Hillman Imps / Our other cars

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  1. D-18

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    Should turn out to be quite a 'Q' car and will no doubt surprise a few people with its performance. Keep the photos coming so we can see the final installation :thumb:

    I do recall seeing a go-kart fitted with an engine from a CBR 900 Fireblade - that seemed to get along ok!
     
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    No, doing the engine and bits ourselves, company down in England made the adapter plate and also the same for the inlet manifold so we wouldn't have to cut into the chassis.
     
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    My very first car was an "E" reg (1967) Hilman Husky van. My employer at the time had owned it originally and had carried out some engine mods like skimmed the head and polished the bores, ported & polished the head, fitted a paper head gasket and had twin 40 DCOE Webbers on it, he removed the Webbers and refitted the original carb prior to selling it to a neighbour of his. Then I bought it from the neighbour, almost immediately I had to do the clutch and it used to eat drive donuts for breakfast. The head gasket failed and filled the cooling system with salad cream. It had been fitted with a fixed side window conversion at some point. It had also been sprayed in 'Sandglow' a yellow/orange British Leyland colour. I owned this Imp from 1976-78 when I bought a Mk2 Ford Cortina.
     
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    Mildred, the 1963 car in my avatar passed her MOT today with no advisories.
    Does not need an MOT due to age and being historic but we prefer having our MOT guy check them anyway for all it costs.

    John has been making great work with the next car (1965 Singer Chamois) being rebuilt.
    All the hard work of the body underneath etc. sorted with new and fabricated panels then coated with epoxy in the car colour, stone chip and an undercoat before being finished in body colour.

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    Then coated with stone chip to protect.
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    My second car was an Imp. Used to jam a rag under the drivers door or it would come open when driving (worn hinges).
    On the A1 used to have to lift off the throttle and depress it again every so often as the vacuum link leaked and it would start to decelerate slightly after cruising for a while.
    Separate indicator stalks either side of the instrument binnacle for left and right indicators.
    Sold it and bought a Sunbeam Stiletto. Lovely. Twin strombergs, reprofiled cam and close(r) ratio gearbox. And reclining seats and twin headlights. White with a black vinyl roof.
    My friend used to buy and sell Imps. We could swap and engine over, put back on all the ancilliaries and drive away in just under three hours.
     
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    I'd forgotten the donut issue!
     
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    Looking at the episode on the SD1 Rover recently and was shocked to see a photo of my car taken down at Troon on the slipway behind the sawmill. My car was also on the final credits.

     
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    It amazed me how easy it was to remove the engine/transaxle in one lump and so light weight, a doddle to change the clutch. I made the mistake of cutting the steel band off of my first set of donuts, a real b’stard to fit, thank god for jubilee clips!
     
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    You only did that once
     
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    Donuts and things are a lot better quality now. either that or we just take it easier with our driving. ;)

    No overheating problems either with better radiators.
     
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    Oh yes!
     
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    Coming along nice underneath.
    Getting the brake, fuel pipes and various things back on.
    Should be good for a few years when this is finished.

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    Fabulous work here. It wants some small cctv cameras mounted underneath to capture and display all that effort when at shows etc.

    Can’t wait to see the engine & bay when you have it completed.

    Are you aiming for full concourse or a driven but superbly finished car?


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    It wont be full concourse due to subtle little changes like fuses & relays behind the bulkhead.
    About the only change that would be seen though would be new dual separate reservoirs for the brake/clutch fluid.

    The car will be in it's original colour and will have a full 998 (the original owner sent it away after purchase to have a 998 fitted) engine fitted with oil cooler etc.
     
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    Lovely stuff. Can’t wait to see some more pics. These really are wonderful cars. To them saved is fantastic. To see the work carried out to this standard and with such obvious care and dedication speaks volumes about your love for the brand.


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    Not quite a test shake down but we decided to get the engine ready to test fire on the "bench" (cash & carry trolley).

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    Was worthwhile as engine would only fire then tick over and cut out.

    Turned out to be a fuel pressure problem then we had to machine the head slightly to allow the injectors to fire in from the opposite side for optimum running.

    Almost ready to make it's way into the car now.
     
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  18. brucemillar

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    I'm curious now?

    How did you get to know the original owner?

    You say it has a "full 998" but that the original owner sent it away to have a 998 fitted? Am I missing something here ;^) Two 998's?

    I love hearing the stories that sit behind rescued cars and their previous ownership/life.

    Post away (when you have the time please) the more the merrier. This looks like it's going to be cracker.
     
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    Is this not what makes a nation great? A shopping trolley for an engine test rig? Engineering at its finest. I salute you Sir.
     
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    Could this be a critical addition to your tool collection?
    :D
     
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