Joe's 1972 GTE - (NOW IN COLOUR)

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Joe's 1972 GTE - (NOW IN COLOUR)

Post by Joe. » Wed Apr 21, 2010 12:22 am

At the start of this month I took the plunge into scimitar ownership and bought a Tax exempt 1972 GTE!

The car has been off the road for over 10 Years and seems to have had a series of owners who havent managed to get her back on the road, The backstory as it was told to me was that it had been stripped for a new paint job a couple of years ago and it had never found anyone with the time / money to reassemble from a large pile of parts...

I've not taken on a project of this size before but I'm hoping with a bit of help from freinds to make fairly swift progress towards getting MOT'd and back on the road. I set myself a Hopelessly optomistic target of 3 months to complete the work needed to get it to a roadworthy standard. That said I'm under no illusions that It probably won't be anywhere near as quick as that! The plan is to use the car as my daily driver once on the road so aim aiming for relyability / factory spec rather than any sort of lowered performance option!

I recived a car that was theoretically complete... but few things are as straight forward as that. So home in my garage I'd started out by trying to work out a (Very long) jobs list and to work out what was missing.

Heres a few photos I took shortly after I got the car home (sorry I've not got any photos of it before it went in the garage.)

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The Parts:

Some useful some not, some from completly different cars...

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(Not Pictured: Exhaust manifolds, Propshaft, Fuel Tank - non stainless, lots of internal trim,)

I'll add some of the recent progress in the next post.
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Re: Joe's Scimitar 1972 GTEa Restoration

Post by Joe. » Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:01 am

In the first week of getting the car I put together a Jobs list in no particular order though the engine test list has been what I've been working on recently.

Jobs / major missing parts list List:

To run the engine (to test):
Fit Gearbox and Clutch so engine will be mounted on something other than a piece of 2x4!
Sort Provisonal Electrics,
Fit Starter motor,
Sort out a temporary cooling system,
Sort out temporary ignition,
Exhaust manifolds & pipes

Chassis:
Mostly ok, as far as I've seen feels very solid,
missing several steel plates that support the nose / radiator,

Front suspension:
Completely Re bush,
Repace Trunions,
Roll bar Drop Links,
Missing antirollbar clamps,

Brakes:
Calipurs need full service / one has snapped off bleed screw
Replace pipes,
Replacement hoses, pads, etc
Missing a dust cover,
Replacement Brake adjuster 1 missing,
Rear wheel cylinders missing ,

Clutch:
New master cylinder,
New Slave cylinder,
Repalcement hose (still struggling to find a supplier for this)
Reweld pedal after a bodge by a previous owner,

Cooling:
Radiator will probably need repalcing,
Missing Radiator Expansion Tank,
Fan & Mount missing,
Hoses will all need replacing,

Rear Suspension:

Will need rebushing / checking,
One Rear shock needs replacing, may do both at same time,

Electrics:
Front loom missing (will remake)
What has been rewired is in need of redoing properly,
Fuse boxes need replacing,

Fuel tank:
may reattach non stainless one initally,
missing a sender,
needs new hose,

Steering:
Needs Rebushing,

Far distant will be the interior fit and the rechroming of the front bumper.



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Re: Joe's Scimitar 1972 GTEa Restoration

Post by Joe. » Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:12 am

Current Status:

in the 20 Days I've had the car things have progressed quite well;

Many parts off the previous list are now on order or have begun to arrive
The Gearbox and Cluch are fitted and aligned (not funny when you have no heavy lifting kit)
Starter motor is fitted,
Engine electronics provisionally connected to test,
Engine turned over on starter motor,
Sorted out fuse box, bracket etc for future rewire.
Have a mate looking at the calipers, and he's going to re weld the clutch pedal.

Do feel free to comment, Call me mad or make suggestions I've not got any photos of the revent work but will try to get some of the future work as it progresses.

Cheers all, Joe



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Re: Joe's Scimitar 1972 GTE 5a Restoration

Post by Roger Pennington » Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:40 pm

Hi Joe, You've certainly got an impressive pile of bits there - looks as though you've bought an entire autojumble! :lol: Sounds like you're making good progress though, and your method of making a list and working through it is a good one. Best of luck with the rebuild, and I look forward to hearing more. :D

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Re: Joe's Scimitar 1972 GTE 5a Restoration

Post by scimjim » Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:45 pm

big project - best of luck :D

you mention trying to find a clutch pipe - Graham Walker sells stainless braided replacements.


