Body back on...Woo! (SE6A in Hants)

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Re: Stripped down to the bare bones...... (SE6A in Hants)

Post by PlasticMan » Sat Aug 16, 2014 6:16 pm

Success!

I mounted the puller just off the hub by packing out the studs and temporary bolts with big flat washers, then bolted it on. Then wound it up, wound it up some more and eventually the axle of evil gave up its hub with a mighty crack.

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Mind you it hadn't entirely given up, I then found the castleated nut almost impossible to get off. I had to use my scaffold pole extension to free it, thanks to the thread breaking up inside.

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Re: Stripped down to the bare bones...... (SE6A in Hants)

Post by AJL Electronics » Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:19 pm

The hub nut should be wound back on to be flush with the end of the halfshaft. Told you it wouldn't let you down though!


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Re: Stripped down to the bare bones...... (SE6A in Hants)

Post by PlasticMan » Sun Aug 24, 2014 4:21 pm

My next victim is the trailing arms. I tried pressing the old bushes out but that seemed very awkward, so decided that fire would be effective. Actually it worked a treat leaving just the outer shell in contact with the arms, which could then be pried out. After that I could clean up the arms...

Before and after...
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Part way through, stopped for a cuppa and the cat decided that my overalls smelt very interesting......

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Cleaned ready for paint..

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Between painting sessions I looked at the axle and the oil seal. I'm pretty sure I have the wrong seal, as it looks nothing like the original, is the new one a diff pinion seal or something else?

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Re: Stripped down to the bare bones...... (SE6A in Hants)

Post by PlasticMan » Sat Sep 27, 2014 7:47 pm

A bit more progress, I'm nearly ready to declare the chassis finished and start putting everything back together.

Over the last couple of weekends I have tackled both ends separately and burned through dozens of flap discs to clear off the old paint and grot.

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A splosh of paint..

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Also welded on this'ere plate as I had cut the rusty remnants off last year and hadn't got around to sorting it... I probably should have taken a few more pics of the process but didn't!

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Then I cleaned up the back end and treated it to a load of genolite anti rust stuff (the metal was fairly pitted but not so far gone as too need cutting out).

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Then got the paint brush out again....

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Would you believe this is supposed to be grey paint? Looks dingy white to me. Never mind!

So all I need to do now before refitting the body is....
Replace the brake and fuel lines.
Re fit the engine.
Probably replace the water and oil pumps and timing gear.
Remove a broken bolt from the left exhaust bank.
Refit the exhaust system, with the Viv repaired manifold.... Yep I still owe you for that, I haven't forgotten!
Replace the clutch. Re fit the gearbox.
Re fit the back axle.
Dont forget the prop shaft!
Get the shocks rebuilt or replaced front and rear.
Re fit and re bush the front suspension (possibly the other way around!).
Re fit the steering rack.
Then maybe re fit the body.

I have probably missed something! Hopefully I will realise before refitting the shell!



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Re: Stripped down to the bare bones...... (SE6A in Hants)

Post by MikeyBikey » Sat Sep 27, 2014 8:38 pm

great stuff. I have yet to tackle a body off !!


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Re: Stripped down to the bare bones...... (SE6A in Hants)

Post by PlasticMan » Sat Sep 27, 2014 10:11 pm

Thanks Mike. I have to admit I never intended to take the body off but one thing led to another! I'm glad I did though as I have repaired parts that wouldn't have been spotted other wise.

PS Hope you get the head gasket issue sorted, it does seem a bit odd!



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Re: Stripped down to the bare bones...... (SE6A in Hants)

Post by PlasticMan » Fri Oct 10, 2014 7:24 pm

Another small step, the engine is back in and a small step backwards, I can't find the nuts for the engine mounts, Doh!

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Re: Stripped down to the bare bones...... (SE6A in Hants)

Post by greenmeanie » Fri Oct 10, 2014 11:53 pm

Hi just a suggestion while the engine is out I would recommend changing all the core plugs as it makes life so much easier and to complement your chassis a nice coat of paint on engine.
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Re: Stripped down to the bare bones...... (SE6A in Hants)

Post by PlasticMan » Sat Oct 11, 2014 7:04 pm

greenmeanie wrote: I would recommend changing all the core plugs as it makes life so much easier
Good idea, I must admit although I very briefly had the engine running it hasn't had any kind of cooling system plumbed in for a long time. I plan to replace the core plugs, the water pump and give it a good flush.

On a different note I decided to do a bit of a big tidy, I think I have found the engine mount nuts but also discovered this, it came with all the other un attached Scimitar bits but its not SE6.

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Actually I'm fairly convinced its out of a mini, anyone need a knackered looking mini heater?!

Compare and contrast!
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Re: Stripped down to the bare bones...... (SE6A in Hants)

Post by scimjim » Sun Oct 12, 2014 12:21 am

Yep - looks like mini to me too :-)


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Re: Stripped down to the bare bones...... (SE6A in Hants)

Post by PlasticMan » Sun Oct 19, 2014 10:25 pm

Today I decided to start on the back axle tart up....

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Strip down...

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Remove brake lines and clean... Much elbow grease later....

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Whilst checking it over I found 2 things one was this cracked plug.

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Although looking carefully the hole appears superficial and doesn't make it all the way in. Also there appears to be only one little breather hole, I though there should be one each end. Any thoughts regarding either point?

Also currently the axle has been primer'ed for temporary protection but as this is a part that can run reasonably hot, I'm thing some kind of brake paint/ceramic paint might be an idea, any recommendations?



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Re: Stripped down to the bare bones...... (SE6A in Hants)

Post by windy » Sun Oct 19, 2014 10:34 pm

One breather hole is normal & ordinary paint should be fine :)



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Re: Stripped down to the bare bones...... (SE6A in Hants)

Post by PlasticMan » Sun Oct 19, 2014 11:14 pm

Thanks Mark!



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Re: Stripped down to the bare bones...... (SE6A in Hants)

Post by AJL Electronics » Mon Oct 20, 2014 6:18 am

Isn't that weld to hold the axle tube?


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Re: Stripped down to the bare bones...... (SE6A in Hants)

Post by PlasticMan » Wed Oct 22, 2014 8:07 pm

I've had a couple of days off and the weather hasn't been too bad, ex hurricane Gonzalo was a damp squib here! Anyway so I finished painting the axle and have bolted it loosely back in...

Behold nice and shiney, cleaned up, re bushed radius arms...

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The mighty axle of evil re painted...

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Back home and the correct way up!

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It feels good to tick off some of the bigger jobs but the list of small jobs appears to be growing and growing!



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