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Post by Cutwaterdrummer » Thu Apr 30, 2020 11:50 am

Hi

Just yesterday took delivery of my new SE5a! Had a SE5 in the 80s, then SE4 V6 in the 90s. So, back in the Scim world!

Car seems to drive nicely and will slowly figure out what I want to do in terms of improvements.....a never-ending story with Scimitars, I seem to remember!

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Post by adamwilkes » Thu Apr 30, 2020 12:08 pm

Looking nice !


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Post by Cutwaterdrummer » Thu Apr 30, 2020 1:25 pm

Cheers! It's decent, I'm well pleased.


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Post by FossilFish » Thu Apr 30, 2020 2:05 pm

Love the colour and wheels/wheel trims.

Enjoy it, you have a wonderful example there


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Post by rjudcsx » Thu Apr 30, 2020 2:57 pm

That looks a great car , like the original wheels . Any more pictures ? Regards Richard [ Wake up Sully ].



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Post by Cutwaterdrummer » Thu Apr 30, 2020 3:41 pm

Yes, original wheels do look good. I'll get some more pictures in due course!


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Post by Cutwaterdrummer » Sat May 02, 2020 5:14 pm

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Post by gtcse8 » Sat May 02, 2020 6:21 pm

Rare Leather front seat faces.
Are the back ones the same? or vinyl? can`t tell from the pic`s.


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Post by turbster » Sat May 02, 2020 6:24 pm

Lovely car, I was very tempted when I saw that come up for sale 8)


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Post by Cutwaterdrummer » Sat May 02, 2020 6:31 pm

Rear seats look and feel exactly the same as fronts, so assume also leather.


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Post by Cutwaterdrummer » Tue May 19, 2020 2:27 pm

Hi Again

So, a few weeks into ownership and pretty pleased. Getting used to driving a 1974 car again, and loving it. All seems to be pretty much ok, but need to get a few things done - slight smoke puff on pulling away, door card fixings, bumper rechrome (not at all bad but will smarten it up), front seat rebuild to sort cushioning and repair a few small tears in driver's seat leather, tank sender replacement.

There will be other things to get sorted, but looks like a keeper!

One question - does anyone know what the colour is? Looks like Reliant Nevada Yellow (and says "yellow" in DVLA records) and, so far, I haven't found any evidence of a previous colour....

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Post by scimjim » Tue May 19, 2020 2:38 pm

Yep, that’s Nevada.


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Post by Cutwaterdrummer » Tue May 19, 2020 3:04 pm

Thanks, Jim!


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Post by philhoward » Tue May 19, 2020 3:10 pm

Puff of smoke on pulling away could be valve stem oil seals - they do go hard over time and can be done in situ, I believe, at a push (either the old fashioned string-down-the-plughole method or a more modern take using compressed air to keep the valves closed while you pop the valve springs off).

Re-chroming of the bumpers can be done well or cheap - or possibly look at Stainless steel ones which are available (for a similar price to rechroming I believe).

Seat diaphragms can be found (I've heard of others such as MGB being tweaked to suit) but with most things made from rubber available these days are of questionable quality. Another option is converting to webbing - I think AJL Electronics has done some this way for customers.

Tank senders (OE fit) have been remanufactured by the traders. They don't look the same but fit in the same place and work the same. I've read of a Herald one fitting and giving readings that are in the realms of correct (it's the same basic componet but obviously not the same) but I'll leave that one up to your own decision.


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Post by Cutwaterdrummer » Tue May 19, 2020 3:39 pm

Thanks Phil!

Yes, having a local classic bloke (TR restoration/repair specialist, but been in business a long time and worked on all sorts of classics) do a few things this week, including replacing the tank sender which I got from QR. Yes, I suspect valve stem seals are the issue with the smoke, so might get the same bloke to do those as well.

The TR bloke also uses a local chap to do his re-chroming, rather than buying poor quality replacements, so hoping that will get me a quality job (don't now about cost just yet!).

For the seat rebuild, on TR guy's recommendation, getting a company in Oxford to take a look at the seats on Friday and see what they say about best way to rebuild them (diaphragm has indeed failed on the driver's seat).

Sadly, my days of doing stuff myself are over due to lack of space/facilities and time (can't believe in my mid-20s I actually took the body off my first GTE!), but I'll happily pay for quality work done by others!

Cheers
Cliff


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