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by scmarf
Sat May 02, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Se6/6a/6b/GTC
Topic: Overdrive solenoid removal...help
Replies: 18
Views: 727

Overdrive solenoid removal...help

This is my spanner. I made it from a plumber's spanner in the 80's. It is 1 inch across flats. Problem is it is pretty weak as you can imagine so only really works if the solenoid is not too tight. I used it yesterday but it just bent so I reverted to water pump pliers. The Jubilee clip trick is pro...
by scmarf
Sun Apr 26, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Project Progress
Topic: Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a
Replies: 597
Views: 81738

Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a

I have in my 5a, a new 195/70 R14 on an original Dunlop composite - it's tight, but it does fit. Ditto. Standard size is 185. Bear in mind that the SE5a is quite heavy on the steering at low speeds. Wider tyres doesn't help either the driver or the steering mechanism. I understand non-PAS SE6a tend...
by scmarf
Sat Apr 25, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Project Progress
Topic: Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a
Replies: 597
Views: 81738

Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a

Bought some panel clips from QRG. Unsurprisingly, the originals are no longer available so Nigel supplies 'fir tree' type plugs which seem to do the job. Notes: 1) I trimmed the 'branches' of the fir trees as they seemed a pretty tight fit otherwise (I might want to get the panel off again without d...
by scmarf
Sat Apr 25, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: Project Progress
Topic: Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a
Replies: 597
Views: 81738

Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a

It's been a while (again :roll: ). I have done most of the stuff on the above list and eventually had it transported to QRG where the wizard (Andy) sorted the tuning. I jokingly said on the phone to QRG that I had done my best but wasn't a carb expert and I hadn't even checked if the idle jets were ...
by scmarf
Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: Se6/6a/6b/GTC
Topic: 40 years with 'The old girl'
Replies: 10
Views: 1124

40 years with 'The old girl'

Has anyone else had experience of vacuum brake bleeding tools and had a similar problem? Perhaps I should go easy on the vacuum? Yup, I had the same problem. I found air was being drawn in the bleedscrew thread so I removed the screws and used some PTFE string to give a better seal. You only need t...
by scmarf
Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: Se6/6a/6b/GTC
Topic: 40 years with 'The old girl'
Replies: 10
Views: 1124

40 years with 'The old girl'

So I got back onto the service items. Check and adjust rear brakes and grease rear wheel bearings. I pulled off the driver's side rear wheel and realised it was the only wheel-arch I hadn't 'freshened up' so off we go down another tangent :roll: . Well, nothing too serious. Just a clean and wire bru...
by scmarf
Thu Apr 02, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Se6/6a/6b/GTC
Topic: 40 years with 'The old girl'
Replies: 10
Views: 1124

40 years with 'The old girl'

The rear hatch repair turned out to be a non-event :D . The hatch had become impossible to close and I noticed what I thought was a spotweld breaking up on the hatch pin bracket. However, when I examined it closely I discovered that the 'damaged' area was chromed over! Maybe a repair on the producti...
by scmarf
Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Se6/6a/6b/GTC
Topic: 40 years with 'The old girl'
Replies: 10
Views: 1124

40 years with 'The old girl'

I have finished the front nearside suspension overhaul on TOG. Only 8 Years after doing the offside. :( This consisted of: Cleaning and painting the chassis in the wheelarch (rust converter where necessary with Frost’s Chassis Black on top) Powder coating all components. Replacing ‘Don Pither’ nylon...
by scmarf
Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Coupé
Topic: Rust
Replies: 6
Views: 433

Rust

I doubt you would fail an MOT for that (academic but a good point of reference). It's not cross-braced and comparing it to the lower chassis member, it can't be taking a lot of load. However all the above comments are valid. You would not be supporting the front of the car as intended without it and...
by scmarf
Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Se6/6a/6b/GTC
Topic: 40 years with 'The old girl'
Replies: 10
Views: 1124

40 years with 'The old girl'

Most of my posts on this forum are concerned with my Son's SE5a which I did a front end restoration on completed (as if they ever are) summer 2018. With that taking up less of my time I have been trying to catch up on some TLC for my SE6a. A few days ago I became noggin secretary for 'Warwickshire 2...
by scmarf
Fri Jan 03, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: Se6/6a/6b/GTC
Topic: Bonnet lid insulation and engine clearance.
Replies: 14
Views: 1279

Bonnet lid insulation and engine clearance.

Thanks Geraint. Do you have the same air cleaner/bonnet lid clearance issue on the Cologne set-up? Further thought: Although the concept of reflecting heat back into the engine bay doesn't seem ideal, I suspect it is marginal as a double skin fibreglass bonnet lid with earthed shield inside must be ...
by scmarf
Fri Jan 03, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Se6/6a/6b/GTC
Topic: Bonnet lid insulation and engine clearance.
Replies: 14
Views: 1279

Bonnet lid insulation and engine clearance.

Good evening all and a happy new year to us all. I am hoping someone (or many of you) can advise on the subject of bonnet insulation. I am trying to tidy up the engine bay on the SE6a a bit. insulation 1.JPG Insulation 2.JPG I have some old-stock to cover the side triangles but not the centre piece ...
by scmarf
Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Se6/6a/6b/GTC
Topic: What’s this bit for?
Replies: 9
Views: 970

What’s this bit for?

roymck wrote:
Sun Dec 08, 2019 1:13 pm
It’s to try and stop RF interference from the distributor to the car radio
Is it earthed?
by scmarf
Thu Jan 02, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Picture Gallery and Photography
Topic: Period Pictures / Old Photos / Memories
Replies: 539
Views: 52958

Period Pictures / Old Photos / Memories

bristol clasic cs.jpg Was clearing out a filing cabinet about 3 weeks ago and this turned up. It is taken at the Bristol Classic Car Show in - probably - the 80's. I think that is Clinton Kay by his GTC (keen nogginer at the time) and I suspect the SE5a is the one rebuilt to a very high standard by...
by scmarf
Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Scimitar Sightings
Topic: Anybody here? (Red SE5/a)
Replies: 0
Views: 724

Anybody here? (Red SE5/a)

In a pub car park in Broughton Astley Leicestershire (yes, I can identify any pub car park within 10 miles of my home :oops: )
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Not a car I recognise from the noggin.

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