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Re: Joe's Scimitar 1972 GTE 5a Restoration

Post by dcrobertson68 » Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:56 pm

You're probably mad or very skilled :D Looks to be done in the same red as my 73 5a is (not original colour on mine). Whereabouts are you? Wish I had your motivation; good luck.


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Re: Joe's Scimitar 1972 GTE 5a Restoration

Post by Gillsfan » Sun May 02, 2010 6:58 am

When I first read your post I thought complete meant fitted to the car, that is a very large pile of bits to fit good luck.


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Re: Joe's Scimitar 1972 GTE 5a Restoration

Post by Joe. » Mon May 03, 2010 11:19 pm

Cheers for the welcome, I'm based in west sussex for anyone who's wondering,

Not a huge amount to update progress wise yet, I've been busy with other things. Over the bank holiday I did manage to find time to start work on some small jobs, mostly testing electical bits. I did also find time to clean up the old fuel tank which turned out to have 3 small holes so spent the day repairing them and have given the whole tank a coat of sealent. which I hope to prime and paint in the next few days. Long term the plan is to replace with a stainless tank but there's not enough money in the budget to do it at present.

I'm hoping to start some of the big jobs next weekend so watch out for updates / questions then, I will hopefully try to Include some photos of progress if i get the chance.

Joe



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Re: Joe's Scimitar 1972 GTE 5a Restoration

Post by toomanysabres » Tue May 04, 2010 8:51 am

There are a few of us in and around West Sussex so help & encouragement is not far away. Come to our noggin @ the Star in Rusper 3rd Thursday
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Re: Joe's Scimitar 1972 GTE 5a Restoration

Post by Roger Pennington » Tue May 04, 2010 12:34 pm

Yes, Geoff's beaten me to it, there are a few of us in West Sussex, and we'd be happy to see you at the noggin.

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Re: Joe's Scimitar 1972 GTE 5a Restoration

Post by Jonny M » Tue May 04, 2010 1:24 pm

Nice one Joe, sounds like you've has a similar plan to me, my 69 GTE is currently in 3 crates with a chassis in Oldham, and the body in Stoke.

Good luck with 3 months - I'm hoping for less than 3 YEARS. By then the smell of dead rabbit may have subsided !!!

Good pics - mine is totally in bits, and the more of these will help me see how it all goes back together.

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Re: Joe's Scimitar 1972 GTE 5a Restoration

Post by stocks71 » Wed May 05, 2010 10:22 pm

Hey Joe. Looking forward to see how it all progresses. Looks like everything is organised pretty well and you have the all important garage space. I have pm'd you about the shocks and I have the dash apart at the mo with wiring loom on show if thats any help.

Cheers, Paul


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Re: Joe's Scimitar 1972 GTE 5a Restoration

Post by Joe. » Sun May 16, 2010 1:05 am

Put quite a few hours into the car over the past week, with help from a mate the car now has a new front loom, dash loom and connections to the fusebox. Rear loom is being re used fro the time being. We have also fitted a new stainless exhaust system layed the front brake pipe sections & copper clutch pipe, Re welded parts of the front nose supports, painted and refitted them. Also we rebushed the steering column fitted a steering lock with ignition as well as fitting the dash.

I took a few photos on the way, nothing spectacular but they help to show the progress.

Wires being layed for the new loom,

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Refitted pedal box which had been messed about with and rewelded but a past owner has now been put back as it should be. Boy racer pedal covers will go at some future date.

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Running the new cabling for the loom:

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Fusebox close up:

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New brake lines:

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Connection to servo

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Once the electric s werelayed in place in the car they were fitted with connectors and then removed so they could bey made up into looms, To help to keep things simpe in the future the same colour scheme wires as appear on the wiring diagram were ordered from Auto electric supplies.

New front loom:

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new main dash loom,

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Ready for fitting, Fusebox end has been wapped up to protect the terminals as its pulled into place.

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Fitting:

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Loom in place, also shows new repacement steering lock that cam from an Mg midget 1500 and is a perfect match.

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Dashboard on:

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New stainless exhausts:

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Engine bay after fitting new rad and cooling pipes.

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Re: Joe's Scimitar 1972 GTE 5a Restoration

Post by stocks71 » Sun May 16, 2010 1:12 am

Top Stuff. Well done. Keep at it :D .


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Re: Joe's Scimitar 1972 GTE 5a Restoration

Post by Corky » Sun May 16, 2010 8:41 am

Excellent work Joe, you'll have a very desireable car when it's done. I think a pre 1973 (tax free) SE5a with Manual Overdrive has got to be the holy grail of GTE ownership. :mrgreen:


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