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Post by Datsundrew » Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:13 pm

Exactly philhoward!! So, Saturday my friend (a trained Cummins expert) and I set about replacing the pump, all went well and I was happy that there was enough room to get it in and out fairly easily. We got it all in and timed up.....or so we thought, and after 2 batteries to get fuel to the injectors it fired up.
It was very lumpy and quite smokey but it cleared a bit as it warmed up. Took it for a test drive and it was definitely more responsive, and the revs are continuous with a power band at around 4000 rpm, here the old pump would be winding down a bi, I noticed it was running hotter than usual too and was still giving out smoke at idle and low revs, and a bit of a misfire. It was the same characteristics as a petrol when the timing is retarded, so back home and moved the pump around 1 spline ( as I’d run out of adjustment on the pump) this time, it started instantly, no smoke, and was a totally different beast, the exhaust note sounds fabulous on the 5 pot!
So, out again for a test drive, same route as before, dry roads and it became clear that you reall mustn’t floor it in 2nd gear turning into a side road at 20mph!
Before , I may have had a bit of a spin on wet roads, but it would have to be ‘intentional ‘ now it’s a case of remembering not to accelerate when changing direction, it’s a concept that’s very new to me :D :D
So a bit more tweaking today, and a good drive out for a couple of hours, and I have to say I am overjoyed with the result, what a great car!! It absolutely bloody flies, and the fuel gauge barely moved. It pulls really well in all gears from 800 rpm and up to 5000, it will go past that for sure as it give no sign of holding back, but I would rather not try it, and it’s not needed really. There is so much power in 4th, it’s going to make a superb tow car. 70 in 5th is just under 3000rpm. Chuffed, had to come home for tea otherwise I’d probably still be out in it now :D



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Post by Datsundrew » Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:23 pm

I forgot to say, I jacked it up this morning to check bolts, bearings etc at the front as I had a few odd clunks, and was surprised to find several nuts that needed a tighten, and both track rod ends, and 1 wheel bearing, so it’s now feeling very different. My next quandary is to figure out where I will finally mount the oil filter, as it can’t stay on the passenger foot well and I’m not a big fan of the hole in the tunnel with pipes coming through!
I’m thinking of mounting it behind the wheel, upside down, sounds crazy, but it would be convenient.
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Post by Roger Pennington » Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:03 pm

Datsundrew wrote:
Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:23 pm
I’m thinking of mounting it behind the wheel, upside down, sounds crazy, but it would be convenient.
On an Se6a with PAS the easiest way to change the filter is through the wheelarch, so it's perhaps not so strange? The only problem might be if it's going to be vulnerable to stones?


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Post by Coupe Racing » Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:54 pm

wont the wheel hit it ?


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Post by Datsundrew » Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:20 pm

No, it’s miles away, if you look where I’ve placed it ,it’s in the green bit, which is where the shield would be, so it’s behind that. I really can’t find anywhere else to put it that’s convenient.



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Post by Datsundrew » Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:36 pm

I had Friday off and the weekend too, so I got more done. As my daily is a Landrover, I don’t get a chance to listen to music when I’m driving, so I decided that I would really like a good sound system, nothing ridiculous or loud, just clear and good sound. Audio amps, head units and speakers used to cost a fortune, but these days it seems they are a bit obsolete, so a whole set up was bought on e bay for less than £100! I spent double that 39nyears ago! Fitting it took ages as I wanted it to be a neat install, but I got there, and I am really pleased with the results. 2 amps sounds ott, but with decent speakers, cables and crossovers, it’s sounds superb. I finished off by adding some good sound mat.
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Post by Datsundrew » Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:10 pm

So with the music installed, I was ready to go out on drive it day with the imp club on a tour around Wales. Mike Thompson a local scimitar member very kindly sorted out a pair of standard front struts for me to try as I wasn’t happy with the AVO set up I have, as it’s hard and crashes over bumps, and it sits too low even though the spring seat it virtually has way up the thread, so I also got these fitted for the run out.
Now, when you think of a run out with hillman imps, you’d probably imagine a sort of extended shopping trip via the hairdressers with a total mileage of about 3 miles? Not so! Anyone that know imps knows they like to be revved and driven hard as power only really happens above 4000rpm (head gaskets and water pumps permitting :D )
So we met at Austin services on the M4, over the bridge, Abergavenny, Hay, Brecon,up several mountains, Forest of Dean and a whole lot of other places , stopping for breaks along the way. In total I did 168miles, and I have to say it was driven quite hard, and gave it a good blast on the M4 coming back. I filled it up before I left and returned with just under 3/4 tank, the tank I have is a 5 not a 6 so it’s smaller, what I should really do now is fill it again, but I’m quite happy with the economy, I’m guessing mid 30’s? Maybe more?
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Post by Datsundrew » Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:12 pm

Another member spotted the convoy and took a pic of me actually driving!
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Post by Datsundrew » Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:24 pm

So all in, it was a great day out, I thoroughly enjoyed the drive, and this is the first time I’ve driven it this distance, and not had any issues. With the borrowed suspension it drives like a completely different car, feels really solid, and very comfy, and I’m impressed with the handling. Once on the move you’d never know it’s a diesel and with the modded pump it’s a joy to drive. Very happy.
Next on the list is to modify the engine mounts. The Mercedes mounts are fluid filled and allow Bit too much movement , on hard acceleration they transmit noise.so I’m going to try rubber again.....



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Post by philhoward » Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:34 am

And Mike reckons he’s retired... :lol:

Good to hear of a run out with no issues!


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Post by Datsundrew » Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:46 am

Not posted on here for a bit. The scim has behaved although I've not used it much. I did go to powderham castle show with some friends and took the caravan and everybody's camping gear, and had a good drive. When towing my little caravan you easily forget it's there, and unlike the stiletto its door mirrors are wide enough to see behind without extenders.
So today I had some time to sort a couple of niggles and give it an oil change. When I put the engine in the oil was like jelly, I've changed it twice and had the incident where it lost 6 litres, so now it's all looking a bit cleaner......it's still black, but it now washesof my hands! I filtered a load of veg oil and filled it up, kicked the tyres, and think I'm ready for scimfest :D
Just a good wash and pack to do in the evenings now.
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Post by Pogle » Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:19 am

Hello Drew

I am faced with the prospect of changing one of my rear side windows on my Scimitar SE6A I came across the modification you have done to yours via another post and think it is a very good one. I followed up and looked at your profile and see that you have finished your restoration and that it looks fantastic.
The rear side window rubbers are apparently very hard to fit and very expensive. With your retro fit you get ventilation and ease of fitting.
Was wondering if you still have the contact top get the glass cut and drilled and if you could give me any more info on the hinges and closing unit although I reckon a fiat punto has what I would need also where you bought the aperture seals and if possible a part number.
Basically its a bloomin good idea and I want to copy it.

I look forward to hearing from you.

By the way the decision to leave off the chrome trim from the glass I think was the right one.

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Post by Datsundrew » Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:11 pm

Thanks Ian!
I’ve written up an article that has just come out in slice on this. Unfortunately mt friend who was the contact for the glass has left his job......however I know that the company that made the glass is called ‘ independent glass’ and are based in Scotland. I’m sure that if they were approached they would help. It’s business after all!



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Post by Datsundrew » Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:15 pm

Today saw another milestone! After nearly a year of the internal oil filter set up, it has moved! It’s now under the wheel arch, and I no longer have a big hole in the footwell letting in noise and wind. Posh.
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Post by philhoward » Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:59 pm

That sounds awfully civilised in the grand scheme of things, Drew! :D


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