SE5a barn find 24V conversion - 40mpg!

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Re: SE5a barn find 24V conversion - now with MoT!

Post by philhoward » Wed Aug 13, 2014 3:04 pm

Well, might be duff, might not but have put it in for an MoT anyway - slight blow on the exhaust which may get noted but there doesn't seem any play in the rack when driving it so we'll see how it goes..


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Re: SE5a barn find 24V conversion - now with MoT!

Post by philhoward » Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:51 pm

Result was a fail on headlamp alignment of all things! Retest at 8.15 tomorrow ;)


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Re: SE5a barn find 24V conversion - now with MoT!

Post by Lukeyboy46 » Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:52 pm

Well done ;)


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Re: SE5a barn find 24V conversion - now with MoT!

Post by swoakes » Wed Aug 13, 2014 11:09 pm

philhoward wrote:Result was a fail on headlamp alignment of all things! Retest at 8.15 tomorrow ;)
My garage would fail it but then adjust for me and pass it; or were your adjusters seized/ broken :?:


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Post by philhoward » Thu Aug 14, 2014 12:04 am

MoT was an hour late due to some diesel shed being that bad it clogged up the smoke machine and delayed both mine and the "rotten as a pear" X-Type before me. I offered to do it, but the MoT tester was playing with the clock on/off times with the computerised MoT system trying to claw back the lost time as it was.

On the flip side, the gaffer is coming in 15 minutes early in the morning to adjust the lights for me (they normally open at 8.30), so I can get a retest at 8.30 before the first full test goes on. Also got a credit for a free oil and filter change for my inconvenience.

The car got a serious thumbs up from the MoT tester who was born 10 years after my car was made :D

Nothing wrong with the adjusters - I had made sure of that last year when I fitted them..


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Re: SE5a barn find 24V conversion - now with MoT!

Post by swoakes » Thu Aug 14, 2014 7:37 am

They didn't put Josh's car on the smoke machine this year :? The same garage has on previous years; I think its borderline on the date :)


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Re: SE5a barn find 24V conversion - now with MoT!

Post by scimjim » Thu Aug 14, 2014 7:50 am

The law is "Used before Aug 75" but MOT certificates don't have year/month of registration any more.


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Post by philhoward » Thu Aug 14, 2014 7:58 am

If mine failed emissions with a 1994 engine on 1974 limits I've got a serious problem :D


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Re: SE5a barn find 24V conversion - now with MoT!

Post by swoakes » Thu Aug 14, 2014 8:58 am

scimjim wrote:The law is "Used before Aug 75" but MOT certificates don't have year/month of registration any more.
Josh's says used before Dec 75 I think.


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Re: SE5a barn find 24V conversion - now with MoT!

Post by philhoward » Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:03 am

I always thought N reg cars just had the visible smoke test - no sniffer insertion required :D


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Re: SE5a barn find 24V conversion - now with MoT!

Post by swoakes » Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:06 am

philhoward wrote:I always thought N reg cars just had the visible smoke test - no sniffer insertion required :D
Seems to vary each year. I'm sure one year it marginally failed on one bank (the first one he tried). He only tested the other side to see if that was OK. On the re-test he did the bank he knew was OK :)

We both have the all important piece of A4 anyway :D

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Re: SE5a barn find 24V conversion - now with MoT!

Post by philhoward » Tue Sep 02, 2014 1:09 pm

Well...

As mentioned elsewhere, I've been playing with seats again. The lack of a headrest has always bothered me a little and when SWMBO complains that the seats aren't comfortable, then I had to do something. I went browsing that well known auction site for something cheap, local, retro-looking and black and came away with a full set of Alfa 147 seats in immaculate black velour for £30. They're from a 5 door so no tilt mechanism for the fronts but if they meet approval, then I'll locate some 3 door ones in due course.

Then starts the question of how to mount them! In line with most moderns, they bolt to the floor in strange configurations but with a bit of lateral thinking, I found the easiest way was to emulate the original 5a fixing method of 2 bolts through tubular extensions of the seat frame.

Step 1 - unbolt the original runners and anything else in the way.
Step 2 - get the hacksaw on anything that was still in the way
Step 3 - Find that two pieces of 20mm electrical conduit (reasonable gauge galvanised steel - £8 for a 3.75m length) can be sandwiched between the frame and the bolt-on squab with the ends mating up with the original location points :D
Step 4 - Weld the tube onto the original frame wherever it touched to make sure it goes nowhere.

I'll let the pictures tell the story (the ty-wraps were only used for initial location):
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..and welded in with a bit of black paint for good measure:
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It was really handy that the strange contours of the seats provided a sort of channel for the tubing to fit - and whilst this clamped it very well indeed, I really did need to weld it in place just to be sure.

As for fitment, I'll post pics as soon as they're in the car. Test fitting just prior to welding shows they are a snug but good fit - no rubbing on either the door, B-pillar or centre console :D


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Re: SE5a barn find 24V conversion - now with MoT!

Post by lozzzzzz » Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:43 pm

An excellent find Phil, more pics soon please :)


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Re: SE5a barn find 24V conversion - now with MoT!

Post by MikeyBikey » Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:54 pm

great idea using the gte seat bases. never thought of that !!


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Re: SE5a barn find 24V conversion - now with MoT!

Post by Coco La Blanc » Tue Sep 02, 2014 9:32 pm

Mikey,
I used the SS1/Sabre originals, although altered to suit, on the Sabre when I lowered the floor and added the S2000 seats.
tt's nearly always best to do as little as possible as simply as possible.
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