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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by Oaksey » Sun May 24, 2015 11:41 pm

DARK STAR wrote: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.
Are you thinking of Coupe seats Chris? They are more buckety but 5/a are basically, if not the same as the Sunbeam items.


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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by DARK STAR » Mon May 25, 2015 6:03 am

I think that was only Straight Six cars but I can't find a photo ...
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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by Roger Pennington » Mon May 25, 2015 8:13 am

This is an Se5 (XRF976H - a press car)

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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by DARK STAR » Mon May 25, 2015 9:43 am

Hm, ok perhaps it's just the stitching that's different on the Coupé ...


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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by Stephenl » Tue Jun 16, 2015 6:56 pm

Progress........
  • New bump stops
    Shocks given a coat of paint
    Chassis cleaned and painted
    New rubber bushes in trailing arms
    Eastwood Cavity wax applied to all tubes and hidden recesses (not that it matters as much in droughtsville)
    All new hardened (and quite expensive) bolts; $7 for one bolt i paid yesterday :?
    New axle brackets and spruced up and rebuilt at considerable expense
    Electrics tidied up and a few minor repairs/improvements done
    Old holes now exposed from previous number plate fitting glassed over and made to look as good as possible
    Towbar repainted
    Inner wheelarches painted with official rubberized coating
    I've put insulation on the underside in a, probably vain, attempt to reduce road noise. I had it lying around so I don't see any harm. I've something similar under the rear load space too to give a little padding to the fuel tank which previously had nothing
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There's a nut still to tighten there too I just noticed!! :shock:

Brakes are bled but still have to put the exhaust on, get it started (Its been out of action for some months but I did start it not so long ago np) and give it the all important test drive. I expect/deserve a totally silent rear end for the money I've shelled out; no whining and no growling please. I''l let you know.


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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by b.c.flat hat » Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:15 pm

By heck Stephen, that's a cracker! Regards, Crusty.



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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by Roger Pennington » Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:43 pm

That looks good, well worth all the effort :D I see what you mean about the nut - better check the other side too!


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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by DARK STAR » Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:43 pm

Very clean!
Well done Stephen, fingers crossed for the test drive ...


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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by Stephenl » Tue Jun 16, 2015 9:53 pm

Quick question, the SE5 handbook states 1.1 liters of oil in the rear axle. I filled it with the car jacked up, because the watts linkage covers the fill hole when the wheels are on the ground, which might explain why it took a fair bit more than that.

Is the definitive measure "up to the bottom of the fill hole when the car is not jacked up" (so any excess comes out out the hole), like the gearbox seems to be.

or should I stick to the 1.1 litres strictly and does it matter hugely if there is 'too much' in there?

My current plan is to get the fill hole plug out, lower it, clean up any dribbles, raise fill plug back in; then good to go.


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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by DARK STAR » Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:13 pm

I'd let it find its own level.
You'd have a job to measure the volume now anyway 8)


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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by b.c.flat hat » Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:28 pm

Hi Stephen. Yes, the watts linkage couldn't be in a worse place, I have reversed the bolt on the inner end of the right push rod so I can take it out, drop the inner end downwards out of the way to fill the diff. Best o' luck, Crusty.



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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by Stephenl » Wed Sep 23, 2015 4:29 pm

I'm conscious Ive been "one of those people" who never update their threads. I was waiting until I got some freeway action as that is when the axle was noisiest, pre broken tooth calamity. Sorry to anyone who was on tenterhooks (anyone? no? oh!)

Well, my car has seen some action the last few days, since I finished the axle it was been just too hot to get it out but necessity has forced me into the drivers seat. The axle is fine, no noise at all, there is still some noise from the stereo in tune with the engine speed and some gearbox whine. I assume the gearbox is down to "its an old car". it's not loud.

So that's one of the "little jobs" seemingly dealt with. The axle always made a nasty whining noise but that tooth sheering made it terrible. Driving the car to work the last few days has reminded me however of the long list of other little jobs which need doing and a few additions which have occurred since the car was off the road a while! So some fun ahead :-)


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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by Scimher » Thu Sep 24, 2015 12:34 am

....Glad you're back behind the wheel..........



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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by Stephenl » Thu Sep 24, 2015 5:42 am

OK....... for my next challenge..............Hot start problems.

Got to work this morning, realized I had parked really badly (although its not such a huge point when you are parked next to a pick up the Scimitar seems to be able to fit in the bed of!) Decided to move it a bit, but it wouldn't start. Ive had a persistent hot start problem, remember being back at the NEC in 2010 trying to restart after jumping out to ask for directions, very embarrassing. I've done a few things since then, insulating fuel line/manifolds for example. No joy, as today proved.

Here's what is weird, for all the theories about fuel vaporization (which I like to think I might have ruled out with my under bonnet temp work), if I am parked on hill and drop the clutch, coast, drop it into second and let the clutch out..........it starts immediately. So fuel IS in the right place, in the right form.....

Can anyone help with what this is telling me?

I'm wondering if its an electrical problem somewhere, like a bad connection (eg to the coil) that if starved of power WHEN HOT, can't do the business??? Maybe a bit out there.

Anything more obvious I am missing?

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Re: Early SE5 stateside

Post by scimjim » Thu Sep 24, 2015 6:42 am

You're right - If it bump starts fine it must be an electrical fault in the start circuit (ignition switch, starter and the wiring between them and the starter to coil wire).


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