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Candy Capers - everyday life of an SE6A.

Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:10 pm
by Oldconn
Having just passed the French Controle Technique with only three little advisories :D ,it occurred to me that I have been driving this car for four years but have never started a thread for it. I hope this is the right section, if not could a nice Mod move it,please?
I bought this late SE6A in 2013 and imported it into France, hence the name "CandY" -her Regd.N° is CY-409-SG. I had retired several years before, and this is to be(probably) the last ever car I shall enjoy. She is now my everyday transport and she's coping with all my demands admirably . Only once has she failed to get me home, when a front wheel bearing melted and I nearly lost a front wheel. That's not to say we haven't had any problems (it's a Reliant!) , but we have covered a lot of miles. We have been to Lorraine many times, up to Holland pulling a trailer and then down to Lyon,over to Magny-Cours for the Classic Days weekend,to Switzerland for the Morges weekend,numerous one-day shows, several Historic hillclimbs, the English Rencart gathering at Nemours,and the Historic Tour of Laon and Picardie. I suppose I have had all the troubles which are common to the SE6 series, notably overheating,noisy back axle,noisy gearbox,pesky electrics, lousy handbrake; but frankly, they are all preventable and curable with regular diligent servicing and regular use, and so far I have been able to tackle everything myself. On the positive side it's fun to drive, a great long-legged cruiser, comfortable, useful for all sorts of tasks,and a good-looker. What more do you want from a 37-year-old ? (Be careful how you answer that :lol: )
So, we start another five years of partnership (French Cars of Collection only have to pass a test every five years)looking forward to many more years on the road together.
The first hurdle,approaching fast,is going to be a full engine overhaul including new pistons -or maybe an exchange engine- but that's another chapter. I'll keep you posted!
Salut!
Ian Lambert.
P.S: What were the advisories? - One fog-lamp trained too high, one front suspension rubber bush torn, and a gearbox oil-leak. It's a Reliant!

Candy Capers - everyday life of an SE6A.

Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:07 pm
by Diyhell
One fog lamp trained to high? Thats one thorough test you have out there :shock:

Candy Capers - everyday life of an SE6A.

Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:20 pm
by Oldconn
.....and it's going to get tighter next year! That's why I took it now, so I've got five years to learn all the new swindles! 8)

Candy Capers - everyday life of an SE6A.

Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:02 pm
by peter freeman
Might I be so bold to ask you how much your test costs ? I still get mine for £30 but with four cars that's £120 every year. Got the MB and SS1 done twice to get them away from tests in Feb and March. Now tests are May, June, July and August

Candy Capers - everyday life of an SE6A.

Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:07 pm
by Oldconn
No secret, Peter, it's 65€. Every two years for ordinary cars, every five years for Collection cars; and diesels have to have the pollution checked evry year for a reduced sum. However, when the new rules come in next year, the price will go up too.

Candy Capers - everyday life of an SE6A.

Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:52 am
by Oldconn
To keep up with modern developments, I've been thinking about DRLs for some time. I think they are a real aid to road safety, especially on dull,grey days when people career about in dark-coloured cars with no lights on. So here is Candy sporting her flashy new DRLs, correctly wired to come on with the ignition, and go off when using other lights:
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Candy Capers - everyday life of an SE6A.

Posted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:53 pm
by Oldconn
Winter is just around the corner, time to stock up with firewood.
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Candy Capers - everyday life of an SE6A.

Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:49 am
by Oldconn
Right! I have finished re-fettling this little beastie:
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Now I can make a start on this one:
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Incidentally, our Drive-it Day is on Sunday 29 April, to co-incide with the National day of Patrimonie. We shall be joining the ARTS-70 club run out to the Jura , visiting Beaume-les-Dames and a Chateau , picnic lunch, etc. Pics to follow.

Candy Capers - everyday life of an SE6A.

Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:50 am
by Oldconn
OOps! got my pictures out of line!

fixed by your friendly mods :-)

Candy Capers - everyday life of an SE6A.

Posted: Sun May 06, 2018 9:19 am
by Oldconn
So it begins! Cleaning looks like being the longest part of this job!
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Might look better when I get the body on , but its bl--dy quick! Handling could be improved............

Candy Capers - everyday life of an SE6A.

Posted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:44 am
by Oldconn
This is turning out to be more like an archaeological dig, finding treasure buried under centuries of muck! After a whole day removing the cast-iron manifolds, the inlet manifold was next and the first peek at the innards was something out of a horror movie!
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With the heads removed, it became evn more apparent that this engine had been lying dormant for many,many years-
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However, a good cleaning-up revealed that there is absolutely no wear in the bores; the pistons are virtually new; and the camshaft,tappets, pushrods, rockers,oil pump and bearing shells are immaculate!
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An additional bonus point - this is not a sleeved engine. So with more cleaning, lapping-in of the valves, transfer a few nice bits from my existing engine, new bolts & screws,new clutch, new seals, and a coat of paint , I should end up with a really nice "nearly new" engine. Then I just have to organise the swap! :?

Candy Capers - everyday life of an SE6A.

Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:07 pm
by Oldconn
A bit more progress: the heads have been lightly skimmed, and the valve seats re-cut. All exhaust valves renewed.
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Candy Capers - everyday life of an SE6A.

Posted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:04 am
by French Coupé
That looks a bit prettier now! Won't the blue engine clash with the gold engine bay though? :lol:

Candy Capers - everyday life of an SE6A.

Posted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 1:13 pm
by Oldconn
You may be right, James. I bought a tin of engine paint expecting it to be dark blue, and it turned out to be light. I will probably use my grey rocker-covers to tone it down a bit; otherwise I will just have to keep the bonnet shut!

Candy Capers - everyday life of an SE6A.

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:34 pm
by Oldconn
After several months of cold, miserable work, there's light at the end of the tunnel. Engine installed and ready for first start-up (apart from a battery and the spare wheel tray).
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Istill need to change the differential oil-seal, but should be on the road again next weekend.