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Post by RWDrules » Sat Mar 24, 2018 7:07 pm

G’day all,

Intended to intro myself for a while. Only joined RSSOC in Jan 18 after moving back to Northumberland in 2016 but I have been browsing the forum for years on and off (before and after retiring) and while looking for a SE5a. My thanks to all of you for sharing info on here be it your problems or more especially the resolutions to your problems. As said many times the photos are invaluable and usually inspirational.

I have dabbled with cars since I was a kid (bloody long time ago) and while this one’s a challenge I am retired and now that the house, attic, garden, shed and garage are pretty much sorted I have the time.

Eventually, I have purchased a SE5a in March 2017 from Kevin Leaper of PPC mag (unfinished project – think it was lying around for 2 or so years). It’s not a runner and definitely a long term project. I am yet to make much of a start on it as it is stored 245 mls away, but after I change my E46 for something newer (with a tow bar) I will bring JMA92K home. This one will never be finished to concours standard but I intend to update it as best I can within limits. I had every intention of fitting a NA V6 Cossie but this one already has a Jag V8 from an XJR insitu so I will make do with that, it just about fits!

Body is almost sitting on the sandblasted and painted (POR15) chassis and needs to come back off so I have made a dolly in 2 parts so is detatchable for transit (incomplete) for moving the shell around. As the front of body is unsupported and the n/s front arch already cracked I have made a stainless steel nose support and am mocking up modified side supports and ducting for a larger rad (not settled on one yet). KL had AVO Coilovers all round & front suspension re-bushed, rear suspension still to do. Next to sort are prop and gear lever (Getrag 5 spd). The V8 encroaches circa 225mm into cabin so I expect to extend dash 5” more into the cabin to accommodate the necessary extensive bulkhead restoration and to try and accommodate the std heater. I have a 2nd strg column and outer so can lengthen it (pin & weld) and move it across 30mm to clear exhaust manifold.

I have made a 92 point Action list – did I already say that this is a long term project!

That’s enough from me already, but I do have some questions (with many more to come no doubt):-

1. Are the wiper motor, wheel boxes and drive cable originally sourced from MG/Triumph? Very limited for space with the V8 so is there anything more modern and compact that has been fitted instead?

2. Any ideas where I can get a couple of chrome over riders for the front bumper (mine are rusted and over rider brackets hold nosecone support to shell)?

3. Apparently QRG or GW used to keep body insulation circa 2” wide soft rubber on a roll, is this a water trap? If so are there alternatives that work?

4. Along with all the glass and other stuff in the back of the car there are 2 off 18.25” x 2” dia tubes with 2.75”x3.5” rectangular end plates (4 bolt holes) – any ideas what they are for?

My car’s details are:
JMA 92K, Chassis no: 452959, Engine No: originally SC3687 (from V5), no longer fitted. Nevada Yellow, 1st reg 02/72.

Attached is one before photo - the Jag rad is just there to see what clearance there is and will not fit and I have already decided to relocate the handbrake from on top of the engine to back beside the gear lever!

Blisters, crazing etc on bodywork will get looked at after the mechanicals are done.

Cheers for now.
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Post by scimjim » Sat Mar 24, 2018 7:29 pm

welcome - glad to see that project moving forward :D

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Post by peter freeman » Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:44 pm

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Post by Roger Pennington » Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:49 pm

Welcome to the Club and the forum. Good luck with the project :D


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Post by philhoward » Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:45 pm

Welcome :)

Wipers are standard Lucas from the period although not identical to anything specific. The 14W setup is quite compact as you can mount the motor anywhere the rack will reach. I’ve seen them mounted in the passenger footwell before.

Overriders are Mk1 Escort which sadly means old school Ford tax on the open market. Scimitar owners are above such things generally - I’m sure someone has some suitable ones somewhere.

The tube you mention might be the one from the chassis brace - normally found between the two parallel main chassis rails not long before it”waists” in around the gearbox? There’s another one which sits between the suspension “upright” towers although they’re different.

The lower one tends to be left out with no real effects but the upper one does tend to stop some camber changes under heavy braking....

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Post by Elizabeth's dad » Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:57 pm

Thanks for including the chassis and reg numbers, the car is on the club register.


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Post by RWDrules » Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:41 pm

Thanks for your answers Phil.

Issue with the wipers is the area where the wheel boxes go is very tight with the V8 esp in the middle of the car.

Lower tube definitely not on the car as the Getrag gearbox sits low at the back just now, not on the mount, needs up to line up with the axle and 4 links made adj with spherical bearings. But as I said I have 2 identical tubes the same size? I will have a look at the chassis when I get the shell off.

I have cleaned up the brace tube between the towers and cut off the spare wheel plate support (a spare wheel is to be strapped down in the back) this will go back on for now but I need to plumb rad hoses around it.

Thanks for the help.

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Post by David Tew » Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:41 am

Welcome to the forum and congratulations on an interesting project. :)
RWDrules wrote:
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3. Apparently QRG or GW used to keep body insulation circa 2” wide soft rubber on a roll, is this a water trap? If so are there alternatives that work?
It's essential that it's closed-cell strip otherwise it will act as a sponge.

Demon Tweeks is one place that sells it: ... lsrc=aw.ds. However, it is widely used in the boat business so, if you have a boat chandlery not too far away, you can get it really cheap off the roll. :wink:

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Post by RWDrules » Sun Mar 25, 2018 5:54 pm

Thanks for your answer David.

Unfortunately a local chandelers closed couple of years ago but DT looks promising.


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Post by rjeng » Sun Mar 25, 2018 6:37 pm

Hi Keith, glad to have another active Scimitar 'restorer' in Northumberland - welcome.
I used body to chassis insulation sourced from Nigel at QRG when I replaced by SE6A body in 2014. With respect to ship's chandlers, there is one close to me in Morpeth (but I guess that might not help you if you are in Hexham or Berwick!).

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Post by RWDrules » Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:47 pm


Thanks for the heads up, I was just at Coopies Lane yesterday but will be back shortly after Easter. I am only in Amble.

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Post by Dave 6726 » Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:22 pm

If necessary, Storrar's are only another half-hour south.

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Post by DARK STAR » Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:15 pm

Welcome to the forum, that looks VERY interesting!

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