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Mikey Bikeys LPG, Fully Disked up, Se5a

Post by MikeyBikey » Wed Dec 01, 2010 7:10 pm

will add some pictures but in the mean time
Brought her with the aim of having it on the road asap. Here we are in Dec but almost ready. She had been dry stored / standing for 8 years

However I have: -

Brakes & wheels
replaced rear brake pistons and fitted complete set of new brake lines throughout (made by my own fair hand)
Stripped and cleaned front csalipers. They looked like replacement ones so hoping seals are ok
Overhaulsed master cylinder with new kit
refurbed wheels and original plastic wheel trims

Engine cooling
Replaced all rubber hoses, stripped, cleaned and oiled all clamp thingies (can't think of the bl**dy name)
got the cvooling fan working

Electrics took ages
completely stripped / split engine bay loom and rewired where necesary (partially melted old one.)
Soldered all connections where practical
cleaned fuse box (what an absolute pile of poo that is) Need to replace really.
introduced relay for fan
replaced all front lights resoldered all rear
Fixed every dash switch / guage so all working.
replaced horns

engine
not much yet. brought a new battery last thursday and got engine running. Sounds sweet as a nut

interior
brought new replacement tan carpets (yet to fit), but sourced replacement black dash (old was was very badly cracked), cover and glove box. Fitted this so will replace all the interior with black over the next few months

I'm going to mop her (had to get a replacement bonnet so will spray that.) and mot next week.
The idea is to get her running and reliable then spend some money on nic stuff like wheels and a respray.

My wife calls her the hen hutch as she was sat on a hen cage farm for 8 years so whilst not actually covered in sh*t, just smells of it :oops:

But I love her. I think it's hero worship because my dad had one briefly when I was 14. He passed away when I was 17 so I've always hankered for one.

Thanks for your advice so far. I am just in the throws of joining so your going to have to put up with me for a while. I live in Falmouth but originate from Mark, Somerset. Unfortunantly no local noggin. Perhaps I should start one. Is there many local members ?
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Re: Mikey Bikeys fantastic se5a

Post by MikeyBikey » Wed Dec 01, 2010 9:45 pm

realistically. Whats the largest, generally available, steel type wheel I can fit to the se5a, without modification. I'm going to paint them and source tyres so originality nor original donor, doesn't matter.

eg mike you can fit a 16 by 6 from a 1884 vauxhall stratus (obviously a completely made up example but that's what I'm looking for)


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Re: Mikey Bikeys fantastic se5a

Post by scimjim » Wed Dec 01, 2010 10:04 pm

I think you need to go to a scrappies and try some VW or Vauxhall wheels?

Obviously 15" fit and I seem to remember someone talking about 16s but there are so many variables (offset, tyre profile, width, spacers, wall stiffness, etc) that it would be impossible to give a definitive answer IMHO?

BTW - I've seen 18s on an SS1 but you couldn't drive it every day :mrgreen:


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Re: Mikey Bikeys fantastic se5a

Post by philhoward » Thu Dec 02, 2010 7:48 am

scimjim wrote:I think you need to go to a scrappies and try some VW or Vauxhall wheels?

Obviously 15" fit and I seem to remember someone talking about 16s but there are so many variables (offset, tyre profile, width, spacers, wall stiffness, etc) that it would be impossible to give a definitive answer IMHO?

BTW - I've seen 18s on an SS1 but you couldn't drive it every day :mrgreen:
Read it again Jim - we're on about a 5a... :wink:


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Re: Mikey Bikeys fantastic se5a

Post by scimjim » Thu Dec 02, 2010 7:54 am

ah - crossed threads :oops:

I mentioned the SS1 to make a point - the reference to VW/Vauxhall is obviously wrong, you need an old toyota etc with the correct PCD


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Re: Mikey Bikeys fantastic se5a

Post by MikeyBikey » Thu Dec 02, 2010 8:23 am

thanks

i was a bit 'confused from falmouth on the line' ... :?


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Post by MikeyBikey » Thu Dec 02, 2010 6:09 pm

ok any ideas what toyota ?


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Re: Mikey Bikeys fantastic se5a

Post by scimjim » Thu Dec 02, 2010 6:31 pm

search for 4x114 in this site - it's more modern cars.


