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Post by BarrieT » Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:31 pm

Hi folks.
A few of you may have seen my post trying to find my grandads old scimitar. He passed away and I was hoping to find out more out that specific car, potentially buy it and restore / drive it.

It appears that it's probably a goner. But I'm now considering buying a different one. Complete novice in terms of Models and versions ECT.

Just how much of a head ache am I in for? For reference I've bought a sorry looking 1986 Armstrong MT500 ex British military motorcycle and reconditioned it, without ever having owned a motorcycle before. Or any mechanical experience. Now I know it inside out, and use it every day to travel to work, occasionally firing up to Scotland (From North Yorkshire) to visit my family.
So I'm fairly handy at turning my hand to spannering and love learning how to do new things.
As far as cars go - I do my own brake disks and pads, changed exhausts, fitted window regulators and changed a few bulbs.

Also how much should I be looking to spend if I wanted, for example, a rough looking, smelly auld thing that was mechanically alright and could be used as an everyday car. (To gradually do up!)

Is that even a viable expectation from a Scimitar?

Sorry for all the questions. Thinking aloud :lol:



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Post by rebel alliance » Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:20 am

Mechanically simple car to fix..Problem is they are very cheap cars so doing up a tatty one for any profit is a waste of time....If you need to pay for a respray £3,000 upwards ,the suspension may cost you £800, interiors were cheaply made and origional parts hard to find...plenty of cheap ones for sale personally i would avoid unless you enjoy that sort of thing .



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Post by willholderogri » Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:47 am

Try and get a SE5A for around £500 and the best example you can find paint around 900 quid if you do it yourself


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Post by MadMax » Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:04 am

I think plenty of people tend to buy the cheaper cars and get fed up with lots of big bills, if you buy a £500 car and spend 2 grand on it you may not see that reflected in the value of the car.

Having said that, I enjoy a project and its always gonna be cheaper than buying/leasing a new Audi (and way cooler!)

I don't believe the scims need any more attention than any other car of the era, with exception of the paintwork which can deteriorate quickly if not done properly.


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Post by willholderogri » Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:45 am

MadMax wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:04 am
I think plenty of people tend to buy the cheaper cars and get fed up with lots of big bills, if you buy a £500 car and spend 2 grand on it you may not see that reflected in the value of the car.

Having said that, I enjoy a project and its always gonna be cheaper than buying/leasing a new Audi (and way cooler!)

I don't believe the scims need any more attention than any other car of the era, with exception of the paintwork which can deteriorate quickly if not done properly.
I agree you have to have the enthusiasm and stamina. there have been times when I have felt like chucking it all in. but the benefits outway the grief/ problems . I have just had mine resprayed and I'm missing the charm of driving it .


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Post by Rattling » Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:44 am

Pointy one are the best and fun to drive :D


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Post by gtcse8 » Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:02 pm

Hi Barrie and welcome to the mad house.
I have a few projects that are looking for homes.
Where in N Yorks are you??.
Mark


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Post by philhoward » Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:21 pm

MadMax wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:04 am
I think plenty of people tend to buy the cheaper cars and get fed up with lots of big bills, if you buy a £500 car and spend 2 grand on it you may not see that reflected in the value of the car.
On the flip side, spend £500 on a £2000 car and you may well do...

The SE6 series are currently the bargains as the values of the SE5 and 5a are rising - you used to be able to find a runner under a grand quite easily but you're talking £1500 or so now for something that doesn't immediately need the same throwing at it to keep it on the road.

It's been said before and I'll repeat it again - buy the best you can afford and see if someone knowledgeable can cast an eye over it for you (this is where your local group, or "Noggin" can help).

They are generally very home-mechanic friendly though. Just don't forget they are a child of the 60's, so need regular attention from the grease gun and fluid changes is required.


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Post by BarrieT » Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:10 pm

Thanks for the replies fellas. It sounds like it's most likely within my skill set, and from what I can see - once they are at a reasonable standard they operate fairly well.

Mark, I live just outside of Whitby. Would be interested in seeing what you've got going on.



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Post by PeterSE6a » Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:04 pm

Hi Barrie, there is a classic car show on at Durham Tees Valley airport Sunday 7th April The Classic and Retro Show 2019 and I know of one Scimitar 6a will be there ...me :D so if you want to see a useable but not a show winner car come and have a natter :D


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Post by gtcse8 » Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:23 pm

BarrieT wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:10 pm
Mark, I live just outside of Whitby. Would be interested in seeing what you've got going on.
Your a fair way up from me then.

There`s a lot of cars and events on up around you too as peter points out.
The best one for Scimitar watching up by you is the Sunderland Seaburn North East Do.

ALL the cars in my title are open to offers as my working circumstances are very dire at the moment and I will have to start clearing cars out this year.
Watch this space :idea:


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