'74 SE5a rolling resto

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Re: '74 SE5a rolling resto

Post by Tony Jones » Thu Jul 21, 2011 11:48 pm

Lovely car mate and excellent work. Always nice to see one being used for what it's intended for, daily use.


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Re: '74 SE5a rolling resto

Post by frodo_monkey » Fri Oct 07, 2011 11:32 am

Sixpence, lovely to hear that you owned the car! Any tales of debauchery that you would care to share?! :)

Slight change of plans - the RAF has decided to keep me in Scotland - so I will be keeping the car ( :) ) and prepping it for a bit of competition... See here:

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Re: '74 SE5a rolling resto

Post by frodo_monkey » Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:04 pm

My God, haven't updated this in a while!

Four deployments to Afghanistan, buying/selling/trying to buy another house, and life in general (plus purchase of a Reliant Kitten V8 ex-Special Saloon racer too) have got a little in the way of progress. Events in the news might scupper my plans, but I've moved to Marham in Norfolk and after a two day 1100 mile trek yesterday and today (in a beavertail without a radio!) the Scim is down here too:

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As is my little treat to myself - a little piece of lit automobilia for the hopeful new workshop:

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I bought this on eBay from a lovely chap called Duncan up in the Scottish Borders who owns a gorgeous Scim Coupe fitted with a 5 litre supercharged Mustang V8 - want!!

More updates to follow soon (hopefully)...



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Re: '74 SE5a rolling resto

Post by Lukeyboy46 » Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:13 pm

Speak to a chap called Guy Bentley at Marham, he's owned a scimitar before, very helpful chap. Jenna Gotts is the Motor Club manager should you want to get involved there! I did my work in there. It's a great resource!


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Re: '74 SE5a rolling resto

Post by scimjim » Sun Oct 05, 2014 4:49 pm

Just been bumped on retro-rides. As a kitten thread for this car seems to be sadly deficient on this forum, I'm going to post these to try and embarrass him into starting one :mrgreen:

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Re: '74 SE5a rolling resto

Post by frodo_monkey » Tue Oct 14, 2014 10:51 am

Yes will do :) once I get back from honeymoon though... ;)



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Re: '74 SE5a rolling resto

Post by Lukeyboy46 » Tue Oct 14, 2014 11:07 am

Ahh frodo, though I recognised that project from RR!


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Re: '74 SE5a rolling resto

Post by frodo_monkey » Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:44 pm

Finally got the Scimitar tucked up in my garage at the new house with its stablemate - I'll do a before/after to tell the story in pictures:

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Currently enjoying a celebratory glass of wine having moved the cars in today :)



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Re: '74 SE5a rolling resto

Post by Lukeyboy46 » Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:46 pm

Were your ears burning!?!

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I'm also heading over to Marham soon in my Scimitar to see a friend if you fancy a chinwag!


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Re: '74 SE5a rolling resto

Post by frodo_monkey » Tue Mar 10, 2015 10:33 pm

Sounds good! I would have replied sooner but sadly Op SHADER got in the way... Hopefully full steam ahead with house and then cars from here :)

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Re: '74 SE5a rolling resto

Post by Roger Pennington » Wed Mar 11, 2015 1:29 am

You've just brought on a serious attack of garage envy! :lol: Very nice indeed! :D


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Re: '74 SE5a rolling resto

Post by frodo_monkey » Thu Dec 29, 2016 8:08 pm

Right, I am a rubbish blogger...

So a few more twists and turns of life has meant precious little progress. Reliant Kitten race car - sold. Fiesta XR2i 'reliable race car' - bought. Subsequently blew the engine (of course) so have just finished building/refitting a new silvertop Zetec and at the same time a gearbox from an Escort RS Turbo (with viscous LSD):

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So having finished that for the time being, it's finally Scimitar time! I managed to find a good secondhand chassis to swap onto the car, and it's currently sat in my garage covered in Scimitar bits before going off to be shotblasted in a few weeks:

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Once then painted, it's going off to Iain Daniels Classic Motorsport to be modified - suspension/axle pickups modified so the geometry isn't compromised when dropped on its ass! Booked in for late Feb/early Mar because I need time pressure to get anything done... So next task is to finally get the body off to free the old chassis, then remove engine/gearbox for modifying/rebuild, and take suspension/axle off to be blasted then accompany the chassis to Iain Daniels. The car as it was earlier:

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Have since taken the doors off too. Need to take the hinges out too, we'll see if I can get my hands through the blower motor holes! Then screen/glass/dash/fuel tank out before using a block & tackle to winch body up and roll chassis out. Sounds so easy when you say it like that!

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Re: '74 SE5a rolling resto

Post by philhoward » Thu Dec 29, 2016 10:24 pm

Don't forget that the car is the chassis in terms of identity - hope you have the V5 for it? That's assuming I've read your post correctly, of course.


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Re: '74 SE5a rolling resto

Post by frodo_monkey » Thu Dec 29, 2016 10:56 pm

It'll donate some vital pieces to my current chassis before being reduced to scrap!



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'74 SE5a rolling resto

Post by frodo_monkey » Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:18 pm

So yet again work got in the way... another haunt to Syria/Iraq ruined the last few months! Now in a desk job so FINALLY able to work on it. With the help (thanks a lot mate!) of Lukeyboy46 I finally got the body off yesterday!

Turns out my existing chassis is far better than I thought, so we’ll get the outriggers repaired rather than swapping chassis. Next job is to get the Fiesta mobile again (awaiting rear wheel cylinders), then get the chassis next to rather than underneath the shell in order to split off prop/axle/gearbox/engine/suspension in order to send most of it off for blasting. Then off to Iain Daniels for the chassis work...
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