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Post by TrevorG » Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:38 pm

It was suggested that I put all my woes in one basket following repurchasing my scimitar after about thirty years, so here it is...warts and all.

I've already completed renovating the wiring and the interior due to rats taking over whilst in storage and trying to eat as much as possible. The reasons behind doing this a rather unorthodox way is that I have limited time to give and due to personal limitations i am completing things that can then be reassembled and hopefully left.

It also means that at any one time, I've only got about twenty bags of nuts/bolts/fiddly bits!

Anyway, engine is out and chassis cleaned ready for any work. So here the fun begins.



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Post by TrevorG » Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:44 pm

Right, when I repurchased the car for the massive sum of £375 on the web auction site, it had a nasty engine rumble. So, I was eager to remove the sump and see what's what. I've found this in there....
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Do you think it'll need a rebuild?
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Post by scimmy_man » Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:53 pm

what are the bearings like?


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Post by TrevorG » Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:22 pm

I think you're looking at them!*!



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Post by TrevorG » Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:05 pm

Engine block and crank now down at Hargreaves Engineering in Carmarthen. Mains were worn, big ends squished everywhere. Chassis finished, brakes all completely renewed except for master cylinder....here's hoping it's okay!
Hargreaves are one of those wonderful traditional engineers....not a cnc in sight and a family business. Considering that I learned everything about lathe work and machining from my old friend Ralph Seymour, of velocette and 60s lotus f1 fame, I still have a penchant for hands on work.



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Post by efi_sprintgte » Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:24 am

More pics needed :D

Good progress


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Post by TrevorG » Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:49 pm

Will do...never been one for photos....carry my memories in my head to swmbo frusttation!



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Post by TrevorG » Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:19 pm

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Big end bearing, not the worst! Then main bearing, showing white metal worn through. As big ends had squished into the oiling holes we are going to have to open up all the oilways and clear out. Probably have to drill them out, but as I've gone so far on my original engine, I want to see it back and purring. Will then have a working spare engine to sell on.



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Post by TrevorG » Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:39 pm

Now the chassis work is complete and engine work coming on, I've started a bit of ally renovation. With the wish to carry out everything myself where possible (even down to helping with crank re grind with local friendly engineering company) I've done the wheels etc.
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Half polished this one to prove how bad they were!
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Post by BigBobPilot » Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:43 pm

You've got more patience on the wheel polishing than I have! Well done, it looks great.


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Post by Roger Pennington » Fri Apr 26, 2019 1:02 am

One of the nice things about Wolfies, I think, is that being a fairly smooth design, without a lot of hidden nooks and crannies, it's possible to make a real difference using purely manual methods at home. That looks great! :D


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Post by TrevorG » Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:24 am

Yes....just a £9 drill polishing mop kit, elbow muscle and plenty of patience! Seem to have gained the latter as I've got older. Each wheel, cap and nuts took nearly a day. If anyone is planning to do their own then I'd just do a bit (wheel) at a time. Going onto engine alloy bits next....helps that I used to restore classic and vintage motorcycles and am used to seeing what will polish up!
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Post by cannonball » Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:02 am

The thought of trying to polish my nuts with a drill terrifies me. :D

Well worth the effort.



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Post by Sarecen » Fri Apr 26, 2019 5:18 pm

Hi Trevor

Wheels look great, what compounds did you use please and method, I have 5 to do also. :(

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Post by TrevorG » Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:10 pm

I hate to say it, but I bought the compound blocks thirty years ago and although they are a little dry now, they still polish alloy wonderfully. When I bought them they were graded by colour, dark grey for severe, blue, then white as fine. Not sure if that is still the case. I did find that I got compound burn quite a lot, probably due to their age. Professionals use pumice powder to prevent, I think. However, my trick has always been to ignore and finish off with a liberal rub down with Solvol Autosol which loosens it all up. A final buff with a clean drill mop and they're done. The cheapo drill mops (3 day delivery from china!!) came with a round headed one which was perfect for this. They also came with two small compound blocks, red and green, but I didn't try them. Mine are about brick size and have seen about 50 vintage motorcycle cases!



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