1978 SE6a rolling restoration project - now sold :(

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Post by GarryForder » Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:04 am

Hi MikeT,
Many thanks for the post and the pics, I've now got my SE6a back from the paint shop, and finally begun the restoration. Its been a couple of years since I stripped her down, and the memory aint what it used to be, so your post and pics, together with inputs from other members, have been a massive help - thanks again.
Garry :D



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Post by MikeT » Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:04 am

Hi Garry - thanks for the feedback, it's good that it's still helping folks. Have you got a project thread?

I can't believe it's been over 2 years since any updates here :shock: . There's not a great deal been done - only because nothing needs doing, except the usual oil / filter change, grease nippples etc. Talking of which, I did an oil change last month, and noticed the brake pressure valve was weeping fluid from the end cap. In the end, I bought a brand new one from Rimmers for around 130 quid. It's a TR7 / SD1 part (part no TKC3667).
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I asked Paul the MOT man to fit it, bleed the brakes and MOT it - all good now, and passed the MOT with no advisories.

We went to a local car show on the evening too...
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Cheers,

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Post by Roger Pennington » Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:15 pm

Still looking as good as ever, Mike :D


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Post by MikeT » Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:48 pm

Cheers Roger 8)


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Post by MikeT » Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:55 am

Morning all,

I've spent some time (a lot of time really) sorting the links to all the pictures following the Photobucket problems. I'd took a backup of everything from Photobucket back when they allowed you to, and uploaded them all to Imgur - it was 'just' a matter of finding the picture updating the links then - very tedious!

Anyway...

We made it to Curborough...

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I put a for sale sign in the window, as I figured I'd see what interest there was. The answer is not much - I guess most people there have already got one (or more).

I decided to look into the clutch judder problem too - if I do decide to sell up, it would be pretty off putting to a potential buyer. I couldn't sell it either, knowing there's something wrong with it.

Reading around, the common culprits are a leaking rear main seal, worn clutch or leaky rocker gaskets. Poking the camera phone down the back allowed me to get an idea that it could be the gaskets...

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I've replaced the gaskets in the past, so I was skeptical that this could be the problem. I made double sure this time that I'd cleaned the surface flat. I also noticed the inlet manifold gasket protruded sightly, which could have prevented the rocker gasket from seating dead flat. I superglued the gasket to the freshly painted spare rockers I had, and made sure they were mated to the engine properly.

I took it to a local place to have a look from underneath. They had a drive in it too, and typically, it didn't misbehave once, despite numerous hill starts! This was back in September, so it could just be that the rocker gaskets were to blame. The oil spots on the garage floor have also stopped, and the garage doesn't smell of engine oil either - so all in all, I think I might have resolved it.

Pic of the fresh rocker covers...

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Cheers,

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Post by efi_sprintgte » Sun Dec 15, 2019 12:11 pm

Looks great 8)


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Post by MikeT » Tue Mar 03, 2020 1:35 pm

Afternoon all,

Sadly, I'm advertising my car for sale. I've realised I enjoy the garage time more than the actual driving, and therefore I'm not driving it as much as I should.

I bought the car back in June 2007, and have done many jobs to it; most (if not everything) of which has been documented here... viewtopic.php?t=3569

Here's a few photo's...

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Here's a quick breakdown of the spec, and the main things that have been repaired and replaced during my ownership...

Engine and cooling system
  • New carburettor (Weber DGMS)
  • Alloy timing wheel
  • Aldon Ignitor Electronic ignition
  • New distributor (New old stock, v rare)
  • New fuel pump
  • Braided stainless oil pressure pipe
  • Front crank seal
  • K+N Air filter
  • Tubular manifolds with stainless pipes and mid / backboxes
  • Engine / Gearbox mounts
  • New clutch master and save cylinders
  • Set up on a rolling Road (Hi-Tech, Kidderminster)
  • Recent Oil / Filter change
  • Engine bay repaint
  • Full cooling system overhaul
    • radiator re-core,
    • water pump
    • uprated fan
    • stainless pipes / silicone hoses throughout
    • Heater Matrix replacement
    • polished Aluminium ‘Rewpot’

Rear Axle
  • New rear trailing arm brackets welded on
  • Poly-bushes
  • Oil seals
  • Axle tube drilled and tapped for remote breather
  • Wheel bearings

Brakes
  • Goodridge Stainless hoses all round
  • Calipers refurbished by Bigg Red
  • All new internals on rear drums
  • New brake master and slave cylinders
  • New brake compensator valve
  • New Handbrake cable, pulley, brackets

Front Suspension / Steering
  • Fully rebuilt with poly-bushes, new fulcrums, trunnions, track rod ends, drop links and ball joints
  • AVO fully adjustable shocks and springs
  • Steering rack rebuilt by Mark Wilson, new steering column bushes
  • Wheel bearings replaced

Body
  • Rear hatch seals
  • Front door frames replaced
  • Engine bay painted
  • Stainless steel fuel tank
  • Stainless Wiper blades
  • NOS overdrive badge

Electrical
  • Rear light earths
  • Engine bay wiring tidied
  • Starter motor wiring replaced
  • Overdrive wiring replaced
  • Headlight wiring overhauled
  • Rebuilt wiper motor
  • Alternator replaced
  • New earth straps everywhere
  • Lucas Square 8 driving lamps (with covers)
  • Relayed headlamps, with small auxiliary fuse box

Interior
  • Dashboard refurbish with chrome gauge bezels
  • Moto-Lita steering wheel + matching gear knob
  • Kenwood radio / CD player / IPOD connector (discreet)
  • Pioneer upgraded speakers

Wheels
  • 7 x 14 Wolfrace wheels (rare)
  • Vredestein Sportrac tyres
  • Bill Brighton stainless wheel nuts.
I also applied to the DVLA for the previous owners details (back before GDPR came into force), so I have copies of all the old V5's, a nice bit of history.

I applied to change the tax class to Historic, so it now benefits from free road tax.

I'm located near Dudley, West Midlands.

Price - £5995

Thanks for looking - let me know any questions or if I've missed anything,

Cheers,

Mike - 07950 446182 or miketurner999@hotmail.com
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Post by MikeT » Tue Mar 03, 2020 1:42 pm

Well, that's it folks - I've just posted a 'for sale' advert on the forum. I'm not using it much any more, I like doing things in the garage, but now it's all done I've sort of lost the enthusiasm I once had.

Don't get me wrong, I'll be sad to see it go - 13 years is a long time, but I feel it's time.

Here's the link to the ad - viewtopic.php?f=112&t=42600

Thank you to everyone who's helped along the way!

Cheers,

Mike.


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Post by Coupe Racing » Tue Mar 03, 2020 1:44 pm

Surprised and shocked by this news
Good luck it's a well sorted car


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Post by Mikeincoleshill » Tue Mar 03, 2020 4:42 pm

Love this car.



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Post by Mikeincoleshill » Tue Mar 03, 2020 4:54 pm

PM'd you Mike.



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Post by MikeT » Tue Mar 03, 2020 5:12 pm

Thanks Steve - I'm still a bit shocked myself tbh!

Cheers Mike - I've not got a PM yet though?


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Post by Mikeincoleshill » Tue Mar 03, 2020 5:19 pm

Just sent you an Email Mike. Try hard with this PM stuff but sometimes it doesn't work!!



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Post by MikeT » Tue Mar 03, 2020 5:36 pm

No probs Mike - I've replied to your email.


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Post by accyimp » Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:01 pm

WOW - email sent.



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