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Zeus the Se5a

Post by MadMax » Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:54 pm

An email circulated recently, I had a spare spot on the driveway, and clearly I thought I didn't have enough projects. I present to you Zeus the 1974 Se5a.

Collected it this weekend from a gentleman who has owned the car from brand new in 1974. Understandably he and his lovely wife were sad to see it go, especially since they have reportedly covered over half a million miles in it. :shock:


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Need to have a thorough sort out and inventory of the items in the boot. There's a lot of paperwork that came with the car, including a substantial repair bill from 2008 covering overhaul of brakes, suspension, gearbox and engine rebuild. A bit of fresh petrol in the tank got her fired right up and I took it up the road and back, all seems well!
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Re: Zeus the Se5a

Post by AnotherTim » Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:59 pm

ZEUS IT UP!!!!

I like the easy access/exit feature. You could leave it doing slow circles in a car park, step out, grab some groceries, and be back in and on your way in no time.



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Re: Zeus the Se5a

Post by Scimher » Tue Apr 25, 2017 2:15 am

What a charming smile - lovely to see. If one were to believe all that is written on here one would assume that many of the female persuasion scowl rather than smile when ensconced in a GTE. It has happened with me - one lady did get rather cold...but it was the depths of winter and heating in an old car is, generally speaking, not up to that of newish vehicles...

Great purchase and what a fantastic history - enjoy...



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Post by greeny » Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:17 am

Looks like a good buy!!
Most women like the idea of a scimitar, practical classic that can take all the necessary items of life. But when faced with the fact that the relationship between scimitar and bloke get in the way of normal life they tend to go a little cold!!!!


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Post by Elizabeth's dad » Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:08 am

Nice one. Well done. Can you let me have the registration to check the Club Register please?


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Post by Roger Pennington » Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:25 am

Well done, it sounds like a good project, and a car well worth the effort, especially with the ownership history :)


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Re: Zeus the Se5a

Post by reliant-reviver » Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:32 pm

Them quick release fasteners are good. Panels off and on in a jiffy.

You spelt Dzus wrong though!


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Re: Zeus the Se5a

Post by MadMax » Sat Apr 29, 2017 4:49 pm

Started sorting through the misc items in the back. We appear to have all the lights/bumpers/door furnishings etc.
Also have a brand new rear window and I'm in two minds as to whether I should sell it or hang onto it for the finished product...


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Post by lambrettald » Sat Apr 29, 2017 5:15 pm

Hi - if you do decide to sell the rear window and can post I may be interested.

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Zeus the Se5a

Post by MadMax » Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:59 pm

Now this car was aquired with the intention of starting it once a few other jobs were out the way, hence the delay (and I'm a lazy bugger)
I've recently made some progress including fixing the hatch hinges, struts, bolting the doors back on and doing a couple of bits under the bonnet.

I may have got a bit carried away with the rear lights, they were pretty nasty and had angle grinder marks where they'd been cut off by the PO. Replacement lenses polished and waiting to be assembled with new gaskets.
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Zeus the Se5a

Post by MadMax » Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:49 pm

Front and rear lights all working apart from reverse lights (suspect switch fault) and number plate light (wiring has dissapeared). I am going to invest in new bulb holders for the rear clusters due to connection issues inside the holders.

Removed all coolant hoses, found lower hard pipe already stainless! all hoses have kevlar stickers on them and are destined for the bin. Any advice on sourcing correct hoses? preferably silicone but I need a full set. I'd like to retain the autochoke if possible.

I have adjusted the valve clearences and the engine sounds a lot smother and has a better idle. (Cold i12 e20)

I've ordered new points, dizzy cap + rotor arm as a matter of course.
Engine oil + filter also changed with comma xflow 20w50 and motorcraft filter.
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Post by MadMax » Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:46 pm

Found the temp switch for the fan has popped out of the side of the radiator. Is it just held in with the rubber grommet and metal spring clip?
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The ignition switch has always been a bit hit and miss and the key doesn't spring back from 'start' pos. Temp gauge also doesn't work so decided to remove dash. Plenty of photos taken of wiring etc. Found lots of bodged connections including choc blocks and gaffa tape which will all be rectified and returned to standard.
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Post by peter freeman » Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:34 pm

The otter swicth should not come out if its been put in in the right order as the rubber should widen out preventing it ll from coming out - picture came originally from Roger P I think - radiator to the left of the picture. A long cable tie does no harm wrapped around the radiator and between the wires to hold it all in position
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Post by MadMax » Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:56 pm

That's what I suspected, the rubber is there but in 2 pieces. I'll have to find a new rubber thanks!


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Post by philhoward » Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:44 pm

The seals are “one use only” - it even says so on them. About £1 each from your Scimiar Parts Supplier of choice.


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