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Re: SE5A Project - Swindon

Post by Scimher » Sat Mar 11, 2017 3:47 pm

Rev Light wrote:New MOT today, after the welding mentioned elsewhere.

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...Snap! (But excluding the welding.. :) So that's two 5-series GTE's that need their MOT's renewing on the same day, next year.. :mrgreen:



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Post by Rev Light » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:34 am

New fuel pump and a new thermostat fitted - not that it made any difference to the temperature being reported on the gauge.

Seems to be running okay though.
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Re: SE5A Project - Swindon

Post by MikeT » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:59 am

Looks great!

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Re: SE5A Project - Swindon

Post by Roger Pennington » Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:56 pm

Agreed, that looks fantastic. well done! :D


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Re: SE5A Project - Swindon

Post by ronnie » Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:04 pm

Your car in that colour does it for me.....
Looks superb.

Summer is coming

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Re: SE5A Project - Swindon

Post by Rev Light » Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:12 pm

Don't get too close.....


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Re: SE5A Project - Swindon

Post by Rev Light » Sat May 06, 2017 2:55 pm

Recent issues being looked at.

1. The exhaust manifold is blowing quite badly on the driver's side.
2. High idle after sustained high speed run - only returns to a normal idle when throttle blipped (quite a big blip actually). Then instantly back up high again next time you use the accelerator.
3. Leaking rocker cover gasket.

So tools out this morning in an attempt to cure all of the above:

Alas, my fears were not unfounded, when I tried to remove the manifold bolts, which looked as if they had not been disturbed in a very long time. Experience has taught me to not disturb these things unless you have no other alternative. I got 5 out ok, but the top one, closest to the firewall has snapped, leaving its threaded section in the head, inaccessible to repair in situ.

Looking at all the other bolts, I was a lucky chap to get 5 of them out, as they were all 'waisted' and corroded in the mid section. Not going to be able to do anything about it in the short term without pulling the head or the entire engine. I am hoping to be in a position to pull the engine this coming winter, as I have other jobs I wanted to be getting on with, core plugs, rear main seal, general clean up and paint, etc.

So it went back together with 5 new bolts and new gaskets. I do not think it will hold for long though. Still, not much in the way of old gasket was in evidence, only one semi intact and a couple of scraps. I will hold off doing the other side as it is not blowing yet.

The rocker cover went on with a another new gasket and some gloop, hopefully it will stop dribbling down the side of the engine.

The idle issue, seems to be an airlock up at the carb, I have already replaced the throttle cable, which needed a new one anyway. I had also noticed, recently, the temp gauge going off and on and a generally reading low. And I am having to top up the water now and again. However my drive is sloped, nose down is usual for parking, and my water bottle was full, which was giving me a false sense of security. Anyway topped up from the highest point now. Can you bleed the coolant from the carb? I noticed a bolt there on the side of the inlet/outlet housing, but was not sure of its function.

When I ran the car up to temp, I could hear some hissing, which I tracked down to the expansion bottle top pipe coming from the top of the engine. Re-securing pipe seems to stop the hissing and hopefully the source of the coolant leak.

Well the smoke has cleared from all the release agent on the cast manifold. The Scimitar sounds much better than it has any right to. Time to put the tools away and clear up.

Three jobs done, one to be re-done and another to be added to the list.

I think I am ahead on the day...Just.

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Re: SE5A Project - Swindon

Post by gtcse8 » Sat May 06, 2017 4:54 pm

Steve the Bolt head on the side of the inlet/outlet housing is a lock bolt to allow setting of the choke, there is a bi metal spring inside that needs to be slightly under tension when cold to shut the choke flaps when you prime the throttle before cold starts.

You could remove one of the pipes and use a funnel to top up, but is a pain to do.

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Re: SE5A Project - Swindon

Post by Rev Light » Sat May 06, 2017 4:59 pm

Thanks Mark,

Glad I did not touch it. I used a funnel to top the system up.

I think its time to go to a K&N box filter as I have had my standard air filter unit off and on so many times, its getting to be a pain. Every job I need to do, its the first thing that needs to be removed.

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Re: SE5A Project - Swindon

Post by Rev Light » Sat Jun 03, 2017 1:04 pm

So, just enjoying the car recently.

Fast idle was eventually cured when I popped up to scimjim's and we identified it as a disturbed choke housing that did not allow the choke to fully turn off.

I also bought a new temp sender as the contact had broken off the old one when I tried to clean it. However the new one is over-reading by quite some margin. So waiting for a new one to arrive.

I have also managed to fix a rattling passenger window that was driving me nuts. A little length of sound proofing in the window channel has quietened things down.

And finally, I have fitted a couple of new snail horns. After a recent spate of being pulled out in front of, and feeling the need to voice my disapproval at some people's need to barge in front at the last opportunity.....my old horns were well past their sell by date and their pathetic squeek was not manly enough. Now I can get 'all Italian' when the mood takes me.

Sometimes it those little fixes that make you smile.

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Post by scimjim » Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:45 am

Steve has probably collapsed with exhaustion after today’s efforts, so let me tell the story of today in pictures :D
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Post by Rev Light » Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:02 am

You can tell it was cold up at Jim's workshop yesterday. I look even more like the 'Michelin Man'. But a diet is definitely forecast in the new year.

Its a young man's game this engine pulling. And yes I do really feel it, this morning.

But its out. List of jobs to do:

Change gearbox and overdrive.
Replace radiator and all pipework.
Clean up engine bay and engine.
Replace rear main seal of engine.
Replace clutch.
Replace core plugs.
Paint engine and gearbox.
Replace engine and gearbox mounts.
And anything else we come across.

Cheers to Jim for his help with the final pull and general supervision/piss taking.......

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Post by willholderogri » Mon Dec 18, 2017 1:12 pm

looking good steve


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Post by Rev Light » Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:51 am

Okay, so its time for an update or two:

1st picture - cleaning the engine. Years of filth and loose paint removed.
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Post by Rev Light » Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:58 am

Sump off and core plugs out. lumps in the process of being removed from strainer.
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