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Re: Mikey Bikeys fantastic se5a

Post by toomanysabres » Thu Dec 02, 2010 7:33 pm

Model Year PCD Offset Bore

Matiz 98> 4x114 35 to 42 69.1
Tacuma 00> 4x114 35 to 42 55.6
Accord / Prelude 2.0 90 to 97 4x114 38 to 45 64.1
Accord 2.0 99 to 03 4x114 45 to 50 64.1
Civic 1.8 / Aerodeck 97 to 01 4x114 35 to 42 64.1
Accent 94 to 00 4x114 35 to 45 67.1
Coupe & Tiburon 4 Stud 95 to 01 4x114 35 to 45 67.1
E Lantra 01> 4x114 35 to 45 67.1
Lantra 91 to 01 4x114 35 to 45 67.1
Matrix 01> 4x114 35 to 45 67.1
Sonata 93> 4x114 38 to 45 67.1
Carens 00> 4x114 35 to 42 67.1
Clarus 96> 4x114 35 to 42 67.1
Magnetis 01> 4x114 35 to 42 67.1
Carisma 99> 4x114 38 to 45 67.1
Carisma 1.8 95 to 99 4x114 38 to 45 67.1
Evolution I, II & III 93 to 97 4x114 35 to 45 67.1
Galant 96> 4x114 35 to 45 67.1
Space Star 98> 4x114 35 to 42 67.1
Space Wagon / Runner 90 to 98 4x114 35 to 45 67.1
200 SX 88 to 94 4x114 35 to 42 66.1
Almera 00> 4x114 35 to 42 66.1
Primera 91 to 98 4x114 35 to 42 66.1
600 93 to 99 4x114 35 to 42 64.1
800 86 to 96 4x114 38 to 45 64.1
Justy 96> 4x114 35 to 42 60.1
Swift 89> 4x114 35 to 42 60.1
S40 / V40 96 to 00 4x114 35 to 42 67.1


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Re: Mikey Bikeys fantastic se5a

Post by MikeyBikey » Fri Dec 10, 2010 1:38 pm

thanks
whats the wheel central bore on a se5a


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Re: Mikey Bikeys hen hutch se5a

Post by MikeyBikey » Mon Dec 27, 2010 8:06 pm

well a bit nervous now. The enormity of me buying the the first scimitar i saw is now firmly rooted :oops:

My se5a (nicknamed hen hutch due to being stored for 2 years in a commercial hen battery so smells lovely) is about ready for an mot. Today I did a lot of fettling (new wipers / washers (pipes and motors replaced), new twin horns fitted, replaced complete dash. :x

The was standing for 10 years and I brought her last feb. I moved house in the same month and also changed jobs; so progress has been in fits and starts to fit in with house improvements etc.
what hasn't helped is the car in a garage 4 miles away so this has allowed false comfort and procrastination, so i agreed to give up the garage at the end of december thus forcing the issue of getting her on the road. I've done a lot of manual work / light upgrades over the summer so hoping there's nothing substantail liked gearboxes / axles....

so will let you know how things progress.

However thanks for all the support. This website and the contributors is brilliant.

Happy christmas and a fantastic new year.


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Re: Mikey Bikeys fantastic se5a

Post by Coco La Blanc » Mon Dec 27, 2010 9:02 pm

Mikey,
Do make sure you have a Steel Timing Wheel fitted as, particularly after 8 Years of standing and more importantly not being fired up to crank the engine over, the Fibre Timing Wheel will, more than likely, be very brittle on the side not covered in oil (ie. the top - normally). If the wheel strips it's teeth, usually on startup, then it is a complete stripdown required with the bent Valves and Push Rods requiring replacement - not Cheap !!!
I've just been on the phone for 15 mins explaining exactly this scenario with young Joe from Sussex who is also doing a major rebuild/refurb of an SE5a. There is, of course, no certainty that this will happen however over the last 33 years of my Scimmy Ownership the horror stories nearly always eminate from cars that have been laid up for long periods and conversely not often to the 'everyday' working cars BUT even that bit me in the *rse one bright sunny morning in a campsite in "Le Mans" even though it was a fair few years back.
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Re: Mikey Bikeys fantastic se5a

Post by MikeyBikey » Mon Dec 27, 2010 9:14 pm

thanks viv. Yes, i 'd be pretty gutted. where can i readily get the aforesaid timing gears.

Strange, i've realised my anxiety is based on the realisation i might have spent 10 months been bringing back a terminally ill patient back to conciousness...


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Re: Mikey Bikeys fantastic se5a

Post by Coco La Blanc » Mon Dec 27, 2010 9:56 pm

Mikey,
It took nearly three years to get my 'Seb the Scimmy' back from being a very abused car (eg. No joking - it had a mix of SE6a and SE5a front Wishbones installed and by the time I got it home, only about 6 miles, I felt like 'ARNY' after a huge weights workout !). How the idiot ex-owner had forced them on was a complete mystery ! What I didn't foresee was to be doing was a second major rebuild/refurb/respray some 18 years further on however due to the 'Sickens' paint company producing a duff Filler Primer all those years ago resulting in a stripdown and full respray being necessary so I thought that I'd have a little play with a few minor items before it goes back on the road later this year.



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Re: Mikey Bikeys fantastic se5a

Post by Coco La Blanc » Mon Dec 27, 2010 10:47 pm

Mikey,
For new Steel Timing Wheel go to 'Burton Power' website and look for STEEL CAMSHAFT TIMING GEAR V4/V6 ESSEX
Part Number: FV419.
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