1978 SE6a rolling restoration project

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Post by MikeT » Sun May 22, 2016 9:06 am

Morning all -

Both shocks have been fitted for a while now - ride height it spot on imo, and it drives nice too. It could probably do with firming up a little if anything, but it's pretty good for now. I'll take a few pics later on if I get out in it.

I've also had the spare calipers back from Bigg Red now too -

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Nice and shiny eh - I think I may lacquer them before fitting to try and preserve the finish for a little while.

Not a lot of progress with anything - just enjoying driving it for now ;)

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Post by MikeT » Sat Mar 18, 2017 7:38 pm

Evening all -

So there's been a few updates since last May - I seem to have got out of the habit of documenting stuff unfortuantely :(

I've got a few things done, and been to a few local shows - here's a bit of a recap...

I picked up a set of stainless kick plates, which look a lot tidier now

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I bought a boot lock from Trevor on here (Red Rocket), as my lock could be opened with just about anything...

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Getting the retaining ring off was a real pain, plenty of plus gas and perseverance got there in the end - shame plus gas doesn't cure glass-fibre rash though eh

Pretty straight forward though - I bought a new gasket for it too.

I made it to Curborough with my Dad in August - although i didn't seem to get any photo's until late in the day...

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Progress (and enthusiasm if I'm honest) was slowed a bit after I bought this in September...

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It's a 2002 986 Boxster S 986 - 3.2 flat 6, it drives great, and is good fun with the roof off in the sun. I'll be honest, the temptation was there to think about letting the Scim go after buying this, but the Scim's staying. Not sure how long I'll keep the Boxster for, we'll see.

Back to the Scim then, I've fitted the LED puddle lights in the drivers door, taking a feed from the switch in the roof panel (purple),and tapping into the eath on the door close switch. They red's are really bright, and the white lights up the floor nicely. It's all a bit academic really, as I'm rarely out after dark, and even less frequently when there are puddles about, lol. Nice to have though.

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I also replaced the weather strip on the drivers door while it was all in bits. I bought some rivets from EBay, similar to what are used in making jeans I guess. Since doing it though, I read that someone had used tiger seal or similar and glued it on. With hindsight, that would've much been easier than messing around with pliers trying to crimp rivets with pliers etc!

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I'm currently in the process of fitting the refurbished calipers - I picked up a set of braided Goodridge hoses from Graham Walker at Curborough. I know the passenger caliper is sometimes sticking a bit, so time to sort that before the next MOT in April.

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The only thing I need to pick up are a set of the pad retaining springs. I think the calipers are Rover SD1 - if so, I can pick them up on Monday from David Manners, who are pretty local to me.

I also bought the brake bleeding tool below - I found it for 16 quid, the Youtube video's and reviews seem pretty good, so I'll see how that goes...

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So that's me just about up to speed now - I'll try not to leave it so long next time ;)

Cheers,

Mike.
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Re: 1978 SE6a rolling restoration project

Post by philhoward » Sat Mar 18, 2017 7:51 pm

Nice work Mike :)

I think an SD1 fitting kit will work for the pads - or is it MGB? Probably the same one..


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Post by MikeT » Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:52 pm

Thanks Phil -

In the end, I went for a Triumph 2000 / 2500 pad fitting kit, but I think they're the same. The chap in David Manners did find out a set for an MGB (not sure which year), and although very similar, they were slightly narrower than the Scim / Triumph ones.

I also had to get a couple of solid pipes made up, as the depth of the threads were different to the old calipers - and I felt I'd buggered the one side removing it, so wasn't happy refitting it, even if I could have swapped them over.

These folks in Selly Oak made them up - http://www.stevsonmotors.co.uk/Stevson% ... epage.html (the bloke is as grumpy as they come tbh, but the 2 girls who work there were very friendly and helpful).

I also painted the 'Lockheed' badge, just because, and after masking them up, gave them a few coats of lacquer - hopefully this might preserve the appearance of the freshly painted finish.

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Everything's now fitted, brakes bled (cheers Steve!), and took it for a spin this afternoon. (I'm not convinced how good the bleeding tool is that I bought - the last wheel to bleed was difficult to draw fluid though - the easybleed kit was much more effective really)

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The reason I started this in the first place was that Paul the MOT chap noticed the passenger caliper was sometimes failing to release properly... I noticed when cleaning the insides of the wheels that the n/s had considerably more brake dust than the o/s.

I also routed the brake pipes underneath correctly, using fresh pipe clips to connect it to the chassis.

Once I realised how those clips work (you have to break them in half), I did all the fuel pipes too - as well as replacing the short one near the sump and the 2 at the tank for new Cohline pipe - a job I've been meaning to do for ages.

A good test drive has shown everything is as it should be - happy days ;)

Cheers,

Mike.
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Post by Nigel Clark » Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:23 pm

I tried a vacuum bleeding kit that looked much the same. Wasn't impressed and went back to Eezibleed, which worked well. Just take care the air pressure doesn't cause brake fluid leakage.

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Post by Oldconn » Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:49 am

Ditto that, I am disappointed with my vacuum bleeding gadget :(


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Post by metalmoth » Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:53 pm

Hi I have just read your project thread. Hats off to you sire! Shame about the photo bucket pics though as I can’t see them. What is the latest?


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Post by scimjim » Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:58 pm

press refresh on each page and the pics should load (depending on what you're viewing on). There are some browser fixes in this thread if you need them.


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Post by efi_sprintgte » Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:59 pm

metalmoth wrote:
Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:53 pm
Hi I have just read your project thread. Hats off to you sire! Shame about the photo bucket pics though as I can’t see them. What is the latest?
Refresh the page normally shows the pic



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Post by metalmoth » Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:45 am

Hi thanks for reply. How do I do that on iPhone or will I have to use my laptop.? Sorry if I sound thick but I’m a bit of a dinosaur!


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Post by efi_sprintgte » Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:57 am

At the top of the phone it will say Scimitarweb.co.uk or similar... tap that or scroll the page abit and a round arrow appears, tap it.


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Post by scimjim » Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:25 pm

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Just checked on my phone and I don’t need to press refresh - I think I added the safari fix in the link I posted above.


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Post by MikeT » Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:21 pm

metalmoth wrote:
Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:53 pm
Hi I have just read your project thread. Hats off to you sire! Shame about the photo bucket pics though as I can’t see them. What is the latest?
Thanks mate - hope you get to see the pics, Photobucket certainly screwed a lot of things up.

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Post by Captain Beke » Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:41 pm

Mike
I have just spent the last two nights re reading all of your post ,now i can see the pictures, have to refresh the page each time but well worth it and I must say well done, only had my 6a for 6 months and I can see this will be a great source of info for me and others in the coming years, keep up your before and after pictures as you improve your great car, ( a picture tells a thousand words )

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Post by metalmoth » Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:09 pm

Thanks to all who helped me beat the photobucket. Very much appreciated guys. I have finally seen all the amazing work done on this car , well done mike it’s the business.


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