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Post by Roger Pennington » Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:15 pm

Nice photo! :D

Did you know you're not far from the High Peak noggin & natter (social meet) in Chapel en le Frith. Mike Simpson (ScimmyMike on here) is the person to contact.


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Post by 02Anders » Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:28 pm

DARK STAR wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 5:25 pm
Nice one Anders.
Looks like the weather in the Peak District is much like Denmark 8)
Heh... makes a viking like me feel nice and cosy here in the UK... :wink:
I see you're in Antibes. We used to live in Cannes around 2007 - 2008. Nice part of the world...
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Nice photo! :D

Did you know you're not far from the High Peak noggin & natter (social meet) in Chapel en le Frith. Mike Simpson (ScimmyMike on here) is the person to contact.
Thx Roger! :D
Hopefully I'll meet Mike soon, as he has a set of Dunlop wheels which I would like to get my hands on for those winter tyres I'll need for our roadtrip to Denmark. I'm sure he will tell me all about the High Peak noggin & natter...


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Post by Oldconn » Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:06 pm

DARK STAR wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 5:25 pm
Nice one Anders.
Looks like the weather in the Peak District is much like Denmark 8)
That scenery could be here in Franche-Comté right now!


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Post by 02Anders » Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:35 am

Good morning Gents,

There's a fresh update on my Scimitar on ViaRETRO this morning, detailing the instalment of the Quickfit seatbelts.
It wasn't cheap if I'm to be totally honest, but I must say that I'm over the moon with the final result.

https://viaretro.com/2019/02/buckle-up-and-stay-safe/

We've just arrived in Denmark yesterday evening, after covering a comfortable and hasslefree 850 miles in the Scimitar. 240 miles from Glossop to Harwich on the Sunday, night ferry to Hook of Holland, and then 610 miles up through the Netherlands, Germany and into Denmark on the Monday. The boot swallowed up all our luggage, my daughters were safe in the back with the new belts, and my wife was impressed with the cruising capabilities of the GTE, which didn't miss a beat on the whole trip! Didn't use a drop of oil either and the coolant only dropped a smidgen - not even enough to justify refilling. Must say I'm quite impressed with the Scimitar right now...
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Post by 02Anders » Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:32 pm

We're now back in the UK with the Scimitar covering a smidgen more than 2000 miles in 8 days.
I'm happy to report that our Scimitar performed faultlessly! It drank about half a litre of 20W/50 engine oil during the trip, which I find perfectly acceptable. During the end of our drive, it started loosing a little coolant. It's clearly not mixing with the engine oil and it also wasn't excessive, so I'm not too worried. Still, I will of course investigate further to try to find where the water is going. We averaged about 24 mpg which I frankly find quite impressive for a 41-year-old 3-litre carbed 6-cylinder.
But most importantly, the whole family thoroughly enjoyed our roadtrip, and immediately committed to happily undertaking similar trips in the Scimitar in the future... :D

Waiting to board the ferry at Hook of Holland...
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Post by philhoward » Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:52 pm

If there’s no obvious leaks, it’s always worth going round the inlet manifold bolts with a torque wrench.


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Post by 02Anders » Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:16 pm

philhoward wrote:
Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:52 pm
If there’s no obvious leaks, it’s always worth going round the inlet manifold bolts with a torque wrench.
Thx Phil. Any thoughts on how much torque I want to apply?


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Post by philhoward » Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:18 pm

It’s in a sticky somewhere on here - or any appropriate workshop manual. Something low like 15lb/ft?


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Post by philhoward » Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:25 pm

Yep - 15lb/ft or about 20Nm if you’ve got a torque wrench make in the last 30 years. That’s normally right at the bottom of the range of most 1/2” ones - think I’ve got a 3/8” drive one which goes lower.


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Post by philhoward » Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:27 pm

scimjim wrote:
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Tightening Torques - 2.5/30 Essex engine (SE4a-SE6a) - lbft (Nm)

Main Bearing Bolts 55-60 (74-81)
Big End Bolts 25-30 (33-40)
Cylinder Bolt Heads 81-86 (109-116)
Flywheel Bolts 45-50 (61-67)
Inlet Manifold 12-16 (16-21)
Oil Pump 12-15 (16-20)
Crankshaft Pulley 40-45 (54-61)
Camshaft Gear Bolt 40-45 (54-61)


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Post by 02Anders » Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:52 pm

philhoward wrote:
Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:25 pm
Yep - 15lb/ft or about 20Nm if you’ve got a torque wrench make in the last 30 years. That’s normally right at the bottom of the range of most 1/2” ones - think I’ve got a 3/8” drive one which goes lower.
Much appreciated - thx Phil... :wink:


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Post by 02Anders » Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:19 pm

Time for another update.
I've now owned my Scimitar for a bit more than 2 months. For a short sum-up, I could simply quote good ol' Ronald McDonald: I'm loving' it!!
Should you want more detail on the work that's been done, and not least on our roadtrip to Denmark and back, here's a link to the article which we have published on ViaRETRO today: https://viaretro.com/2019/03/roulette-winner/


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