stephen......Hope it all slips back into place with no probs. Presume the breather-hole has not been blocked up...or you've managed to locate & unblock it.................



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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by Stephenl » Fri May 22, 2015 4:56 pm

I don't think these early axles had one. I drilled one a while back, it's kind of blocked by paint now but I fid find it.


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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by Stephenl » Sun May 24, 2015 8:43 pm

I question, one update.

Do these seats fit my SE5 (early, low bacK). they look the same and mine are a little tired, so for this price I'm tempted to snap them up.

http://www.mirrortrim.co.uk/sunbeam-alp ... -333-p.asp

Ok, fuel tank all polished up. Can anyone identify the mystery objects I recovered from inside!!!
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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by scimjim » Sun May 24, 2015 9:06 pm

I think the bit on the right is the roll pin from the fuel cap?


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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by DARK STAR » Sun May 24, 2015 9:07 pm

Fuel tank very impressive, no idea what the mystery objects might be!

I don't think those seat covers will fit, Alpine seats are much less 'buckety' than Scimitar ones.


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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by Scimher » Sun May 24, 2015 10:36 pm

.....I thought the seats were originally Alpine items, Chris??



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