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Post by The Beast » Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:03 pm

Does anyone know how durable these gearboxes and diffs are as I am building something that I would like to be as reliable as I can get it?

Thanks in advance.



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Post by Roger Pennington » Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:53 pm

Just a thought, but I don't remember seeing any mention of the identity of the car, or where it came from? If I was seriously considering building a Scimitar with any sort of competition in mind, then the first thing I would do is talk to the people who are competing already (many of whom are on the forum), as it could help avoid blind alleys and expensive mistakes, so the previous owner might have done that? Also there might have been a project thread about the car in the past. The point being that someone here might recognise the car, and be able to point you in a direction that might add some more detail to it's past? :wink:


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Post by efi_sprintgte » Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:15 pm

The Beast wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:03 pm
Does anyone know how durable these gearboxes and diffs are as I am building something that I would like to be as reliable as I can get it?

Thanks in advance.
Diffs are very strong.

The manual OD gearbox has been used for sprinting by a few people with 230+bhp and they’ve been ok, although the gearchange isn’t the best and the crank to wheel loses are high. Me Ol’mans 6a does 3000 towing miles per year for the last 15-20 years and hasn’t it hasn’t broken...


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Post by Old and Slow » Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:40 pm

Sounds like you need to visit your local "Noggin" and let a few other members have a look under the bonnet. 8)


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Post by The Beast » Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:19 pm

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So I came home this evening and replaced the accelerator cable after it got stuck and tried to kill me.

Started her up and everything sounded ok but because it was in my garage, it was very smokey. So after letting it warm up, I went to check and this is what I found. Now I'm not the best with this stuff (I try) and I dont know this engine well at all but I'm sure this is not supposed to happen.

Can someone please tell me if this means it needs to be rebuilt?

At this point I'm just tired of the problems and it's not even 3 weeks yet. I know or at least I hope that at some point, I won't have to worry about things like this but for now, I'm just a bit fed up to be honest.

When it works, it's the best drive ever but then things like this and I just dont know what to do next.

Thanks guys, I patiently await your thoughts.
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Post by The Beast » Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:21 pm

Old and Slow wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:40 pm
Sounds like you need to visit your local "Noggin" and let a few other members have a look under the bonnet. 8)
"Noggin"?



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Post by scimjim » Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:24 pm

Just looks really rich. Autochoke might be playing up or it might just need a tune up?


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Post by The Beast » Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:27 pm

scimjim wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:24 pm
Just looks really rich. Autochoke might be playing up or it might just need a tune up?
Thanks mate, that will help me sleep better tonight.

Can you recommend a place in or near Surrey?



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Post by Roger Pennington » Thu Feb 20, 2020 1:17 am

The Beast wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:21 pm
Old and Slow wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:40 pm
Sounds like you need to visit your local "Noggin" and let a few other members have a look under the bonnet. 8)
"Noggin"?
"Noggin" is basically short for "noggin & natter*, a (usually) pub-based social evening run by a car club for it's members in the local(ish) area. :D The RSSOC has nearly 30 scattered over the country. The full list is here, I think your 3 nearest would be:

Surrey : 4th Tuesday of the month

Bromley : 1st Tuesday of the month

West Sussex (Rusper) : 3rd Thursday of the month Note the 3rd Thursday is, of course, tomorrow (Edit - just noticed the time; it's today!). This is my "local" noggin (though it's quite a long run up from the coast), so I'll be there all being well.



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Post by Nick » Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:40 am

Looks more soot than oil, so a good run and then check the mixture/colour of plugs.

These are pretty tough engines provided they have oil and water in them, so don't fear the worst yet.


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Post by The Beast » Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:15 am

Roger Pennington wrote:
Thu Feb 20, 2020 1:17 am
The Beast wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:21 pm
Old and Slow wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:40 pm
Sounds like you need to visit your local "Noggin" and let a few other members have a look under the bonnet. 8)
"Noggin"?
"Noggin" is basically short for "noggin & natter*, a (usually) pub-based social evening run by a car club for it's members in the local(ish) area. :D The RSSOC has nearly 30 scattered over the country. The full list is here, I think your 3 nearest would be:

Surrey : 4th Tuesday of the month

Bromley : 1st Tuesday of the month

West Sussex (Rusper) : 3rd Thursday of the month Note the 3rd Thursday is, of course, tomorrow (Edit - just noticed the time; it's today!). This is my "local" noggin (though it's quite a long run up from the coast), so I'll be there all being well.
Perfect, thank you.

Unfortunately I won't be able to make it this evening as I am with clients most evenings but I will book an evening off to attend a few of them for sure. Do you know what time they normally start or are each one different?

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Post by The Beast » Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:45 am

Nick wrote:
Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:40 am
Looks more soot than oil, so a good run and then check the mixture/colour of plugs.

These are pretty tough engines provided they have oil and water in them, so don't fear the worst yet.
Thank you Nick, I was thinking that it might be but when you don't know it's just so stressful as you then start thinking "does my engine need a rebuild".

I just need to get it to someone that has experience with these.



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Post by Roger Pennington » Thu Feb 20, 2020 1:53 pm

It's always worth contacting the noggin organiser in those links, before you make a first visit, just to check that there will be somebody there, and that there aren't any circumstances which have forced a change of venue (for example, we had to go to a different pub a few months ago, as our usual one had a gin night and was shut to the general public). As regards time, 8:00pm is pretty standard I think, but nobody's going to make you sit on the naughty step if you're not on time! :lol:

I'd agree with the previous comments about the sooty exhaust, the fact that one bank is more sooty makes me wonder if someone has been fiddling and not kept the two mixture screws in step.

Normally,to sort out your tuning, I'd recommend having a word with Richard Carter in East Sussex, but in this current weather I'd guess he's pretty much submerged..... :( James (efi_sprintgte, ) will probably know more.


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Post by The Beast » Thu Feb 20, 2020 3:14 pm

As always, your advice is very apricated.

I will make contact prior to attending and I will let you know which one (hopefully the West Sussex one) and when.



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Post by efi_sprintgte » Thu Feb 20, 2020 3:29 pm

Let me know if you wants Richard Carter’s number (or Dad to me)


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