'74 SE5a rolling resto

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'74 SE5a rolling resto

Post by frodo_monkey » Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:05 am

Some of you may recall that a while back there was a free SE5a advertised on the Practical Classics forum... Well, after much to-ing, fro-ing and a few changes of heart, that car is mine!

It's a 1974 SE5a, reg no HYR 287N (engine/chassis no. will be sent to the Register when I get around to it), in a lovely shade of mustardy yellow with a mouldy black interior (that should clean up). Doesn't start currently as it had a small underbonnet fire (fibreglass OK though) and has no battery, and the brakes are pretty seized. Paintwork a bit dull and scratched, and some ar*e has keyed it, but a blowover will have it looking lovely!

This is going to be a rolling resto for the road, so my first task is to unseize the brakes and replace discs/pads/fluid/shoes (maybe having a look at the MC/pipes at the same time). The previous owner is kindly sending me some new shoes and also some polybushes, so while I'm underneath I'll also remove the suspension components, burn out the old bushes and replace - while the bushes are out I'll probably derust the wishbones etc, paint in POR-15 and then replace balljoints, TREs etc.

Next up will be the electrics, cleaning up/tidying up the interior and possibly replacing the fuel tank as it looks like it is pretty much dead. At the same time, a full service underbonnet should have her up and running. I am moving to northern Scotland in November so need the car ideally starting/running/rolling by then. After that the pace will cool off a little over winter, although I do have a big hangar to keep the car in. I want it on the road for early spring so I can concentrate on the next project - a Reliant Kitten I have squirrelled away that I am going to build a spaceframe chassis for and turn into a screaming race car!

Pics to follow when I get them off my phone :D



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Re: '74 SE5a rolling resto

Post by frodo_monkey » Wed Sep 22, 2010 12:49 am

Pics as promised:

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Not bad for free I think! 8)



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Re: '74 SE5a rolling resto

Post by Gelcoat » Wed Sep 22, 2010 1:26 am

Well done that man :D


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Re: '74 SE5a rolling resto

Post by franko14 » Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:49 am

good score!!! looks like it needs a bit of effort put into the old girl, but all in all a terrific peice of business

happy restoring, looking forward to your resto threat and seeing the progress


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Post by Elizabeth's dad » Wed Sep 22, 2010 11:45 am

Nice one!


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Re: '74 SE5a rolling resto

Post by MickP » Wed Sep 22, 2010 6:52 pm

Good to see yet another rolling restoration - best of luck, will be watching with interest.

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Re: '74 SE5a rolling resto

Post by frodo_monkey » Wed Sep 22, 2010 6:58 pm

First bits bought: a Varta B34 battery, some oil and a filter from Halfords (the shame, but I was passing and have a trade card), and a set of Wolfies with new tyres (for £90 from another forum). Waiting for payday, then I'll get the brake bits ordered. I should be able to make some progress finally after next weekend - I am selling my TVR Griffith first and doing some work on my house, then a bit of work on my race car (Rover 216GTi), then it's full steam ahead with the Scimitar :D



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Re: '74 SE5a rolling resto

Post by Raz987 » Sat Sep 25, 2010 6:22 pm

Frodo,
I hope you enjoy your new hearse/breadvan :lol:

As a bit of inspiration for you ('cos I know what you're like!) :twisted: :

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Big Bob (driven by Ben Gough, owned by Iain Daniels)
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Tango5 (no longer owned by Paul Turnbull)
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Post by philhoward » Sun Sep 26, 2010 6:36 pm

I've noticed a theme with the sprinting GTE's...stripes!! OK, the expection is the ex-Turnbull "Tango", but you can't miss that one...


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Re: '74 SE5a rolling resto

Post by frodo_monkey » Mon Sep 27, 2010 2:35 pm

Raz987 wrote:Frodo,
I hope you enjoy your new hearse/breadvan :lol:

As a bit of inspiration for you ('cos I know what you're like!) :twisted: :

Jonathan Allatt
Image

Jonh & Steve Louch
Image

Big Bob (driven by Ben Gough, owned by Iain Daniels)
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Tango5 (no longer owned by Paul Turnbull)
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No! Don't tempt me... The Kitten is the race project, this is for a weekend smoker ;)



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Re: '74 SE5a rolling resto

Post by CNHSS1 » Mon Sep 27, 2010 2:52 pm

frodo_monkey wrote:
Raz987 wrote:Frodo,
I hope you enjoy your new hearse/breadvan :lol:

As a bit of inspiration for you ('cos I know what you're like!) :twisted: :

No! Don't tempt me... The Kitten is the race project, this is for a weekend smoker ;)
if the bread van isnt to be competed in (and lets face it who'd be daft enough to :lol: :w) , and the kitten is to be raced (even more unlikely competition car imho)
then i have some inspiration for you....
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Re: '74 SE5a rolling resto

Post by frodo_monkey » Mon Sep 27, 2010 4:51 pm

Now THAT'S what I'm talking about! Though I'm thinking Duratec rather than 4.6(?)L V8 that I think that one has. I saw it advertised both on eBay and Pistonheads recently, and it was all I could do not to run down to the bank and grab a loan :oops:

Do you know who owns/drives it, as it would be interesting to learn more.



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Post by CNHSS1 » Mon Sep 27, 2010 5:06 pm

it was bought by a guy from scotland that sprints/hills recently (ebay iirc) and he ran it for a few events. Was re-advertised without huge rear wing and i suspect couple of other bits, and was re-advertised.

Sorry dont know anything more but from what i remember of the old ebay ad from a few months ago, it was a spaceframe with no reliant bits in it


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Re: '74 SE5a rolling resto

Post by frodo_monkey » Fri Oct 01, 2010 8:22 am

Well at last progress is happening! Got paid yesterday so ordered the following:
  • Plugs/leads/dizzy cap/rotor arm/coil
  • Discs and pads
  • Coil
  • POR15 and some Deox-C etc from Bilthamber
  • Bid on a header tank on eBay (mine is cracked)
  • And I pick up some Wolfies with new tyres at the weekend
Started doing some work yesterday too - first thing was to get the front end in the air, take the wheels off and unseize the brakes. It was easy enough to diagnose; the pads were down to the metal and had corroded onto the discs. After removing the pad retaining pins, soaking them in WD40 and beating seven shades out of the pads with a hammer and screwdriver, I was able to remove them and free off the wheels. I think for peace of mind that I will probably send the calipers off to BiggRed to get refurbed, and maybe buy a new master cylinder at the same time because it looks rather secondhand (but I might try it in some DeoxC first).

I then had a cursory look at the chassis, and although generally very solid (it passed the screwdriver test) the very front square section of the outriggers on both sides turned to powder - looks like I'll be firing up the welder then!

But all in all, its actually in pretty reasonable nick. Just need my battery to arrive now so I can get her fired up (or find out why she won't!).



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Re: '74 SE5a rolling resto

Post by scimjim » Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:08 am

those front outriggers catch everything thrown up by the wheels - they probably lasted 30 years though :D

make sure the new ones are well protected.


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