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Re: Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a

Post by scmarf » Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:06 pm

Sunday: Ben was inspired enough to do a bit of engine bay tidying while I was cleaning drains and making a garden step for my mother (as you do). :roll: We concluded that the wiring was a bit 'mucked about with' but I don't think time or budget will stretch to a new loom. However, I have asked the noggin if anyone has a spare starter cable as Ben's is too long (last owner's mod - don't ask :roll: ) and I don't like starter cable flapping about near the road/chassis. Also an excellent time to patch up the chassis rail under the exhaust.


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Re: Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a

Post by scmarf » Sat Jun 11, 2016 6:28 pm

Pretty! 8)
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Re: Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a

Post by Roger Pennington » Sat Jun 11, 2016 8:02 pm

Very smart! :D


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Re: Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a

Post by scmarf » Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:26 am

A question: It's time to get the front cover etc. powder coated. Default choice is dark blue download/file.php?id=12875 but what is the factory colour? I had a look in the Don Pither books last night but all pictures are B&W and I guess a lot of engines have been re-painted by now. Anyone know?


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Re: Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a

Post by philhoward » Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:38 am

I thought the front cover is either unpainted or black?


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Re: Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a

Post by Roger Pennington » Fri Jul 08, 2016 10:39 am

Yes, I thought that the engines were just blown over with black - nothing particularly special. Certainly mine was black when I first got the car, though nearly all of the paint on the alloy castings doesn't seem to adhere very well, and flaked off fairly quickly.


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Re: Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a

Post by AJL Electronics » Fri Jul 08, 2016 10:40 am

There is a nicely painted illustation on the Burton Power website. May not be original but it is certainly very pretty.


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Re: Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a

Post by scimjim » Fri Jul 08, 2016 10:42 am

Light blue block, dark blue backplate and green heads - and you're going to paint the front cover in original colour? :-)

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Re: Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a

Post by scmarf » Fri Jul 08, 2016 1:04 pm

scimjim wrote:Light blue block, dark blue backplate and green heads - and you're going to paint the front cover in original colour? :-)
:D Good point Jim. Unfortunately the previous owner (Speedy Dave) is a fan of the 'warmer palette' so we are starting from bright red on Ben's engine which is a bit :!: for my taste. My SE6a engine (pictured) was dark blue when I bought the car but I know it wasn't the original engine so although I think it looks good in dark blue, I wasn't sure if it was correct factory colour. The green heads are to advertise their inner greenness. As for the light blue, that is 'Ford blue' engine enamel. Don't know how it got to be that colour - certainly not what the colour sheet indicated. I was expecting it to be close to the dark blue. Maybe I should mix it a bit more!

I think I'll go for dark blue again.

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Re: Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a

Post by scmarf » Fri Jul 08, 2016 2:11 pm

Ohhh! 8) . Is that your latest line Andy?


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Re: Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a

Post by scimjim » Fri Jul 08, 2016 2:17 pm

I think that picture was on Burtons website in the 90s - when Hammerite/Smoothrite still worked :-)

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Re: Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a

Post by scmarf » Sat Dec 31, 2016 9:11 pm

Thanks to Jim King and Phil Andrew I got a late Christmas present yesterday :D so with the doner organ on the premises, further surgery was performed. Surely the best way to see in the new year!
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Re: Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a

Post by scmarf » Sun Feb 05, 2017 2:53 pm

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Well a lot has happened since my last post.
The divorce was finalised. Unfortunately Ben was not able to keep up the house so it had to be sold. The contents are now in boxes in our front room and spare bedrooms and we unexpectedly own 3 dogs :shock: :shock: :shock: . Ben went out and bought a Focus and I have been working on the Fiesta which is now up for sale (but no interest so far. e-baying it this afternoon. See 'for sale' section.). I am now trying to get the SE5a sorted asap so I get time and space to work on my own cars this year. Still not sure what he is going to do with it when it is finished though. :?:

Anyway, the engine is now stripped down and partially cleaned. I took the core plugs out last night ready for flushing everything out. Noticed the remains of an old core plug inside. I will fish that out later.
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Re: Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a

Post by scmarf » Sun Feb 05, 2017 3:01 pm

It's a pretty primitive process getting them out. Drill, chisel, large screwdriver, hammer, file. The technique I used was to try and chain-drill across the plug and then file or hacksaw partially through the edge flange but without going through completely. This releases the hoop stress a bit. Then I tried to shift them in with a screwdriver and hammer on the edge and when they had moved, start levering them out with the large screwdriver.
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back of the engine. The remaining core plug is blanking off the camshaft bore.
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1977 SE6a, 1985 1300 SS1
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Henry Royce: "The quality remains long after the price is forgotten"

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